Australia. The land down under. With so much wilderness and bountiful nature, the country is a trekkers paradise. Through rainforests, over cliffs and mountain ridges, across meadows and alongside secluded beaches, the treks in Australia leave you spoilt for choices. TripHobo recommends these 9 Australian treks you have to undertake atleast once in your lifetime:
1. Overland Track, Tasmania:
One of Australias popular bushwalks, the Overland Track covers 65 kilometres and is a 6 days trek. Undertaken through the beautiful Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, the walk starts at Ronny Creek in Cradle Valley. Over a period of 6 days, trekkers hike through surreal rainforests, spectacular valleys, serene moorlands and beautiful alpine meadows. The walk concludes at Lake St Clair.
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2. Thorsborne Trail:
Set along the eastern coast of the ethereal Hinchinbrook Island, the Thorsborne Trail is a 32 kilometre long route between the towns of Cairns and Townsville. Conducted through Australias largest island national park, trekkers traverse pristine white beaches, cloud cloaked mountains, rainforests and swamps over a period of 4 days.
3. Larapinta Trail:
Probably the toughest trek in Australia, the Larapinta Trail covers a distance of 223 kilometres! Not for the amateurs, this trail provides spectacular bushwalking and trekking experiences and usually takes around 14-18 days (including rest days) to be completed. It is recommended that you undertake this trek during the months of June to August.
4. Six Foot Track, New South Wales:
An iconic Australian trek, the Six Foot Track comes with an interesting history. Back in the year 1884, a six foot wide track was built to allow loaded horses to pass each other while travelling from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves. Since then, it has been known by this name. Covering 44 kilometres, the track includes crossing the bustling Coxs River and can be completed in 3-4 days.
5. Great Ocean Walk, Victoria:
A beautiful hike that traverses through wetlands, secluded beaches, windswept cliffs and rivers, The Great Ocean Walk is a one-way long distance hike that shadows Australias Great Ocean Road. The trek starts from the town of Apollo Bay. Depending on whether you decide to undertake part of the trail or the entire trail, it may take you anywhere between 4-8 days to complete this trek.
6. Cape to Cape Walk, Western Australia:
The Cape to Cape walk is a trail that connects the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. At 135 kilometres, its the longest coastal walk in Australia. Boasting of spectacular landscapes which range from stunning coastlines with rocky coves and idyllic bays to towering karri forests, the accommodations along the way are also luxurious. Tire yourself throughout the day hiking and sleep in the lap of luxury at night!
7. Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk:
If the idea of walking on an eroded volcano, hiking behind a gushing waterfall and trekking through the lush Gondwana Rainforest excites you, the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk is the ideal hike for you! Covering approximately 54 kilometres, the best time to explore this path is from April to October when temperatures are cooler.
8. Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory:
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The Kings Canyon is one of Australias mesmerizing natural treasures. The guided Rim Walk conducted at the canyon covers a distance of 6 kilometres. It begins with the tedious task of climbing up 500 steps! But the views you get after reaching the summit are worth every step you take. The walk generally takes place during sunrise and sunset which provides for a beautiful setting. Breathtaking views of Watarrka National Park and stunning views of the canyon itself await you.
9. Wilderness Coast Walk:
The Wilderness Coast Walk extends 100 kilometres, from the shores of Sydenham Inlet in Croajingolong National Park to Wonboyn in the Nadgee Nature Reserve, New South Wales. This walk is a tough one and it is recommended only for people who are good at bushwalking and have an excellent fitness level.
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