Top 9 walks in Australia
Lace up your hiking boots and head outdoors to discover the top 9 walks in Australia, and discover some of the natural marvels waiting for you in your own backyard. From treks through World Heritage National Parks to glorious oceanside strolls, this land really is abundant with beauty rich and rare.
1. GREAT OCEAN WALK, VIC
See the Twelve Apostles in a way that can’t be done from this walk’s namesake coastal road. Pass the Great Otway National Park and Cape Otway Lighthouse, keeping an eye out for koalas, wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles on the way.
Time: 8 days
2. THREE FALLS GRAND HIKE, MORIALTA, SA
Passing all three waterfalls in Morialta Conservation Park and lined with crystalclear creeks, this great half-day trip for the family is one of the best walks in Australia. It’s located less than half an hour from Adelaide and circuited so you leave and arrive from the car park.
Time: 3–4 hours
3. BLUE MOUNTAINS GRAND TRAVERSE, NSW
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this World Heritage-listed National Park, studded with hidden waterfalls, creeks and swimming holes. This walk takes in views of the Three Sisters, Grand Canyon and Valley of the Waters.
Time: 3 days/2 nights
Length: 10–17km per day
4. FRASER ISLAND GREAT WALK, QLD
You’ll follow the trail of Australia’s original inhabitants on this long but rewarding walk through forests and across sand dunes, with lookouts and dips in freshwater lakes breaking up the journey.
Time: 8 days
5. WINEGLASS BAY CIRCUIT, TAS
Wineglass Bay is the prime attraction of Freycinet National Park, boasting fine quartz sand and fabulously blue ocean views. Small coves found along the beach make for refreshing swimming breaks.
Time: 5 hours
6. BONDI TO COOGEE COASTAL WALK, NSW
This walk highlights iconic Australian destinations such as Bondi, passing some of Sydney’s best beaches on the way. Admire the surfers out on the water, or go for a snorkel in Gordon’s Bay and see a host of native marine life.
Time: 2 hours
7. BLUFF KNOLL, WA
Climb one of the most spectacular peaks in Western Australia. After passing a small waterfall on the wildflower-lined walking trail, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Stirling Ranges from Bluff Knoll at the summit, 1095 metres above sea level.
Time: 1–3 hours
8. VALLEY OF THE WINDS, NT
Experience the true heart of the Australian desert and the impressive towering red rock formations of Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. The Anangu people believed the great snake Wanambi once lived on the summit. Head out early to beat the day’s heat.
Time: 3 hours
9. TWO BAYS TRAIL, VIC
Take your time walking along beautiful beaches and clifftops of the lovely Mornington Peninsula; the views are spectacular. This trail connects Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay. Take a picnic and stop to take in the beauty of popular Seawinds Gardens on the way.
Time: 1–2 days
This article appeared in volume 29 of Signature Luxury Travel & Style. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.