TRAIL WALKS: There are numerous places and types of walks in Australia.
TRAIL WALKS: There are numerous places and types of walks in Australia. monkeybusinessimages

Seven stunning walking holidays not to be missed

AUSTRALIA is the perfect place for an active traveller looking to combine health and beauty in their holiday experience.

There are numerous places and types of walks where you can stretch out the legs, explore the landscape and maybe make some new friends along the way.

Here are our top seven picks for places to start your walking adventure.

 

THORSBORNE TRAIL: Hinchinbrook Island and channel as seen from lookout near Cardwell, QLD.
THORSBORNE TRAIL: Hinchinbrook Island and channel as seen from lookout near Cardwell, QLD.

1. Thorsborne Trail

Where: Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland.

When: April to September.

Distance: 32km.

Time: Four days.

Guided: Self-guided and tour groups.

Grade: Moderate to experienced walker.

Permits are required as only 40 walkers are allowed on the ungraded trail at any one time. Walkers will experience a wilderness wonderland full of tropical wildlife from butterflies to crocodiles in this isolated area. There are seven designated camping sites located beside fresh water streams. Walkers need to be self-sufficient if travelling by themselves. For more information, go http://www.porthinchinbrook.com.au/hinchinbrook-island/thorsborne-trail.

 

WILSONS PROMONTORY: Tidal River Footbridge Wilsons Promontory Boardwalk.
WILSONS PROMONTORY: Tidal River Footbridge Wilsons Promontory Boardwalk. MaxPixel's contributors

2. Wilsons Promontory

Where: Wilsons Promontory National Park, south-east Victoria.

When: All year.

Distance: Various walk lengths.

Guided: Self-guided and tour groups.

Grade: Easy to moderate.

The Prom area is about three hours drive from Melbourne. It boasts 15,500 hectares of pristine coastal beauty and staggering mountain backdrops. Choose short day walks or a longer three-day trek which takes in the 17km of stunning coastline, rainforests, heath and mountain tops, and a variety of marine life. For diver's there is stunning underwater scenery to enjoy. For more information, go http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/wilsons-promontory-marine-national-park.

 

MARGARET RIVER CAPE TO CAPE: Rocks near Margaret River and Cape Naturaliste.
MARGARET RIVER CAPE TO CAPE: Rocks near Margaret River and Cape Naturaliste.

3. Margaret River Cape to Cape

Where: Margaret River, south of Perth, West Australia.

When: Any time, but weather can change quickly so pack for anything from hot to cool.

Distance: 135km.

Time: Four days.

Guided: Self-guided and tour groups.

Grade: Various.

The nearest towns are Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River. The trail goes through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park between the lighthouses of Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin. It follows the coast, but there is an option to look inland to woodland and Boranup karri forest. Walking alters between paved pathways to rugged paths and along beaches. You can choose between half-day walks through to the whole trail which can take up to seven days to complete. The region also offer fabulous wine and locally produced food. For more information, go http://www.capetocapetrack.com.au.

 

ARKABA TRAIL:  quintessential outback landscape experience. Credit Arkaba Station.
ARKABA TRAIL: quintessential outback landscape experience. Credit Arkaba Station.

4. ArkabaTrail

Where: Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

When: March to October.

Distance: 45km.

Time: Four days.

Guided: Tour groups.

Grade: Moderate to experienced walker.

The nearest town and airport is at Port Augusta. This is the quintessential outback landscape experience with kangaroos and emus, stunning red soil, harsh dry land and craggy gum trees across the 60,000 acres of private wildlife conservancy. Experience the history of the ancient land and learn about its conservation. Sleep under the stars in camps or at Arkaba Homestead after traversing the Flinders Ranges. The trail follows creeks, flat plains and steep ground littered with rocks. For more information, go http://www.arkabawalk.com.

 

LARAPINTA TRAIL:  the views are spectacular and inspiring.
LARAPINTA TRAIL: the views are spectacular and inspiring.

5. Larapinta Trail

Where: Central Northern Territory.

When: June to August.

Distance: 223km.

Time: Between 12 and 20 days.

Guided: Self-guided and tour groups.

Grade: Moderate.

The nearest town is Alice Springs.

This bushwalking trail is broken down into 12 sections and follows the spine of the West MacDonnell Ranges to Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. The views are spectacular and inspiring. A walker can enjoy day, overnight, multi-day and extended walks. The trail is mostly dry, rocky and rough with little shade and vegetation. For more information, go http://www.larapintatrail.com.au/index.htm.

 

BRUNY ISLAND: easy walks, great local produce; the perfect combination for a short-break active holiday.
BRUNY ISLAND: easy walks, great local produce; the perfect combination for a short-break active holiday.

6. Bruny Island

Where: Bruny Island, Tasmania.

When: October through to March is the best time.

Distance: 35km.

Time: Various.

Guided: Self-guided and tour groups.

Grade: Easy to moderate.

Tasmania abounds in fabulous walking choices with 2800km of managed tracks and over 800 national park walks. Bruny Island is just one of the many. The 100km long island, which is split into two by a narrow isthmus, has two distinct geographic areas. The northern section has sheltered beaches and farmlands, where the south has tall forests, open bays and wild coastline. There are 12 designated walking trails that can take anywhere between 10 minutes and five hours. It is also the perfect place to indulge in an extensive range of local produce; cheese, whisky, wine and oysters. For more information, go http://www.brunyisland.org.au.

 

WILDERNESS COAST WALK: view from Rame Head.
WILDERNESS COAST WALK: view from Rame Head.

7. Wilderness Coast Walk

Where: South coast of New South Wales and Victoria.

When: All year.

Distance: 100km

Time: Four to five days.

Guided: Self-guided or in groups up to a maximum of eight people.

Grade: Experienced.

A minimal impact bushwalking experience is encouraged for this rugged, untouched coastline trail that is suited to fit and more experienced bushwalkers. Walkers are encouraged to clean all equipment before they enter the area, to help reduce their impact, and follow respectful environmental activities with food and waste. Phone coverage is very limited so the tranquillity of this unique location can be preserved and enjoyed. The track goes from Sydenham Inlet in Croajingolong National Park, to Wonboyn in the Nadgee Nature Reserve, NSW. It can be walked in sections as a boat is required to get across the Mallacoota Inlet. It can be accessed from several points along the coastline and in some cases 2WD vehicles can access coastline entry points. Walkers are required to book in advance their walk as numbers on the track are limited. If planning to stay overnight either by camping in a designated camp site or on a boat, a permit is also required. For more information, go http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/croajingolong-national-park/things-to-do/walking-the-wilderness-coast


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