These are five of the best hiking trails in Australia that are all stunningly gorgeous, but each of them brings something unique to the table.
Australia has a huge number of amazingly gorgeous trails for hikers, and while most of them are scenic, some of them are also quite hard and somewhat dangerous as well.
5 of The Best Hiking Trails in Australia
1. Larapinta Trail, West MacDonnell Range
It certainly isn’t the easiest trail of the four, and the 223 km Larapinta Trail can take as much as 20 days to complete, but it depends on the experience and the speed of the hikers, as well as the weather conditions.
Do not take on the trail during the summer or the rains. Instead, hike Larapinta during the winter months because you will need to stay cool as you make your way through the harsh, but beautiful rocky terrain.
Also, don’t go hiking without a good pair of hiking shoes here, or it will make this long and hard journey more and more painful with each passing kilometer.
Major attractions along the hike include the Finke river, the Serpentine Gorge, the Redbank Gorge, the Standley Chasm, the Ochre Pits, and much, much more.
2. Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Tasmania
The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk in Mount William National Park in Tasmania will take you through sceneries that have not changed much in thousands of years.
The untouched, prehistoric beauty that surrounds hikers on the walk is unique even to Australia. There are caves and beaches everywhere, waiting for hikers to explore them and see Mother Nature in her pristine state.
Unlike the Larapinta Trail, the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is a peaceful and relatively easy hike, suitable for beginners and experienced hikers alike.
The spring-summer months are perfect slots for seeing the best scenery here.
3. Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, Victoria
The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is one of the best hiking trails in Victoria, and all of Australia.
Many people coming along the Great Ocean Road just pass by quickly for a photo shoot here, but it’s epic just to get out into nature here away from everything.
You will have dramatic cliff views over beaches, rainforest to traverse, and maybe a beach to yourself for sunset.
You will also be able to see many of Australias indigenous wildlife. Hello koala!
4. Scenic Rim Trail, Queensland
The Scenic Rim Trail goes through Queensland’s Main Range National Park and the track is particularly famous for the many rituals that the aboriginal tribes perform here.
They are friendly and welcoming for the most part and you can actually interact with them during your walk. It’s a serenely green scenery on top of volcanic plateaus, alongside mountains and ridges.
If you are lucky, you may come across some of the wildlife here as well (koalas, kangaroos, pygmy possums, and many other native animals). Maintain your distance though and admire them from afar.
5. South Coast Track, Tasmania
It may not be the most popular track in Tasmania, but rest assured that the coastal beauty you will experience on the South Coast Track is unmatched by even Tasmanian standards.
It’s quite long at 85km, but can be easily completed in roughly eight days, if not sooner. The South Coast does get quite chilly in the winter, so it is better to stick to the spring or summer months if you have plans to hike here.
As far as the difficulty is concerned, the coastal trail cannot be classified as a difficult hiking route, especially not by Aussie standards. However, the length of the track may require a bit of experience to cover on a single trek.
The good news for beginners is that it isn’t an isolated route, so public transport is never too far away, should you need it.
The Best Hiking in Australia
In Australia, it is easy for hikers to get spoilt for choice, given the vastness of the great Australian outdoors, but this should give you a push in the right direction for some of the best hiking trails in Australia for you to do.
You probably won’t go wrong by choosing any one of these five.
But if you have not been on an Aussie hiking trip before, then it is strongly suggested that you do not attempt your first one completely on your own, wherever it might be.
That being said, adventure is adventure, so no matter what, get out there into nature.
Just be safe and be sure to get travel insurance if going into the outdoors.
Check out my post on four of the best hikes in New Zealand you can do for more epic hiking in Oceania.
(Australia and New Zealand are part of the Oceania continent if you didn’t know).
Pick up the Lonely Planet Australia guidebook for your travels there.
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