There is no better way to experience the outdoors quite like a good walk. Not only are there serious health benefits to strapping on your walking shoes and hitting the pavement—or boardwalk, rainforest trail or cliff-side steps—but it’s also an easy way to explore a new area or see the sights.
So if you are keen to increase your step count, or just get out in the fresh air; your walking inspiration is sorted. Below are some of the best walks throughout Australia as rounded up by our friends, and partners at Beautiful Accommodation.
Best Walks in Victoria
Great Ocean Walk
Think the Great Ocean Road can only be seen by car? Get ready to think again! The Great Ocean Walk explores this world-famous road by foot, and the track clings to the shoreline between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles near Port Campbell.
To tackle the entire 100 kilometre route is an eight day experience, or pick a section to fit into a manageable day walk. Be rewarded with national park, eucalypt forest and beautiful beaches with whichever option you choose.
Difficulty: Easy to hard.
Bushrangers Bay Trail
Much like its wineries, restaurants and beaches, the Mornington Peninsula’s walking opportunities are one of its calling cards. The 10 kilometre Bushrangers Bay Trail sits atop cliffs between Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Boneo Road, and walkers can expect to gaze at sea views and rocky bays as they stroll. Post-walk fuel can be had with a green smoothie or acai bowl from one of the Peninsula’s many beachside cafes.
Difficulty: Moderate. Some sections with steps and inclines.
Best Walks in New South Wales
Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk
Gorgeous views across Sydney’s eastern coast await for walkers that complete the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk. Two tracks guide visitors up to the lighthouse and a round trip that covers both makes a loop of slightly more than two kilometres. The Access Trail is the easier of the two walks, and Smugglers Track has some steps.
Bouddi Coast Walk
If your idea of the perfect beach walk includes pristine shoreline, a flower-dotted path and the chance of spotting migrating whales; the Bouddi Coastal Walk is for you. The path stretches between Putty Beach and MacMasters Beach, and one way will notch up 8.5 kilometres on your pedometer. Make sure to pack your swimmers because there are plenty of spots for a cooling-off dip along the way.
The walk can also be divided into shorter chunks for those wanting a quick, yet just as picturesque, wander.
Difficulty: Easy. All sections are clearly marked.
Best Walks in South Australia
The Barossa Trail, Jack Bobridge Trail
Stroll along a section of The Barossa Trail, Jack Bobridge Trail next time you’re visiting South Australia’s famous wine region. It makes the perfect active break between visiting cellar doors and restaurants, and is the ideal match for visitors looking to pair their love of wine with walking.
Or, swap two feet for two wheels by hiring a bicycle. The trail is actually a network of smaller tracks joined together, so those not up for meandering the entire 37.4 kilometre path can pick and choose what sections to explore.
Best Walks in Western Australia
The summit of Bluff Knoll offers an unbeatable vantage point from which to take in the beauty of WA’s South West. Located in the Stirling Ranges, this six-kilometre walk is not one for those afraid of a bit of huffing and puffing.
The Instagram-worthy shots you have the chance to capture at the top though make it well worth the effort. The path is fringed by wildflowers between September and January, delivering an extra photogenic touch.
Difficulty: Moderate. The track is almost all uphill. Bushwalking experience is an advantage.
Best Walks in Tasmania
Wineglass Bay to Hazards Beach
You might already be familiar with the view across Wineglass Bay from the popular lookout point in Freycinet National Park but don’t make the mistake of heading back down to the car park once you’ve had your fill of this vista. Follow the natural steps that lead down to Wineglass Bay beach and stroll across the flat isthmus boardwalk to Hazards Beach. This 11 kilometre route snakes around the northern coast, leading those in the know to isolated coves perfect for swimming.
Best Walks in Queensland
Fraser Island Great Walk
Even though Fraser Island is famous for its four-wheel driving credentials, discovering the world’s largest sand island is an experience made even more unique when done by foot. The Fraser Island Great Walk can be undertaken as a six or eight day expedition for those wanting to tick off the entire 90 kilometre route, or day-trippers can set out on one of the shorter trails.
For sights, expect to see Lakes Boomanjin and McKenzie, and, plenty of undulating sand dunes and crystal clear ocean.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Experienced walkers only should do the more remote sections of the Great Walk.
The Scenic Rim Trail
Taking in the incredible landscape of Spicers Peak Nature Refuge is the Scenic Rim Trail. This four day itinerary is a guided experience, operated by Spicers Retreats. Guests set off on a different track every day; ascending Mount Mitchell one day, and exploring Millarville Creek the next. Walkers return to a bespoke luxury camping site, Spicers Canopy, at the end of each walk, spending their nights in exclusive safari tents and dining on chef-prepared meals.
Best Walks in Northern Territory
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
When you want a route that delivers eye-bogglingly beautiful scenery, it is hard to go past the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. The six kilometre marked track starts with a steep climb before circling around, and it includes a pit stop at the Garden of Eden, a rockhole surrounding by rare native fauna, along the way.
For a more cruisey circuit, try the Kings Creek hike at 2.6 kilometres.
Difficulty: Moderate. Walkers are not permitted to leave past 9am if the temperature is forecast above 36 degrees celsius.
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