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Great Walks of Australia

By Viator, October 2014

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Australia is a big place, but it’s surprisingly easy to see on foot, following several multi-day treks that take in the scenery of the world’s sixth largest country at a slower pace. For those who don’t want to bring their own gear, there are several supported walks that handle all the logistics so walkers can focus on experiencing nature at its best. The following options include some of the best hiking trails Australia has to offer.

Larapinta Trail
The Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory is as expansive in its wilderness as the Overland Track, though the scenery is vastly different. The remote landscape of the middle of Australia can be harsh, and it’s best to do this walk as part of a tour such as this 6 Day Tour of the Larapinta Trail. Hikers usually tackle only part of the trail from Alice Springs to Mt Sonder, with support vehicles helping to shorten the 139 mile (223km) walk.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk in Victoria follows the coastline west from Apollo Bay to the Cape Ottway Lightstation. Hike along clifftops that rise high above the pounding ocean as seabirds wheel above. Shipwrecks, the Twelve Apostles and an abundance of wildlife are some of the many highlights to be seen along the walk. The hike usually takes walkers seven days to complete.

The Arkaba Walk
The Arkaba Walk takes four days, and crosses South Australia’s ancient Flinders Range from Wilpena Pound to the historic Arkaba Woolshed. Along the way, it passes through private wildlife private areas, Black Gaps Camp, the Elder Range foothills, and across Arkaba Creek.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk
On the east coast of the island of Tasmania, the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk is a four-day trek on sandy beaches and rocky shoreline. Along the way you can explore hidden coves, spot sealife off the coast, visit the Eddystone Point Lighthouse, snorkel, view birds in Ansons Bay, and even visit a vineyard.

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
The Cradle Mountain Huts walk in Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, offers two options – a six day walk or a four day walk. Along either option, walkers can take side trips to Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak, and Lake Will as they explore landscapes ranging from eucalypt forests dotted with waterfalls, to rolling plains and valleys.

Freycinet Experience Walk
The four day Freycinet Experience walk on Tasmania’s east coast winds its way along Wineglass Bay, over white sand beaches, and through forests and ancient bush tracks. From Coles Bay to Isaac’s Point, the path follows the same route used by the Oyster Bay Tribe more than 30,000 years ago.

The Maria Island Walk

The easy, four day Maria Island Walk in Tasmania is ideal for those who prefer a more comfortable trek.  The coastal walk offers the opportunity for sightings of rare wildlife and gorgeous scenery while retiring each night to luxury accommodation along the route. The walk starts in Triabunna and passes through beaches and mountain peaks before ending in beautiful Fossil Bay.

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Great Walks of Australia: 4-Day Twelve Apostles Walk

Celebrate Australia’s great outdoors on the four-day Twelve Apostles Walk, one of the Great Walks of Australia. Spend four days of moderate hiking in the Great ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,655.69

Great Walks of Australia: 4-Day Freycinet Experience Walk

Walk the entire length of Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula on the four-day Frecyinet experience walk, one of the Great Walks of Australia. Explore the peninsula, ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,784.33

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