Hiking Spots in Australia

By on May 11, 2017

Due to the lack of mountains in Australia hiking hasn’t caught on as a massive trend. Despite this we are still blessed with some of the most interesting and diverse landscapes in the world. I’ve compiled some of my favourite short walks and longer treks to spike your interest in Australian hiking. Enjoy whale spotting off the coast of Fraser Island, or explore some of Australia’s oldest known evidence of human life in Mungo. There is walks to suit every level of hiker across this vast country.

Overland Tasmania

Overland Tasmania

One of the harder, but more well known treks in Australia is the Overland. This five to eight day walk that will give you a glimpse into every season Tasmania has to offer. In all seriousness national parks don’t recommend undertaking this trek in Winter unless you are an experienced climber, due to the heavy snowfall, and sleet ice during this season. Properly equipping yourself for this walk is vital, with park fees, camping and food, all needing to be organised before you commence your hike. The very inexperienced hiker should hire a guide due to the lack of clear direction, and temperamental weather conditions. This is a one of a kind walk to enjoy, but take care and listen to park rangers for an enjoyable trek.

Glass House Mountains National Park

Glass House Mountains National Park

Allow yourself at least three hours to complete the Mount Tibrogargan summit hike. The panoramic views engulf you, with surrounding peaks, and woodland areas framing the perfect picture. Observe all signs regarding falling rocks, as the area is prone to ‘rock scrambling’ situations. The Glass House Mountains are a beautiful space in Queensland so make sure to explore the shorter surrounding walks, take plenty of photos and water, and wear suitable footwear. If you are thinking of camping, stay nearby in the Beerburrum State Forest, a great riverside camping area with vantage points for fishing and swimming.

Royal National Park

Royal National Park

The Royal National Park is a mid South coast gem that is close enough to the city to make it a weekend getaway. Choose to explore off the beaten track or jump on it. With beach side camping, and New South Wales landmarks, this is a walk suitable for anyone. The 1-2 day Coast Track sees you soaking in sun, sand and salty water. Make sure to check out Wedding Cake Rock, and the Figure Eight Pools along your way. TIPS – Make sure to book your stay ahead of time as camping spots sell out. If travelling during the cooler months, keep one eye on the ocean as this is the annual whale migration season.

Fraser Island Great Walk

Fraser Island Great Walk

This is one mega walk, so if you’re looking for a hard hike this is for you! In order to complete this 90 km hike, you need to be extensively prepared. Look up information on food storage, water, camping and safety around Dingos. Whilst most people explore Fraser Island on four wheels, you will see another side of this beautiful space. Not looking for a mammoth trek? Check out any of the shorter trails around the island. Including the beautiful Beerillbee Trail, or even the Lake McKenzie to Lake Wabby walk. Both of these walks can be done in a day, and give you a taste of the pristine beauty that is Queensland.

Bio –

Olivia is a young adventurer, an Australian local, and an avid writer. Olivia is currently planning her next overseas adventure to Hawaii, as she is in need of some sunshine and R & R. Check Olivia out on Great Lost, or follow her Instagram for more incredible pictures.

One Comment

  1. James

    May 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Fraser island Great Walk looks like a stunner! Will definitely add this to my list when heading up there.

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