8 great bushwalking destinations in Australia
Australians are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to go bushwalking. Whether you’re looking for short walks to take with the kids, full day hikes, or epic multi-day treks, every state is full of incredible landscapes to explore.
Victoria: Grampians National Park - Halls Gap
Picturesque Halls Gap, in the heart of the Grampians, is the perfect base for bushwalkers. Take short walks to waterfalls like Silverband Falls, Turret Falls, or Splitters Falls, a day-hike to Mount Difficult, or even watch the sunrise from Boronia Peak. If you’re looking for a multi-day adventure, consider bushwalking along the new Grampians Peaks Trail.
New South Wales: Blue Mountains National Park - Katoomba
The World Heritage listed Blue Mountains is known for its lush rainforests and high rock escarpments. Katoomba gives you easy access to short, kid-friendly bushwalks like Wentworth Falls, day-hikes like Ruined Castle, or a diverse multitude of walks at Blue Gum Forest and Mount Solitary.
Tasmania: Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park – Devonport
There are more than 20 bushwalking tracks within easy reach of Devonport, from 20 minutes to nine hours in length. Kids will love The Enchanted Stroll, while experienced bushwalkers shouldn’t miss the Cradle Mountain Summit Walk. Cradle Mountain is also the starting point for the world-famous seven-day Overland Track.
Northern Territory: West MacDonnell National Park - Alice Springs
Stretching 160 kilometres west of Alice Springs, this area is best known for the 223 kilometre Larapinta Trail, parts of which can be broken into day-hikes – try Mount Sonder if you're a confident bushwalker. Ormiston Pound Loop and the Ghost Gum Walk are shorter options for those visiting with children.
Queensland: Great Sandy National Park – Fraser Island
Fraser Island is a popular destination for families with children. There are plenty of short walks available, as well as full day adventures like the Lake McKenzie Circuit. The hardcore bushwalkers will love the 90 kilometre Fraser island Great Walk.
Australian Capital Territory: Namadgi National Park – Canberra
The ACT’s only national park, Namadgi is a paradise for bushwalkers, from the short Booroomba Rocks Trail to the impressive Mount Namadgi Summit. It is also the starting point for the 650 kilometre Australian Alpine Walking Track.
South Australia: Flinders Chase National Park - Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is set to be an essential destination for hikers with the multi-day Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail launching in mid-2016. Stage one of the track is complete and makes a great day-hike, while those looking for something shorter will love the Ravine das Casoars Walk.
Western Australia: Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park - Margaret River
Margaret River is best known for its wine, but bushwalkers looking for a day-hike (even with kids) will love the 10 Mile Brook Trail. This is also where the 125 kilometre Cape to Cape Track kicks off, which is undoubtedly a bucket-list experience for seasoned hikers.
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Wherever you decide to go, make sure you check trail and weather conditions before you set off on a walk. A well planned bushwalking adventure will make for a rewarding and relaxing experience.
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