My favourite beginner hikes in Australia
No matter where you live, there are lots of hiking trails suitable for beginners. Here are some of my favourite beginner hikes in Australia.
Try the You Yangs National Park. The East-West Track is an easy 4.5km circuit. Flinders Peak is a 3km round trip. Weave your way through granite boulders and take in views that stretch from Melbourne to Port Phillip Bay. There's also the very accessible Beeches Rainforest Walk in the Yarra Ranges National Park. It’s 4km return, and there a number of other short walks in this area suitable for beginners.
In New South Wales
Try the Grand Canyon Track (5.4km) in Blue Mountains National Park. For something more central, the Royal National Park has the return trip from Wattamolla to Eagle Rock Lookout (7.4 km return) or Forest Path Circuit (4.5 km circuit).
In the ACT
The Booromba Rocks trail in Namadgi National Park is only 4kms. It’s a short hike but a steep climb up to the summit, for incredible views across the park.
In South Australia
The 1.7km First Falls Valley walk in Morialta Conservation Park is a gorge walk with stunning waterfalls dotting the cliffs along the way. There’s also the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty (4km each way) which boasts waterfalls and spectacular views, with the added bonus of a café at each end of the trail.
The Morans Falls walk in Queensland is 4.4km return and a great option for beginners. It covers parts of Gondwana Rainforests in the Australia World Heritage area. There’s also the Bald Rock National Park’s Bungoona Walk & Summit Track which is a 6.2 km trek through granite formations with some amazing views.
In the Northern Territory
You’ll be spoiled for choice when selecting a short walk in the Top End. There’s a stack of short walks available in the Kakaudu National Park - the 4km Nourlangie Rock Walk is a great place to start. The Florence Creek Walk in Litchfield National Park is 3.2 km, and provides access to safe swimming holes and waterfalls.
In Western Australia
For a landscape dotted with granites and interesting vegetation, try the 4km Kangaroo Trail in Walyunga National Park. If coastal views and birdlife are more your thing, the town of Mandurah features the Erskine Nature Trail, a 6km return traverse.
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