Australia is home to some of the world’s most gorgeous walking trails across coastlines, bushlands, and natural landmarks. Exploring our varied flora and fauna is not only refreshing for our minds and bodies, it also allows us to learn about the history of the land, including Indigenous Australians’ continued connection to Country.
Whether it be the beach or the bush, there are always sights to see and facts to learn about Down Under. No matter your skill level when it comes to hiking, there is a walk for everyone – as long as you know where to look. Luckily, we’ve found the best walking trails around Australia for you to explore!
Bouddi Coastal Walk, NSW, 8.5km
If you’re craving a beachside backdrop, the Bouddi coastal walk is for you. Enjoy ocean views, boardwalks, and whales. You can even break for a swim.
Bondi to Coogee Walk, NSW, 6km
This cliff-top walk provides stunning views of the coastline. Stop to rest at the beaches and parks along the way, visiting the rock pools while you’re at it.
White Sands Walk, Jervis Bay, NSW, 2.5km
White sand beaches and piercing blue waters await you at Jervis Bay National Park. If you’re lucky, you may even meet some dolphins and echidnas on your journey.
Mount Kociusko Summit Walk, NSW, 18.6km return
For the seasoned hiker, who is after a bit of altitude, the Mount Kociuszko walk is for you. Beginning at Charlotte Pass, travelling through the high peaks of the national park, you’ll reach the summit feeling very accomplished.
Great South West Walk, VIC, 250km
This extensive bushwalking trail is suitable for most ages and skill levels. There are short two-hour loops, full-day walks, or… for those feeling brave… the entire 250km loop which starts and ends in Portland, Victoria.
George Bass Coastal Walk, VIC, 16km
It’s one of the more popular walking trails for a reason. Bask in the coastal views from San Remo to the Bass Highway in Kilcunda. It take an average of two hours one way, so stop for a blissful lunch along the coastline.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, SA, 60.4km
Up for a five-day trek? Explore the rugged coastline of the Southern ocean along this unique botanical trail.
Cape to Cape Walk, WA, 123 km
As the longest coastal walk in Australia, there’s plenty to see with the Cape to Cape walk. Traversing 135km, peer over the edge of granite cliff tops where you may see whales and dolphins hiding in the waves.
Uluru Base Walks, NT, 10km
With four different sections, the Uluru base walk is richly diverse. Appreciate the history and vastness of Uluru. If you visit after the rain, a chorus of the waterfall and birdlife will form a blissful soundtrack as you hike.
Kokoda track, ACT, 4.5km
Ascend this moderately-difficult summit to the top of Mount Ainslie. Here, you will revel in spectacular views of the city and local mountains.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, QLD, 58.8km
Whether you’re after half, full, or four day walk, this subtropical rainforest with picturesque waterfalls and bush camp sites is a must visit.
Wukalina Walk, Tasmania, 11km
Nestled in Wukalina (Mt William National Park) and Larapuna (Bay of Fires) is the award-winning four day bushland and coastline walk. Throughout the experience, guides will share their knowledge about the ongoing connection between the Palawa community and Country.