Burra To Green Mountains(O’Reilly’s) QLD
Part of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, a multi-day hike, the section from Binna Burra to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park makes a good full-day walk.
The Border Track passes through stands of Atlantic Beech forest, subtropical and cool-temperate rainforests and along the rim of the Tweed Valley volcanic erosion caldera.
From Wanungara Lookout views extend over Limpwood Valley, Mount Warning and sometimes as far south as Byron Bay.
Grand Canyon, Blue Mountains, NSW
Deep chasms and towering waterfalls reward walkers who make the effort to explore the Blue Mountains National Park. The sandstone cliffs create a dramatic backdrop to this walk, which leaves from the visitor centre. At the 1.8 km mark, Govetts Leap Lookout provides a prime lunch spot with breathtaking scenery. There is a steep descent into a gorge to access Grand Canyon. Turn right at Greaves Creek and follow the canyon, as the sandstone walls become deeper and closer, crossing the creek multiple times. After about 500 m, well-formed steps lead out and towards a 10 m tunnel.
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, VIC
Discover Australia’s wild beauty on the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. The walk traverses the length of the Shipwreck Coast and Great Ocean Road, along the spectacular coastline between Apollo Bay and the iconic Twelve Apostles. Delight in the variety of landscapes from cool-climate rainforest and remote beaches to coastal cliff tops, and finally view it all from the air on a Twelve Apostles scenic helicopter flight. The trail is alive with native wildlife: fur seals, wallabies, koalas, and plants unique to this special corner of the world. Each night you’ll return to the comfort of a luxury eco villa, with hot showers, private bathrooms and foot spas and dine on fabulous chef prepared regional food and wines.
The Canyon Walks, Kings Canyon, NT
Kings Canyon is the main draw card for visitors to Watarrka National Park. Featuring 100 m ancient sandstone cliffs and lush pockets of vegetation that contrast to the arid desert surrounding them, the best way to enjoy the spectacle is on the Canyon Walk. The track starts with a challenging, steep climb to the ridge, then follows the rim before descending back to the car park. About halfway along, hikers are offered reprieve at the Garden of Eden where waterholes, green plants and cool shade dots the ridge. Walk in a clockwise direction and be careful walking in the hotter months between September and May.
Pinnacles Desert, WA
Thousands of limestone pinnacles, some as tall as 3.5 m, rise from the desert sands and are the major attraction of the Nambung National Park. As well as the walk, there are multiple viewing decks which can be accessed by car, and allow even non-walking visitors to fully appreciate these natural wonders. From the interpretive centre, walk along the road to the easy before turning left at a fork to enjoy a fantastic vista at the viewing deck 1.3 km in. Along North Spur is a collection of pinnacles called the Milk Bottles, which shouldn’t be missed. A further 700 m on is the tallest pinnacle.
Wineglass Bay to Hazards Beach, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay regularly sits atop the most beautiful beaches list of travel magazines and websites worldwide. Viewing the beach from the lookout marks the start of this walk and many visitors never venture further than the lookout, but those who leave the crowds behind will be rewarded with one of Australia’s finest coastal walks. Enjoy the white beach, the crystal clear waters, a walk through the low marshy isthmus, a dune-locked lagoon system, and the unique bare granite outcrops of the Hazards. Remember, keep your eyes out the local dolphin population and migrating whales.
Morialt Falls Valley Walk, SA
Follow Fourth Creek to the heart of Morialta Gorge, on the valley floor along a stroller accessible trail.
During summer the creek is dry. After autumn and winter rains, water tumbles thirty metres from the top of Morialta’s best known landmark, First Falls.
The hike begins from the top carpark, or you can commence from the lower carpark on Stradbroke Road.
The Overland Track, Tasmania
Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory
Six Foot Track, New South Wales
Kosciuszko Walk, New South Wales
Manly to the Spit Bridge