By Eunise Quintano
The Great Outdoors with Great Hikes Down Under!
In case you did not know – but we’re pretty sure you do, Down Under is Australia. The beautiful country of Australia is filled with hiking opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Through dense rain forests, across open plains, over mountain ridges, beside lakes, and oceans – there’s somewhere here for every type of hiker. Looking for great hikes in this part of the world? We’ve prepared this article just for you! Here are some great hikes you can find in Australia.
Great Ocean Walk
The Great Ocean Walk has enabled many to go where its namesake road couldn’t. The track meanders through eucalypt and gum forest and reaches Cape Otway Light station, goes through sand dunes, beaches and even cliff-top tracks. You’ll see shipwrecks and the world-famous rock formation called the Twelve Apostles.
This Tasmanian hike lets you experience the vast Cradle Mountain trail, known for its eco-friendly lodges that litter the track. There are great views to be found and highlights including Marion’s Lookout with a view of the Cradle Mountain.
Rugged sea cliffs, eucalyptus forest, a china-blue sea, white beaches, and coastal are just some of the things you will encounter as you hike between Cape Leeuwin Cape and Naturaliste, strategically located in the southwest corner of Western Australia. If you go in the season, you’ll see whales and wildflowers as well.
Whether you take a day trip by ferry take or a 4-day guided walk, Maria Island National Park offer all you want from abundant wildlife, untouched sandy beaches, convict ruins, mountains, and fossil cliffs. The park spans 11,550 hectares, including 1,878 hectares of Albany marine reserve as well as the 7.4-hectare Ile des Phoques.
The Bibbulmun Track
Australia’s perfect answer to the great Appalachian Trail. The Bibbulmun hike makes its way through approximately 1,000km of some of WA’s best scenery. It begins in the hills outside Perth and then whirls through jarrah forests and granite mountains, south of the great karri forests to the southwest, after which through the magnificent south coast before reaching Albany, WA’s oldest town.
You can do the walk-in bits, linking where it crosses major roads, or if you’re a veteran, do it in much longer stretches. You can use many timber shelters that were built 1 day’s walk apart. You can also make use of “Walking Break” packages, which is based on the towns through which the track passes.
The Blue Mountains
No Australian hike is complete without heading over to the majestic Blue Mountains. The bushwalks in the Blue Mountains National Park boasts splendid views of valleys, waterfalls, cliffs, and the lush forest. Plus, the area can be easily reached from Sydney.
Here’s a bonus hike for when you really want something out of the ordinary – head over to Victoria for an autumn hiking adventure! Cope Hut to Pretty Valley, Masons Falls Circuit, and Cape Schanck to Gunnamatta track, these Victorian hikes are perfect for newbies and veterans alike. There you go! Now that you have a list of some of the best hikes in Australia, it’s time to rent a car and visit these hiking trails! Don’t forget to book your car in advance to avoid unavailability or surges.