Great Hikes Down Under

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

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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.

 

Overland Track

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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.

 

Cape-to-Cape

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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.

 

Maria Island

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.

Have fun!

Guest Author

Eunise is a Filipino writer and outdoor enthusiast who curates articles for a living. It is her passion to share her own pieces of writing to everyone and inspire people from across the globe. She loves sipping hot coffee, going to artsy cafés or restaurants, as well as eating fried chicken and anything with noodles.

27 thoughts on “Great Hikes Down Under

  • August 5, 2018 at 4:57 am
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    I never knew there are so many places for camping down under. I would definitely want to go on Maria Island. I love national parks and sea shores.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm
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    These hikes all look and sound amazing. It’s clear you’re well experienced on this topic. Makes me rethink my decision to visit Australia.

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  • June 25, 2018 at 6:57 pm
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    I have ALWAYS wanted to travel to Australia. I love all of your pictures! I love hiking and being totally swallowed up in nature. This all looks perfect =)

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  • June 25, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    I’ve been trying to find ways to motivate myself to do physical activity and I think hiking is a great one! I love the photos of the different places 🙂

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  • June 25, 2018 at 11:47 am
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    There are truly EPIC walks and paths to follow. Maria Island and all the other paths along the ocean are my fav, because I’m a sea-lover

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  • June 24, 2018 at 11:50 pm
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    All your pictures look amazing! This article makes me wanna book a flight to Australia. Do you mind sharing the estimated cost of going to all those places?

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  • June 24, 2018 at 8:37 pm
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    These are beautiful, picturesque places to hike! I would love to go visit Blue Mountain someday. I would love to just explore wildlife and be in awe of God’s awesome creations downunder.

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  • June 24, 2018 at 6:54 pm
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    I really love hiking, these are some great spots to enjoy a beautiful hiking day with the family or another adult. I need to hike more this summer season and would love to hike in new places.

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  • June 24, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    This is a wonderful list! We live in our RV full time, and travel full time. And do a lot of hiking! So this was definitely a blog for me. Thanks for sharing!

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  • June 24, 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    I would have to agree that it is a must to see the majestic Blue Mountains. Such a beautiful view. Can’t wait to take another trip there.

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  • June 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm
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    These are great hiking trails. We’d take your advise and head over to Victoria for an autumn hiking adventure. I believe it’s going to a fun and memorable one.

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  • June 24, 2018 at 4:38 pm
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    That rainbow looks amazing and so do the rugged cliffs. I am sure it is a great walk or hike that I would definitely like to do some day.

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  • June 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm
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    Wow! All these hiking options look stunning. I just can’t take my eyes off these vistas. They all look incredibly beautiful and it’s quite difficult to choose one over the other. I haven’t visited Australia yet, however, I’ll make sure I hike some of these places (if not all) on my visit. Thanks for sharing this great post and amazing photographs.

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  • June 23, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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    What an amazing experience it looks! I am not a big hiker but would definitely love to experience these places.

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  • June 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm
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    oh my goodness, I am so speechless, so much breathtaking beauty of nature in Australia 🙂 thank you for sharing

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  • June 23, 2018 at 6:59 am
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    Omg these places all look utterly stunning and the only one I’ve been to is the blue mountains, I didn’t even hike there but I would if I returned. My family actually live near there so I have no excuse

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  • June 22, 2018 at 7:50 pm
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    Hiking is the most interesting activity I think. I haven’t really or seriously tried it yet but will soon when I get a chance.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm
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    This is great post. Hiking looks like it can be so much fun, and such a great workout too. I bet you get to see some absolutely beautiful places.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    All of these hikes are in my dream destinations list. The scenic views are magical and I hope to photograph them myself some day.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 1:26 pm
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    I want so much visit this amazing places one day! Hope to have a possibility to do it and btw, amazing post and photos =)

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  • June 22, 2018 at 10:59 am
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    This article was just something I needed! I’m starting my two months long holidays and I needed such an inspiration. I love all these pictures. 🙂

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  • June 22, 2018 at 7:51 am
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    I’ve still yet to visit Australia, but all these places make me want to see it soon! The Great Ocean Walk is probably my favourite, as I can imagine myself there not just attempting the hike, but also taking countless photos too. You’ve listed some excellent hikes, and will remember this when I visit.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 6:57 am
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    Wow! What a huge variety of land (and sea) scapes covered in your selection of great hikes. The Great Ocean walk is iconic, and one of those sites I’d love to see for myself. Maria Island looks similarly idyllic, like a quiet and wild paradise. I’d also love to see the blue mountains.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 6:19 am
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    That is a really beautiful scene. I’m normally not a hiker but I would do these.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 2:41 am
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    This is a great resource. These look like absolutely breathtaking sites and a great joy to see. I love the beach photos.

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  • June 22, 2018 at 12:59 am
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    This is a great resource for hiking in Oz. I love hiking and am always looking for recommendations. I love that your list covers waterfalls, spectacular views, beaches, and more!

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  • June 21, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    Wow a great post and anyone would benefit from visiting here whether you are into hiking or not. Hiking can actually get you to Places where no vehicles can. Great visuals of down under and surely is motivational to make the trip and enjoy this beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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