Australia: 10 Breathtaking Hikes

Discover the best hiking and walking trails in Australia with this impressive list

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Mount Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, located in Australia’s Red Center.
Mount Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, located in Australia’s Red Center - Photo by @CB72

Australia is home to fauna like kangaroos and koalas, plus there is an infinity of fascinating trails for hiking and walking enthusiasts. Travel along their beaches, deserts and forests on foot with this list of the best trails on foot in Australia.

Hiking trails near Melbourne

1. Great Ocean Walk

Panorama of the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia, the great final reward on the Great Ocean Walk hiking trail.
Panorama of the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia - Photo by @PaulineE

One of the most famous road trips in Australia is the Great Ocean Road. A version of this on foot is the Great Ocean Walk, a 100-km trail that starts at Apollo Bay, near Melbourne (Victoria), and ends at the Twelve Apostles, towering limestone rock formations that change color depending on the sun. Along the Great Ocean Walk, you will cross through various national parks, cliffs and beaches along the Indian Ocean. If you prefer a shorter trail, you can take the last leg starting at Princetown.

Distance

63.66 mi

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63.66 mi

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2. George Bass Coastal Walk

The cliffscape on the George Bass Coastal Walk hiking trail.
Cliffs along the George Bass Coastal Walk - Photo by @Gabor Pelikan

The George Bass Coastal Walk is a trail that follows the footsteps of the explorer George Bass on one of his voyages of discovery. The adventure begins on the Punch Bowl Road, in the outskirts of San Remo, and it goes until Kilcunda. On the George Bass Coastal Walk, you will walk on a seaside path where the grass mixes with the sand and the rocks on the beach, and you can even see whales when they migrate! Remember to check the schedule of the tides so you can go across the beaches.

Distance

10.34 mi

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797 f

Distance

10.34 mi

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797 f

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3. Two Bays Walking Track

The Bushrangers Bay on the Mornington Peninsula, near Melbourne, in Australia.
The Bushrangers Bay on the Mornington Peninsula, near Melbourne - Photo by @deb9

Another one of the best trails near Melbourne is the Two Bays Walking Track, a hike on the Mornington Peninsula that unites Port Phillip Bay with Bushrangers Bay. After crossing the Arthurs Seat State Park and the Mornington Peninsula National Park, you will reach the path’s last surprise: the Cape Schanck Lighthouse in front of the Tasmanian Sea. Bring your camera for taking pictures of the landscape and local fauna, like the eastern gray kangaroo, the black wallaby, the echidna or the koala.

Distance

17.43 mi

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1860 f

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4. Sherbrooke Forest Loop Trail

An eastern yellow robin eating an earthworm in the Sherbrooke Forest, to the east of Melbourne, Australia.
Eastern yellow robin in the Sherbrooke Forest, east of Melbourne - Photo by @Vickie Lautrec

The Sherbrooke Forest is a rainforest in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, in Melbourne. It is a place with a great wealth of wildlife with Australian mountain ash trees abound, recorded as the tallest flowering tree in the world. This trail takes off from Ferny Creek and crosses through a magical environment: trails full of birds that are perfect for enjoying birdwatching, and trees that aim to touch the sky as well as the Sherbrooke Falls.

Distance

5.83 mi

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853 f

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5.83 mi

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Walking and hiking trails near Sydney

1. From Bondi Beach to Coogee

The coastal path from Bondi Beach to Coogee, in front of the Tasmanian Sea, in Sydney, Australia.
The coastal path from Bondi Beach to Coogee in Sydney - Photo by @Veruskad

In Sydney, you cannot miss out on the coastal path from Bondi Beach to Coogee. After seeing the iconic Bondi Icebergs Pool, which melts into the ocean at the start of the path, you will discover beaches like Tamarama and Bronte Beach and natural pools such as Giles Bath. Without a doubt, the path from Bondi Beach to Coogee is one of the best trails in Sydney in the Australian state of New South Wales. Moreover, the area turns into an outdoor museum during the “Sculpture by the Sea” festival.

Distance

5.28 mi

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374 f

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5.28 mi

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374 f

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2. Blue Mountains National Park

Two hikers in the National pass located in the Blue Mountains National Park, near Sydney.
The National Pass in the Blue Mountains National Park, near Sydney - Photo by @orens

Near Sydney you can also have an adventure among the cliffs, waterfalls and landscapes of the Blue Mountains National Park that gets its name from the blue color it gives off when seen from a distance. The trail starts from the Conservation Hut at Wentworth Falls and goes around the National Pass and the Wentworth waterfalls. Before heading out, we recommend checking the local alerts to see whether access to the National Pass is closed.

Distance

4.80 mi

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906 f

Distance

4.80 mi

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906 f

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Hikes near Brisbane

1. Somerset Trail

The views seen from the Somerset Lookout on the Somerset Trail, a hiking path full of contrasts in Australia.
The views seen from the Somerset Lookout on the Somerset Trail - Photo by @Michael999

The Somerset Trail is a trail full of contrasts in the D’Aguilar National Park, 70 kms from Brisbane, Queensland, where you will be able to see from a lush rainforest, to eucalyptus and palm tree forests. While the fruit from tropical trees attracts the flying foxes, the driest part is home to the possums. Along this hiking trail you will cross paths with hundreds of colorful flowers and you will have gorgeous views of both Somerset and Wivenhoe Lakes.

Distance

8.19 mi

Elevation +

1007 f

Distance

8.19 mi

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1007 f

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Hiking trails in Australia’s Red Center

1. Uluru / Ayers Rock

View of Mount Uluru in the red Australian desert, also known as Ayers Rock.
Mount Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock - Photo by @marklav

Mount Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, in the red Australian desert. Sacred among the Anangu Aboriginal people and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This hiking trail allows you to go around the Uluru, see cave paintings and discover the Mutitjulu Waterhole, a natural pool where it is said to be home of Wanampi, an ancestral water snake. The best time to visit Uluru is from May to September.

Distance

7.03 mi

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459 f

Distance

7.03 mi

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459 f

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2. Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Panorama of Kings Canyon in Australia as seen from one of the passing points on the Rim Walk.
Kings Canyon in Australia, while on the Rim Walk - Photo by @Henry Morgan

In the Watarrka National park, in Australia’s Red Center, there are iconic places like Kings Canyon. The Rim Walk is a trail along the high parts of the canyon with fascinating views and a 500-step climb called “Heart Attack Hill”. Along the trail, you can step off the path towards the waters of “Garden of Eden” and discover “The Lost City,” sandstone domes that form an unprecedented desert “city.”

Distance

4.03 mi

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692 f

Distance

4.03 mi

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692 f

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3. Trephina Gorge Nature Park, near Alice Springs

Breach in the Trephina Gorge Natural Park, in Australia’s Red Center, photographed while hiking on the trail.
The Trephina Gorge Natural Park, in Australia’s Red Center - Photo by @lamorosangel

85 kms east of the city Alice Springs (Northern Territory) is where the throat of the Trephina Gorge lies, a breach full of mysteries and secrets. Along this footpath in the eponymous Trephina Gorge Nature Park, you can discover Aboriginal paintings on the rock walls, in addition to the various water pools that attract numerous animals and birds. It is the perfect choice to enter one of the eastern passes in the Macdonnell Ranges on foot.

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Distance

2.31 mi

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364 f

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