10 Of The Best Day Walks in Australia

Exploring on foot is one way you can truly immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the environment.


If your kind of adventure is getting outside and seeing pristine wilderness as you’ve never seen before, then be sure to pack your hiking shoes as you travel to Oz. Australia is blessed with amazing walking trails that allow you indulge in the fresh air and great outdoors.

So without further ado, here are day walk trails you may want to include in your itinerary.  Great idea too when you’re exploring around in a campervan. 


1.    Kosciuszko Walk, New South Wales
Standing at 2,228 meters, Mount Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest peak. In about 2 or 3 hours, you can climb to its summit after a 6.5 km walk. 

Along the way, you'll be greeted with sights of rolling hills, lush green vegetation,  and wildflowers. Alternatively, there are also various lookouts you can walk to. But worry not as they also offer exquisite views, especially the Lake Cootapatamba Lookout.

Families with kids also enjoy a hike to Kosciuszko so if you’re driving somewhere nearby, might as well stop by for a rewarding day walk.


2. Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain National Park
The Dove Lake Circuit is one of the most popular walks around Tasmania. This six-kilometer walking trail is an easy one and is suitable even for families with kids.

Highlights of the walk are the Glacier Rock, Bathroom Forest, and the Boat Shed. The Boat Shed was built in 1940 by the first ranger in Cradle Mountain and is one of the most photographed boat sheds to date.

Be sure to put sunscreen on when setting out on a sunny day. The heat could easily add to the challenge, but the amazing views will surely keep you going.


3. Karijini National Park, Western Australia
Western Australia’s second largest park, the Karijini, sure has a lot to offer visitors.

Bask in the landscape consisting of rocks that were formed millions years ago, towering gorges, rich flora and fauna, and diverse wildlife.

Choose from the various bushwalks you can do enjoy your stay but be sure to stay proactive. Look out for visitor warning signs for your safety.

4.   Wineglass Bay Circuit, Tasmania
The Wineglass Bay Lookout is a rewarding uphill walk that takes about 3 hours to complete. It’s 1.5 km each way and the majestic view of the crystal clear waters and the white sand beach will keep you entertained.

The walk will also be a challenging one with the presence of the hazardous cliffs. There are also sections with slippery, loose gravel surface. Nonetheless, just make sure to stay within the barriers and you’ll make it back to the Freycinet National Park camping ground safe and sound.


5.   Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory
The challenging climb at the summit of the Kings Canyons is all worth it. You’ll be greeted by the stone domes and a view of the  Watarrka National Park.

On your descent, the Garden of Eden awaits you, where you can also enjoy your lunch. You can choose from the various walking trails, which all feature an adventure of its own. You may join guided tours, but you can also opt to trek independently.

Consider taking the walk either during sunrise or sunset so you can marvel at the canyon’s changing colours at these hours.


6.  Manly to the Spit Bridge, Sydney
Want to take a break from the city sights? Hop on a ferry to Manly wharf. Take time to slow down and be one with nature at the Spit Bridge Coastal Walk.

This 10km trail can be completed within around 4 hours, but you can always choose to take only a section. You can also take the walk the other way around, starting from the Spit Bridge and finishing off at Manly. If you wish to take a short break from the trail, you can head to the Reef Beach for a dip.

A guide is not necessary but make sure to bring a map with you. You can download one from manlyguide.com.


7.   White Sands Walk, Jervis Bay
This 2.5 km walking trail located in Jervis Bay National Park is easy and breathtaking. The White Sands Walk is connected to the steeper Scribbly Gum track.

Along the way, you’ll see beautiful beaches and spectacular viewpoints. You may even get a glimpse of dolphins.  From the bay views, the backdrop switches to a woodland scenery.

This is another family-friendly day walk, one you’ll still find relaxing even when you have to carry your little one all the way though.

8.   Boodjamulla National Park, Outback Queensland
If you are taking your camper trailer to Cairns, consider including Boodjamulla National Park in your itinerary.
This stop has a lot in store for every family member, from the camping itself to the walks that vary in difficulty level. Add to that the emerald waters perfect for canoeing.

Don’t forget to check out the Indarri Falls and go up the lookout to enjoy an awesome view of the river. Beware, though, as roads can be rough. Check the weather before heading out to ensure safe drives.

9.   Uluru Basewalk, Northern Territory
The Uluru Kata Tjuta National park is host to a number of walks that take you on a tour around the region’s natural beauty. 

One of the most popular walks is the Valley of the Winds. It comes with steep climbs so make sure that your mind and body are up to the challenge. No worries, though, as there are plenty of stops where you can rest and recharge awhile. This flat marked dirt path is 10km in length and can be completed within 4 hours.

The view of the domes around, along with the wide variety of plants and birds make the trail all the more unforgettable.

10.  Byron Bay, New South Wales
A walk along a beautiful beach to witness a breathtaking sunrise. That’s what Byron Bay is famous for. So if you’re dropping by, be sure to take advantage of the low tide.

Rise and shine early and walk on the fine sand on your way to the lighthouse. If you get lucky, humpbacks will be showing up in the waters too. Sunrise is glorious in Byron Bay for its sits in the eastern most point of Australia.

Byron can be reached from south of Brisbane. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear with you and take a dip at the Wategos Beach.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a refreshing escape out in nature, these day walk trails are worth considering for your Australian outback adventure. Great opportunity to clear your head and just soak up the breathtaking beauty around you. 

Links:

1. Anchor text: Exploring around in a campervan

Link: http://www.discovery-campervans.com.au/beginners.php

 

2. Anchor text: taking your camper trailer to Cairns

http://www.discovery-campervans.com.au/camper/cairns_1.php

 

3. Anchor text: Australian outback adventure

http://www.discovery-campervans.com.au/

 

 

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