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Best Hiking Trails in Australia

Overview

Australia is known for its wide open spaces, beaches and world-renowned coral reefs, but it is also a destination for mountain hiking, known as bushwalking in Australia.  There is mountainous hiking to be found in much of this large country-continent. Some of the main hiking regions include the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Kosciuszko National Park, the parks in Victoria such as Snowy River National Park and Alpine National Park.  Queensland contains some great hiking such as in Wooroonooran National Park.  And of course, some of the best mountain hiking in Australia can be found in Tasmania, home of the beautiful Overland Track. Don’t forget to check out the Australia’s Great Walks.  The best months to go hiking in Australia vary as it such a big country.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Australia. 

Capital: Sydney

When To Hike in Australia?

Year round: There is a range of climates in Australia, meaning you can mountain hike any time of the year.  Filter through the map to see the best months for the different regions.

Climate: Range of climates.

 

Australia Monthly Weather

 

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: There are plenty of resources (books, websites, maps) on hiking and in many places, independent hiking should be no problem.  For certain areas or certain hikes, a guide might be advisable or required.

Transportation required: Car, public transit

Where to stay in Australia for hiking:

  • Jindabyne
  • Katoomba
  • Murwillumbah
  • Hall’s Gap
  • Marysville
  • Bright

Top Places to Hike in Australia

While there are mountains in all of the provinces, the highest mountains are found along the east coast, towards the south, in New South Wales and Victoria. Highest Mountain: Mount Kosciuszko (2228 m); located in Kosciuszko National Park, in New South Wales.

Filter out hiking places of Australia by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

South Queensland

10 Great Walks – Queensland Great Walks (Carnarvon open from April – Oct)

Central Queensland

Western Australia

  • Can go year round – cool in summer, hot in winter
  • Southern part of this province is best, Perth is closest city
  • Stirling Range National Park – Stirling Range National Park
  • Bibbulmun Track – 1003 km track (not quite mountainous)

Tasmania

North Queensland

Northern Territory

South Australia

South Victoria

North Victoria

West Victoria

Northern New South Wales

Kosciuszko National Park

Around Sydney

Australian Capital Territory

Australia's Long Distance Trails

  • Australian Alps Walking Track – 655 km trail going through the alpine areas of NSW, Victoria and ACT – Australian Alps walking track 
  • Great Walks – there are 12 multi-day treks – Great Walks of Australia
  • Walls of Jerusalem Circuit – six day trek in Tasmania – Walls of Jerusalem Circuit
  • Bibbulman Track – 1000 km trail in western Australia, not very mountainous – Bibbulman Track
  • Snowies Alpine Walk – 55 km hike across Kosciuszko National Park, new in 2024

Australia's Walking & Hiking Resources

Books: There are many, many books, small sampling below

  • Epic Hikes of Australia and New Zealand, by Lonely Planet, 2022, Lonely Planet
  • Best Day Walks Australia 1, by Lonely Planet, 2021, Lonely Planet Global Limited
  • Australia’s 100 Best Walks, by Katrina O’Brien, 2020, Bauer Media Books
  • EA Top Walks in Australia, by Aust Explore, Melanie Ball, 2016, Hardie Grant Explore
  • Walks in Nature: Australia, 2nd Edition, Easy Escapes into Unspoiled Landscapes Complete with Foodie Stops, by Anna Carlile, 2019, Explore Australia Publishing Pty, Ltd
  • Hiking the Overland Track: Tasmania: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, by Warwick Sprawson, Cicerone Guide, 2020, Cicerone Press
  • Top Walks in Australia, by Melanie Ball, 2022, Hardie Grant Explore
  • Top Walks in Tasmania, by Melanie Ball, 2018, Hardie Grant Explore
  • Top Walks in Victoria, by Melanie Ball, 2019, Explore Australia
  • Walks, Tracks and Trails of Victoria, by Derrick Stone, 2009, CSIRO Publishing
  • Take A Walk Series: https://takeawalk.com.au/ – there are 8 books produced for different parts of the country

 

Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hikes in Australia:

For such a large country with hundreds of trails through its diverse landscapes, it is difficult to choose a handful, but here is just a sample. You can find more details on hiking these trails in the hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites from the country/region, trail maps/apps or other websites:

  • Mount Amos – Tasmania
  • Cradle Mountain – Tasmania
  • Mount Gower – NSW
  • Mount Kosciuszko – NSW
  • Mount Warning – NSW
  • Mount Bogong – Victoria
  • Mount Feathertop – Victoria
  • Larapinta Trail

Easy Hikes in Australia:

  • Nina Peak (Hinchinbrook Island) – Queensland
  • King’s Canyon Rim Walk – Northern Territory

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What Else To Do

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Other beach activities (such as surfing)
  • Uluru
  • Indigenous culture
  • Visit wine regions

Other Important Points

  • Be aware that some mountains are sacred to Aboriginal people and may not be respectful to hike/climb 
  • Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world due to the strong Australian sun – be sure to cover up, particularly in summer