There are thousands of hiking trails spread throughout every state and territory in Australia ranging from less than 100 metres at their shortest and going all the way up to 5300 km in the case of our longest trail, the Bicentennial National Trail. While no one individual is ever likely to have walked all of them, it doesn’t stop us from trying and for the first time we have decided to share with you our favourite trails we have walked since we started the Australian Hiker in November of 2016.
All the trails on this list have been walked by Gill and myself and each trail has something that has created a lasting memory. We will review this list annually as we discover hikes that have a lasting impact on us so check in every so often to see what’s changed.
So here is a summary of our top 10 hikes – if something catches your eye, you can click on link for our full review. We hope you enjoy!
The reason this hike is at the top of our list is not the actual walk itself but the destination. The Mount Gingera Summit just has that ‘special something’ – a feeling of solitude and remoteness, a feeling of wilderness. I have done this walk three times over the past year and have just felt at home on each occasion.
My attitude to hiking trails is that there are too many trails to repeat one you have already done; the 223 km Larapinta Trail isn’t one of those. Larapinta is one of the few long distance trails I want to go back and do again. The arid central Australian environment is definitely one of our favourites and this could be why the image below has a firm place on our website homepage.
Without a doubt this is the best standalone summit walk in the Canberra region providing some spectacular views to the valley below. Located within the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve This walk is easy to access; just remember to start early to avoid the crowds.
A recent addition to this list is a walk that combines hiking and the ocean; two things we love to love. A full on day walk for fit and fast hikers or a great overnight camping option for those who want to take it at a more leisurely pace, take a swim, and just meander along this great stretch of ocean.
I must admit I’m usually not a fan of walking up hills just for the sake of it – I just don’t see the point. The Mount Franklin Summit Walk is a remote walk on the western border of the Australian Capital Territory that combines views to Canberra’s remote wilderness regions along with providing an insight into our historic past.
One of Sydney’s great hidden walks with many locals being unaware of its existence. This walk provides a great opportunity to do a medium length walk (10 km) without leaving the city. Depending on your transport needs and whether you plan to do this as a return trip, the best starting location is at the Spit Bridge end located near the D’Albora Marina on Spit Road. The parking facilities are good (although expensive) but you need to get an early start to secure a parking space. Alternatively you can start this walk at the Manly Wharf end and either walk back making for a 20 km walk or get a return taxi.
One of Australia’s premiere long distance hiking trails located in southern Western Australia. This walk takes you through a variety of ecosystems providing something for everyone. If you don’ feel like doing the full walk in one go, then pick a section that’s close by to whet your appetite
This walk takes you into the Bimberi Wilderness on the western border of the Australian Capital Territory. A great overnight camping option close by to the Cotter River for fitter hikers. For us it is where we do our shakedown hikes in preparation for bigger hikes.
This would have to be Australia’s most iconic walks with this great stone monolith jutting out of the ground and dominating the landscape as you approach. I have had three ‘spiritual’ moments in my life and my visit to Uluru was one of them. My visit had a physical impact on me. The best way I can describe it is there was the sense of raw power being radiated from the rock itself which I could feel on the entire walk. I have talked to others who having visited Uluru and who have had similar experiences. This is a must do walk for all hikers.
The Florence Head walk starts off with the walk along the Little Forest Walking Track but rather than turning around when the Little Forest Track intersects the fire trail, you turn to the right and keep on going until you reach the Florence Head lookout at around the 3.1 km mark. The track surface varies from natural track through, to maintenance road. to metal mesh but there are no difficult areas on the track to negotiate. Having said that the fire trail grass is regularly slashed to maintain a fire break and as a result there are some very deep wheel ruts that you need to look out for so you don’t turn an ankle. The track gradient is fairly flat and towards the lookout there is a small climb before descending back down slightly.