We are all doing a lot of walking these days, much to the chagrin and/or delight of our animals. When life returns to something more normal, we will be in great shape to continue our exercise amongst less familiar surroundings. Australia is blessed with some of the world’s greatest walking destinations – these are some of our favourites.
Maria Island Walk
Tasmania offers breath-taking scenery, including this natural wildlife sanctuary whose historic ruins, sweeping bays and dramatic cliffs make it the perfect stomping ground for an easy walk. Maria Island is only accessible by ferry, its remote location making it a great bird watching spot. Eleven of Tasmania’s twelve endemic species may be found here, including the endangered, forty-spotted pardalote and the rare Cape Barren goose. There are also Forester Kangaroos, Bennetts Wallabies… and it wouldn’t be Tasmania without the Tasmanian Devils.
This great walk operates seasonally from October to the end of April each year. In the winter months, the Maria Island Walk offers a three-day, two-night Winter Escape Experience. In groups of up to eight guests, two knowledgeable and friendly guides will show you the island’s beauty, history and amazing wildlife.
The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk
The Great Ocean Road is on the bucket list for many travellers from Australia and around the world. The route is alive with birds, fur seals, koalas and wallabies, and the dramatic coastline is sprinkled with shipwrecks from the transportation of British convicts over 200 years ago.
Explore the route on foot and along the way you’ll hear tales of shipwrecks and settlements and visit untouched beaches, staying at one lodge base so that you only have a day pack to carry. The walk covers the last 55 kilometres of the Great Ocean Walk, and the trail is regarded as moderate, with easy and challenging sections.
The Arkaba Walk
This four-day walk departs from Wilpena Pound, against a spectacular backdrop of the Elder Range. Craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gums offer the classic landscape of the Outback.
Large numbers of Red and Western Grey kangaroos, wallaroos and emus are regular sightings along the walk, and the countryside is teeming with stories of heroic failures from the early pioneers.
For a really authentic experience, lay down on Arkaba’s signature ‘star beds’ under the night skies (or within sheltered bush huts) after an evening by the campfire, indulging in a three-course camp dinner matched with a selection of fine South Australian wines.
The Scenic Rim Trail
South East Queensland offers the Scenic Rim Trail, which starts in the foothills of Main Range National Park – an area that’s famous for its stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, ancient rainforest and volcanic plateaus. From here, experienced guides will lead you through a region that contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, state forests and national parks.
The Classic Larapinta Trek
Northern Territory offers the Classic Larapinta Trek, with views of vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops and the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges, led by expert guides
The Margaret River’s Cape to Cape Walk
If you’re someone who appreciates a good sauvignon blanc, Margaret River’s Cape to Cape Walk might be the one for you. Experience the Margaret River at its finest, staying in ocean-front luxury while enjoying world-class food and wine. Discover the turquoise ocean, white beaches, coastal cliffs and towering karri forest on the Cape to Cape Walk.
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