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Ten of the best Australian walking tours

Walking is a great way to experience the beauty of many of Australia's most famous natural landscapes — and there's a staggering array of extended guided walking tours to choose from. Here are ten top options...
Ten of the best Australian walking tours
Ten of the best Australian walking tours: Walk the famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

Many of Australia’s most iconic landscapes are located off the beaten track, which makes walking one of the best ways to experience them.

It’s an activity that completely immerses you in the environment. On a guided walking tour, you’ll also enjoy the services of a knowledgeable guide and learn so much about the destination in a relatively short space of time. Walking tours are also good for you and a lot of fun to boot (if you’ll pardon the pun).

Here are ten of the best Australian walking tours, which range from three to eight days in length.

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Ten of the best Australian walking tours
Ten of the best Australian walking tours: Great Ocean Coast. Image: Louise Reynolds

1.Great Ocean Walk, Victoria (4 days)

The Great Ocean Road in regional Victoria is Australia’s most famous coastal drive, but if your boots were made for walking, you can explore this stretch of coastline on foot on the Great Ocean Walk. Officially, the Great Ocean Road stretches for 250 kilometres from surfers’ paradise Torquay, all the way to the famous 12 Apostles — a series of majestic rock sea-stacks timeworn by the Southern Ocean. The Great Ocean Walk runs from the town of Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles. On this fully accommodated trip, you’ll do sections of the walk each day and stay in historic properties like the Cape Otway Lightstation. Departs from: Melbourne

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Tips for doing the Great Ocean Coast in Victoria – Tour the World TV

Thinking about doing the Great Ocean Walk? In this segment from the Tour the World travel TV series, we join Park Trek Walking Holidays on a four-day short-break hiking the Great Ocean Walk in regional Victoria. We experience the amazing beaches, coves and spectacular cliff-top vistas this walk is famous for, before ending up at the wonderful 12 Apostles.

2. Great Blue Mountains Traverse, New South Wales (3 days)

The Blue Mountains in New South Wales is a walker’s dream destination and easily accessible from Sydney. This wonderful three-day walking holiday will see you traverse the Blue Mountains from Blackheath to Wentworth Falls, and is suitable for anyone of a reasonable fitness level. Departing from Sydney, you’ll see the lush fern gullies of the Grand Canyon, take in the sweeping views from the rocky outcrop known as the Ruined Castle, and admire the stunning Valley of the Waters in Wentworth Falls. Transport and two nights’ accommodation at the deluxe Fairmont Resort and Spa are included, as are all meals and local wines with dinner. Departs from: Sydney

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Ten of the best Australian walking tours
Ten of the best Australian walking tours: Explore the Blue Mountains on foot.

3. Grampians Peaks Trail, Victoria (4 days)

Of all the extended Australian walking tours we’ve done, this one in regional Victoria is an absolute highlight. At present you can hike about a quarter of what will ultimately become the full Grampians Peaks Trail in regional Victoria — 144 kilometres of walking tracks traversing the entire length of the ancient Grampians mountain range, two and a half hours’ drive north-west of Melbourne. However, even the quarter that’s complete is absolutely spectacular and well worth a visit now. This four-day itinerary includes comfortable chalet-style accommodation in Halls Gap and a guided walk each day along a contrasting section of the trail. Departs from: Melbourne

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Explore the Grampians in regional Victoria – The Big Bus tour and travel guide

Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide. In this segment we join Park Trek Walking Holidays and Visit Grampians on a four-day short break hiking through the spectacular Grampians in regional Victoria. By 2019 the 144km Grampians Peaks Trail will be completed, allowing hikers to walk the entire length of the range.

4. Cradle Mountain Trek, Tasmania (4 days)

Featuring on just about every Tassie visitor’s ‘to-do’ list, majestic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park doesn’t often disappoint. Dove Lake at the northern end of the park is a focal point for many day visitors, and on a good day the view of Cradle Mountain rising behind the lake is truly sublime. You’ll enjoy this iconic vista and so much more on a four-day walking holiday in the region. Enjoy exceptional walking each day, before returning each evening to your cosy cabin-style accommodation in Cradle Mountain Village and a two-course meal prepared by your guides. Departs from: Launceston

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Dove Lake. Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. Image: Andrew McIntosh

5. Tarkine Wilderness Walk, Tasmania (5 days)

The Tarkine (derived from the name of the Indigenous family groups that inhabited the area at settlement) is located in Tasmania’s northwest and is officially recognised as Australia’s largest stretch of cool climate rainforest (and the second largest in the southern hemisphere). However, the Tarkine is not a national park or protected area as you might expect. Just 4% of the 433,000 hectares recommended in 2013 by the Australian Heritage Council for National Heritage List status was approved by the then federal Labor government. You can do a five-day walking tour of this beautiful — and highly controversial — wilderness area, which includes a boat trip along the magical Pieman River, and the chance to take in the stunning vistas from the top of Mt Donaldson. You’ll stay at the remote Corinna Wilderness Experience lodge. Departs from: Launceston

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Explore Tasmania’s amazing Tarkine wilderness – The Big Bus tour and travel guide

Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide. In this video we join Park Trek Walking Holidays on a fabulous five-day short break hiking through the spectacular Tarkine wilderness in Tasmania’s northwest.

6. Kangaroo Island Walk, South Australia (5 days)

Located off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is the third largest island in Australia (behind Tasmania and Melville Island), and is one of the country’s most pristine natural environments. The island is rabbit and fox-free, and native wildlife thrives. This five-day Kangaroo Island walking tour includes comfortable accommodation, most meals and guided daily walks. The walks are moderately paced and suitable for anyone of a reasonable level of fitness. As you explore the island’s coastline, soaring escarpments give way to secluded sandy beaches and pristine coves. You will almost certainly see young sea lions body surfing the waves and having a lovely time. Also keep an eye out for the Kangaroo Island kangaroo, koalas, Tamar wallabies, Cape Baron geese and many other iconic species. Departs from: Adelaide

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Top things to do on Kangaroo Island – The Big Bus tour and travel guide

Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide. Looking for ideas for things to do on Kangaroo Island? In this video we join Park Trek Walking Holidays on a fabulous five-day short break hiking around Kangaroo Island.

7. Victorian Alps Walk, Victoria ( 4 days)

The landscapes you get to explore on this four-day Victorian Alps walking tour are absolutely stunning — with bushy Snow Gums, hardy tundra-like grasses and wildflowers galore. The high plains are crisscrossed by small streams, and punctuated by ubiquitous snow polls, which lead the way to various landmarks and points of interest, no matter what the season. What fascinates many visitors are the cattlemen’s huts, which were built around the turn of the 20th century. Many are heritage-listed. They’re the original ‘man cave’; remote shelters built high in the hills, where cattlemen would seek refuge from the treacherously harsh and extraordinarily changeable conditions. You’ll see several of the huts as you head out to do a different walk each day, before returning to your cosy lodge in the alpine village of Falls Creek. Transport, twin-share accommodation, most meals, guided walks and national park entry fees are included. Departs from: Melbourne

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Tips for Walking the Victorian Alps, Regional Victoria – Tour the World TV

Looking for ideas on walking in the Victorian Alps? In this segment from the Tour the World travel TV series, we join Park Trek Walking Holidays on a four-day short-break hiking through the spectacular Victorian Alps.

8. Flinders Ranges Walk, South Australia (7 days)

The Flinders Ranges, located five hours’ drive north of Adelaide, are a bucket-list destination for many a dedicated walker. Exploring the sweeping red ranges on foot is one of the few opportunities these days to get completely off the grid. The landscape here is incredibly ancient — and punishing in summer. However, milder temperatures make winter the perfect time of year for walking. This seven-day, fully accommodated tour features several different walks with expert guides. Transport, meals, drinks, and even a scenic helicopter flight over Wilpena Pound are included. Departs from: Adelaide

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Ten of the best Australian walking tours: Flinders Ranges

9. Arkaroola/Lake Eyre Adventure, South Australia (8 days)

There are few Australian landscapes as epic as Lake Eyre, and Australia’s largest salt lake has a parched beauty that draws visitors from across the world. Lake Eyre is actually made up of two lakes: the north and south lakes. The north lake is is the larger of the two and Australia’s lowest point (at 15.2 metres below sea level). Flood waters fill the basin every eight years on average. During this extraordinary eight-day tour, you’ll complete a series of walks in Gammon Ranges National Park, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, and Lake Eyre–Kati Thanda National Park. Departs from: Adelaide

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Ten of the best Australian walking tours: Lake Eyre

10. Scenic Rim Trail, South East Queensland (3 days)

If you love hiking along with the finer things in life, you will absolutely adore the Scenic Rim Trail in Southeast Queensland, operated by Spicers Retreats. Located in the Great Dividing Range west of Brisbane, a good level of fitness is required for this short-break, which includes two nights at Spicers Canopy eco lodge in permanent tents (complete with queen-size bed and gorgeous linen) and one final night of sublime luxury at Spicers Peak Lodge. The walks in between take in the spectacular mountain peaks and pristine Gondwana rainforest of the Main Range National Park. Departs from: Brisbane

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Walk the amazing Scenic Rim Trail with Spicers Retreats – Tour the World TV

Looking to take on the Scenic Rim Trail in Southeast Queensland? In this segment from the Tour the World travel TV series, we join Spicers Retreats on their fully guided Scenic Rim Trail walking tour.

Do you have any suggestions to add to our list of the best Australian walking tours? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

If you have a question about any of these walking holidays, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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  1. This is great! I’m looking forward to visiting these spots once I arrive in Australia this spring.

    I’m looking at flying Etihad Airways from Thailand to Australia. Please let me know if there are any cheaper options. This would really help!

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