Hundreds of walking trails sprawl across Australia, embracing magnificent natural vistas along their serpentine routes. These walking trails are probably the best way to enjoy the spectacular natural offerings of Australia so check out these top 10 walking trails for great ideas to get out and about Down Under.
Old Timberline, Perth
The Old Timberline Trail is 22 kilometers long, located towards the south of Perth. The walk will take you a day’s cycling or two days of walking to cover completely. The trail was originally used to remove logs from the nearby Jarrah forest via rail and road, and is a bushwalker’s paradise, with hilly parts interloping with narrow sections, all strewn with spectacular scenery.
Bibbulmun Track, Perth
Starting from the Kalamunda in the Perth hills, this walking trail stretches for nearly 1000 kilometres to the south coast town of Albany. You can experience two different stays: with 48 campsites, enjoy a multi-week camping trip, or stay at a quaint rural town. The wide open spaces guarantee spectacular views, deep gorges, tranquil rivers, quaint roads, forests, rich flora and fauna of the vast bio diverse Karri forest and pristine white beaches.
Penguin Island Nature Park Trail, Melbourne
You’ll find the world’s largest colony of Little, or Fairy Penguins on this charming island. The walking trail begins from the Penguin Experience Island Discovery Centre, from where you explore the island along the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Use your spare time to snorkel, swim, and surf or windsurf the wild waters of the ocean. The island is a bird sanctuary, and tourists are expected to walk only on demarcated trails and beaches.
The Luke Pen Walk, W.A.
This is a beautiful walking trail that follows the Kalgan River. Here, you can witness varied flora ranging from farming pastures to large Marri trees. Enjoy fabulous views along the 4-hour long trail until you arrive at the flying kookaburra shelter. Even though it’s a relatively short walk, the changing river views, the vineyards, grazing cattle, green pastures and the verdant eucalyptus bushland will keep you captivated. If you are lucky, you can spot several rare birds and animal species.
Eagle’s View Walk, Western Australia
This fabulous walk around the John Forrest National Park takes a circuitous route and provides stunning views across the Swan Coastal Plain towards the city of Perth and the distant ocean. This 15 kilometre Eagle’s View trail passes through different kinds of vegetation such as open mixed jarrahmarri-wandoo forest, wandoo woodlands and health lands.
Nancy’s Peak, S.A.
Nancy’s Peak is a 23 kilometre long walk from Mount Barker in the Great Southern region to the main peak of the Porongurup Ranges. On the trail you have many lovely moss-covered granite rocks, through which you can get glimpses of the Stirling Ranges and the southern sea. The trail continues over several peaks before entering the pass between Devils Slide and Nancy’s Peak.
Mount Matilda Walk Trail, W.A.
The Mount Matilda Trail is a magnificent route that follows abundant natural bushland, leading you through undulating wheat fields, and giving you an eyeful of over 1300 wildflower species and rocky outcrops. Matilda is the highest peak in the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu ranges. You can get a great view of Lake Hinds and the wheat fields because the trail traverses the western side of the Mount Matilda mesa.
Bluff Knoll, W.A.
Bluff Knoll, the third highest peak in Western Australia is also located on the Stirling Range National Park. This 1095 meter above sea level peak was formed over 1000 years ago. Bushwalkers have a great array of sights to enjoy on this trail, such as abundant birdlife, wildlife, magnificent landscapes, geological formations, views of the Stirling Ranges and glimpses of reptiles.
Lesueur Walk Trail, Perth
Spectacular views to the Indian Ocean and fabulous land formations await the bushwalker at the top of Mount Lesueur on this trail. If you love wildflowers, around 820 species of hard to find plants are waiting to greet you here. The trail is located in the Lesueur National Park, three hours by car to the north of Perth, Western Australia. The first 250 meters of this trail are suitable for wheelchair and pram access, owing to the bituminized state of the earth.
Gorge Rim Walk
The Karijini National Park offers a great delight to the devoted bushwalker – Gorge Rim Walk that traverses the rim of the Dales Gorge hills. You’re sure to enjoy the thrill of high drops, peering out to glimpse the spectacular scenery from the Circular Pool Lookout to where the Fortescue Falls track begins. For a greater challenge, walk the steep trail to the floor of the gorge to visit the fern-lined, crystal clear waters of the Circular Pool, surrounded by deep gorges.
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