List of long-distance hiking tracks in Australia

This is a list of published trails in Australia, suitable for walking in three days or longer.

Trails

Name State(s) Distance (km) Recommended walking time (days)
Australian Alps Walking Track Vic, NSW, ACT 683 40-60
Bellarine Rail Trail Vic 32
Bibbulmun Track WA 1,003 54
Bicentennial National Trail Vic, NSW, QLD 5,330 1 year
Cape to Cape Track WA 124 6-8
Yuraygir Coastal Walk NSW 65 4
Carnarvon Great Walk QLD 86
Coastal Plains Walk Trail WA 55 3.5 [1]
Cooloola Great Walk QLD 102 5
East Gippsland Rail Trail Vic 96
Fraser Island Great Walk QLD 90 6-8
Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk QLD 54 3
Gold Coast Oceanway QLD 36 2-5
Great Dividing Trail Vic 304 15-20
Great North Walk NSW 250 14-16
Great Ocean Walk VIC 104 8
Great South Coast Walk NSW, Vic 660 22-30
Great South West Walk Vic 250 14
Heysen Trail SA 1,144 55-70
Hume and Hovell Track NSW 440 24-28
Jatbula Trail NT 62 4-5
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail SA 61 5
Katoomba to Mittagong Trail NSW 132 6-8
Larapinta Trail NT 230 15-19
Lavender Federation Trail SA 212 10
Mackay Highlands Great Walk QLD 56 5
Mawson Trail SA 890
McMillans Track Vic 220 12-14
Overland Track Tas 73 5-8
Penguin Cradle Trail Tas 83 5-7
Port Davey Track Tas 65
Railway Reserve Heritage Trail WA 63
Six Foot Track NSW 45 3
Scenic Rim Trail QLD 28 2
South Coast Track Tas 82 6-8
Stirling Ridge Walk WA 29 3
Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk QLD 58 4-6
Tasmanian Trail TAS 477 25-30
Thorsborne Trail QLD 32 4-5
Tops to Myall Heritage Trail NSW 220 11-12
Wet Tropics Great Walk QLD 110
Wilsons Promontory – Northern Circuit VIC 58 3-4
Whitsunday Great Walk QLD 30 2-3
Yurrebilla Trail SA 54 3-5

See also

References

  1. ^ Coastal Plains Walk Trail | Aushiker: Hiking in Western Australia Archived 2008-02-22 at the Wayback Machine

Notes

External links

Bicentennial National Trail

The Bicentennial National Trail (BNT), originally known as the National Horse Trail, is one of the longest multi-use, non-motorised, self-reliant trails in the world, stretching 5,330 kilometres from Cooktown, Queensland, through New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory to Healesville, 60 km north-east of Melbourne. This trail runs the length of the rugged Great Dividing Range through national parks, private property and alongside wilderness areas. The BNT follows old coach roads, stock routes, brumby tracks, rivers and fire trails. It was originally intended for horses, but is these days promoted also for cycling and walking, though it is not yet entirely suited to these two activities.

Cooloola Great Walk

The Cooloola Great Walk is a 102 kilometres (63 mi) coastal bushwalking route in the Great Sandy National Park of South East Queensland, Australia. Opened in 2010, it runs from Noosa North Shore through Cooloola to Rainbow Beach, and is planned as a five-day trek. The hiking trail was officially opened by Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones in March 2010.

Fraser Island Great Walk

The Fraser Island Great Walk is a long-distance trail in Queensland, Australia. Hikers must be fully self-sufficient and carry water. The walk is rated easy to moderate on a difficulty scale being mostly at sea level and is traversed in one direction.

It leads from Dilli Village, an environmental education camp of the University of the Sunshine Coast, to Happy Valley. The entire 90 km walk, which includes numerous smaller walks branching off the main trail, can be completed in 6 to 8 days. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) provides 8 walkers' camps for which a booking is essential.

The landscape during the walk changes between coastal heathland, mangrove forest, woodland and subtropical rainforest. The crystal-clear lakes and sand dunes are the highlights of this track. Due to the rain season, it is better not to do this hike from January to March.

A 40-kilometre (25-mile) extension to the walk from Lake Garawongera to Arch Cliffs, was developed by volunteers in 2010 and increases the length of the main trail to 90 kilometres (56 miles).

Great South West Walk

The Great South West Walk is a 250-kilometre (155 mi) walking track, established in 1981, and located predominately in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia. Much of the route of the track passes through the Lower Glenelg National Park, the Cobboboonee National Park, the Discovery Bay Coastal Park, the Mount Richmond National Park and the Cape Nelson State Park, and may be explored through shorter or overnight hikes, or the entire 12- to 14-day circular hike, starting and finishing in either Portland or Nelson. A short portion of the track is located in South Australia, near Donovans.The track is administered, maintained and promoted by The Friends of the Great South West Walk Inc., a volunteer organisation, in partnership with Parks Victoria.

List of long-distance footpaths

This is a list of some long-distance footpaths used for walking and hiking.

List of people who have walked across Australia

People who walk across Australia can walk from either of the geographical extremes of the continent, or from directly opposed cities on opposite shores. The western-most geographical extreme of Australia is Steep Point, whereas the eastern-most extreme is Cape Byron. Similarly, the northern-most geographical extreme is Cape York Peninsula, and the southern-most is the South East Cape. The distance between the east and west as the crow flies is 4,030 km (2,500 mi), or 3,685 km (2,290 mi) from north to south. The western-most capital city in Australia is Perth, and the eastern-most capital city is Brisbane. The northern-most city is Darwin, and the southern to the southern-most city is Hobart.

Walkers who choose to circumambulate Australia can follow the National Highway for large sections of their journey. Of the people who have successfully circumambulated the continent, it took a range of 365–897 days to complete. Distances involved are in the vicinity of 14,300 km (8,900 mi) to 17,000 km depending on the route taken.

Only six people are known to have completed solo unaccompanied circumnavigations, passing through all mainland states and territories, without a support vehicle. These include Aidan de Brune, Nobby Young, Colin Ricketts, Andrew 'Cad' Cadigan, Scott Loxely, Mike Pauly and Terra Roam.

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