5 Amazing Aussie Trails for an Unforgettable Journey
Australia is an often-talked-about destination, both among tourists who enjoy busy city life and exquisite dining options and among travelers who want to discover the vast natural wonders that this continent hides. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular destination for hikers, as Australia has over 500 national parks of all kinds, many of which deserve to be on anyone’s travel bucket list. If you’re looking for your next adventure, read on to learn about some of the best trails and why they are amazing.
The redness of Uluru
Certainly, a staple when visiting Australia, Uluru, found in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory, is perhaps the most famous spot on the continent. Opting for a walk to the base of this rock will give you a unique cultural experience, especially if you sign up for a guided tour, which is recommended. In addition, the sceneries are best viewed at sunrise or sunset, so try to be around at that time if you don’t want to miss out. Besides bushwalking and marveling at the scene, you can also see various bird species and visit the cultural center to learn more about the Anangu people who live in this area. Just be prepared for the desert heat!
The heights of Cradle Mountain
If you want to enjoy scenic views from the highest mountains in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a perfect destination. This is another World Heritage area that has diverse nature from age-old rainforests through ancient pine species to lovely glacial lakes, such as Crater Lake. If your fitness level is up to the task, you can opt to summit Cradle Mountain, from where you will have an amazing view at Dove Lake and all the surrounding highlands. However, even if you pass on the summit, the climb is well worth it as you will be able to see Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool – whereas the name says, you might catch a glimpse of a wombat. If you find this enticing, you can sign up for one of the guided Cradle Mountain walks and take a 3-day long tour through the stunning wilderness of the Tasmanian mountains.
The impressive Twelve Apostles in Victoria
The Twelve Apostles can be called one of Australia’s landmarks and for a good reason. These spectacular limestone formations that date back as far as 10-20 million years (!) and the high cliffs adorning the coastline make this part of Australia one of the most scenic and most photographed ones. Although this is certainly a longer walk, it’s suitable for all levels, and if you want to experience possibly the best view of your life, opt for a helicopter tour to top off your trip. Although you might know that currently only eight of the Apostles remain standing, this hotspot at the end of the Great Ocean Walk is well worth visiting.
The white sands of Fraser Island
This interesting island, which is actually the world’s largest sand island, also offers many opportunities for those looking to trek the wilderness. This journey might grow into being one of the longer ones on this list, simply because of the sheer vastness of the island, but this only means there is a lot to see. The island boasts 40 freshwater lakes, colorful sand formations, lush forests, and the beach is already a sight of its own, so you should book one of the available walks so as not to miss anything. In addition, note that since this island is located in Queensland, you might want to consider timing your travel for the cooler months as summers can get rather scorching here.
Bluff Knoll on the west
On the other hand, if you’d rather prefer a short, single-day walk that is equally memorable, you can consider Bluff Knoll in Stirling Range National Park. Being on the often-neglected western part of the continent, it is the third highest mountain top of Australia at 1,099 meters above sea level, which means that you will have quite the view if the weather is clear on the day of your hike. Despite being so high, the hike is not an extremely difficult one and takes about three to four hours, however, don’t forget to prepare well as the temperatures can be rather chilly. The national park is also known for its beautiful wildflowers, with over 1,500 plant species in the region, as well as many birds and other animals. Thus it would be a shame to forget about this amazing place.
In Australia, you will find tracks and trails wherever you go. However, it’s worth researching your options in advance so that you can choose the one that’s the most interesting to you, as well as best fits your fitness level and budget.