Rated by many as the best bushwalking trail in Australia and one of the best hiking trails in the world. There is a reason this trail is very popular. A combination of awesome mountain scenery, ample opportunities to view wildlife and great huts make this a world class trail.
Length and Time: 65km. 4-8 Days
When to hike: November to March
Start and Finish: Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clare
The Larapinta Trail is not just one of the best hiking trails in Australia, it is one of the best desert hiking trails in the world. Despite walking through an arid desert there are both natural water sources and water tanks along the trail. The Larapinta Trail is well marked in well maintained and should be on everyones list.
Length and Time: 223km. 8-16 days.
When to hike: May till September
Start and finish: The nearest town is Alice Springs, with good airport connections to the rest of Australia. Transport is needed to get to the start of the trail at Redbank Gorge. The trail finishes a short walk out outside the centre of Alice Springs.
The Australian Alps Walking Track is a 655km trail that follows Australia’s longest mountain range, the Great Dividing Range. Rugged mountain ranges, high alpine plains and the highest mountains in Australia. The trails passes several ski resorts so the hiking season is generally from November to April, even then snow is possible at any time of year.
Length and Time: 655km. 4-8 weeks to complete the whole trail.
When to hike: November till April
Start and Finish: Starts in Walhalla Victoria and finishes near the Australian Capital City of Canberra.
The Bibbulman Trail is located in the far south west of the state of Western Australia. It is a well marked and relatedly easy 1000km trail. People from all over the world travel to this part of Australia to see some of the most unique and impressive wildflowers anywhere on the planet. Even people not interested in flowers are blown away by what they see on the trail.
There are 49 campsites on the trail set between 10-25km apart. Each has toilets, water tanks, picnic tables and a basic three sided shelter. All the shelters were built in the local prisons and transported to the trail. Rated as the best thru hike in Australia.
Length and Time: 1000km. 35-60 days
When to hike: April to November (September/October are best for wildflowers, in fact, they are the best months period)
Start and Finish: Kalamunda is a 24km train ride from the capital city of Perth. The trail finishes in Albany with good bus transport options back to Perth, or take a flight.
The Cape to Cape Track stretches from Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin south of Perth, Western Australia. The trails follows the coastline for most of the route. Spring is the best time to visit to take advantage of the world class display of wildflowers.
Length and Time: 135km, 5–8 days
When to hike: April to November with the best wildflowers in September/October
Start and Finish: Start near Dunsborough south of Perth and finishes near Augusta.
Arguably this is the most scenic trail in Australia. The scenic beauty comes at a cost of a very difficult trail. The Eastern and Western Arthurs are a combination of the shear rugged beauty of the steep mountains and constant battle with the weather.
This trail is the most difficult of all the trails mentioned on this list and only suitable for very experienced hikers.
Length and Time: 77km 10-14 days
When to hike: December to March
Start and Finish: Start at Scotts Peak Dam and finish at Farmhouse Creek
Another great coastal walk that follows the rugged coastline of southern Tasmania. Often called the second best hiking trail in Tasmania this trail is a combination of challenging muddy trails, rugged mountains and great campsites.
Length and Time: 85km. 5-8 days
When to hike: November to April
Start and Finish: Melaleuca Airstrip to Cockle Creek.
One of the easiest hiking trails in Australia for beginners who want to take on their first multi-day hike. Take a train from Sydney to the tourist town of Katoomba and follow this historic trail to Jenolan Caves. Quite easy navigation, nice camping and easy access to public transport make this a great option for first time hikers. Rated as one of the best beginner hiking trails in Australia.
Length and Time: 42km. 2-3 days
When to hike: Anytime of the year but beware of the heat in the middle of summer or freezing temperatures in the middle of winter.
The Walls of Jerusalem National Park is a popular area with locals in Tasmania but little visited by others. A combination of great mountain scenery, lakes and scenic campsites this trail is worth the effort to get to. You will need to organise your own transport to this out of the way National Park.
Length and Time: 35km. 2-3 days
When to hike: November to April
Start and Finish: Carpark access road in Walls of Jerusalem National Park
The 3 Capes Track passes Australia’s tallest sea cliffs overlooking the Southern Ocean. This trail also offers some stunning huts that were only opened a couple of years ago. It is a perfect introduction of overnight hikes in Tasmania is is considered one of the easiest overnight trails in Australia.
Camping sites must be booked in advance and includes a bed in a cabin each night, a boat cruise to the trailhead, and a bus back to the start.
The Great Ocean Walk follows rugged coastline of southern Victoria. With a chance to Koalas, kangaroos or penguins this trail is not all about the coastal scenery. It can be hiked year round and the trail does a great job of avoiding the world famous Great Ocean Road.
Following the South Coast of Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. The trail passes through highlights such as Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks and Kelly Hill Caves. With ample opportunities to view wildlife this is one best coastal walks in Australia to view wildlife.
The Heysen Trail is one of the best Australian Thru Hiking Trails. At 1200 km long traverses some of the best desert scenery in South Australia. It starts south of Adelaide and follows the rugged coastline before heading through the wine districts then north through the Flinders Ranges before finishing in Parachilna Gorge.