The Most Breathtaking Hikes in Australia

From the amazing outback to to the eucalyptus forests, you'll undoubtedly find the hike of your traveling dreams down under. Just don't forget the sunscreen.

Australia is home to one of the most stunningly diverse landscapes on earth. Unsurprisingly, hiking remains one of the most beloved pastimes in the country’s rich culture. It’s also one of the most popular activities for tourists.

If you’re planning a trip down under, there’s no shortage of hikes to choose from. So let’s build your map by narrowing it down to the best of the best, mate.

According to hiking enthusiasts and approved by Aussies, these are the most breathtaking hikes in all of Australia.

Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory

Sandstone cliffs and geological formations, along the spectacular Kings Canyon Rim Walk in outback central Australia.

In Watarrka National Park, you’ll find Kings Canyon Rim Walk and some of the best views in Australia. This almost 4-mile one-way loop is one of the country’s most popular day hikes. With the scorching heat, jagged sandstone cliffs, and Red Center locale in mind, it’s strongly encouraged that you start your hike before dawn.

Along with the stunning sunrise, you’ll also get to see a wide array of quintessential Australian wildlife at this time, including kangaroos.

Mount Gower, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Female tourist hiking on Lord Howe Island overlooking Mount Gower, New South Wales, Australia

For those seeking day hikes, this World Heritage-listed island offers a great option. Located off the north coast of New South Wales, Mount Gower on Lord Howe Island is frequently dubbed one of the best places to visit in Australia.

From panoramic views from the top to the lush forests down below, the botanical beauty has much to offer. You’ll discover rare orchids, mossy trees, and lagoons that seem like something out of a dream. Do note, this dreamy hike is deemed “moderate to difficult” and takes about five hours, on average.

Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River, Western Australia

The sun setting on the cape to cape track, Quinninup - Western Australia

For a coastal hike like no other, head to the Cape to Cape Track. Located south of Perth, this beachy trail with coastal rock formations lies along the Margaret River coast. People come from all over to hike, camp, and be at one with nature.

At 83 miles, you’ll need a few days to complete is multi-day, national park hike. In addition to its jaw-dropping coastal rock formations, the Cape to Cape is home to some of the best whale watching from seaside cliffs in Australia.

Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory

Aerial view of Ellery Creek Big Hole waterhole fed by West MacDonnell Ranges and surrounded by red cliffs.

If you’ve dreamed of hiking the outback in all of its most natural glory, the Larapinta Trail should be high on your list. Nestled in the Northern Territory, this ancient desert landscape is remote, rugged, and historically special. Locals often call it “the pioneers of Australia’s most famous outback walk.”

The 360 views are magical and you’ll be sleeping under starry desert night skies. Due to the typically harsh climate and difficulty level, this multi-day hike is for experienced hikers and those in a guided group.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, South Australia

Stunning, colourful, spring, sunrise over The Remarkable Rocks.Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island

One of the best hikes in southwest Australia, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a tribute to what makes Australia so breathtaking. Covered in limestone cliffs and overlooking the sea, this coastal trek takes about five days.

Starting in Flinders Chase National Park, this trail winds through the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area and Kelly Hill Conservation Park. You’ll encounter plenty of wildlife along the way and there’s no shortage of natural wonder here. Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks, Weirs Cove, Hanson Bay, and Kelly Hill Caves are some key points of interest.

Great Ocean Walk, Victoria

The sunset over the Twelve Apostles, Victoria,Australia

This multi-day, one-way hike adorns Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast. While its endless natural beauty is an absolute must-see, you’ll need about eight days to see it all, so come prepared.

The Great Ocean Walk is home to some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, wildlife-filled wetlands, and casuarina forests. It’s also another popular whale-watching spot. Classified as easy to medium difficulty, the Wreck Beach Walk is considered the most challenging part.

Blue Gum Forest, Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Sunrise at Ecco Point - Three Sisters -Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

About 70 miles from Sydney, you’ll discover the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park and some of the best hikes in Australia. As noted by PlanetWare, “this steep hike to and through the Blue Gum Forest has become a kind of spiritual pilgrimage for Aussie bushwalkers.”

This picturesque forest was at risk of being destroyed in the early 1930s, but those aforementioned bushwalkers bought the land to save it. If you’re ever lucky enough to go on this four-hour hike, you’ll quickly see why. From the fragrant eucalyptus forests to rainbow-colored cliffs, the Blue Mountains will send you into sensory overload in the best of ways.

Wineglass Bay Circuit, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay Walk next to the ocean

Jutting along the coast of Freycinet National Park, this half-moon slice of paradise is one of the most gorgeous beach hikes in Australia. Other than the steep, but sweat-worthy climb to the Wineglass Bay lookout, this one’s said to be pretty easy and endlessly scenic.

Seasoned hikers say to go during the summer month of December. One of Tasmania’s Great Short Walks, December days will be longer, warmer, and breezy.

Heysen Trail, South Australia

Down the Heysen Trail toward The Bluff from Kings Beach, Victor Harbor, Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

For the longest hike in all the land, head down to South Australia. The Heysen Trail extends from the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Flinders Ranges. That’s 745 miles of hiking, to be exact.

If you wish to hike the whole thing, set aside at least 60 days. But even a small chunk of this iconic trail will be worth a walk. Just be sure to add the Fleurieu Peninsula to your must-sees. You’ll also be in the smackdab middle of Australia’s wine region. Cheers!

The Bibbulmun Track, Western Australia

Runner on the Bibbulmun track in Western Australia

Hikes in Western Australia are known as some of the most beautiful in the entire world. That’s why this 621-mile-hike is ranked highly among locals and tourists alike. Depending on your comfort and experience level, you can go on your own or with a guide.

You’ll begin with a nature walk in Kalamunda, make your way through the wildflowers of the Perth hills, William Bay National Park, and arrive in the seaside town of Albany. If you want to do the entire hike but you want a break here and there, you’re in luck. There are plenty of quaint towns to stop in along the way.

Fraser Island Great Walk, Queensland

Fraser Island breaks with its beautiful scenery and great views

On this 55-mile hike, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the native Butchulla people, the traditional owners of K’Gari. Today, this World Heritage-listed national park is one of the most popular attractions in K’Gari, which just happens to be the largest sand island on earth.

Between Dilli Village and Happy Valley, the terrain continuously transforms before your eyes. You’ll make your way through subtropical rainforest and mangroves, and stroll along the shores of clear water beaches and blue water lakes. And keep your eyes peeled for dingoes. If you feel like glamping instead of camping, the Kingfisher Bay is a 4-star eco-resort with seaside villas.

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Uluru Base Walk, Northern Territory

Ayers Rock,  The Red Centre of Central Australia,, Northern Territory. September 2017 Tourist on an early Uluru Base Walk with morning light from a rising Sun.

In the Northern Territory, Uluru boasts one of the most unforgettable sunrise hikes in Australia. Roughly 6 miles, the Base Walk boasts an everchanging landscape, full of foliage, glittering lagoons, desert bloodwoods, rainbow rocks, and sand dunes.

One of the most family-friendly hikes in Australia, it’s an easy hike that comes highly recommended, except when the scorching summer swoops in. Like most hikes down under, the threat of heatstroke is highest at this time.

Kosciuszko Walk, New South Wales

The walking track to Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Kosciuszko National Park.

Does a loop around Australia’s highest peak sound right up your alley? Then the Kosciuszko Walk is for you. This round-trip hike lasts for less than two miles and overlooks alpine country. To get up there, you’ll take Thredbo’s Kosciuszko Express chairlift

Between June and October, this vividly-marked, moderate track is blanketed in snow. That’s why seasoned hikers often say to set your sights on summer.

Three Capes Track, Tasmania

Young man trekker hiking on beautiful coast cliff of Tasman National Park in Tasman peninsula, Three Capes Track near Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia.

Three Capes Track is particularly special. Picture this: you’re strolling along the carved-out edge of a continent right next to the Tasman Sea.

Located in Tasman National Park, this roughly 30-mile hike is consistently voted one of the most spectacular sightseeing adventures in Tasmania. You’ll wander through some of the most gorgeous remote and vibrant eucalyptus forests, painted cliffs, and wild bays Australia has to offer.

The Overland Track, Tasmania

One of many walks in the Cradle Mountain National park

Feast your eyes on the Overland track. This incredible 6-day, one-way trail weaves around Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, the home of Australia’s deepest lake. In addition to seeing its storybook forest, you’ll move through moorlands, alongside glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and sprawling flower-filled meadows

For its particularly difficult terrain and sometimes treacherous weather, it’s one of the most challenging alpine trails in the country. So before you tackle this hike, you’ll need to be in tip-top shape and back your wet weather gear, mountaineer.

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