10 Great Walks of Australia

Want to disconnect from the digital world and travel with intention? Look no further. Stretch your legs and expand your soul on Australia’s epic walking trails.

Australia is home to some of the world’s best nature and wildlife spots and walking is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in Australia’s beauty while enjoying its coastal and aquatic wonders, fresh and innovative food and wine and the friendliest people in the world. Try to spot a Tassie devil in untamed Tasmania or walk the Great Ocean Walk instead of driving it. There’s the magnificent outback from Arkaba to the Larapinta Trail or beaches all to yourself on both coasts. You can even combine wine and walking in the Margaret River.

So what are you waiting for? Strap on your boots and start exploring our 10 Great Walks of Australia.

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3 Picture-Perfect Days Hiking Australia's Arkaba Wilderness

Australia East Coast Walking

Ocean to Outback Walkabout

Walk Australia's Murray River

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

Tasmania

At the edge of Mt William National Park in north-eastern Tasmania, the magnificent coastline known as the Bay of Fires provides dramatic landscapes, ecology, and wildlife. Immerse yourself in one of the most pristine environments that Tasmania has to offer; walk the soft sandy beaches, explore coves, kayak the Ansons River and enjoy the uncomplicated luxury of our accommodation at the Forester Beach Camp and award winning Bay of Fires Lodge.

Walking the Walk

Departing daily from October to May, the walk is a four-day experience. Led by well-informed guides, small groups of no more than ten walkers explore both the fascinating beach environment and the rich diversity of the nearby woodlands.

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This coastal stretch of azure water and rocky headlands, with boulders dotted offshore, appears as if untouched for thousands of years and offers a remote landscape with something for everyone to discover.

Exclusive Accommodation

The first night’s accommodation is spent at Forester Beach Camp, a private haven nestled in a protected dune swale behind a stretch of clean, white-sand beach. The camp features twin-share rooms with timber floors, canvas roofs, and full kitchen facilities.

The second and third nights’ accommodation is at the multi-award winning Bay of Fires Lodge. Set 40m above the beach, this eco-conscious building is an architectural feat comprising two long timber and glass pavilions, and an open living area complete with fireplace and private twin-share bedrooms. All meals are provided for the duration of the walk, using only the finest Tasmanian local produce: freshly baked bread, fresh fruit salad, cereals, and a cooked breakfast in the morning, and gourmet dinners complete with world-class Tasmanian wines.

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Bay of Fires Lodge Spa

The Bay of Fires Lodge Spa is inspired by the revival of indigenous healing practices that have their roots in the Aboriginal Dreamtime and harness the restorative, clarifying and invigorating properties of Australia’s native botanicals through the use of skincare creator Li’Tya.

Li’Tya is a unique range of natural spa care treatments that integrate the precious qualities of the Australian earth and spirit and combines the profound wisdom of ancient Aboriginal medicines, spirituality and healing modalities.

The Lodge Spa is the proud winner of the 2014 Best LI’TYA Eco Spa and offers an exquisite outdoor bathing pavilion; treatment rooms; breathtaking views from the outdoor deck and indoor lounge; extensive wellness library and a small Spa boutique.

The combination of the pristine environment, a sensitive and sustainable spa space and the healing hands of our spa specialists, Bay of Fires Lodge Spa is a perfect destination to rest and relax after walking to the Lodge.

Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE: LAUNCESTON TO MT WILLIAM NATIONAL PARK

Journey to Mt William National Park, enjoy views of the Furneaux Group of Bass Strait Islands and spend the evening at Forester Beach Camp.

DAY TWO: EXPLORING THE BAY OF FIRES COASTLINE

Walk along ridgelines of sand-dunes, look out across the heathlands, and lunch at the coves sheltered behind the dunes near Eddystone Point Lighthouse. Sleep sound at the Bay of Fires Lodge.

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DAY THREE: KAYAKING AND ENJOYING THE AREA

Kayak down the Ansons River and experience the diverse ecology of the river, cross the bird-rich waters of Ansons Bay, and stroll over the dunes of Abbotsbury Peninsula. Fish, snorkel in the marine nursery, explore the nearby shell coves or just enjoy the surroundings.

DAY FOUR: RETURN TO LAUNCESTON REJUVENATED

Walk through eucalypt forests and coastal heathland. Return through the picturesque Pipers Brook wine region stopping at Dr Andrew Pirie’s vineyard, then travel onto Launceston returning to Quamby homestead early evening.

Details

Accessed From: Hobart
Graded As: Easy to Moderate
Best Time: October to May
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 45km (27 miles)

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

Tasmania

Discover one of Australia’s most spectacular World Heritage Areas while trekking the world famous Overland Track in the peaceful and exquisite terrain of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania.

Walking the Walk

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk is a six-day, five-night walk. The itinerary maximises opportunities for optional side trips including Mt Ossa – Tasmania’s highest peak (weather permitting), Lake Will and a number of lookouts and waterfalls.

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If you choose not to do a side trip, you may retire to the hut and relax with a hot drink, and make the most of our book selection and games.

Each day, you’ll walk between 7-12km (excluding side trips) over varied terrain including button grass plains, temperate rainforests, alpine meadows and open moorland. Wildlife often encountered along the way include wombats, paddymelons, echidnas and an array of birdlife. The Tasmanian Devil also makes this area its home. At the end of the six-day adventure, take the truly spectacular 17km boat trip across Lake St Clair before returning to Launceston.

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Exclusive Accommodation

At the end of each day, wind down in the warmth and comfort of the only private hut accommodation on the Overland Track. Cradle Mountain Huts have been discreetly located off the main trail and offer hot showers, a drying room and twin-share accommodation, and are all highly conscious of the effect of tourism on the environment. The operators of these huts pride themselves on providing luxury accommodation, sustainably. Your guides will prepare an inspired three-course dinner each night while you sit back and relax with a glass of Tasmanian wine.

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Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE: WALDHEIM TO BARN BLUFF HUT

Walk through ancient rainforest, enjoy spectacular views of Cradle Mountain, walk along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque, and drop into Waterfall Valley before arriving at Barn Bluff.

DAY TWO: BARN BLUFF HUT TO PINE FOREST MOOR HUT

Travel across plains where glaciers once sat. Walk over plains of button grass, by the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff.

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DAY THREE: PINE FOREST MOOR HUT TO PELION PLAINS HUT

A mix of long, slow descents and ascents, from the base of Mt Pelion West down to the Forth River and Lemonthyme Valley, to the beautiful Pelion Plains.

DAY FOUR: PELION HUT TO KIA ORA HUT (FINAL DAY OF FOUR-DAY ITINERARY – PELION HUT TO ARM RIVER VALLEY)

Climb to Pelion Gap; a few hours of gentle downhill from the gap to the hut, with the option of various side trips for a more challenging day of walking.

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Final day of Four-Day itinerary: head east across Pelion Plains, following the southern shore of Lake Ayr. Take in stunning views of Mount Pillinger and the peaks along the Overland Track.

DAY FIVE: KIA ORA HUT TO WINDY RIDGE HUT

Wander through old-growth forest, take lunch beside waterfalls, walk over Du Cane Gap then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut.

DAY SIX: WINDY RIDGE HUT TO LAKE ST CLAIR

Discover Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural lake, walk through cool temperate eucalypt forests, and take the spectacular 17-kilometre boat cruise back to Cynthia Bay. Return to Quamby Estate through the highland lakes.

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Details

Accessed From: Launceston
Graded As: Moderate to Hard
Best Time: October - May
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Group Size: 11 guests maximum
Total Distance: 60km (37 miles)

Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort

Northern Territory

Soak up the ethereal scenery of vast flood plains, razorback rocky outcrops and the glorious scale of this ancient land, walking the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Ranges, led by your guides at Australian Walking Holidays.

On the Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort, you’ll enjoy comfortable facilities in splendid isolation, and experience true bush tucker. Reflect on the dynamic landscape with walks that are as achievable as they are satisfying. The Larapinta Trail will delight the wilderness lover and challenge the seasoned hiker.

Walking the Walk

Ideal for the more ambitious walker, the Larapinta Trail has some challenging stages, passing over remote ridges and canyons, walking up to 72km over six days.

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Following in the footsteps of the land’s traditional owners, early explorers and modern adventurers, the stories of the Larapinta Trail will come to life each day. Carrying only your day pack, walk with guides into the wild surrounds of the Australian outback and be captivated by the Larapinta.

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Exclusive Accommodation

This desert walk is enhanced with comfortable, exclusive, semi-permanent wilderness campsites: Nick Murcutt’s Camp near Simpsons Gap, Charlie’s Camp near Serpentine Chalet and Camp Fearless nestled under Mt Sonder. These campsites come complete with hot showers, a large kitchen and a heated dining tent, exclusive to Australian Walking Holidays’ travellers on the Larapinta Trail. Permanently set up, you just arrive and relax. Your professional support crew take care of the details like dinner, while you enjoy the diverse desert scenery.

You’ll be sleeping in spacious safari-style tents with thick off-the-ground foam mattresses that allow you to stay connected to the outdoors, whilst maintaining your comfort levels. With large floor-to-ceiling windows and a deck at the front door, you can bring the outdoors in – sit back and relax while you enjoy the magnificent views of this area.

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Your guides will prepare all the meals, using only the highest quality Australian produce, and will run the camp with small elements of guest participation to add to your hands-on experience.

Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE: TELEGRAPH STATION TO WALLABY GAP (WITH WALK TO CAMP OPTIONAL SIDE TRIP)

Begin at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, pass through witchetty bush and mulga scrub, over exposed hills and shady woodlands to Wallaby Gap. Camp in the exclusive semi-permanent Nick Murcutt’s camp, nestled amongst the hills.

DAY TWO: CAMP TO SIMPSON’S GAP, PLUS STANDLEY CHASM AND LOOKOUT WALK

Follow the trail west through magnificent, shady Bloodwoods and tall Ironwoods to Simpson’s Gap. Visit Standley Chasm from a spectacular lookout before heading back to Nick Murcutt’s wilderness camp.

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DAY THREE: SERPENTINE GORGE TO COUNTS POINT

A day of hiking over high ridgelines, through forests, and along dolomite limestones toward our exclusive Charlie’s Camp for a relaxing afternoon amongst the hills.

DAY FOUR: CHARLIE’S CAMPSITE TO THE OCHRE PITS

Take in the quietness and the vibrant color of the Aboriginal quarry at the Ochre Pits. Retire in the early afternoon at the Finke river or at Glen Helen Resort (depending on your preferred walk option).

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DAY FIVE: MOUNT SONDER

Take the sunrise walk up Mount Sonder. Relax with a drink in the afternoon, or even take an optional helicopter fight over the West MacDonnell Ranges.

DAY SIX: ORMISTON POUND WALK

Enjoy extraordinary scenery and wildlife at Ormiston Pound, explore the upper reaches of the Gorge before heading back to Alice to relax, socialize, and reflect.

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Details

Accessed From: Alice Springs
Graded As: Moderate to Hard
Best Time: April to September
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Group Size: 16 guests maximum
Total Distance: 72km (44 miles)

Freycinet Experience Walk

Tasmania

The Freycinet Experience is the original guided walk on Tasmania’s east coast, taking you through the pink granite Hazard Mountains and rich coastal forests, and the purest of white-sand beaches including the world-renowned Wineglass Bay.

Travel in the footsteps of the Oyster Bay Tribe, walking the same ancient bush tracks trodden some 30,000 years ago. Here, you’ll discover diverse marine and wildlife, nesting lagoons, wildflowers and other unique flora and fauna.

Walking the Walk

Led by engaging and knowledgeable guides, go by boat into remote and rarely explored corners of the Freycinet National Park. Choose between challenging mountain climbs or more leisurely coastal routes before regrouping at the end of the day. You’ll also travel light, needing only to carry your camera and a small day-pack for lunch.

The Freycinet Experience Walk is a four-day submersion into one the most stunning coastal wilderness areas on Earth. The ethos of this walking company is simple; serve up the best that nature has to offer.

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The day’s walks have been selected to bring guests to the most beautiful parts of the Freycinet Peninsula. Wineglass Bay is voted regularly by travel authorities as one of the world’s best beaches. The majority of the walks are off the beaten track, so you’ll rarely see another soul outside of your walking group.

Exclusive Accommodation

Returning each night to the barefoot luxury of the award-winning Friendly Beaches Lodge, enjoy the stunning architecture, friendly service and private rooms with comfortable beds.

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Situated on a 130-hectare private sanctuary, Friendly Beaches Lodge is surrounded by the Friendly Beaches National Park. The location and isolation of the lodge is sublime. Exclusively for the use of the walking group (maximum ten guests), the uncomplicated luxury of the lodge has remarkable powers of rejuvenation. A fine collection of artworks by prominent Tasmanian artists and a well-stocked library enhance your experience.

Your friendly hosts will provide delicious meals using the best of Tasmanian produce; freshly caught flathead, local oysters, handmade chocolates, fresh fruit and premium Tasmanian wine and cheese.

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Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE: COLES BAY TO SCHOUTEN PASSAGE

Travel by boat from Hobart to Coles Bay and Schouten Passage, and walk up Bear Hill for magnificent views. Return to Coles Bay at the end of the day.

DAY TWO: BRYAN’S BEACH TO WINEGLASS BAY OR COOK’S BEACH TO MT GRAHAM

Take a peaceful walk from Bryan’s Beach through sclerophyll forests and along beaches. Or, take the more challenging walk to the top of Mt Graham, descending to Wineglass Bay via spectacular Quartzite Ridge.

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DAY THREE: BLUESTONE BAY TO FRIENDLY BEACHES

Explore the fascinating geology of White Water Wall and Little Bluestone Bay, and climb to the Bluestone Bay cliff tops. Walk back over a track used by the ancient Oyster Bay Tribe.

DAY FOUR: MT MARY TO HOBART

Walk along the fossil-rich ridgeline of Mt Mary and a descent to Saltwater Lagoon, take an easy stroll along the beach to Isaac’s Point, before taking the bus back to Hobart.

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Details

Accessed From: Hobart
Graded As: Easy to Moderate
Best Time: November - April
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 37 km (22 miles)

Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk

Western Australia

Experience the Margaret River at its finest; enjoy world-class food and wine, stay in beachfront luxury and discover the turquoise ocean, white beaches, coastal cliffs and towering karri forest on the Cape to Cape Track with Walk into Luxury.

Walking the Walk

The four day Margaret River Cape to Cape walk by Walk into Luxury is a fully guided small group walk which combines the best walking on the Cape to Cape track with once in a lifetime food and wine experiences and ultra-luxury accommodation. Explore headlands, beaches, limestone caves and Karri forests. Opportunities to swim in the crystal clear ocean abound.

Packed with highlights, this premium walk features lunch with matched wines at an award winning winery, private chef dinner showcasing local produce with a local winemaker on hand to present their wines, sunset clifftop drinks and a very special private didgeridoo performance with one of the region’s traditional owners.

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Guests stay at exclusive beachfront property, Injidup Spa Retreat, for the duration of the walk. This lodge based style walk is complete luxury with private villas, uninterrupted views, luxurious bathrooms and private plunge pools. There is also a spa retreat on the property plus a communal area for Great Walks of Australia guests used for group dinners.

Exclusive Accommodation

Walk into Luxury guests return each day to luxurious accommodation perfectly positioned on the Cape to Cape Track. Guests are based at the exclusive Injidup Spa Retreat, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Situated on a stunning section of the track, this intimate coastal retreat provides the kind of tranquility and privacy that is difficult find. Each luxury villa offers spectacular ocean views, with a private plunge pool to relax in post walk. This is the perfect spot to experience the sunset over the Indian Ocean, preferably while enjoying a glass of Margaret River wine from your private bar. The onsite Spa offers a range of optional treatments featuring products by West Australian brand, Sodashi, which are sure to revitalize you after your walk.

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Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE

Three hour walk from Smiths Beach to exclusive Injidup Spa Retreat, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World and home base for the three night walk experience. This 6km walk day includes an opportunity to swim at ‘The Aquarium’, a secluded rock pool area with crystal clear waters. The day ends with a clifftop didgeridoo performance and local sparkling wine as the sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

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DAY TWO

14 km walk from Cape Naturaliste lighthouse to surf mecca, Yallingup, with impressive Sugarloaf Rock, several surf breaks and clifftop vistas marking this section of track. Guests unwind with an exclusive dinner and matched Margaret River wines at award-winning Cape Lodge.

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DAY THREE

Arguably the most stunning, with pristine white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, and towering karri forest marking this 13 km section of track. The final night at Injidup Spa Retreat is a highlight, with a private chef preparing dinner with fresh local produce and a local winemaker on hand to present their wines.

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DAY FOUR

Guests enjoy an 8 km walk to the Willyabrup Sea Cliffs, before a celebration lunch with matched wines local winery and 2014 Regional Restaurant of the Year, Wills Domain.

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Details

Accessed From: Perth or Margaret River
Graded As: Easy to Moderate (some hills)
Best Time: Feb - June, Sept - Nov
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 41 km (26 miles)

Scenic Rim Trail

Queensland

This truly unique adventure starts in the foothills of South East Queensland’s Main Range National Park, an area famous for its stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus.

Walking the Walk

From here, experienced guides will lead you through a region that contains more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, numerous state forests and national parks.  The Scenic Rim region is a real treasure trove of unique plants, animals and distinctive vegetation types. The mountains preserve living links to Australia’s ancient past, while one of Australia’s two species of lyrebird inhabits the region’s rainforest and wet eucalypt forests. The stories, rituals and traditions of the indigenous inhabitants are woven around the natural environment and highlight their connection to a living landscape.

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Combined with large portions of private land, including Spicers Peak Station, a 2,800 hectare nature reserve, you’ll enjoy a rare opportunity to explore land previously only touched by early pioneers.Throughout your journey you’ll also hear tell of stories, rituals and traditions of the region’s indigenous inhabitants – people forever woven into the natural environment of this land.

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On the final night as a guest of Spicers Retreats, you can expect luxurious accommodation, gourmet food and wine, and attentive service at Spicer’s Peak Lodge.

Exclusive Accommodation

Canopy Eco Lodge is a permanent, private, luxury campsite that sits on top of a grass covered hill and enjoys stunning views towards Mount Mitchell, Spicers Peak and Mount Cordeaux. There are 10 uniquely luxurious safari-style camping tents with king size beds, bedside tables with lamps, timber floors, fine linens and towels, bathrobes and a covered deck with deck chairs.  The main lodge features an open plan lounge, dining area, blue stone fireplace, bathrooms with heated rainwater showers and an outdoor campfire pit with wood fired oven.

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Spicers Peak Lodge, Australia’s highest non-alpine lodge, offers a choice of luxuriously intimate accommodation in either the main lodge itself or in separate one and two bedroom Private Lodges perfectly positioned at the edge of the escarpment to make the most of the spectacular views through Spicers Gap and across one of Queensland’s most beautiful wilderness areas.

Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE - MT MITCHELL TO CANOPY

Starting with a 5km walk on a graded walking track to the twin peaks of Mount Mitchell, this walk concludes with a descent into Spicers Peak Station and a walk along Millar Vale creek, arriving at Canopy Eco Lodge late afternoon in time for a gourmet dinner and award winning local wines. Amazing birdlife and 360 degree views of the Scenic Rim are highlights on this day.

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DAY TWO - MILLER VALE CREEK CIRCUIT

An interesting half day hike through Millar Vale and Oaky creeks and open farm land surrounding the Luxury Ecosite will start and finish at Canopy Eco Lodge. The afternoon includes some free time for mountain biking, relaxing and a local food and wine master class.

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DAY THREE - CANOPY TO SPICERS PEAK LODGE

A 10 km ascending trail which includes various types of terrain including Mallee scrub, wet sclerophyll, ancient hoop pine forests and exciting rocky outcrops. A final ridge crossing and push to the summit will bring you out at the magnificent Spicers Peak Lodge and an evening of well-deserved pampering and exceptional food and wine. The most challenging, but the most rewarding day of the trip.

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SPICERS PEAK LODGE

An early morning (optional but included) walk to Ryan’s lookout is on offer for those who are keen. For those less inclined, you can relax in the library with a book, participate in a game of tennis, purchase a spa treatment in our dedicated day spa “Spa Anise” or take an optional helicopter joy flight over Main Range National Park. Transfers back to Brisbane are around 11am.

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Details

Accessed From: Brisbane or Cunningham Gap (self drive)
Graded As: Moderate
Best Time: March - October
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 30 km (18 miles)

The Arkaba Walk

South Australia

Traversing the ancient Flinders Ranges and the private Arkaba Conservancy in outback South Australia, The Arkaba Walk is an experience that immerses you in the story of the land.

600-million years of geological history echo through the stratified layers of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range, providing spectacular backdrops throughout the walk; while craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gums offer a quintessential outback landscape. Large numbers of Red and Western Grey kangaroos, wallaroos and emus are regular sightings along the walk, and the country is littered with the stories, and often heroic failures, of early pioneers who tried to eke a living from the harsh but beautiful country.

Arkaba’s own conservation management programs offer interested guests the chance to learn of the challenges that Australia faces in conserving its unique and diverse environment.

Walking the Walk

This is a four-day walk for groups of up to ten walkers. Departing from Wilpena Pound on day one, you’ll be escorted by one or more of Arkaba’s field guides, whose passion is in opening up the secrets of the country and reconnecting you with the bush.

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Exclusive Accommodation

The accommodation has been designed to expose you to the surrounding country; Arkaba’s signature ‘star beds’ offer you the chance to lie out under the night skies (or within sheltered bush huts). Arkaba’s incredible topography presents spectacular panoramas of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range, particularly in the evening as the ranges glow with the rich red light of sunset. While spending your days immersing yourself in the stories, both natural and human, of this region, the ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches (hot showers, a cold drink, canapés, comfy swags and hot water bottles) appear on arrival in camp in late afternoon. Evenings are spent around the campfire, indulging in a three-course camp dinner, with a selection of fine South Australian wines, before retiring to your deluxe sway for a well-earned rest and the sounds of the bush all around you.

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The final night is spent in the comfort of Arkaba’s beautifully renovated 1850’s homestead, a member of Luxury Lodges of Australia.

Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE: WILPENA POUND RESORT TO BLACK’S GAP CAMP

Set off on foot through the basin of Wilpena Pound before walking onto Arkaba’s private wildlife conservancy from the edge of the Pound and descending to Black Gap’s Camp.

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DAY TWO: BLACK’S GAP CAMP TO ELDER CAMP

A challenging hike through creeks and broken country approaching the foothills of the Elder Range to Elder Camp.

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DAY THREE: ELDER CAMP TO ARKABA HOMESTEAD

Walk across varying terrain through Mallee and cypress pine forests before ascending the beautiful Red Range for views across the neighboring ranges and crossing Arkaba Creek to arrive at Arkaba’s heritage homestead.

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DAY FOUR: ARKABA HOMESTEAD TO ARKABA WOOLSHED

Relax in the library with a book, take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound or walk along the creek to the historic Arkaba Woolshed.

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Details

Accessed From: Adelaide
Graded As: Moderate
Best Time: March - October
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 45 km (27 miles)

The Maria Island Walk

Tasmania

Maria Island is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage, and elegant accommodation. On the multi-award winning Maria Island Walk, you’ll enjoy gentle walking by day and candlelit gourmet dining at night.

Maria Island National Park lies just a few kilometers off Tasmania’s east coast, within easy reach of Hobart. On the Maria Island Walk, you’ll explore a heritage listed convict settlement, walk empty white-sand beaches, view rare wildlife, and enjoy gourmet food, all in the confines of a national park.

The Maria Island Walk is an active, but pampered, holiday experience, designed to let you experience the remoteness and tranquility of a wilderness experience in comfort. This is a soft adventure, where the packs are light, the food is gourmet, the wine is Tasmania’s best, and a comfortable bed awaits you each night.

Walking the Walk

Walking groups have a maximum of ten guests with two professional guides. This ratio affords the personalized, intimate experience that the walk has become so well known for. Unlike other, more challenging wilderness hikes, this walk is not terribly demanding; you walk along pristine beaches and formed bush tracks so you don’t need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy this walk.

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Exclusive Accommodation

At the end of each day, you’ll retire for the evening in one of two secluded wilderness camps, both a stone’s throw from empty, white-sand beaches. These beaches are the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine, enjoy a barefoot stroll exploring for rare shells, or a swim in the clear waters.

The concealed camps are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious. Enjoy nightly, candlelit three-course meals, comprising fresh local produce, complemented by fine Tasmanian wine.

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On the final night, you’ll stay overnight in a heritage house in Darlington, a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled on the northern tip of the island. Once a bustling penal settlement with over 600 convicts, Darlington is now home to a medley of well-preserved, historical buildings.

Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE: TRIABUNNA TO HAUNTED BAY

Travel by boat through the sparkling waters of Mercury Passage to the isthmus of Maria Island, and walk to the tranquil Casuarina Beach camp. Explore the tall eucalypt forest on the way down to the spectacular Haunted Bay.

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DAY TWO: HAUNTED BAY TO WHITE GUMS CAMP

Walk along five beautiful beaches; look out for dolphins, sea eagles and exotic shells. By late afternoon, arrive at White Gums Camp for a refreshing swim.

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DAY THREE: WHITE GUMS CAMP TO DARLINGTON

Head inland to the heart of the Island. Wander through giant Tasmanian blue gums, climb mountain peaks, and settle at the world heritage settlement of Darlington.

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DAY FOUR: DARLINGTON TO HOBART

Explore the woodlands at the northern tip of Maria Island, and the dramatic sea cliffs of Fossil Bay. Enjoy a celebratory champagne lunch before boarding the boat to go back to the mainland.

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Details

Accessed From: Hobart
Graded As: Easy to Moderate
Best Time: October - May
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 45 km (27 miles)

Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk

Victoria

With the Twelve Apostles as your end goal, you will love every step of the beautiful Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk. Delight in the variety of landscapes from cool-climate rainforest and remote beaches to coastal clifftops, and finally view it all from the air on a Twelve Apostles scenic helicopter flight.

Operating between September and May, there are few better places to see Australian wildlife first-hand than on the Great Ocean Walk – this trail is alive with native flora and fauna: birds, fur seals, wallabies, koalas, and many plant species unique to this special corner of the world. Learn about the land through the eyes of the first Australians and the British convicts transported here on ships over 200 years ago. The coast is littered with shipwrecks from this time – the tales of survival and loss are part of the fabric of the walk.

Walking the Walk

On this trail, you’ll explore the Great Otway National Park and the Port Campbell National Park, trek through forests of grasstrees, hear stories of shipwrecks and settlement, and visit remote untouched beaches. All nights of the walk are at the one lodge, which means there’s no packing up until the last day, and you’ll only carry day-packs containing lunch, water and personal needs. With walking groups no larger than twelve hikers at a time, this an intimate way to experience one of the great coastlines of the world. This popular four-day walk itinerary, covers the last 55km sequentially known as “the Twelve Apostles Walk”. The trail is graded overall as moderate with easy and challenging sections along the way. You should expect approximately 5km of beach walking over four days. Your guides are committed to making your walk enjoyable as possible. They are first aid qualified, take care of the walk details, and share with you their knowledge of the region. They will be with you every step of the way to make sure your holiday is safe, secure, and memorable.

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Exclusive Accommodation

The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk hubs out of the privately owned and operated hiking lodge, located at Johanna Beach, the mid point of the trail. Walkers stay in eco-luxe villas with ensuite bathrooms, flushing toilets, fresh linen and hot showers. The lodge has been purpose-built for hikers. Sustainably designed and constructed, the lodge features many cool hiker-friendly facilities such as a drying room, foot spas, and gear hire. Enjoy the true hospitality, with creature comforts and simple pleasures such as good food and anticipatory service from bothfeet’s passionate staff. Your guides are committed to providing you the best Victorian walking experience, complete with fabulous regional food and of course, a selection of Victoria’s best wines. Meals are prepared by the internationally trained chef who can cater for dietary requirements, allergies and food dislikes.

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Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE: CASTLE COVE TO JOHANNA (LODGE WALK-IN)

Transfer from Melbourne to the lodge and then begin your walk at Castle Cove.  With sheer cliffs dropping to sapphire ocean, rough grass-tree forests, wild flowers, followed by breathtaking Johanna Beach you will struggle to choose a favorite part of today (option to walk into the lodge).

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DAY TWO: MILANESIA TO MOONLIGHT HEAD

Country lane walking that is the highest point of the whole trail. Here begins the ‘Wild Side’ – dramatic changes in elevation deliver wild and remote Southern Ocean views.  You will understand today why this shoreline became known as the Shipwreck Coast.

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DAY THREE: MOONLIGHT HEAD TO PRINCETOWN

Another remote and beautiful beach – Wreck Beach – can be wild or mild depending on mother nature’s wishes.   See anchors embedded into the sea rocks and traverse coastal heath forests for your first glimpses of the Twelve Apostles.

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DAY FOUR: PRINCETOWN TO THE TWELVE APOSTLES

These coastal pillars reveal a little more with each undulation until finally the Twelve Apostles fill your frame.  Take advantage of the exclusive walker photography platform.  Finish your guided walk on a high with an exclusive helicopter flight over the remaining Twelve Apostles.

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Details

Accessed From: Melbourne
Graded As: Moderate
Best Time: September - May
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 52 km (32 miles)

Murray River Walk

South Australia

Explore Australia’s greatest river, The Murray, within the internationally recognised Riverland Ramsar Wetland in South Australia. Guided walking combined with peaceful cruising immerses you in the landscape and reveals the pioneering history of paddle steamers and a new environmental stewardship.

Walking the Walk

Encounter diverse wildlife and waterbirds along the river, creeks and old oxbow lagoons that meander through ancient red gum forests dwarfed by spectacular red ochre coloured cliffs. Enjoy a pre-breakfast sunrise hike to the cliffs on one morning to start your day. The daily walking routes are on private property and conservancy areas with exclusive access for Murray River Walk guests only.

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Spend three nights on a modern houseboat that cruises to your daily walking destination, complete with hot shower and top deck spa overlooking the river. Savor three course dinners each night created from local food and wine showcasing the produce of the Riverland food bowl. Celebrate your journey with a tour and lunch at the award winning Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery.

The Cruiser

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All water transfers and the Day 4 return cruise from Bunyip Reach cliffs to Renmark are on a 12 seater “open air” catamaran cruiser. A stable and secure craft, your guides will expertly navigate through more than 70km of our spectacular waterways.

Exclusive Accommodation

Each night you stay aboard a modern comfortable 10 berth houseboat with your own double room, plus hot showers and a hot spa on the top deck. All linen is provided. Leave your belongings in your room each day as the houseboat will travel to your daily walking destination. Dine aboard the houseboat on superb local menu designed by our consultant chef, renowned native food pioneer Andrew Fielke. Regional Riverland food bowl products are showcased where possible.

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Walk Itinerary

DAY ONE

Meet your guides and fellow walkers at McCormick Environment Centre in Renmark. Make your lunches and board the “cruiser” for a 10km creek cruise to the start of the walk. Our destination today is spectacular Headings Cliffs on the Murray River where your houseboat accommodation is moored.

Traverse Reny Island through red gum forest and black box woodlands to the Ral Ral Creek Widewaters for morning tea. Follow Argo Creek to the Murray River for lunch. Discover the wreck of the P.S. Kelvin barge, traverse the dunes on Hunchee Island encountering kangaroos and emus and marvel at the Aboriginal Canoe trees as we arrive at Headings Cliffs.

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DAY TWO

Our destination is the Murray River just below the mouth of the Chowilla Creek, part of the largest anabranch system in South Australia.

Arise early to climb Headings Cliffs for a magnificent sunrise over the Murray River. Marvel at the geological layers in the cliffs formed by wind, oceans and freshwater lakes. Descend the cliffs for breakfast and follow an ancient river oxbow to the present Murray River for morning tea. Explore dense red gum forest on the way to Amazon Creek junction for lunch. See spectacular wetlands and waterbirds on the Big Hunchee widewaters before meeting your houseboat on the Murray River.

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DAY THREE

Our destination is majestic Queens Bend cliffs above Lock 6. Cruise along Chowilla Creek to pass through the Chowilla Environmental Regulator before arriving at Bunyip Reach to start your walk.

Follow the meandering Murray River to the base of Lock 6 and its modern fish ladder for morning tea. Explore the rejuvenated wetlands and water management structures on Bunyip Reach before climbing the gentle cliff face that surrounds a vast floodplain. After lunch we follow the rim of the valley to the historic site of the proposed 1960’s Chowilla Dam scheme before winding our way along the cliffs to Queens Bend lookout to celebrate completing a 12km day and a 40km journey.

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DAY FOUR

We start with a leisurely cruise after breakfast to the historic Customs House, Border Cliffs and the South Australian/Victorian Border, before commencing our journey downstream to pass through Lock 6.

We rejoin the houseboat and cruise on past the Chowilla Station Shearing Shed and on to Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery for a tasty lunch, tour and a brew. After lunch we say our farewells and transfer by vehicle back to Renmark for arrival at 2pm.

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Details

Accessed From: Adelaide SA or Mildura VIC
Graded As: Easy to Moderate
Best Time: May - September
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Group Size: 10 guests maximum
Total Distance: 41 km (26 miles)

More Info

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