The Best Outdoor Activities in Australia

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Climb Mt. Gower On Lord Howe Island

Australia / Mt. Gower Trail Head

Starting at sea level, the hike begins as a gentle stroll along the coast. However, don't get lulled into a false sense of security, this hike gets tough very quickly.

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Hike to Wentworth Falls

Australia / Wentworth Falls Parking Area

While you are on Highway 32 (away from Sydney) you will look for Falls Road on the right (heading south). Follow this until you get to the parking lot.

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Hike to Katoomba Falls

Australia / Prince Henry Cliff Walk

The hike starts out at the Prince Henry Cliff Walk at the popular Scenic World in the Blue Mountains.

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Explore Deep Pass Canyon

Australia / Nayook Creek

Hiking up Nayook Creek - Deep Pass Canyon, provides a unique opportunity within the Blue Mountains to escape the crowds and experience one of the many canyons that litter the range.

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Explore Wattamolla Picnic Area

Australia / Wattamolla Picnic Area

When you’re looking for a quick and rewarding day trip that's not too far away, head to Wattamolla picnic area in Royal National Park.

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Hike to Kosciuszko Summit

Australia / Main Range Summit Track, Snowy Mountains, NSW

The walk to Kosciuszko's Summit is easily one of the most scenic walks Australia has to offer.

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Camp and Surf in Seal Rocks

Australia / Treachery Camp Seal Rocks NSW

Just a three-hour, 280km drive north of Sydney is the sleepy town of Seal Rocks.

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Summit Mt. Tibrogargan

Australia / Mt Tibrogargan Summit Route

Starting from the Glass House Mountains Tourist Drive, follow the signs to the Mt Tibrogargan picnic area.

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Hike Lamington National Park's Coomera River Track

Australia / Lamington National Park

Aim to reach the carpark of the national park just after sunrise as this hike will take you a full day well If you're anything like me and stop to take photos every 30 steps it definitely will! The .

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Photograph Australia's Giant's Causeway

Australia / Fingal Head

Just an hour and a half drive from brisbane you will find the little town of Fingal Heads.

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Hike to the Mount Warning Summit

Australia / Mount Warning Trailhead

Standing at 3,793 feet tall, Mount Warning in New South Wales, Australia is the first peak to see the sunrise in all of Australia every morning.

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Explore Serenity Falls, Buderim

Australia / Buderim Forest Lot 1

Perched atop Buderim Mountain (590ft), and among a 45 hectare secluded oasis, Buderim Forest and Serenity Falls are a short drive through the Sunshine Coast town of Buderim, along Quorn Close (approx.

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Photograph Princes Pier

Australia / Princes Pier

Princes Pier was originally completed in 1915 and served as a major arrival point for new migrants until the late 60's.

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Hike through Noosa National Park

Australia / Noosa National Park Car Park

Start your walk just at the North Park entrance, just right next to Noosa Main Beach. Your walk can be just a few hundred meters, but you might as well spend a whole day exploring this wonderful park.

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Explore Warburton's Sequoia Forest

Australia / Warburton's Sequoia Forest

These particular Californian Redwoods were planted in 1930 after the clearing of a eucalypt forest.

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Hike to Wedding Cake Rock

Australia / Wedding Cake Rock Trailhead

The trailhead is located about 30 minutes outside of Sydney, NSW in the Royal National Park.

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Camp at Point Lookout

Australia / Adder Rock Camping Ground

All the camping on the island is through one company, Straddie Camping. There is remote beach camping and also campgrounds. Book ahead. There are also holiday homes and a hotel, if that's your thing.

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Explore Killen Falls

Australia / Killen Falls

In the rolling green hills 35 minutes southwest of Byron Bay is the sleepy town of Tintenbar, home to Killen Falls.

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Summit Mt. Feathertop

Australia / Mt. Feathertop Trailhead

Mt Feathertop is an iconic peak within the Victorian Alps. At the summit, spectacular 360 degree mountain views await as you stand over 1500m above the valleys below.

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Summit Mount Eliza

Australia / Mount Eliza Trailhead

The hike to the summit of Mount Eliza is one of the most physically tough but rewarding day hikes in the region.

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Hike Minyon Falls Loop

Australia / Minyon Falls Lookout

Located within Nightcap National Park, Minyon Falls is approximately 30 minutes South-West of the sleepy, hippie town of Mullumbimby.

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Weekend Getaway to Double Island Point

Australia / Noosa North Shore Beach Campground

Starting in Tewantin, a mere two hour drive north of Brisbane on the outskirts of Noosa, drive north on Moorindil St.

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Catch a Sunrise at Hassans Walls Lookout

Australia / Hassans Walls Reserve, Lithgow NSW 2790, Australia

An incredible lookout over Lithgow valley from 1160m elevation. Perfect for viewing the sunrise or sunset over the mountains.

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Explore & Swim at Coalcliff Rock Pools

Australia / Coalcliff Rock Pools

Play around in this lovely seawater pool or get your goggles on and do some laps in this scenic pool.

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Hike to Uloola Falls

Australia / Uloola Parking Area

The trail begins at the waterfall station commuter car park. Head down the small flight of stairs at the rear of the parking area to the forest where you will find a sign for the hike.

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Backpack the Cathedral Ranges

Australia / Cathedral Ranges Trailhead - Sugarloaf Saddle

This is a great hike to introduce yourself to scrambling - most of the first day is up on the ridge.

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Explore Cape Byron

Australia / Cape Byron

Cape Byron is Australia's most easterly point and next to one of Australia's most vibrant surf towns, Byron Bay.  This adventure is a no brainer if you are are in Byron Bay.

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Hike the Thorsborne Trail

Australia / Hinchinbrook Island

Here's a chance to get properly "off the grid" in a tropical wilderness.

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Hike Curra Moors Loop Track

Australia / Curra Moors Trailhead Carpark

Please note that a lot of the track is exposed, so make sure if it's a nice day to bring a hat and sun protection.

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Summit kunanyi/Mt. Wellington

Australia / The Springs

Mt Wellington is accessible by car, but by driving you miss all the beautiful views along the way, the vegetation, and all the other little gems like waterfalls and rock formations.

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Hike and Swim at Mossman Gorge

Australia / Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman gorge is a beautiful attraction located in the southern part of Daintree National Park, 80 kilometres north of the regional town of Cairns and about five kilometres from the cane-farming town.

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Relax at Cairns Esplanade

Australia / Cairns Esplanade

Nestled between the city and the ocean is the Cairns Esplanade, a large public space including a grass park, many picnic benches and barbecues, the Lagoon (free outdoor swimming pool), walking paths,.

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Hike the Cape Baily Coast Walk

Australia / Cape Solander Carpark

This is a great hike if you enjoy heights and looking out on the ocean, as most of the hike takes you along white rocky cliffs on the edge of the park.

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Hike the Kings Canyon Rim Walk in Watarrka NP

Australia / Kings Canyon Carpark

Kings Canyon is not a place to be missed in Australia's Northern Territory.

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Hike the Coast Track from Bundeena to Wattamolla

Australia / Wedding Cake Rock Trailhead

This hike is a part of the 26km Coast Track in Royal National Park. Please note that you must purchase a parking permit from one of the visitors centres.

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Backpack to Bugiga Hikers Camp

Australia / Grampians Peaks Trail Trailhead

Starting in the town of Halls Gap, leave your car in the car park indicated on the map. From here, make your way west, away from the town and towards the forest.

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Hike Pigeonhouse Mountain (Didthul)

Australia / Pigeonhouse Mountain Trailhead

From Milton, turn off Princes Highway, following signs marked ‘Pigeon House’ (this will take you along Croobyar Road, Woodstock Road and Yadboro Road).

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Hike the Uluru Base Trail (Ayers Rock)

Australia / Uluru Summit Walk

In the middle of nowhere within the Northern Territory Red Centre desert sits an amazing and iconic site of Australia - Uluru.

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Backpack Wilson's Promontory

Australia / Wilson's Promontory Trailhead (Overnight Carpark)

Wilson's Promontory, or "The Prom," is one of the most famous walks in Victoria, just 3.5 hours drive outside of Melbourne.

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Hike to Fort Nepean

Australia / Trailhead at Point Nepean

Starting at the car park, you can choose to either head to the visitors centre (north east of the car park) to look at the information boards or you can head straight to the walk.

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Hike to Mount Talyuberlup

Australia / Talyuberlup Trailhead

The hike starts at the car park on Stirling Range Drive. If you're coming from Chester Pass Road then it's around 15 minutes down the gravel surfaced Sitriling Range Drive.

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Hike Sullivan's Rock to Monadnocks

Australia / Herold Road Turnoff

Sullivan Rock to Monadnocks is a tricky one to find initially, but once you've worked out where to start and you've got the start of the trail sorted, it's easy from there.

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Visit the Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Australia / Mamu Tropical Skywalk

The Mamu Tropical Skywalk offers a chance to walk high above the forest floor on a cantilever walkway that leads through the canopy. To see all the features of the skywalk requires a 2.

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Take a Dip in the Injidup Natural Spa

Australia / Injidup Natural Spa

Just a few minutes drive from the bustling little town of Yallingup, towards Margaret River along Caves Road, you'll find a road heading west (Wyadup Road).

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Photograph the Tasman Peninsula by Boat

Australia / Fortescue Bay Camping Ground

Viewing the Tasman Peninsula by boat offers easy access and an amazing perspective of the towering dolerite sea cliffs that you can't get from land.

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Swim at Crystal Cascades Waterfall

Australia / LOT 5 Redlynch Intake Rd.

Starting from the Crystal Cascades parking lot at the end of the Redlynch Intake Road follow the paved and well signed path up 1.2 KM to see the beautiful Crystal Cascades Waterfall.

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Explore Granite Gorge Nature Park

Australia / Granite Gorge Nature Park

Truly experience Australia's Northern Savannah wilderness at this nature park.

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Explore the Devil's Marbles

Australia / Devil's Marbles

Drive off the Stuart Highway at the Devil's Marbles (Karlu Karlu), the exit is well signposted. Stop at the parking lot. From the parking lot, you can access the trail around the main marbles.

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Surf Noosa Spit Recreation Reserve

Australia / Noosa Spit Parking

Just a 5 min drive or 10 min walk from Noosa Heads main beach you'll find the considerably less busy soft sand of Noosa Spit Recreation Reserve. Its a perfect spot for beginner surfers.

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Bike the Bass Coast Rail Trail

Australia / Woolamai Trailhead

Many people complete the trail by beginning and ending in Wonthaggi. We decided to do the opposite and start in Woolamai, just a 90 minutes drive from Melbourne.

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Backpack Freycinet National Park Circuit

Australia / Freycinet National Park Car Park

We saw a significant amount of wildlife on this walk, so keep your eyes peeled! Wildlife that we saw included wallabies, dolphins, manta rays, and lots of beautiful birds.

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Visit the Bruny Island Lighthouse

Australia / Bruny Island Lighthouse

Cape Bruny, at the south end of Bruny Island, is accessible by car. To enter the island you must take a ferry from Kettering (view website for times and prices:

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Hike the Cape to Cape Track

Australia / Northern Terminus Cape to Cape Track

More Information: The official website website offers more information of the track.

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Hike the Bald Head Walk Trail

Australia / Bald Head Trailhead

In Western Australia it’s not unusual to have to travel long distances to experience something out of the ordinary so when you can travel 20 minutes from a city centre and be immersed in a different .

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Hike to the Summit of Mount Ngungun

Australia / Mount Ngungun Car Park

At 253m tall, Mt Ngungun is one of the smaller Glass House Mountains. This trail is perfect for beginners but still rewards you with great views.

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Swim at Elephant Rocks Beach

Australia / Elephant Rocks Beach

Just about 15km west of Denmark, Australia is one of Western Australia’s coolest beaches.  Elephant Rocks is just about 200 yards east of the popular Greens Pool.

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Hike to the Summit of Mt. Maroon

Australia / Mount Maroon Summit Trail

The trail begins at the car park at the end of Cotswold Road, easily found on Google Maps. This is an unsealed road but is suitable for most vehicles.

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Explore the Hamilton Botanical Gardens

Australia / Hamilton Gardens

The Hamilton Gardens is a massive property right along the Waikato River which runs through the city.

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Hike the Macedon Ranges Walking Track

Australia / Mount Macedon Ranges Trailhead Carpark

The pin that has been dropped is across from the Mt Macedon Hotel, where there are many free public parking areas on the main road.

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Hike Passage Peak

Australia / Passage Peak Trailhead Parking

If you're looking to catch the sunrise make sure to get up nice and early, as the walk from the trailhead to the summit could take up to an hour and a half (depending on how strong your coffee was).

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Camel Trek Sunrise at Ayers Rock

Australia / Uluru Summit Walk

While many people see and experience Ayers Rock, few do it in such a manner as camelback.

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Hike from Bells Beach to Point Addis

Australia / Bells Beach Car Park

Bells Beach is one of the first stops on the Great Ocean Road and an awesome spot to either surf or enjoy the small beach town vibe in the town of Torquay.

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Canoe The Shoalhaven Gorge from the Tallowa Dam

Australia / Tallowa Dam

Even though the Shoalhaven Gorge is only about 120km from Sydney, it's a remarkable, rugged and remote adventure for those wanting a unique weekend away.

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Backpack Cape Pillar

Australia / Cape Pillar Carpark

This hike has recently been newly built with a spectacular wooden boardwalk winding in and out of the forest and along the cliffs.

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Hike the Andrews Point Trail at Cape Hillsborough

Australia / Cape Hillsborough Car Park

Located around 50km from the city of Mackay, Cape Hillsborough National Park offers unspoilt wilderness like no other.

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Backpack from Mt Baw Baw to Mushroom Rocks

Australia / Baw Baw Carpark

Please note that the weather on this walk can change drastically, so be prepared for anything! The first day on our walk was +15 and sunny and we woke up to a blanket of snow and had to walk back in .

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Hike to Falcon's Lookout and the Ingliston Granites

Australia / Western Bluff Carpark

This hike is very short, but since it's so close to Melbourne it's great if you want to head out mid-afternoon for a few hours and be back by dinner.

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Explore Beauchamp Falls on the Great Ocean Road

Australia / Beauchamp Falls Walking Track

Located between Apollo Bay and the 12 Apostles in Beech Forest, hidden behind a dense array of ferns, is a temperate rainforest.

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Hike Perry's Lookdown to Govetts Leap Lookout

Australia / Perrys Lookdown Trailhead

Starting at Perry's Lookdown car park, the track takes you to a railed lookout, stop here and take in the magnificent Grose Valley infront of you and the Blue Gum Forest below you.

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Hike to the Ubirr Rock Art Sites

Australia / Ubirr Trailhead Carpark

Kakadu National Park is one of my favourite places in Australia.

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Hike Mount Buffalo

Australia / Eurobin Creek Picnic Area

I love this walk. It ticks all the boxes of the perfect day walk for me. A fantastic variety of vegetation and terrain.

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Swim with Stingrays at Hamelin Bay

Australia / Hamelin Bay Beach

Just 35km South of Margaret River lies one of Western Australia's best natural gems, Hamelin Bay.

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Hike to Blowhole Beach, South Australia

Australia / Blowhole Beach Hike

After following a long dirt road, park at Cobblers Hill for the start of the hike. If you're in a four wheel drive you can drive the last few last few kms down a steep and muddy path to the beach.

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Backpack Mitchell River

Australia / Den of Nargun Carpark

The thing I loved the most about this hike is how isolated it was.

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Hike the Finch Hatton Gorge

Australia / Finch Hatton Gorge Car Park

Finch Hatton Gorge is located around 80km West of Mackay in North Queensland. It lies within the Eungella National Park and is home to an expanse of waterfalls, gorges and pristine wilderness.

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Rock Climb Mount Arapiles

Australia / Mount Arapiles

The nearest regional centre to the Arapiles, is Horsham. Head west from there on the Wimmera Highway until you get to the small township of Natimuk.

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Surf Agnes Water

Australia / Tom Jeffery Park

Located between Bundaberg and Gladstone on Queensland's Coast, Agnes Water is one of the best spots to learn how to surf but also a great spot for people of higher surfing skill levels to check out a.

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Hike around Cape du Couedic on Kangaroo Island

Australia / Cape du Couedic Parking Lot

These walks allow you to see some of the most spectacular and famous portions of Flinders Chase National Park.

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Explore Lake Clifton and the Thrombolites

Australia / Lake Clifton Thrombolites Car Park

This is one of the lesser known areas that has the conditions to allow thrombolites to thrive - a biofilm on the rocks that shows you what life looked like at the dawn of time billions of years ago.

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Explore Hopetoun Falls on the Great Ocean Road, Australia

Australia / Hopetoun Falls

Hopetoun Falls has around 200 stairs descending into the lush rainforest to reach Hopetoun Falls, it may seem like a daunting idea and one that could also be rough on the old’ knees.

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Climb Pemberton's Climbing Trees

Australia / Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree

Just outside of the small town of Pemberton in Western Australia are three towering Karri trees that you can climb to to their highest branches.

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Hike the Lerderderg Circuit

Australia / Mackenzie's Flat Picnic Area Carpark

Please note that this walk is quite steep, so leave ample time to get up and down the walk.

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Backpack to The Fortress and Mt Thackeray

Australia / Harrop Track Carpark

In the summer, this hike can be extremely dry, so make sure to bring lots of water. There are some creeks that offer water, but they can be mere trickles at certain times of year (as we found out!).

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Hike the Cathedral Peak Loop

Australia / Ned's Gully Carpark

From Ned's Gully carpark, cross the road where you see a small suspension bridge to the campground, taking a left towards the trail once you're on the other side.

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Hike Blowhard Circuit

Australia / Wallaby Bay Carpark

Starting off at the carpark, walk back the way you came about 500m until you reach Merlo's Lookout. Here, you can take in some great views of the lake before you start the summit.

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Hike to Fish Falls, Grampians NP

Australia / Zumsteins Picnic Area

Start at the Zumsteins Picnic Area Car Park, and follow the signs and track to Fish Falls to the right. You'll follow along the river for about 2.5km before coming up onto Fish Falls.

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Hike Wog Wog to Corang River

Australia / Wog Wog Campground & Trailhead

Part of the Morton National Park, with a narrow, yet clearly distinguished track, this is a great taste of some of Australia’s most rugged wilderness areas located on the South Coast of NSW, just thr.

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Hike to Brandy Flat Hut

Australia / Top Naas Homestead

Drive south out of Canberra on Tharwa Drive, over the Tharwa bridge on to Naas Road. Follow Naas Road for 11km and then turn left onto Top Naas Road.

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Hike North Head Sanctuary

Australia / Manly Ferry Terminal

Since there are many different walkways, I have put together several different ways to get to North Head, though there are many different places to explore along the way.

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Backpack from Sheoak Falls to Sharps Track Camping Area

Australia / Sheoak Falls Carpark

The Otways National Park sits right on the Great Ocean Road, a stunning, lush park with lots of amazing tracks to explore.

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Backpack Mt Bogong

Australia / Tree Fern Walk Car Park

Mt Bogong sits at 1,986m and takes the crown for the highest peak in Victoria and 8th highest in Australia.

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Hike the Deep Creek Circuit

Australia / Tapanappa

The single-day Deep Creek Circuit hike is a varied trail that meanders through 12km of varied coastal wilderness.

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Hike the Ted Errey Nature Circuit

Australia / Anakie Gorge Car Park

The hike is quite well marked, identified by blue markers, but as this park has several trails that cross paths, make sure to bring your map.

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Relax at Redgate Beach

Australia / Redgate Beach Carpark

The best times to go are either during a big swell so you can admire the waves crashing against the rocks, a bright sunny day so you can admire the red rocks and beautiful turquoise water, or at suns.

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Hike the Fairy Bower/Cox's Cave Loop

Australia / Fairy Bower Picnic Area

This hike is around a 5 kilometre (3 miles) round trip, starting from fairy bower picnic area, the track follows beside a creek, and is slightly muddy after rain.

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Explore Rottnest Island

Australia / Rottnest Island Ferry Terminal

Rottnest Island is probably most famous for its adorable Quokka population, but the island also has lots more to explore outside the main settlement.

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Camp at Black Rocks Campground

Australia / Black Rocks Campground

This is a great place to explore - the beach is quite large and has some beautiful places to watch the waves or jump in.

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Hike St. Mary Peak

Australia / St. Mary's Visitors Center

There are a two major options for reaching the summit of St. Mary Peak, including the opportunity to turn the assault into an overnight trek.

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Trail Run the Newland Head Conservation Park

Australia / Kings Beach Road

Location Utilising a portion of South Australia’s infamous Heysen Trail, the majority of the run lies within the boundaries of the iconic Newland Head Conservation Park, a 90 minute drive south of Ad.

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Hike in the Tasmanian Wilderness at Russell Falls

Australia / Mt Field National Park Carpark

Within the Russell Falls area, there are a number of hikes of varying difficulty to choose from, all starting at the main car park of the pristine Mt Field National Park.

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Hike the Yangie Bay Trail in Coffin Bay National Park

Australia / Yangie Bay Carpark

This hike is short, but there are tons of opportunities to take in beautiful views of the bay and we saw tons of kangaroos! It was close to dusk, so this is a time when they're typically quite active.

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Hike Devil's Peak, South Astralia

Australia / Devil's Peak Carpark

While this 2.

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