The Best Outdoor Activities in Australia
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hike the Thorsborne Trail
Australia / Hinchinbrook Island
Here's a chance to get properly "off the grid" in a tropical wilderness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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: brunyislandferry.com.au).
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.
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.
Explore Granite Gorge Nature Park
Australia / Granite Gorge Nature Park
Truly experience Australia's Northern Savannah wilderness at this nature park.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Hike to the Ubirr Rock Art Sites
Australia / Ubirr Trailhead Carpark
Kakadu National Park is one of my favourite places in Australia.
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.
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.
Backpack Mitchell River
Australia / Den of Nargun Carpark
The thing I loved the most about this hike is how isolated it was.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.