6 of the BEST hiking trails in Australia

Just because you’re not on your way to sip cocktails on a white sand beach or see the fireworks in Times Square this holiday season, doesn’t mean you’re not in for an adventure. A simple day trip with friends, family or even solo has the power to rejuvenate your soul and give you the break you need with much less planning. We’ve found some stunning hiking trails in Australia which can be done in a single day, including travel time! Keep reading for our favourites and if we’ve missed yours be sure to tell us on our Facebook page.

1.Bouddi Coast Walk, NSW Central Coast

Distance from Sydney – 1 hour, 40mins

Trail length– 13km/5 hours

Difficulty – Moderate


If you’re a Sydneysider chances are you don’t need to look far to find a stunning coast line to explore, but we’re betting you are yet to discover the beauty of the Bouddi Coast Walk. Located near Gosford in the Bouddi National Park, this walk will take you past hidden coves, quiet beaches and spectacular views stretching across rock plateaus and the coastline. There are opportunities to swim along the way so don’t forget your swimmers! You could also witness the S.S. Maitland shipwreck if you’re walking at low-tide.


2. Cape Otway to Aire River, VIC

Distance from Melbourne – 3.5 hours

Trail length– 9.6km/4 hours

Difficulty – Moderate


Starting on the west side of the Cape Otway Lighthouse, this track takes you through the coastal scrubland (or the beach track if you prefer) to rainbow falls. Spectacular sights are aplenty as you hike across the clifftops, stopping at the Escarpment Lookout for a must see panoramic view of the Aire River and surrounding coastline. The walk then descends down onto the banks of the Aire River where you are welcome to jump in for a swim before making your way back to the Lighthouse at Cape Otway.


3. Pinnacles Desert, WA

Distance from Perth – 3 hours, 45mins

Trail length– 5km/2 hours

Difficulty – Easy


Well worth the drive, the Pinnacles Desert is a sight to see for any nature lover. Thousands of limestone pinnacles rise from the sands of the Nambung National Park, leaving many visitors in awe. Start at the interpretive centre and walk roughly 1.3km to enjoy the scenery from the viewing deck. Continue on to see the Milk Bottles at North Spur and a 700m tall pinnacle a little further along – a must see for all!


4. Waitpinga Cliffs to Kings Beach, SA

Distance from Adelaide – 1.5 hours

Trail length– 11.5km/4-6 hours

Difficulty – Moderate


Starting at the Waitpinga Campground and ending at the glorious Kings Beach, this trail takes you along the coast of South Australia via the Waitpinga Cliffs and offers spectacular views on the way. This section of the famed Heysen trail is a favourite among walkers because of the white-bellied sea eagles which are known to breed here.
 5. Wineglass Bay to Hazards Beach, TAS

Distance from Hobart – 2 hours

Trail length– 12km/4.5 hours

Difficulty – Moderate


Wineglass Bay is commonly named as one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and this is where you will start your hike. A mere two hours from Hobart, this trail rewards travellers with one of Australia’s most loved coastal walks. Along the way you will experience the white beaches and clear waters of Tasmania and the bare granite outcrops as you descend to Hazards Beach at the end of the trail. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales and the local dolphin population!


6. Mt Warning, NSW/QLD

Distance from the Gold Coast – 1hour, 40 minutes

Trail length– 8.8km/4 hours

Difficulty – Experienced hikers


Technically this walk is in New South Wales, but it’s so close to the Gold Coast we’re giving it to the Queenslanders. Mount Warning is known to be the remnants of a volcano, last active 23 million years ago. The walk is steep with zig-zagging steps all the way to the rim which is 30km in diameter. The walk is recommended for experienced walkers or those who are reasonably fit. Four viewing decks provide panoramic views over the Gold Coast and as far as Cape Byron.