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Australia Bushwalking

Everlasting daisies, Mt Hotham © John O'Neill

What the rest of the world calls hiking or trekking, Australians call bushwalking. The term is used to describe both multi-day trails through national parks and wilderness areas, and leisurely walks through urban parks. Australia invites travellers to explore extremely diverse and impressive landscapes, including desert, rainforest, mountains and beautiful coastlines, and it is undoubtedly one of the best hiking destinations in the world.

The most popular multi-day hikes in Australia include the Thorsborne Trail of Queensland, looping the beautiful Hinchinbrook Island; the Fraser Island Great Walk, exploring the UNESCO-listed sand island; the Wilderness Coast Walk along the coastlines of Victoria and New South Wales; the glorious Overland Track of Tasmania; and the Cape to Cape Track of Western Australia.

Serious hiking enthusiasts keen on a real adventure should tackle the longer Australian treks, like the Larapinta Trail of the Northern Territory, a 16 to 20-day trail through the spectacular West MacDonnell Mountain Range, or the Australian Alps Walking Track, a 45 to 60-day trek through the mountains of New South Wales and Victoria.

Those wanting something more leisurely will find that every state and territory of Australia offers pleasant, well-kept bushwalking trails.