From mountain traverses to sand islands and outback tracks, here’s our pick of the best long-distance hiking trails in Australia.
The Budawangs in NSW’s Morton National Park are a labyrinth of pagodas, passes and mesas legendary in bushwalking circles.
Morton NP’s entire length runs along part of NSW’s eastern highlands, starting roughly 100km south-west of Sydney and ending at its spectacular steep southern extremity, about 80km east of Canberra. It’s the fifth-largest national park in NSW. Like many others in this part of the state, it is defined by a sandstone-derived landscape of steep outcrops and nutrient-poor soil, which supports hardy eucalypt forest and shrubby, biodiverse vegetation on its plateau tops. Stretching across the winding waterways and rapid runs of the Shoalhaven River, Morton includes spectacular waterfalls, glow-worm caves at Bundanoon and orchid-laced gorges in the Ettrema Wilderness. One of its most magnificent features is the jigsaw of jagged pagodas, mountains and mesas of the Monolith Valley in the northern Budawang Range.
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It’s nearly time for bookings for NZ’s awesome Great Walks to open for the 2016/17 trekking season. Here’s two of the best to get you psyched to push that “Booked” button!
A solitary tawny frogmouth hides among the foliage.
The Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. It’s not difficult to see why.
Both hikers and mountain bikers will be satisfied along the trails in the Great Otway National Park and Otway Forest Park.
As well as marine activities, there are also bushwalks and mountain bike trails along the Sapphire Coast
For some high altitude adventure, check out this alpine resort and surrounding national park area.