Updated: Apr 11, 2021
Australia, the smallest continent and one of the largest countries on Earth, lying between the Pacific and Indian oceans in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia’s capital is Canberra, located in the southeast between the larger and more important economic and cultural centres of Sydney and Melbourne.
You can explore Australia on epic road trips, world-class train journeys and even scenic flights, but for the adventurous - and ambitious - one of the most immersive ways to connect with the diverse and dramatic landscapes is on your own two feet.
Travelling in Australia can be safe and easy, and planning ahead will help you make the most of your holiday.
Great Ocean Walk
The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s most remarkable and famous road trips, and it’s on-foot equivalent, the Great Ocean Walk, is equally impressive. Beginning at the charming fishing village of Apollo Bay in Victoria, you’ll trek along 100 kilometres (62 miles) of diverse national park, coastal cliffs and breezy beaches. While in parts the trail runs parallel to the Great Ocean Road, the walk also takes you where the road doesn’t, moving through low forest and across unique, honeycomb-like rock shelves. Finally, one of the region’s most beautiful attractions will appear in front of you: the 12 Apostles. These limestone spires are magnificent as they change colour with the sun. The Great Ocean Walk can be done on your own, or with a range of guided group treks.
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Bondi to Coogee Coastal walk
One of Sydney’s most stunning coastal treks, the Bondi to Coogee walk winds around the beaches and headlands of the city’s eastern suburbs. Beginning with the iconic vistas of Bondi Icebergs, you’ll walk along clifftops as you pass golden sand beaches, ocean baths and panoramic views. The six-kilometre (3.7-mile) trail takes about two hours to complete, but you might be tempted to stop at one of the walk’s beautiful beaches, including Tamarama and Bronte Beach, along the way. You might even come across large-scale sculptures dotting the coast if you visit during Sculpture by the Sea, the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. After, reward yourself with the casual yet crave-worthy fare at the seaside Coogee Pavilion.
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Australian Alps Walking Track
The Australian Alps Walking Track is often regarded as the country’s best long-distance walking trail, weaving through the high country of Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The 650-kilometre (404-mile) trek can take weeks to complete in its entirety, but walkers can also take on shorter sections, like those offered within beautiful national parks like Kosciuszko and Namadgi. No matter where you choose to begin the journey, you’re sure to come across rugged Australian landscapes, exploring native forests, ascending rocky peaks and traversing exposed high plains. Weather can change without warning, so be sure to prepare for wet and windy weather no matter when you walk.
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