Now is the perfect time to try one of these fabulous walks. And going for a walk has so many health and wellbeing benefits!
You don’t need to have a gym membership, lift heavy weights or run everyday to get fit and healthy. Walking is one of the easiest ways to restore good health to your body and mind. Plus, it’s waiting right at your doorstep!
Walking not only lowers the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, it can also increase your flexibility, improve cardio fitness and help you maintain bone mass. It also releases chemicals that initiate lots of positive bodily reactions. For example, walking boosts feelings of happiness and euphoria, reduces stress, improves confidence levels and can enhance brainpower, cognition and memory.
The best thing about this form of exercise is that you can do it anywhere and, most of the time, for free!
Australia has an abundance of beautiful, tranquil and breathtaking spots where you can immerse yourself in nature – places where a walk will be good for your mind and body but perhaps their beauty will also feed your soul. Reap the benefits and boost your wellbeing by trying one of these walks.
- Sunshine Coast Hinterland Walk, Queensland
Trek along the undulating mountain ranges just north of Brisbane, through subtropical rainforest, tall eucalypt forest, bubbling creeks and waterfalls. You can plan a walk based on your time and fitness levels, or take four days and complete the 58-kilometre track staying at bush camps along the way.
- Cathedral Gorge, Western Australia
In Western Australia, this four-kilometre moderate walking trail along the Purnululu National Park ranges will lead you to deep gorges and astonishing geological formations. The red rock amphitheatre and water pool below is listed as a World Heritage Site; with acoustics so great they can even play music.
- Mt Kosciusko Summit Walk, New South Wales
Walk nine kilometres through the scenic alpine precinct of Kosciuszko National Park witnessing beautiful wildflowers and waterfalls before reaching the glorious views of Bogong Peaks Wilderness and the Australian Alps at the summit.
- Great Ocean Walk, Victoria
Stretching across 104 kilometres of sheer cliffs, sapphire ocean, green forest and remote sandy beaches, the Great Ocean Walk will have jaws dropping. Marvel at the iconic twelve apostles and experience the beautiful flora and fauna along the way.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head, New South Wales
This is one of the great urban coastal walks of the world, stretching for 30 kilometres along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. Walk through rugged headlands, city suburbs, harbour beaches, lagoons and parks, and view significant sites of Sydney’s history along the way.