Now is a great time to explore places that are close to home. Appreciate the scenery in your area by visiting a walking trail. We’ve listed some trails around Australia that you can walk in a day.
Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail, Queensland
Distance: 7km return (6 hours)
This is a challenging climb from Cape Tribulation to the ridge of Mount Sorrow. From the lookout, you’ll have views of the Daintree coastline and Snapper Island.
Caption: Coast of Cape Tribulation in Queensland
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, New South Wales
Distance: 6km (2 hours)
Enjoy a walk along the coast from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. There are a number of spots along the way to rest and take in the views. If you want to keep going, Maroubra is another 1.5 hour walk away.
Caption: Bronte beach on the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk in Sydney
Ashbrook Fire Trail, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory
Distance: 6.5km (2 hours)
Located in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, this trail starts at Hanging Rock, follows Ashbrook Creek and takes you through the forest toward Mountain Creek.
Caption: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Darby River to Tongue Point Walk, Victoria
Distance: 3.8km (2 hours)
This coastal walk takes you up an ancient sand dune, past the Darby Swamp and through the Vereker Range. If you have time, go to Fairy Cove, a secluded beach bordered by the granite boulders.
Caption: Darby River in the Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria
Dove Lake Circuit, Tasmania
Distance: 6km circuit (2-3 hours)
Starting from the base of Cradle Mountain, follow the trail around the Dove Lake. In addition to views of the lake and mountain, you’ll also walk through the Ballroom Forest.
Caption: Cradle Mountain and Lake Dove in Tasmania
Mount Lofty Circuit, Heysen Trail, South Australia
Distance: 7.5km circuit (3-5 hours)
On this section of the Heysen Trail you’ll climb Mount Lofty, see quaint cottages and small farms in Piccadilly Valley, enjoy the botanical gardens and journey through the Cleland Conservation Park.
Caption: Mount Lofty Botanic Garden in South Australia
Bluff Knoll, Western Australia
Distance: 6km (3-4 hours)
Venture through the Stirling Range National Park to see wildflowers such as Queen of Sheba orchids and then climb to the summit of Bluff Knoll. It’s known to be quite misty around the mountain.
Caption: Bluff Knoll in Western Australia
Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Northern Territory
Distance: 6km return (3-4 hours)
The walk begins with 500 steps to the top of the canyon. You’ll then walk through Priscilla’s Crack to the first lookout for views of sandstone domes named The Lost City. From there, you can continue along the top or journey down to the Garden of Eden.
Caption: Kings Canyon in Northern Territory