A collection of Australia's best short walks
Slow down, stretch your legs and enjoy a collection of Australia’s best short walks
Bronte to Bondi - Sydney
This spectacularly scenic coastal walk is one of our favourite things to do in Sydney .. weaving its way over rocky headlands and across tucked-away beaches, the 2.5km trail is a great way to soak up the enviable coastal lifestyle of a Sydney-sider. Visit early morning to catch the sun’s first rays peeking over the Pacific Ocean as you walk alongside morning joggers and local surfers going about their daily rituals. The walk is well-rewarded with beautiful beaches and dozens of great coffee, breakfast, brunch or lunch options at either end (pack your swimming costume !).
Visit in late October / early November to also enjoy the annual Sculpture by the Sea outdoor art exhibition (24 October – 10 November 2019)
Dove Lake Circuit – Cradle Mountain NP, Tasmania
Enjoy an ever-changing scenery – sandy lake beaches, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforests, the majestic twin spires of Cradle Mountain towering above – or reflected in the lake on this 5.7km circuit. The easy, well-maintained walk follows raised boardwalks for most of the trail, suitable for all members of the family. Keep an eye out for some of the friendly locals – wombats and pademelons – that often greet visitors on this iconic walk. (Pack for all conditions – the mountain weather can change quickly .. and only adds to the dramatic scenery that surrounds!)
(Want more ? we can also recommend the Spit to Manly walk on the Northern-side of Sydney Harbour)
Uluru Base Walk – Red Centre, Northern Territory
Follow in the footsteps and learn the legends of ancient Aboriginal ancestral beings that shaped this breathtaking outback landscape. The 10km circumnavigation of Uluru follows a flat, marked path and offers a close-encounter with Australia’s most famous monolith. There are also several stunning surprises along the way too as you pass caves and ancient rock art, waterholes and resident wallabies, through acacia woodlands and grassy plains. Top Tip: start early before the heat of the day, and pack plenty of water.
(Want more ? we can also recommend the more challenging Valley of the Winds walk in the neighbouring Kata Tjuta)
Kings Canyon Rim Walk – Red Centre, Northern Territory
Rising out of the dessert plains, the Kings Canyon Rim walk offers a scenically spectacular diversity of landscapes and vistas over the course of the 6km (steep in places) walk. Wander between a maze of beehive-shaped sandstone domes, descend into the Garden of Eden to see the colours of the outback reflected in this secluded waterhole, marvel at the sheer red walls of the canyon and enjoy sweeping panoramas of the vast and very humbling outback that surrounds you. Allow approximately 3-3.5 hours for the one-way walk and head off early to avoid the heat of the day (the walk may be closed in extreme weather conditions)
(Want more ? we can also recommend the less strenuous Kings Creek walk, a relatively flat and shaded walk that leads to the floor of the canyon)
Wineglass Bay – Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania
The 11km (steep in places) hike is well rewarded with one of Tasmania’s most photographed views – looking out over the sweeping sands and crystal-clear blue waters of Wineglass Bay. Cross the isthmus and descend on to the sandy shores of Hazards Beach to complete the circuit. (Pack a picnic, your swimmers and a camera!)
Contact your Southern Crossings Australia Travel Designer to see how you can incorporate these spectacular walks (and many more) into your Australian itinerary. We are also able to offer private-guided walks along these trails to ensure that you don’t miss a thing.
For those who like to stretch their legs a little further read on for more information about:
The Spicers Rim Walk in South East Queensland
Australia’s best multi-day hikes
And New Zealand’s Great Walks