Great Walks of Australia
Maria Island Walk
Maria Island is a delightful blend of rare wildlife, convict heritage and elegant accommodation There are few places on the planet that offer the tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty of Maria Island National Park, just a few kilometers (miles) off Tasmania’s east coast. On The Maria Island Walk, you will enjoy gentle walking along empty white-sand beaches by day and candlelit gourmet dining at night. Search for rare shells on a barefoot stroll or swim in crystal-clear waters. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy this walk, unlike more challenging wilderness hikes. Stay in comfortable wilderness camps or restored Heritage-listed houses.
Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
A perfect balance of luxury, adventure and wilderness experience Discover the rare beauty and extraordinary diversity of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park on a walk following the famous Overland Track. Depart Launceston between October and May with a maximum of ten guests. Two experienced guides lead four- and six-day walking experiences. Wildlife often encountered along the way includes wombats, paddymelons, echidnas and an array of birdlife. The Tasmanian devil also makes this area its home. Following the six-day adventure, take a 17-kilometre (10-mile) boat trip across Lake St Clair before returning to Launceston. Private twin-room hut accommodation with hot showers and drying rooms.
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk
The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, the world’s walks to tick off your list. From September to May, be one of only a few who explore 55km of the Australian coastline. The Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is 4 days/3nights of exclusive coastal walking. Less than 1000 people per year can join this rare experience. The trail is alive with native wildlife: fur seals, wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and of course native plants unique to this special corner of the world. Each night you will return to the comfort of the exclusive lodge, with hot showers, private bathrooms and foot spas, and dine on fabulous chef-prepared regional food and fine wine. This will be four days you remember forever as Australia.
Delights the wilderness lover and challenges the seasoned hiker. Soak up the ethereal scenery of vast flood plains and razorback rocky outcrops, and the glorious scale of this ancient land, on a guided walk along the high ridgelines of the West MacDonnell Range. The Classic Larapinta Trail operated by World Expeditions is ideal for the experienced walker, keen to explore the best stages of the Larapinta. Over six days, hikers cover daily distances up to 18 kilometers (11 miles) of rugged outback ranges. Follow in the footsteps of the land’s traditional owners, early explorers and modern adventurers. Sleep under the stars in a true bushman’s “swag”. Stay in exclusive wilderness camps while your hosts prepare meals from local produce in the splendid isolation of the outback.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk
Immerse yourself in one of the most pristine environments that Tasmania has to offer At the edge of Mount William National Park in northeastern Tasmania, the magnificent coastline known as the Bay of Fires appears to have been untouched for thousands of years. This unspoiled stretch of azure water and rocky headlands provides dramatic landscapes, amazing diversity and plenty of wildlife. From October to May, walk soft white sandy beaches, explore coves and kayak the Ansons River on the four-day guided Bay of Fires Lodge Walk. Rest at Forester Beach Camp on the first night and then spend two nights in the luxury of the award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge, and indulge in fine Tasmanian organic local produce and world-class Tasmanian wines.
Reconnect with the bush on a private wildlife conservancy Traversing the ancient Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia, the guided four-day Arkaba Walk is an experience that immerses you in the story of the land. Over 600-million-years of geological history echo through the rich red glow and spectacular outback scenery of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range. Kangaroos, wallaroos and emus are regular sightings along the walk. Around the campfire, you will hear the stories of the early pioneers who settled this harsh but beautiful country. Spend two nights camping under endless starry skies in luxe swag camps, followed by one night in the comfort of the elegantly restored historic 1850s homestead at Arkaba Station.