Getting away from it all for a few days on foot is an Australian experience like no other but escaping the day-to-day for more than a few hours need not involve hefting a heavy load and making camp at day’s end. Guided and self-guided accommodated walking holidays are a less taxing, though more expensive, alternative to independent expeditions. Australian guided bushwalks are available in well-known and less trodden walking destinations across the country.
The basic premise is that you carry a day pack (or lighter hiking pack) from lodging to lodging or between drop-off and pick-up points, while your luggage hitches a pre-arranged ride.
And while accommodations range from tents pitched for you to multi-star luxury, depending on the company and hike, there’s often a hot shower and a comfy bed at day’s end and someone who cooks dinner and breakfast and even prepares your lunch.
Recommended guided walks and walking companies include:
Australian Walking Holidays
Cradle Mountain Huts
Life’s An Adventure
Maria Island Walk
Tasmanian Walking Company
The Arkaba Walk