Vast expanses of Australia are flat and much of the rest is saved from being likened to pancakes by uplifts that could be defined as mounds, hillocks and hill, but as monumental Australian mountains only in moments of exaggeration. And where the land does rise with any conviction, walkers find themselves not among peaks reaching the lofty heights of Asia, the Americas and Europe. They find themselves enfolded by some of the oldest natural stonework on the planet, raised up and worn down by time.
Australia’s tallest peak, Mt Kosciuszko (2228m), is a pipsqueak compared with the world’s giants. But Australian mountains are smaller only because they are ancient, and one should always respect one’s elders!
The Great Dividing Range – also called the Great Divide – extends down Australia’s east coast from the tip of Cape York, reaching its zenith on the New South Wales/Victoria border, ending in a sweep of tilted and carved rock called the Grampians in western Victoria. The island state of Tasmania is part of this range.
Some of Australia’s best walking is in the Great Divide – in Lamington National Park, the Blue Mountains, Alpine National Park, and others – but there are fabulous mountain walks (long and short) across the country.