Travelling between coasts and even within Australian states and territories involves covering vast distances and people continue to tour Australia by car/4WD despite rising petrol costs and the falling price of airline tickets. Epic Australian hikes ensure walkers don’t feel left out.
The daddy of them all is the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT), a multi-use track – horses, hikers and mountain bikes permitted – running more than 5,000km down the country’s eastern Great Dividing Range. You can tread/ride short sections but the BNT most rewards prepared, experienced, fit adventurers with a pioneering spirit.
Australia’s three dedicated long-distance walking tracks are the Heysen Trail (1200km), in South Australia, Bibbulmun Track (1000km) in Western Australia, and Australian Alps Walking Track, which works its way about 650km through the mountains from the historic Victorian gold town of Walhalla to the outskirts of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory.
All three attract adventurous end-to-enders but can be tackled in smaller bites of several days; there are also a variety of one-way and loop day walks.