Must Do Day Walks & Treks Around Australia
Traveling in a campervan or motorhome gives you the freedom to view Australia’s vast and beautiful range of landscapes. The ability to discover Australia for yourself, and see it in person is truly an amazing experience.
There is a variety of ways to see Australia and road trips that you can take, but one of the top ways to appreciate the countryside and beauty of this captivating country is to take day walks in the different areas that you visit.
We recommend that you try and tackle some of the scenic walks mentioned below while traveling around Australia.
Wineglass Bay & Hazard Beach Circuit, Tasmania
The Wineglass Bay and Hazard Beach Circuit is a Moderate 11 km loop (approx. 5 hours). The Wineglass Bay lookout walk is approx 1-hour return, but you can venture all the way down to the beach which would take approx 2.5 hours return. You will require a Tasmanian National Parks pass to access the bay, which can be found here. Wineglass Bay is the main attraction within the Freycinet National Park of Tasmania’s east coast. It is well-known for its crystal clear blue waters and fine quartz sand. While traveling on the circuit keep an eye out for the friendly local wallabies, but remember not to feed them.
Dove Lake Circuit, Tasmania
Dove Lake circuit is one of Tasmania’s most iconic walks. It is situated in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. This is an easy to moderate track which is 6 km long (approx. 2 hours) and board walked for the majority of the way. You will also need a Tasmanian National Parks pass to access the walking tracks in Cradle Mountain which can be purchased in the visitors center. The Circuit will take you right around Dove Lake and underneath the soaring dolerite columns of Cradle Mountain. Near the southern end of the Lake, you will stroll through the cool temperate rainforest where you will stand in the shadows of the ancient King Billy pines.
Point Nepean Walk
Point Nepean walk is in The Point Nepean National Park. The Bass Strait is located to one side and Port Philip Bay to the other, allowing for some mesmerising views. The moderate coastal walk is 14.5 km long is a mix of beautiful landscape and rich history. The 2-4 hr Point Nepean coastal walk is a fantastic way to discover the tip of the Mornington Peninsula. On the way to The Rip lookout which indicates the halfway point of the walk, you will pass Cheviot Beach where you can visit a historic quarantine station. Here, you can explore historic World War II military defenses and fortifications. There’s an abundance of sights to see on this impressive coastal walk, so make sure you allow yourself enough time to experience Point Nepean.
Access to The Pinnacle lookout from Sundial Carpark is the easiest route and is suitable for beginner walkers or families with smaller children. It’s a medium grade track spanning 2.1 km long which will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and is a great trek for those who are keen to see some native wildlife along the way. For those walkers looking for something more challenging, there is a medium to hard grade track which leaves from the Wonderland Carpark. The track is 2.1 km long and can take up to 1.5 hours. When you reach the top of The Pinnacle, you can marvel at the magnificent views of Halls Gap and the Grampians’ many peaks.
New South Wales
Three Sisters Walk, Blue Mountains
The leisurely, family friendly Three Sisters walk in Katoomba, offers some spectacular panoramic views of Blue Mountains National Park. The walk takes you up close to the famous Three Sisters. It is an easy to moderate walk and only 1.5 km along the Prince Henry Cliff Track. The track is paved, and while there are a few staircases, it would be appropriate for people of all ages to enjoy. There are plenty of longer walks nearby including the Three Sisters Walk to Scenic World via Giant Stairway, but we recommend only the energetic or more advanced trekkers attempt this walk. The phenomenal rock formations represent three sisters who according to Aboriginal dream-time legend were turned to stone.
Crystal Shower Fall, Dorrigo National Park
A short one hour’s drive from Coffs Harbour, you’ll find Crystal Shower falls in the Dorrigo National Park. There’s plenty to see in the park, but the highlight is the Crystal Shower Falls. The Falls are found among glorious rainforests and will take your breath away with the view. The walk is a short 3.5 km return which takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours. The cascade of water is spectacular in itself, but what makes the waterfall stand out is the pathway that takes you into a cavern behind the falls. From this scenic rocky point, you can gaze out through the waterfall to marvel at the surrounding terrain.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Mount Ainslie Summit Track, ACT
Mount Ainslie walking track, also known as the Kokoda Memorial trail, offers remarkable views from the summit looking down Anzac Parade and over Lake Burley Griffin to Parliament House and beyond. The Mount Ainslie walking track is a moderate 4 km return which would take 1.5 hours to complete. The trail starts behind the Australian War Memorial off Treloar Crescent, Campbell. The trail features numerous World War II memorials and plaques along the way representing the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea where Australian and Japanese forces clashed.
Box Forrest Circuit, Kamington National Park
This moderate to hard walk is 11 km long and can take up to 4 hours to complete. This is a perfect hike for confident hikers who enjoy rainforests, waterfalls and swimming holes. The pristine mountain water flows from high in the forest, cascading down into deep pools and down the rainforest valley. The circuit track takes you past pink-barked brush box before arriving at the falls. Brush box in other sections of the forest has been radiocarbon-dated at 1500 years, making these giants the oldest carbon-dated trees on Australia’s mainland.
Noosa Heads Coastal Track, Noosa National Park
The Noosa Heads Coastal Track is a moderate trail which is a 7 km round trip that would take roughly 2 hours to complete, however, more time is recommended to take in the scenery. The coastal track meanders through the scrubland and along the shoreline from the main park entrance at Noosa Heads to northern Sunshine Beach. The track passes over many headlands and offers several breathtaking coastal vistas. While walking through the Noosa National park you will inevitably come across the local flora and fauna. during the walk, you will reach Hells Gate which is an impressive, picturesque crevice in the headland.
Mossman Gorge Rainforest Circuit, Daintree National Park
The Mossman Gorge Rainforest circuit is located near Port Douglas, Mossman and Cape Tribulation. The rainforest circuit track is an easy to moderate 2-hour walk which is 4 km long. While on the rainforest circuit track there are educational signs describing native flora and fauna. Abundant rainforests cover steep mountainsides from the riverbanks up to the rocky eastern slopes of the Main Coast Range. There is a sheltered swimming hole where The Mossman River’s Pristine water cascades over large granite boulders in the Mossman River Gorge. Here you will find a nice wide portion of the river deep and calm enough to enjoy a dip amongst the tranquil rainforest.
Coral Beach & The Beak, Conway National Park
The Coral Beach and the Beak track is an easy to moderate, family friendly 3.7 km return walk that takes 1.5hours to complete. The walk are located in the Conway National Park in the Whitsundays, Queensland. This track travels through the National park giving you glimpses of the picturesque turquoise waters of Shute Harbour and Whitsunday Passage. The beach is made up of various sized clusters of broken coral. Walk a further 180 meters up the beach, and you will find the entrance for the track that winds up to The Beak lookout. The Beaks viewpoint offers spectacular, panoramic views of the Whitsunday Islands and the Whitsunday Passage.
All of these locations can be accessed via campervan or motorhomes, so make sure to check out our Depot Locations page and plan your next Holiday.