One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Australia’s spectacular natural environment is on foot. From epic treks across rugged clifftops and mountain ranges to short hikes through World Heritage-listed national parks and across deserted white sandy beaches, Australia has some of the best and most diverse walking experiences in the world, many of which can be enjoyed with expert guides and in surprising comfort.
The Arkaba Walk, South Australia
The four-dayArkaba Walk is private hike in South Australia’s Flinders Rangesthat offers complete immersion in the nature and culture of the land. With a history that dates back 600-million years, evidenced by the stratified layers of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range, the scenery throughout isspectacular and unlike anywhere else in the world. Walkers will see Red and Western Grey kangaroos, wallaroos and emus along the walk while the knowledgeable guides describe the experiences of early pioneers who tried to settle in this harsh but beautiful environment as well as the ongoing efforts by Arkaba’s Conservation Managers to restore and conserve the unique and diverse environment.
The accommodation has been designed to enhance the outback experience. Arkaba’ssignature ‘star beds’ offer guests the opportunity to lie out under the night skies (or within sheltered bush huts) while comforts such as hot showers, cold drinks, canapés, comfy swags and hot water bottles ensure guests feel at home. Evenings are spent around the campfire, indulging in a three-course camp dinner, with a selection of fine South Australian wines.
Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk, Western Australia
In Western Australia’s remote and beautiful Margaret River region, the Cape to Cape Track connects turquoise ocean, white beaches, coastal cliffs and towering karri forests. The four-day Cape to Cape walk combines the scenic coastal splendor of the area with the world-class food and wine the region is known for.
From exploring headlands, beaches, limestone caves and swimming in the crystal clear water to lunch with matched wines at an award winning winery, private chef dinner showcasing local produce with a local winemaker on hand to present their wines, sunset clifftop drinks and a private didgeridoo performance with one of the region’s traditional owners, all capped off with luxurious beachfront accommodation every night at the Injidup Spa Retreat. The lodge offers private villas with uninterrupted views, private plunge pools and an onsite spa retreat.
Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, Victoria
Themoderately challenging Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk is a four-day journey from Castle Cove to the Twelve Apostles, covering 40 kilometres through Great Otway and Port Campbell National Parks. From cool-climate rainforests to rugged clifftops and beaches, this walk is the ideal opportunity to witness Australian wildlife in its native habitat as well as an enormous variety of plant species unique to this part of the world. The walk also offers the chance to hear about Australia’s convict history and the arrival of the first Australians over 200 years ago.
Walkers explore the Great Otway National Park and the Port Campbell National Park while learning of shipwrecks and settlementfrom the shores of one of Australia’s mostunforgiving coastlines.
Accommodation is located at the mid-point of the trailin eco-luxe villas with ensuite bathrooms, fresh linen and hot showers. At the end of a strenuous day of hiking, enjoy delicious regional food prepared by the chef, attentive service and good company over the long communal dining table. The lodge is based roughly three hours from Melbourne.
Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort, Northern Territory
For the more ambitious walker, this fully supported trektravels along well graded trails between eight and sixteen kilometres each day. The high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges provide a rare perspective of the vast flood plains that form this ancient land. The trek passes through Ormiston and Serpentine gorges allowing time to enjoy idyllic waterholes. The changing colours of the rock formations at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm and the dawn ascent of Mt Sonder to take in the length of the entire West MacDonnell Ranges are once-in-a-lifetime highlights of this exhilarating itinerary.
This desert walk is enhanced with exclusive, semi-permanent wilderness campsites along the route. These campsites are equipped with hot showers, a large kitchen and a heated dining tent. The professional support crew take care of the catering, while you relax and reflect on the day’s discoveries.
Scenic Rim Trail, Queensland
This unforgettablefour-day adventure starts in the foothills of South East Queensland’s virtually untouched Main Range National Park. Small groups traverse world-class trails whilst being led by experienced guides who, along the way, impart their impressive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, describing the unique characteristics of the ecosystem while sharing the extensive local history of the region. This is an area famous for its stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus spread over more than 30,000 hectares of parkland, state forests and national parks.
Canopy Eco Lodge is a permanent, private, luxury campsite that takes advantage of stunning views. There are 10 uniquely luxurious safari-style camping tents with king size beds, timber floors, fine linens and towels. The final night is spent at the renowned Spicers Peak Lodge, a haven of understated luxury and intuitive service.