It’s the journey of a lifetime. Tighten up your laces as bushwalking guru Andrew Bain continues to lead us through Australia’s four Epic Trails.

Australia is a big country deserving of big bushwalking tracks. And while, mercifully, nothing quite goes end-to-end or coast-to-coast like trails in the USA, Britain and New Zealand, there are a number of tracks that could have you walking for weeks or months on end.

The longest is the 5300km Bicentennial National Trail, linking Cooktown in Far North Queensland to Healesville near Melbourne.

A multi-purpose trail, it’s probably best left to the bicycles and horses since it requires a minimum of six months to walk. More realistically, there are four standout long-distance walks.

The Australian Alps Walking Track, Heysen Trail, Bibbulmun Track and Larapinta Trail can be epics in their own right, keeping your feet busy and your shoulders raw for up to two months – though each one can also be divided into more manageable smaller sections.

1. Legendary Larapinta

2. The Bibbulmun Track

3. The Heysen Trail

4. Australian Alps Walking Track


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