If you’re looking for a hike through a distinctly Australian landscape with a touch of pampering and luxury, here are seven superb places to start (and finish).
The Arkaba Walk, Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Over four days and 45 ‘k’s, traverse 600 million years’ worth of geological splendour. Sleep under sequinned night skies in the Flinders Ranges and indulge in three-course camp dinners; $2150 per person, twin-share. See Arkaba Walk.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Tasmania
Travel this remote coastal landscape at a moderate pace (33 kilometres over two days), kayak from your base at Bay of Fires Lodge, where you can also snorkel the marine nursery. Four days from $2150 per person, twin-share. See Walking Bay of Fires.
Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Tasmania
Hot showers, delicious dinners, and a stock of Tassie wines, these huts discreetly mark a 60-kilometre trail through rainforest, alpine meadows and open moorland. Six days from $2950 per person, twin-share. See the Overland Track.
Freycinet Experience Walk, Tasmania
Walk in the footsteps of the Oyster Bay tribe. Swim at the white-sand beaches of Freycinet National Park, and mosey barefoot around your base at Friendly Beaches Lodge. Walk 37 kilometres over four days; from $2275 per person. See The Freycinet Experience.
The Great Ocean Walk by Bothfeet, Victoria
Walk 15 kilometres a day over seven days to see Australian wildlife and some of the wrecks that litter these waters. Sleep at Bothfeet’s beautiful eco lodge, where food is fabulous; $2795 per person with a group of 10–12. See Both Feet.
The Maria Island Walk, Tasmania
This is an easy-does-it walk over four days, on an island mostly occupied by the creatures of the national park. Walk barefoot on the beach with a glass of wine, swim in sparkling waters, and explore the heritage-listed convict settlement; from $2300 per person. See Maria Island Walk.
Larapinta Trail (World Expeditions), Northern Territory
More ambitious walkers will stride through the 72 kilometres of this six-day walk along the high ridge lines of the West MacDonnell Ranges; and lap up the luxe bush tucker each night; from $2195 per person. See World Expeditions.
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