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29 Best Walks In Australia: Short To Multi-Day Walks

woman walking up a mountain while carrying a kid on her shoulders

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Our favorite way to explore any destination is on foot and during our 18-month road trip around OZ we were on a mission to discover some of the best walks in Australia.

We love walking as a family activity and getting out in nature on short walks in Australia, even if it means little Savannah ends up on my shoulders – which tends to happen on occasion.

Byron Bay lighthouse walk

From time to time, it’s also fun to hit the long walking trails that take multiple days to complete.

Walking is a great way to stay in shape on your travels and we encourage everyone to walk around as much as you can. But knowing which hiking trails are the best is no easy task!

So we’ve rounded up our favorite walking trails in Australia so you can add a few to your Aussie itinerary.

So get active and put your hiking sandals on and see things at a slower pace – and remember, walking is FREE!

The Best Short Walks in Australia

Let’s begin with a list of some of our favorite short walks in Australia, from a casual one hour stroll to half-day hikes. Click on each link below to go directly to a specific walk or scroll manually.

1. Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

woman and girl holding hands walking around dove lake

Tasmania has a list called “60 Great Short Walks” and one of the most popular short walks in Australia is the Dove Lake circuit beneath Cradle Mountain, one of the most famous destinations in Tasmania.

The track takes you under the shadow of Cradle Mountain, through the tranquil Ballroom Forest and back along the wshore of the lake to your starting point. 

The track is boardwalk for much of the way and an easy grade, which was awesome for our kids and suitable for all fitness levels – your only challenge will be getting a sunny day!

If you want to do a longer walk of Cradle Mountain, the Overland Track is one of the number one great walks of Australia and takes you on an adventure of 6 days, through 65 km of bushland, and up to Tasmania’s highest Peak, Mt Ossa.

  • Distance: 6 kilometre loop
  • Start / Finish: Dove Lake carpark
  • Getting there: Cradle Mountain is 2.5 hours drive from Launceston
  • Where to stay: Cradle Mountain

2. White Sands Walk, Jervis Bay

woman and child posing with beach in the background

This was one of those walks where I could have just kept on walking  – even with a 2-year-old strapped on my back.

This walk combines stunning beaches, rock pools, and wooded areas with some bush tracks sprinkled in. Jervis…

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