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24 Breathtaking Australian Walks To Take In 2016

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1. Hermitage Foreshore Walk, Vaucluse, New South Wales

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This 1.5km walk takes you right down by the water of Sydney Harbour. It's not a long walk, but you'll probably be tempted to pause at one of the gorgeous beaches before reaching Nielson Park.

2. Larapinta Trail, West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

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Located in the heart of Central Australia, this 223km track is split into 12 sections, each of which takes a day or two to do. Pick a route, and get started at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station.


3. Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

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A lap of Lake Burley Griffin is the perfect way to get a taste of central Canberra's main sight-seeing attractions.

5. Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens walk, Adelaide, South Australia

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This 5.2km loop is perfect for those fascinated by historical buildings and ruins, such as Arthurs Seat and Carminow Castle. Plus, the Botanical Gardens themselves are beautiful.

7. 1000 Steps Walk, Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

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This Kokoda Memorial trail climbs through the lush Ferntree Gully Forest. 1000 steps sounds like a steep amount, but the killer view at the top is worth it.


9. One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon, Western Australia

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This 3km walk along a historical jetty can be enjoyed at a leisurely paced, or fast tracked at a power walk. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the area's Aboriginal history before setting off.

11. Tooloona Creek Circuit, Lamington National Park, Queensland

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This 17.4km round track takes about six hours to complete, and you'll need to remember to bring snacks and provisions. However, the magnificent natural waterfall you'll reach is worth the effort.

12. The Giles Track, Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory

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This 22km track winds throughout the sheer cliff faces of Kings Canyon and takes you to the beautiful Kathleen Springs. If you'd prefer a shorter walk, the Kings Canyon Rim Walk also in Watarrka National Park is only 6km.


14. Tahune Airwalk, Huon Valley, Tasmania

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This 1.6km treetop walk across the Huon Valley reaches as high as 45m above ground, so it's not for those with a fear of heights. It is however, spectacular.

15. Three Falls Grand Walk, Woodforde, South Australia

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This 7.5km walk through the Morialta Conservation Park is pretty steep, especially when you're at it for up to 3 or 4 hours. However, the beautiful clifftop views that overlook the waterfall and gorge are worth it.

16. Brisbane River Circuit, Queensland

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This walk has the potential to take you past all of Brisbane's main sights, including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge, Eagle Street Pier the Botanic Gardens. Detour through the CBD, or stick to nature and cool off Streets Beach.


18. Adelaide CBD to Henley Beach, South Australia

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You'll need to set aside a little time to complete this 12km track, which runs along the River Torrens walking path in Linear Park. Start in the city and make your way to the beach via pretty parks and some iconic Adelaide buildings and sites.

19. Greenes Falls Track, D'Aguilar National Park, Queensland / Via

Take the scenic drive up Mount Glorious, park your car and set off from Maiala for this two-hour circuit rainforest track. The lookout point is, as you would suspect, glorious.

20. Bluff Knoll, Sterling Range, Western Australia

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Bluff Knoll is the highest point on this mountain range, sitting at 1095 metres above sea level. This 6km return trail is for those who aren't easily affected by a change in altitude.

22. Tasman Bridge Walk, Hobart, Tasmania

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This 4km walk crosses Tasmania's infamous bridge (hit by an under-passing boat in 1975) from Montagu Bay to Anzac Park. It offers incredible views of some of Hobart's main attractions, such as Mount Wellington.

23. Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory

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Walking the Jatbula trail has to be planned well in advance because you need to book it, and it takes five or six days to complete.

24. Two Bays Walking Track, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

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This 28km track takes you from the beach at Dromana to Bushrangers Bay near Cape Schanck. It's the longest continuous walking track on the Mornington Peninsula.


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