“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
If you’re a bit tight on time or wanting to make a debut into the hiking world, there are many shorter walks around Australia that you can do. What I love about shorter walks is that they often have some of the most amazing views.
To save you some ‘legwork,’ here are a selection of six of my favourite walks under six kilometres. Just click on the titles for more information.
Distance: 4.5 km return
Time: 1.5- 2.5 hours return
Highlights: The cool rocks outcrops that resemble natural tables and chairs with views over Berry, Kangaroo Valley and out to the Pacific Ocean.
Distance: 3-4km one way or approximately 8km circuit/return
Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Highlights: The beautiful colours of Cataract Gorge and the remnant of the first turbine-driven power station south of the Equator.
Distance: 6km return
Time: 3-4 hours
Highlights: The expansive views of the canyon and beehive-like domes of red, iron-rich sandstone. This walk is also featured in the 1994 film, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”
Distance: 4km one way/ 8 km return (add an extra 13 km if you’re taking on the Kosciuszko Walk)
Time: 2-3 hours (add an extra 4 hours if you’re taking on the Kosciuszko Walk)
Grade: Moderate- Hard (the track is of moderate grade but is steep and strenuous in sections)
Highlights: The great views of Thredbo Village Kosciuszko National Park as you near the top and the well-earned beer at Eagles Nest restaurant when you reach the top
Distance: 5.5km circuit
Time: 2-2½ hrs return
Highlights: The eery corridors of rock on Silent Street and the incredible views of Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield at the top!
Distance: 600m (return from O’Reilly’s Information Centre), Tree Top walk is 180m
Time: 20 minutes
Highlights: There are two observation desks that you can climb up by a ladder protected by a wire frame. The highest deck is 30 metres above the ground and allows for a great view of the forest canopy.