6 under 6: Top Australian Walks under 6km

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”  

Friedrich Nietzsche

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.

1. Drawing Room Rocks, Berry, New South Wales

Stay a while, have a picnic or even have a draw....
Drawing Room Rocks: Stay a while, have a picnic or even have a draw….

Distance: 4.5 km return

Time: 1.5- 2.5 hours return

Grade: Moderate

Highlights: The cool rocks outcrops that resemble natural tables and chairs with views over Berry, Kangaroo Valley and out to the Pacific Ocean.

 

2. Duck Reach Trail, Launceston, Tasmania

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The beautiful colours of Cataract Gorge during December.

Distance: 3-4km one way or approximately 8km circuit/return

Time: 1.5 to 2.5 hours

Grade: Moderate

Highlights: The beautiful colours of Cataract Gorge and the remnant of the first turbine-driven power station south of the Equator.

 

3. Kings Canyon Rim Walk, Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory

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The Garden of Eden waterhole

Distance: 6km return

Time: 3-4 hours

Grade: Moderate

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.”

 

4. Merritts Nature Track, Thredbo, New South Wales

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Merritts Nature Track: steep, but satisfying!

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

 

5. The Pinnacle, Grampians National Park (Halls Gap), Victoria

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Ending on a high: The Pinnacle

Distance: 5.5km circuit

Time: 2-2½ hrs return

Grade: Moderate

Highlights: The eery corridors of rock on Silent Street and the incredible views of Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield at the top!

 

6. Tree Top Walk, Lamington National Park (Gold Coast Hinterland), Queensland

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The ladder to Tree tops

Distance:  600m (return from O’Reilly’s Information Centre), Tree Top walk is 180m

Time: 20 minutes

Grade: Easy

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.

 

 

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