5 majestic coastal hikes in Australia

Coastal Hikes in Australia

With more than 25,000km of coastline, Australia is the perfect country to lace up the boots and go on a coastal hike. Whether you like the rainforests, the mountains, historical routes or beachscapes, the coastal hikes in Australia are some of the most majestic in the world.

Here are just some to take your pick from the next time you’re ready to take a hike.

1. Hell’s Gate, Queensland

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Not only is Hell’s Gate, in the Noosa National Park, one of the easier coastal walks on this list, it’s also one of the most beautiful. With the bright blue ocean on the left and contrasting great coastal crags, surfers out at sea and the odd whale in the ocean if you’re lucky, Hell’s Gate is much more beautiful than the name would have you believe.

2. Tasman Coastal Trail, Tasmania

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Tasmania’s coastline is something everyone should see at least once because coastal hikes in Australia don’t get much better than the Tasman Coastal Trail. Take in the views of the 300m-tall dolerite cliffs and have your camera ready because you’ll likely see seals, penguins, whales and dolphins. Doing the entire trail would take several days, but you can choose to do only part of the walk to fit in with your fitness level and time.

3. Royal National Park Coast Track, New South Wales

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The Royal National Park coastal track is one of the many multi-day coastal hikes in Australia, but you can complete the walk at your own pace. The entire trek is 26km one-way, and there are bush camping options available if you’d like to stay along the track overnight. Some of the key points of interest nearby include Captain Cook’s landing place, the views from Cape Solander and Towra Beach.

4. Heysen Trail, South Australia

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Another great coastal hike in Australia is the 1,200km Heysen Trail, which makes its way through some of the best landscapes South Australia has to offer. As well as coastal areas, there are also native forests, bushland, impressive gorges and even vineyards. If you’re a beginner hiker or are a bit out of practice then the southern part of the hike, between Cape Jervis and Spalding, will be perfect for you. The more adventurous should head to the Parachilna Gorge.

5. Bald Head Walk Trail, Western Australia

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A slightly more challenging of the coastal hikes in Australia, the Bald Head Walk Trail is a 16km trek that heads out to the Flinders Peninsula and includes incredible views out to the Southern Ocean and King George Sound. If you’re hoping to do the entire hike in one go, expect to take around 6-8 hours. It’s not for the faint hearted, either, so make sure you fitness level is high so you can get the most out of the trek.

Are there any other Australian coastal hikes that you think should be on this list? Let us know about them in the comments section below.

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