Top 3 Walking Holidays in Australia

New // Caroline Attwood

We’re big fans of keeping active on holiday, but squeezing in 30 minutes in a sub-par hotel gym can be tricky.

Negotiating time out to exercise is also a minefield for anyone who’s self-conscious about being ‘the healthy one’ on a family vacation.

So, what better way to keep active than on a walking adventure, filled with food, wine and little luxuries? All indulgences are blissfully burnt off the next day while you take in beautiful scenery. Perfect!

Here are our top three drop-dead gorgeous walking holidays in Australia. These all provide catering and accommodation, which means you’re free to enjoy the wilderness without the stress.

For windswept coastal beauty: The Maria Island Walk, Tasmania

  • Where: Maria Island National Park, situated off the east coast of Tasmania
  • The scenery: Pristine untouched beaches, blue and white gum forests and magnificent mountain peaks
  • The food: This is no ordinary camping holiday fare. Food here is sourced locally from some of the nation’s best producers (think cured salmon, artisan cheeses and world-famous wines). In fact, it’s worth it just for the food alone
  • The accommodation: Wilderness camps tucked away in a beautiful forest only moments from the beach and a rare heritage listed house
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Why you’ll love it: It’s a combination of stunning daytime walks with rare wildlife, fascinating history, and breathtaking beauty plus candlelit gourmet dining with wine. In our minds – perfect!
  • Website: Click Here

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For lush, tropical landscapes: ‘Tropical Hiker’, North Queensland


  • Where: This is a circuit trip from Cairns, taking in the Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach and Dunk Island
  • The scenery: Lush tropical rainforests and white sandy beaches
  • The food: Regional North Queensland food with a strong focus on freshly-caught seafood
  • The accommodation: A mix of rainforest retreats, family-run motels and tropical resorts
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Why you’ll love it: Aside from the stunning World Heritage Listed sites you’ll explore, you’ll get to unwind in luxury rooms with ocean views on Mission Beach (and rub those poor, sore feet!)
  • Website: Click Here

For stunning outback scenery: Kakadu Walking Adventure, Northern Territory


  • Where: Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, which covers over 20,000 sq kilometres
  • The scenery: Towering red rocks, dense bushland and sweeping wetlands
  • The food: Traditional camping food with a gourmet twist
  • The accommodation: Semi-permanent safari camps. You’ll be staying in proper tents with beds (no blow-up mattresses – thankfully!)
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Why you’ll love it: The sheer size and remoteness of Australia’s original landscape is breathtaking. You’ll also encounter unique and rare wildlife
  • Website: Click Here



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