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Off the Beaten Track in Australia

Australia is a vast and diverse country that offers a plethora of unique experiences for travellers. From bustling cities and famous landmarks to stunning beaches and natural wonders, there’s no shortage of popular destinations to explore. However, sometimes the most memorable adventures are found off the beaten track.

Australia’s rugged terrain and remote regions offer plenty of opportunities for travellers to venture beyond the usual tourist hotspots and discover hidden gems that are off the radar of most visitors. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or just looking for a new way to experience Australia, the following destinations are sure to impress and inspire you.

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Alpine Lakes in Kosciuszko National Park

Picture glacier lakes in the sky. These lakes are the highest bodies of water in Australia, but they are more unique than that. They are the remains of the ice age. Dating back to 10 000 years ago. Evidently, these pools of melted glaciers have been here longer than the Australian civilization.

When taking on this trail, it is best to consult an independent tour agency like Australian Summit Tours to guide you to the best views.

3 of the 4 Glacier lakes are on the Main Range track so navigation is not difficult. If you wish to see all the lakes in one hike you would need to stay overnight. The 19-kilometre return hike is well worth it, with spectacular views and unmatched landscapes.

Alpine Lakes are a bucket list must-see. The water is a grey shade of blue, the air is crisp and cool, and the landscapes are rocky. It gets difficult to move on with the trail because the views are so mesmerizing and beautiful. On top of that, each lake is unique.

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Kosciuszko National Park is great place to explore of the beaten track in Australia.

Great Ocean Walk in Victoria

Imagine hiking for 8 days across 100 kilometres of striking landscapes. This hidden gem starts in Apollo Bay and moves through to Great Otway National Park, Port Cambell National Park, and concludes at the 12 Apostles landmark.

Spectacular and diverse landscapes are included as well as views that pictures cannot fully capture. From rocky paths and crossing rivers to fern forests and secluded white sandy beaches. With each bend around the corner, the landscape changes into the next breathtaking view.

There are 8 camping sites along the route namely Apollo Bay at the start of the track, Elliot Ridge, Blanket Bay, Cape Otway, Aire River, Johanna Beach, Ryans Den, and Devils Kitchen on the last stretch of the route. Be sure to book these campsites in advance before you start your walk.

The sandstone cliffs at the 12 Apostles are out of this world. The sheer size is something that cannot be described, almost giving a feeling of derealisation. Shaped by years of winds, rain, and ocean movement.

Bundeena Drive to Marley Walk

Bundeena Drive to Marley Walk is one of the best hiking trails to explore off the beaten track in Australia.

This is a short and sweet 8-kilometre return hike through the forest to two white sandy beaches. Halfway into the hike, you will come across the calm waters of Marley Creek that flow down to the ocean.

This short hike is well rewarded with 2 peaceful secluded beaches, Little Marley beach and Marley beach.

As you know, I love beach meditations and these beaches are ideal as there are no swimmers or other people around. Just you and the sounds of waves crashing, the smell of the salty ocean and the warm glow of the summer sun.

One thing I have always been very fond of about Australia is its blue water beaches. They are so beautiful and warm.

Jerusalem Creek Walk

Jerusalem Creek forms part of the very important wetland of Australia. The Bundjalung Nations Park in particular. These wetlands promote the breeding of many bird species.

This is an exceptional walk along the water. It provides the calmness that only a body of water can. The track is an easy day hike, being a mere 10 kilometres from the ocean side of the Creek. With the best of both worlds from the sounds of the waves crashing down on the one side to the harmony of birds and all the wildlife that the creek attracts on the other side.

Jerusalem Creek has been shown to have excellent water quality in a quite recent water test conducted in the area. This is due to the natural fauna and flora that have been preserved in the area.

Be on the lookout for these wild birds and be respectful towards them and their breeding grounds when hiking through their territory.

Jerusalem Creek Walk is another great trail to hike off the beaten track in Australia.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail

Separated from the mainland over 9 000 years ago, this is an island of unspoiled raw nature. The island was separated from mainland Australia due to rising sea levels after the last glacial period.

Upon discovery in 1802, the crew were met by a herd of Kangaroos. Giving the island its name. Since then, Kangaroo Island has become an extremely popular destination for tourists and adventure seekers.

Kangaroo Island Walking Trail is incredible. Starting the first day in the Flinders Chase National Park in lush vegetation, moving through the forest trees with a walk along the ocean on day 2 and breathing in the fresh ocean air.

Day 3 takes you on bends and twists in the Australian sun, passing remarkable rocks. These rocks are natural art formed thousands of years ago. They remind us of the history and heritage of events that happened years ago. They are quite magnificent and massive in size.

Day 4 takes you along the coast of the Southern Ocean until you move up to the border of the National Park before you start your journey on day 5 in the Cape Bouguer Wilderness Protection Area.

Along the way, there are wildlife, remarkable landscapes, and views that take your breath away. From koalas snoozing away in trees and Kangaroo herds grazing to ocean sights that clear your mind and rejuvenate your soul. Hiking this trail requires booking in advance and can be easily done by visiting the National Parks and Wildlife Service of South Australia’s website.

Australia is rich in heritage, history, landscapes, wildlife and so much more. Pack those bags and go explore all that this vast country has to offer. Hiking in Australia is like no other, exceptional in the sense that the things to explore and see are limitless.

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Hi there! I’m Brandon, my friends call me Brando (like the ‘n’ was too much to pronounce) I am an adventure seeker, logophile, melophile and obsessed with detail. My friends describe me as a Broder Collie, if you leave the gate open, I will run out and go explore. Humour is my strong suit; I find inspiration in small things. I love telling people about new places and hyping them up to go out and explore. I believe in Neuroscience and the immense effect it has on our daily life by simply understanding how our brain functions. I love colouring my words to give a clear picture of what it feels, smell and taste like. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou

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