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The 5 Best Hikes in Australia

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Australia Hikes You Have to Try!

Curious where to experience the best hikes in Australia? The nation’s Northern and Southern Territories boast endless stretches of breathtaking hiking spots.

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Australia’s regions range from tropical rainforests with serene waterfalls to enormous areas of extraordinary red desert.

Here are five of the best Australia hikes.

1. Ayers Rock, Uluru

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a landmark Australian hiking destination, one of the best in the Northern Territory. The Uluru area is also referred to as Ayers Rock, which is all located within the enormous Uluru-Kata Tjuta parkland.

Ayers Rock hike

Ayers Rock is a 700-million-year-old sandstone monolith about 450 km from the nearest town of Alice Springs. It’s also on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is considered sacred to the Aborigines living in the region.

Hiking around Uluru once takes about 3.5 hours. The stunning deep red-colored rock formation is surrounded by springs, ponds, and rock caves with ancient paintings. Hiking around the south of Uluru is hugely popular at sunset.

Uluru Kata Tjuta hiking map

You can also camp in this area. If you’re hiking in a group, which is always a safer bet, consider buying the Best 6 Person Tent, some necessary cooking appliances, and other on-the-go essentials for the trek.

2. Mount Olga & The 36 Giants

The Olgas are known as a sacred area for the Anangu tribe. These 36 steep-walled mountains are part of Kata-Tjuta, the western portion of the above-mentioned Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

They look like human heads from the side and date back roughly 550 million years.

36 Giants hiking area

This place is of enormous importance to indigenous tribes for performing traditional ceremonies. Hiking around the 36 Giants will give you a more authentic view of aboriginal culture and tradition.

3. Wallowa Hike & Stringybark Loop

Wallowa Hike and Stringybark Loop in South Australia’s Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park is an hour’s drive from Adelaide. It is a small nature park where avid hikers and enjoy nature with lots of wildlife. Look out for all the Kangaroos!

Wallowa Hike

A varied landscape, vantage points on the Barossa Valley wine region make for one of the best day hikes in Australia.

If you like meandering through small rock formations and greenery, do the Wallowa Hike. For richer flora in a wooded area, the Stringybark Loop is a good bet.

4. Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Rim Walk in the Kings Canyon is another one of the best hiking trails in Australia’s Northern Territory. It’s located within Watarrka National Park and the 6-kilometer hike takes about 3-4 hours.

Walk around the deep gorge, where you can enjoy views of the Outback’s red landscape and the valley. The Garden of Eden and the rounded rock formations of the Lost City are highlights during the hike.

Kings Canyon challenging hike in Australia

This trail is for more experienced hikers, though. It’s definitely a challenge. Make sure you have proper hiking footwear, a sizeable water bottle, and enough calorie-dense snacks to stay comfortable and nourished.

5. Termite Mounds, Litchfield National Park

The most awesome thing to see in Litchfield National Park is definitely the Magnetic Termite Mounds! If you’re looking for less-strenuous hikes in Australia, exploring Litchfield is the perfect option.

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The park offers breathtaking panoramic landscapes as well as interesting experiences. You can drive to the magnificent Florence Falls Waterhole, which leads to a plunge pool.

Take a refreshing dip in the water and then head down to the jaw-dropping Tolmer Falls Lookout for a glimpse of a spectacular waterfall.

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Planning to go camping while hiking in Australia? Check out these wolfyy’s camping trip tips.

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