Australian Luxury Wilderness Walks Worth Undertaking
From Cape York to Bruny Island, Australians are spoilt for choice with a range of incredible hiking trails and campsites – and we don’t need to sacrifice luxury and comfort either.
If you want to get out and see our Great Southern Land, here’s how to do it in style.
Margaret River Cape to Cape Walk – Margaret River
Comfort, indulgence and adventure – the Walk into Luxury Cape to Cape Walk has it all.
One of the ‘Great Walks of Australia’, this four-day small group tour showcases the rocky headlands, beaches, Karri forests, and wineries of the iconic Margaret River region.
With a total distance of 41 kilometres, this moderate trek is packed with highlights including a private chef dinner showcasing five local wineries, and a four-course winery lunch at the award-winning Wills Domain.
Accommodation each night is in private pool villas overlooking the sapphire Indian Ocean, giving you ample time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the famous West Aussie sunset over cheese and wine. Need a little more pampering? There’s also an onsite day spa.
The Arkaba Walk – Flinders Ranges
If the beauty, isolation, wildlife and wonder of the great Australian outback calls to you in your sleep, then The Arkaba Walk into the ancient Ikara-Flinders Ranges is the one for you.
Covering a total distance of 45 kilometres, this four-day / three-night hike into the private Arkaba Conservancy is not your typical Aussie bush walk. For starters, it begins with a private charter flight from Adelaide – and the adventure only ramps up from there.
Arkaba’s top-notch field guides take visitors to hidden spots within the 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy, recounting stories of the people, indigenous inhabitants, explorers and settlers who have created the human history of this area. It’s an opportunity to experience the sights, the sounds, the space and the scale of outback Australia – in absolute style.
Combining conservation and tourism, Arkaba offers sophisticated, gourmet dining and sensational wine together with high-quality luxury accommodation. You’ll get to enjoy a night in a beautifully refurbished 1850s homestead, plus the opportunity to fall asleep under a canopy of a billion twinkling stars with two nights in its Signature Swag Camp.
Want to take it to the next level? There’s also an optional Heli-Sundowner Experience.
Spicers Scenic Rim Trail – South East Queensland
When your idea of camping involves luxurious accommodation, chef-prepared meals, cheese and wine by the campfire, and dining under the stars, there are just four words you need to know: Spicers Scenic Rim Trail.
Rare wildlife, remnant rainforest and ancient volcanic plateaus; this moderate to hard walk is ideal for that sneaky escape from city, taking in the foothills of World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park, together with the 2,000-hectare Spicers Peak Station nature refuge.
There’s a two-day option staying at Spicers Canopy, and the five-day staying at Spicers
Mount Mistake Farmhouse, Spicers Timber Getter Cabins, and Spicers Hidden Peaks Cabins.
Whichever duration you choose, you’re in for a truly magical trekking experience.
Wukalina Walk – North East Tasmania
The Bay of Fires is one of Tasmania’s natural wonders – a dramatic area of rocky outcrops, sandy beaches and turquoise waters. It’s also the cultural homeland of the Palawa people.
One of the best ways to experience the beauty and history of this magnificent region is with Wukalina Walk, a four day / three night Aboriginal owned and operated walking tour. Along the trail you’ll follow in the footsteps of the traditional people of the land, learning first-hand how this unique landscape has shaped their cultural through the generations.
Guests get to spend two unforgettable nights in bespoke timber-lined domed huts, plus one night in the beautifully renovated Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. Delicious meals and snacks, as well as Tasmanian wines each night, will give you the fuel you need to continue.
Seven Peaks Track – Lord Howe Island
Just a two-hour flight from Sydney, Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s true gems – a UNESCO listed paradise of incredible beauty and biodiversity. To fully experience its wonders, the five day / six night Seven Peaks Walk is a journey worth undertaking.
During the trek you’ll encounter sheltered swimming coves, subtropical palm forests, rugged sea cliffs and even volcanic peaks. It’s not an easy walk, dancing the line between moderate and hard, but there are options that can dial up or down the intensity.
Accommodation is at the sensational Pinetrees, with hot showers, cold drinks and four-course dinners ready to soothe your weary bones each evening. If you’re up for more, there are also optional activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, diving, bike riding and fishing.
Whether you’re longing to get back to nature or just want to dip your toes into the trekking world before tackling a longer trek, these luxurious walks are worth taking time out for.
(Lead image: Wukalina Walk / Rob Burnett)
Published 19 September, 2019