One of the top activities people plan to do while on holiday in Australia is bushwalking in the Outback. Today we will be highlighting four of the best Australian Outback bushwalking trails in Australia for you to consider for your next vacation.
We will take you to explore the Kimberley in Western Australia, Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland, the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory, and the Valley of the Winds Walk also in the Northern Territory.
The best way to get to these remote bush locations in the Outback is by hiring your own vehicle and taking on your own itinerary and schedule. Consult with our knowledgeable Budget Australia Car Rental agents and they can recommend the right vehicle for your needs and give you insider travel tips since you are talking with a local who wants to help you have the best vacation. When you are planning to bushwalk in the Outback, here are 5 preparations that you should make in advance.
Tips for walking the Australian Outback
- Do your research to find out the level of fitness and experience necessary to complete the walk. Make sure to find out the most difficult part of the walk, that is usually the rating assigned.
- Make sure that you have the right shoes and clothing for the weather and elements that you will encounter during each day.
- Bring plenty of drinking water with you and extra emergency supplies.
- Protect yourself from the sun, no matter the season. Wear sunblock and a hat during the sunlight hours all day every day.
- Bring rubbish bags with you and take your rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. You are a guest in nature.
Best Walks on the Australian Outback
The Kimberley Walking Tour in Western Australia
Bungle Bungles Base of the Range Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Peter Ruckstuhl at the German language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10771938
The Pentacost River with the Cockburn Ranges in the background Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Bäras at the German language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2505178
Bell Gorge Photo Credit KimberleyAustralia.com
The Kimberley is a remote area in northern Western Australia. If you are looking to “get away from it all”, this is the adventure for you. This rugged region is known for beautiful landscapes, gorges, and mountain ranges. What you won’t find here are big crowds of people.
The Kimberley Walking Tour is a combination of driving and walking (since the ground you will cover is such an expanse, it cannot be done by walking alone). However, there’s nothing wrong with the driving portion of this trip; in fact, it is one of the best road trips in the entire country called the Gibb River Road, a scenic drive from Derby to Kununurra on the border of the Northern Territory.
Highlights to add to your list on this drive and walk include the Cockburn Ranges, the Pentecost River, Manning Gorge, the Bungle Bungle Ranges, Zebedee Hot Springs and refreshing swimming holes at Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, and Emma Gorge. Some optional things to do while in the Kimberley include a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls Plateau. There are different camping options along the way as well as El Questro Wilderness Park’s accommodations.
The Carnarvon Gorge Walk in Queensland
Carnarvon Gorge Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Carnarvon Gorge Walking Trail Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Carnarvon Gorge Aboriginal Art Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Carnarvon Gorge is located in the Queensland Outlback west of Brisbane within Carnarvon National Park.
The Carnarvon Gorge Walk is an eight day guided walking tour. Each day there are different trail options, which means that this can be open to hikers and walkers of all different experience levels. Some tracks are more challenging and some are a little easier to manage; but all of the walks include gorgeous views of the Bunya Mountains.
Walkers will enjoy panoramic views of the landscape that is made up of lush rainforest, babbling brooks, and magnificent waterfalls.
The Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory
Chewings Range Section 3 of the Larapinta Trail Photo Credit: TrekLarapinta.com.au
Heavitree Range Section 6 of the Larapinta Trail Photo Credit: TrekLarapinta.com.au
Mount Sonder in the Distance on the Larapinta Trail Photo Credit: TrekLarapinta.com.au
The Larapinta Trail is not only one of the best outback bushwalks in Australia, it is named as one of the Great Walks of Australia.
The walk takes you through the MacDonnell Ranges near the capital city of the Northern Territory, Alice Springs. It is remote here, but this trail is a big draw for hikers looking for a challenging adventure in the wilderness. The Larapinta Trail beings in Alice Springs and takes you west through West MacDonnell National Park, hiking over the ranges for 223 km.
The 16 day walk ends at Mount Sonder; but if you aren’t up for a 16 day walk, other shorter walking tours are available that still allow you to see the scenic views over the mountains.
Kata Tjuta Valley of the Winds Walk in the Northern Territory
Kata Tjuta Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Photo Credit: Wikitravel
Valley of the Winds Photo Credit: Wikitravel
Kata Tjuta is the rock formations west of Uluru in the Northern Territory in the region known as the Red Centre of Australia. Even though Kata Tjuta is not as well-known as Uluru, the rock formations are no less spectacular.
The Valley of the Winds Walk here is a guided tour from the Anangu Aboriginal People. During the walking tour, you will learn all about the history and culture and the significance of the features in this historically significant region from the stories that have been passed down through the generations over thousands of years.
There are three walking trails: the full circuit walk, the Karu lookout, and the Karingana lookout. The walks are challenging, but the scenery makes it so worth it. The end of the walk is capped off with a magnificent sunset show.