If you are an avid fan of the outdoors, you will definitely love the wilderness of Australia – it has various spots and destinations that offer tremendous hiking, cycling, kayaking and other similar activities. And for that true outdoor experience, you can bring along your swags and small tents so you can spend the night in the Australian outback underneath that great Aussie sky.
Freycinet National Park
Head out to Tasmania and get ready to explore one of the best national parks that Australia has to offer. In Tassie you’ll find the Freycinet National Park which boasts of hundreds of acres of wild bushland and scenic coastal areas. Take a walk in some of the many hiking paths scattered in the place like the Wineglass Bay Circuit. Hiking doesn’t have to be expensive, you can pick up hiking boots bargains at Foot Locker. Here you’ll start off in a flatland climbing to the hills and mountains by following a dedicated trail. When you get to the top, you are bound to see one of the most fantastic views in the whole of Australia – the Wineglass Bay. Look around and be amazed by the turquoise waters of the bay and the green surrounds of the coastal area. Walk down from the lookout and head on to Hazards Beach for some aqua fun. End the day by camping in Wineglass Bay or in any of the nearby campgrounds in the park.
The Blue Mountains is one park that holds various exciting treks in it, so many in fact that it can be difficult to choose which one to take. One of the most recommended though is a half day walking or hiking in the Canyons. Yep, they also have their canyons in Australia. However, unlike the Grand Canyon of the USA, the one in the Blue Mountains is not dry and desert like. Instead the canyons in the Blue Mountains are some of the best forested areas in Australia. Walk down stony paths (some of them paved while others are not) to reach the depth of the canyons, which is filled with lush vegetation of giant ferns and tall trees. Walk your way through the winding canyons admiring the tree life and insect life that thrive in the area. As for camping, there are many top-rated campgrounds near and in the Blue Mountains, some of them offering no electricity and no water – just pure and remote camping experience.
If you are looking for a more challenging hike, then head on to Binna Burra and look for the Coomera Circuit. This circuit takes you from the base camp and back, while passing through some of the densest and robust vegetation found in Australia – by the way, this is one of the rainforests in Australia so you can expect the area to be heavily forested. The main highlight of the walk though are the different falls scattered along the walking path. There are many of these falls, but the most popular has got to be Coomera Falls – hundreds of feet tall with raging waters cascading down (especially during the rainy season).
There are different ways to enjoy Australia, and the outdoors is one destination that should not be missed.
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