Hiking can both be a relaxing and challenging activity. Depending on the difficulty levels of the trail that you choose to trek, it can either be relatively easy and short which is great if you’re planning to take the kids along, or it can be difficult where steep climbs and maneuvering through the natural obstacles is a must. Whatever type of walk you’re looking for, you will surely find one that will suit your need in the great “Land Down Under” – Australia.
Australia is lucky to be blessed with so many of such wonderful walking trails. You can find almost any type of hiking trail here, from forests, to coastal walks and even deserts.
Walking in the rainforest is one exciting endeavor as it introduces you to various animal and plant life that you would normally only see in books or nature shows on TV. The Coomera Circuit, is one of the most famous rainforest walks in Queensland, Australia and is found in the Binna Burra section of the Lamington National Park. Walking there is like going back to the Jurassic period, with its towering, gigantic trees, majestic waterfalls, clear creeks and the seemingly untouched surroundings. It also boasts of some of the most unique animals and birdlife in the world, like the one meter lizard goanna for instance. You can also expect to see about 160 bird species, 700 mammal species, and 900 varieties of plants.
Bouddi Coastal Walk
A lovely walk in the beach – that is what the Bouddi Coastal Walk is all about. This trail takes you on a journey through the different beaches in the New South Wales, particularly in the Bouddi National Park area. From Putty Beach to McMasters Beach, you will follow a trail of boardwalks that will fill your sights with the wonderful views of rolling waves from the dark blue to turquoise sea to the fine yellow sands of the beach along with the salty sea breeze. You will get to pass some of the most beautiful and amazing sandstone formations as well as get to see some of the coastal wildlife of Australia is proud of. Whales and dolphins are regular visitors to the area, so be sure to bring your camera with you. At the end of the walk, you can either choose to take a ride back to your hotel, or better yet, bring your camping gears and camp out under the wild Australian sky.
This walk takes you to a totally different world, as the terrain of this desert is not all sand and dunes. Going to the pinnacle desert in the Nambung National Park in Western Australia is like taking a trip to the moon. That is because the desert area is filled with so many pillars of limestone, with thousands of them as of this writing. Some of them stand from three feet to three meters tall. You can have a grand time kicking the dust and taking pictures in the pinnacles. If walking is not your thing, then you can also do a FWD circuit and enjoy sandboarding in the area.
Walking in some of the rugged terrains of Australia is probably one of the best experiences that a hiker and nature lover can have. These terrains offer variety of things – from scenic landscapes to thriving flora and fauna – all that make them truly special and worth the trip.
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