Australia truly is the Lucky Country, boasting stunning coastlines, native flora and fauna that’s out of this world, charming country towns with welcoming locals, and rich Indigenous cultures and spiritually significant sites. The best way to truly immerse yourself in all this wonder is by getting out amongst it, and what better way to do so than by hiking through these landscapes via some truly iconic and exciting hiking trails?
Before you decide which trail to tackle, be sure you understand the rules of hiking – not just for the landscapes, but for your health (and sanity) too!
- Research the trail, area and conditions before you set out on your adventure.
- Share your itinerary with family and friends back home, and organise regular check-ins. If something does happen, it’s important that people will know where exactly on your journey you should be.
- Carry toilet paper. This is safer than trying to identify a non-poisonous leaf to use!
- Pack light, but pack right. Research the area to help you identify what you’ll need on your travels.
- Remember: you’re carrying your pack! The lighter it is, the better for your back and the easier your hike will be.
- Bring a compass and GPS, along with a trail map.
- Hydrate. It’s important to remember to stay hydrated when hiking, and ensure you have enough water packed (if none is available along the trail). As a general rule, you should consume about one litre of water per 10 kilometres.
- Acknowledge other hikers. You’re sharing a path, so be sure to say ‘hello’ – it’s hikers’ etiquette 101!
- Wear new hiking boots. Always wear shoes that have been worn in, otherwise you’ll be walking with blisters and other foot aches! Also ensure that they are appropriate for the terrain you’re tackling.
- Pick flowers or disturb wildlife. There are plenty of poisonous plants and creatures out there, so be sensible and observe only.
- Leave a trace. As the saying goes, leave only footprints, so be sure to pack up and take with you any rubbish you have and dispose of it properly.
- Over-reach. If you’re new to hiking, pick a beginners’ hike to start with and find your bearings.