7 Best hikes on the east coast of Australia

1.    Genoa Peak Walking Track

This walking track definitely takes the first place – it isn’t only a nice hike with an unbelievable view at the end, not it’s also extremely quiet, and only a few tourists can be found here. The Track is located near Gipsy Point in between Melbourne and Sydney. To get there, you have to leave the main road and drive around 20 mins uphill to a small car park. From there the track starts easily without any steps. After 20 mins the conditions change and rocks, steps and roots cover the way. The hardest part is the last 500 meter where you have to climb on rocks at some points; however, the track is not that hard, and the view is worth all the energy needed to go up. On the top, you got a 360-degree view over the mountains, the sea and the city of Mallacoota. You can even see some of the peaks located in NSW, and it’s just stunning the view. One of the best things is that you are probably all by yourself and you can enjoy the view without other people. At the end you have to go back the same way and reach the car park again – it takes you around 2 hours for the track.

hiking in Australia
hiking in Australia

2.    Blue Mountain National Park

The views you get in the Blue Mountain National Park are just stunning. Of course, it is best when the sun is shining and its bright blue sky – in these moments you know why these mountains are called the Blue Mountains, they have a blue shine in the distance, and it’s absolutely stunning.

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The National Park is huge, and you can spend even a few days here, I spent two full days here and visited some of the, and on the second day I did a more significant hike. Some of the best viewpoints are: Lincoln’s Rock, Wentworth Falls, Pulpit Rock Lookout, and Govetts Leap lookout. Best is that you go by car from one point to another as the distances are too big to walk. From the car park, you can always leave for a bigger or smaller hike or move to the next viewpoint depending on weather and plans of you.

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On the second day, I did a bigger hike; it was from the Govetts Leap lookout to the Pulpit Rock Lookout. The walk was unbelievable as it went all along the edge of the rocks and on several occasions, you had a fantastic view of the valley or waterfalls with rainbows as the water fell hundreds of meters. I needed around 4 hours for the whole hike, and you need a moderate fitness level as it can be boiling and dry without much wind.

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Extra Tip: If you are sick off hiking or it is just too hot go and visit the dam Cliffs. You can find directions on Google maps, and you’ll see a dam where you have a lot of action. You can just swim or jump from 13 meters into the water. The best thing is the massive swing on the other side of the dam. It’s 10 meters high, and you’ll swing just over the water – just remember to let go in the right moment 😉

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3.    Grampians National Park

The Grampians National Park is also a fantastic park with great hiking opportunities all around the park. Here it’s also best to take your car from viewpoint to viewpoint and do the different hikes starting from the carparks. The best viewpoints are: MacKenzie Falls, Reed Lookout, the Balconies, Rosea Lookout and Wonderland Lookout. In here I also did a bigger hike it started from the Wonderland carpark to the Wonderland Lookout. It’s about 3 hours for the hike, and you’ll begin walking through a canyon and end up having a stunning view over Halls Gap and a giant lake.

hiking in Australia
hiking in Australia

4.    Minyon Falls Lookout

The Minyon Falls are located near the city of Nimbin (Which I found by the way horrible). You can either have a look from the top over the waterfall or make your way down. To be honest, the way down is a little challenging as it goes pretty steep down and you have to go all the way up again. However, it’s worth to go all the way down to see the waterfall, and it’s even possible to go swimming in it. There is also the possibility to visit the other side of the valley which adds an additional 4 km to the hike. In the end, I hiked a total of 12 km – the day was over for me as I was that tired. 

hiking in Australia
hiking in Australia

5.    Bondi to Coogee walk

As the name Bondi to Coogee walk says – this is more of a step instead of a hike. However, this was one of the best trails I did in a long time, and the scenery is stunning. On the way, you can stop and visit some less famous beaches then the Bondi beach, and it’s possible to start the walk either from Coogee beach or Bondi beach, from both beaches direct buses bring you to the city center.

hiking in Australia
hiking in Australia
hiking in Australia

6.    Noosa National Park

These walks on the coast, on a beach you can find everywhere around the east coast, but the Noosa walk and the Byron Bay walk (next point) are my favorite ones. In Noosa, you have several options from short to long. I recommend walking first number 4 and then make the bigger loop by following track Number 2 once arrived at Hell’s Gate viewpoint. 

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7.    Cape Byron Walking Track

This coastal walk brings you up from Byron Bay along with some beaches up to the Byron Bay lighthouse. On the track, you’ll also find the easterners point of Australia. From the lighthouse, you got a fantastic view over Byron Bay and from August to September you can even watch Wales.

hiking in Australia
hiking in Australia

8.    Burleigh Heads National Park

The Burleigh Heads national park is also one of these walking tracks on the edge of the sea. The best thing about this walking track is the view on the Skyline of the Gold coast and the Surfers Paradise.

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