Fabulous trails in the Australian outback

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First of all, let’s make things clear: the Australian wilderness is unlike any other. And here I don’t refer to all the unique animals and plant species you are likely to encounter, but to the fact that the Australian outback generally refers to vast semi-arid area that covers more than half of the continent’s surface. Thus, you’ll often need a 4×4 vehicle to get to the inland attractions. But again, the great advantage of hiking – or, to put it in local terms, bushwalking – in Australia is that you can experience very different terrains and landscapes. Here are a few examples of fabulous trails in the Australian outback:

The Bicentennial National Trail

Ok, let’s set this straight from the beginning: there is no other longer, more famous or more diverse tail on the continent. The Australian equivalent of the famous Appalachian Trail in the United States, the Bicentennial National Trail follows the eastern coast of Australia. It crosses 4 states, covers more than 5000 kilometres and traverses some of the country’s most beautiful national parks. Plus, you’ll get the chance to explore the whole diversity of the Australian flora and fauna, with all its various habitats: rainforest, semi-desert, marshes, alpine meadows and beaches.

Cape to Cape Track

Cape Leeuwin ©amandabhslater/Flickr

On the opposite side of Australia one can find the Cape to Cape Track. This track is more ‘doable’ then the previous one, as it only has 135 km. The reason why it is called the Cape to cape track is that it starts at Cape Naturaliste and ends at Cape Leeuwin. It includes scenic coastline as well as picturesque agricultural landscapes, some of the most beautiful areas in Western Australia.

Mawson Trail

In case you are planning to go extreme, you’ve come to the right place, as Australia has some of the longest and most impressive mountain biking and cycling trails on the planet. Mawson Trail (which has the departing point not far from Adelaide) is a combination of rough terrain with plain country roads in the idyllic Southern Australia.

Larapinta Trail

Larapinta trail ©andydolman/Flickr

And for those who want to see the real wild side of the Australian outback – the desert – Larapinta trail in the Northern Territory might as well be the perfect choice. As you will discover in your trip, the Australian outback is not made entirely of arid valleys and mountains – there’s a strange beauty in this kind of landscape. Actually, you might fall in love with it and decide to rent  a 4×4 that can take you deeper into this solitary world.

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