Best historic site trails in Australia

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Map of historic site trails in Australia
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#1 - Grand Canyon Track
Blue Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Users have reported that this trail is now a one way circuit from Evans Lookout to Neates Glen. So be sure to follow the signs and do it in the recommended direction. Waterfalls, ferns, and amazing views define the popular Grand Canyon Track. This is a challenging but short hike through lush vegetation that takes you along a series of ledges that make up this World Heritage listed landscape. Be sure to check the weather before you head out as the creek may flood after heavy rains. Show more
#2 - Cape to Cape Track
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
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Length: 78.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This legendary track spans over 76 miles from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. The route traverses the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge in southwestern Australia. There is seasonal water and camping spots along the way. Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park stretches 120km from Bunker Bay in the north to Augusta in the south. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge, a geological formation of ancient granite capped by limestones and sand dunes runs for the length of the park. This ridge accounts for some of the features for which the area is best known. Rugged sea cliffs, windswept granite headlands, and formations such as Canal Rocks and Sugarloaf Rock dominate the coastline, interspersed by curving beaches, sheltered bays and long, rocky shorelines. On the northern shores of Cape Naturaliste, a series of quiet bays lead to the Cape. Protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds, these areas are popular for swimming, fishing or beachcombing. Surfing is also popular at many well-known breaks on the western coast, such as Smiths Beach and Yallingup. Coastal walk trails and steps down sand dunes have been provided at many places to help prevent erosion. This walk focuses on the northern section of the park, and is designed for people exploring the park from the nearby towns of Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup.Show more
#3 - Toolona Creek Circuit
Lamington National Park
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
This is a great route for the experienced hiker. You'll have a chance to see waterfalls, so going after a rain isn't a bad idea. That being said, the trail can get quite muddy! Allot for 5 - 6 hours for this trek.Show more
#4 - Great North Walk: Thornleigh to Cowan
Berowra Valley National Park
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Length: 22.3 mi • Est. 11 h 59 m
NOTE: the route is updated to avoid the Rifle Range which is now Private Property. The Great North Walk connects New South Wales' two largest cities from the obelisk in Australia's first planned town square to the wharf from which its oldest home-built steamship still sails in over 250 kilometres of history, mystery and fascination. This is the second section of the Great North Walk, to see the list of sections or the full trail go here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/great-north-walk--70 It is normally a two-day walk staying at one of the designated campsites(booking is generally required). But can also be done as a long day walk or split up into several day-walks. Booking is required for most sites and you plan to stay at a Crown Land campground you need to fill out the reservation form https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/acba2b1cd658485485275b8e8e45c150 Show more
#5 - North Head via Blue Fish Track
Sydney Harbour National Park
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
A stunning walk through coastal heath with a views of Sydney Harbour, the city skyline, South Head, and Manly Beach. Walk clockwise and take a dip at Little Manly Point on your return (calm, harbour side) or anti-clockwise and swim at Cabbage Tree Bay or Manly Beach (ocean side). Lots of stairs and uphill sections make this a good workout. You can catch a bus from the Manly Ferry terminal to the Barracks to shorten the walk. There's an interpretive display at the Fort's Visitor Centre and an excellent cafe with amazing views. If you have time consider adding a side trip to Q Station (old quarantine station) for more views, displays and tours.Show more
#6 - Great North Walk: Sydney to Thornleigh
Lane Cove Bushland Park
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Length: 20.3 mi • Est. 9 h 11 m
The Great North Walk connects New South Wales' two largest cities from the obelisk in Australia's first planned town square to the wharf from which its oldest home-built steamship still sails in over 250 kilometres of history, mystery and fascination. This is the first section of the Great North Walk, to see the list of sections or the full trail go here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/great-north-walk--70. This section starts in the centre of Sydney CBD and after a ferry ride it winds along the Lane Cove river crossing urban park lands, bush and wetlands with some interesting points to stop at including sand stone caves and the possibility of seeing bell birds. It is normally a two-day walk staying at the campsite in Lane Cove National Park (bookings required www.lanecoverivertouristpark.com). But can also be done as a long day walk or split up into several day-walks. It can be done in either direction, but the classic way is from South to North. The trail is broken into parts so that both ends are easily accessible by public transport. Most of all enjoy Australia's social history and natural environment on a bush-hike that is accessible to virtually everyone. Show more
#7 - Cape Baily Track
Kamay Botany Bay National Park
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
This is a great coastal track that ends at the Cape Baily Lighthouse. The track is good for runners and trekkers of all ages. It is pretty exposed and windy so bring a hat and some sunscreen! Keep an eye on the ocean and you may see some whales.Show more
#8 - Capital City Trail
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 8 h 1 m
A pleasant riding trail with a variety of landscapes, giving you a tour of Melbourne. Regular water fountains and a few coffee places where one can stop. Nothing difficult or dangerous, but there are stairs at Gipps Street / Collins Bridge (there is also a ramp there). The trail is mostly well signposted, except at a few locations.Show more
#9 - Main Range Track Loop
Kosciuszko National Park
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Length: 18.2 mi • Est. 9 h 18 m
Great day walk/hike around some of the key spots in Mount Kosciuszko range including its summit which is Australia's highest peak plus a few side treks experienced were the Blue Lake and Mount Townsend´s summit. It has a mix of terrain, amazing views and some stunning lakes along its length. The last section up to the summit can be quite difficult depending on the time of year - in the winter the wind chill factor and snow can make this hike much harder. It is highly recommended to do this hike in early winter for the beauty in the landscape as it transitions to snow. As it is an alpine region the weather can change suddenly so be prepared with the correct clothing and supplies. See the waypoints for in-depth info about the route and the area.Show more
#10 - Valley of the Winds: Kata Tjuta Trail to Karingana Lookout
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Immerse yourself in the Valley of the Winds by following the Kata Tjuta Trail to Karingana Lookout of the Kata Tjuta landform, one of the two major geological landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. This circuit is known for its spectacular views and meandering track down the valley to Kata Tjuta's domes and creek beds. This walk is suitable for kids, however the trail can be quite steep and rocky in sections, so take your time. Kata Tjuta and the Valley of the Winds are culturally sensitive areas and Anangu people ask that all visitors show respect when visiting this special place to contribute to protecting the continuation of the world's oldest living culture. Visitors can do this by walking quietly, treading lightly and staying on trail. It is asked that on this trail that you don't commercially photograph or film, or share personal photos online because Anangu culture believe these geological formations have knowledge that should only be learned in person on location by those with the cultural authority to do so. Please be aware that this track closes when the temperature is forecast to be above 36 degrees Celsius. For more information, please contact the park: https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/Show more
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