Walking is one of the best ways to get the body moving, get back into nature and explore new places. It is even better when you get to spend it in good company! Not only does walking as a family encourage health and physical fitness, but it allows more time for talking and sharing together.
Regardless of where you live, there is sure to be a walking trail suitable for the whole family to experience the gorgeous natural landscapes we have on our back step! We’ve come up with a list of walking tracks in each state suitable for everyone regardless of age, shape, size or physical fitness.
Glass House Mountains National Park - At the base of Mt Tibrogargan there is a 3.3km circuit walk, suitable for those who don’t want to venture up the steep 362m mountain. This trail wanders through forests and offers great views of Mt Tibrogargan, often called ‘the gorilla’, because of its hunched ape-like form.
Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland – Lamington National Park contains over 160km of graded walking paths and trails that lead to lookouts, waterfalls and fascinating wildlife. Try the Tree Top Walk (800m), which consists of nine suspension bridges 16m off the ground and offers an amazing view from a fig tree over the walkway. Or follow the sealed track to Python Rock (3.4km return) for an impressive lookout to Mt Throakban and Moran’s falls.
Barrington Tops National Park – Barrington Tops National Park is around 320km from Sydney and offers walking tracks for beginners and experienced walkers alike. For a perfect family day trip, start the day with a picnic and go for an afternoon stroll on the Gloucester Falls Walking Track (1.5km) with its scenic views of forests, waterfalls and mountains.
Bundeena Maianbar Heritage Walk – Located on the Cronulla coast in South Sydney, the picturesque villages of Bundeena and Maianbar offer a quick and easy escape from the city with secluded beaches and bushland. The heritage walk is a sign posted trail filled with interesting local facts, breathtaking views of the city and takes you to beaches only available on foot!
Great Ocean Walk – Step on and off the 104km great ocean walk trail and when you get tired, simply catch a shuttle service back to your car or accommodation. The Lighthouse Cemetery and Lookout Walk is a great easy start (1.6km, 40 mins), or try the Shelley beach circuit (2km, 45 mins) to see fern gullies, coastal scrub and koalas.
Phillip Island - There are a number of walking trails on offer at Phillip Island. Start with the Penguin Parade to Point Grant Carpark (1hr) for spectacular views of the coast or the Green or Blue loop (2.5km and 1.1km respectively). You also can’t miss the magical procession of little penguins waddling up the beach to their homes at sunset. Read more about the Penguin Parade
Morialta Conservation Park – Experience the beauty of one of Adelaide’s most popular parks with an easy 1.6km walk (approximately 45 minutes return), which will take you right to the heart of the Morialta gorge with its towering cliffs and magical waterfalls. This trail is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.
Granite Island Recreation Park – Take a horse-drawn tram from Victor Harbour approximately 84km south of Adelaide, to start your 1.5km (45min) walking loop for magnificent scenery and look outs. You can also spot penguins returning to their burrows in the evening.
Cradle Mountain – Tasmania is renowned for its incredible walking trails and Cradle Mountain is no exception. Try the Dove Lake Circuit Bush Walk (2km, 2hrs) for impressive views of the mountain, rainforest, beaches and sub alpine plant life.
Tahune Airwalk – If steel-swinging bridges suspended high in the tree canopy are your idea of an exciting walk, try the McKays track (1 hour return, 3 km circuit) which crosses over the Huon River.
Oak Grove Walk – Explore the heritage listed Golden Valley Tree Park with an easy 1.5km loop walk. This 60 hectare landscaped park is located 3 hours south of Perth in Balingup and has picnic facilities and a BBQ area. It’s a perfect excuse to take a packed lunch and turn it into a day long adventure.
Law Walk and Lotterywest Federation Walkway – Located in the iconic King’s Park, this 1.5hr, 3.7km walk provides the best of both worlds! Offering spectacular views and insight into the unique Western Australian environment you’ll trek from manicured botanic gardens to natural bushland.
Litchfield National Park – There are several sign-posted short walks in Litchfield suitable for the whole family. Try the Shady Creek and Florence Creek walks or Tolmer Falls walk for amazing views of the habitats and landscapes typical of the Top End.
Watarrka National Park – Watarrka National Park offers a variety of walking tracks for an opportunity to experience the wonder of the outback. The Kings Creek walk (2.6km return, 1 hour) is a less strenuous walk suitable for families that finishes at a viewing platform with magnificent views of Canyon Falls.
Do you have any tips for family friendly walking trails in your area?