Auswalk Walking Holidays

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Auswalk is the pioneer of walking holidays in Australia. On their tours you will walk through national parks, progressing from one accommodation to the next. Your luggage is moved ahead while you walk. You can choose to go with a guide or try a fully supported "self-guided" walking holiday. You walk without a guide, following the comprehensive Walk Notes supplied and yes, they move your luggage.

Auswalk take care of everything so that you are free from the grind of organisation, leaving you to devote all your time and energies to thoroughly enjoying every aspect of the walking holiday. There's something for all levels of fitness. You will return home relaxed and revitalised in body, mind and spirit. Of course your safety is of upmost importance.

They have tours where you can choose your own the departure date, have own vehicle and guide and have a flexible itinerary.

Where else can you stand on top of a mountain and look over hundreds of kilometres of wilderness on a walking holiday tour, or have a pristine beach to yourself?

At Auswalk they know that the only way to truly experience a country is on foot.

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking/Trekking

Our Tours

Tropical Hiker Group Guided Walk

The Tropical Hiker tour includes Daintree World Heritage Area - where the rainforest meets the reef; learn how the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people lived in the tropical rainforests; unique wildlife - azure Ulysses butterflies, platypus, cassowaries, crocodiles; and then unwind at beautiful Mission Beach - all rooms have ocean views.

This is a circuit trip from Cairns. Destinations include the Atherton Tablelands - home of the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Rainforest walks will lead you away from the tourist route to remote gorges, cascading waterfalls and secluded lakes. In the Daintree World Heritage Area you'll learn about the importance of mangroves, walk to Cape Tribulation and enjoy a stay at a rainforest retreat. At Mossman Gorge you'll walk with the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and learn about their bush foods.

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$2895 $2995
Gold Coast Hinterland Self-Guided Inn-to-Inn Walk

The Gold Coast Hinterland Walk includes fantastic hiking in the Lamington and Springbrook National Parks, located inland from the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is about one hour south of Brisbane.

On this trip you walk from one accommodation to the next while they move your luggage ahead for you. You will walk independently without a guide, using their marked maps and easy-to-follow Walk Notes. You need to form your own group of two or more people and can choose your own starting date.

This is a World Heritage Area where new plants are being found, classified and named even today. Massive strangler figs, ancient Antarctic beech, red cedar, rosewood and booyongs tower overhead whilst hundreds of different species of palms, vines, ferns and orchids flourish beneath.

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$2455 $2955
Carnarvon Gorge Group Guided Walk

Carnarvon Gorge is a magnificent outback oasis teeming with wildlife. Carnarvon Creek carves its tortuous route through the spectacular sandstone gorge, its permanent water nurturing stands of cabbage palms and pockets of remnant rainforest with rare king ferns with five metre fronds.

The steep overhanging walls of Carnarvon Gorge house some of the most vivid aboriginal artwork anywhere in the country, with animals, humans, weapons and tools all clearly depicted in rich ochre patterns. You'll walk the length of the gorge, crisscrossing the river on stepping-stones many times. There are also fascinating side gorges for hiking into. Climb into the Amphitheatre and follow Warrumbah Gorge till it narrows to just a metre wide.

Another bonus is to stop at Cania Gorge, a little known and very isolated National Park with eucalypt forest, rugged rock formations and lots of amazing wildlife. It's hard to beat a campfire, so that's what we do at Cania.

Three distinctly different areas make this a holiday with lots of variety. And with two guides looking after you we can offer a range of easier and harder walking options along the way.

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$2855 $2955
Fraser Island Self-Guided Inn to Inn Walk

Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island. It consists purely of sand and yet it supports large strands of lush tropical rainforest. You'll see an extraordinary array of buttress-rooted trees, strangler figs, rare primitive cycads and huge satinays.

The sands support more than 40 crystal clear freshwater lakes. Their favourite, Lake McKenzie is rightfully known as the jewel of Fraser Island. Don't forget to pack the swimming gear!

The island also abounds with wildlife. It's a bird lover's paradise with over 240 species recorded in the area. And you may even be lucky enough to spot a full-breed dingo in the wild.

This holiday begins with a cruise over to the island from Hervey Bay, watching for whales, dolphins and sharks en route. From here, your journey on foot encompasses an amazing variety of landscapes. Much of the walking is remote, taking you close to the tranquil beauty of the natural environment and away from the busy tourist routes.

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$2875 $2875
Gold Coast Hinterland Group Guided Walking Holiday

This fabulous long distance walking track connects the two high plateaus of Lamington and Springbrook, progressing through magnificent World Heritage subtropical rainforests.

This untouched wilderness offers walking amongst massive strangler figs, ancient Antarctic beech, red cedar and booyongs tower overhead while lush palms, vines, ferns and orchids flourish beneath. This is your chance to hug a 3000 year old tree that stands as evidence of our links to Gondwanaland. Climb the huge strangler fig tower to marvel at the upper forest levels on the Treetops Walk. Hike the Lamington Traverse on the famous Border Track that follows the New South Wales / Queensland border.

More than 160 species of sub-tropical birds will keep any bird-lover engrossed.

On the Springbrook side the rainforest is punctuated by cascading streams and plummeting waterfalls. Criss-cross pristine creeks and pick from the many waterfalls for a lunch spot.

The accommodations on this trip are just beautiful, world class in most instances, the views from both the Sky Lodges and O'Reillys make an amazing end to each days walking. The lodgings make up an essential part of this incomparable journey one that we ensure will leave you feeling inspired and delighted all at once.

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$2695 $2795
Waterfall Way Group Guided Walking Holiday

Waterfall Way is an untapped, raw landscape which offers an abundant array of fauna and flora. A truly eclectic environment which includes World Heritage rainforests, waterfalls and escarpment country. The walking is stunningly diverse, expect hiking through mountain ranges, subtropical rainforests and beside delightful streams.

Dorrigo National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area offers stunning scenery that has been millions of years in the making. Venture onto Skywalk for a bird's eye view of the rain­ forest canopy. You can see over the remote Bellinger Valley and all the way to the ocean.

Waterfalls on the Guy Fawkes River plunge over steep basalt ledges into a vast wilderness area. Marvel at Wollomombi Falls, the highest waterfall in New South Wales and the second highest in all of Australia.

At Cathedral Rock you'll find Snowgums and huge granite boulders. New England National Park reaches 1564 metres above sea level and there's nothing to interrupt the view.

Of course as always with an Auswalk holiday we can't think of a better way to reward a captivating day on the trail than a delicious meal, a glass (or two) of local wine and a comfortable bed.

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$2495 $2595

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Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic. Tables, wood fire barbecue, water and public amenities are all provided for your use on site. On a hot day immerse yourself into the pools to cool off. Set amongst a mixture of tall Eucalypts and rainforest you can take the opportunity to relax and unwind to the sound of water gently flowing over ancient granite outcrops. Or if you are feeling more energetic, enjoy one of the nature walks. There is a short 500 metre (20 minute) forest walk or a rather more serious 3.5 kilometre (2 hour) walk to explore.

Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
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In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council established Clairview (a small beach town approximately 1.5 hours south of Mackay) as a dugong sanctuary. Often dugongs can be spotted when they surface to breathe from the shore, or in the water, when in a kayak, boat or other recreational vessel - so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures! Be sure to slow down your vessel in areas dugongs are known to inhabit, don't litter and help us protect these magnificent animals. The fully protected dugong is a large herbivorous mammal which spends its entire life at sea. It has paddle-like forelimbs, no hind limbs or dorsal fin, and its tail is broad and horizontally flattened. Adults grow between 2.5-3.5 metres long and weight about 230-240 kilograms. For more information, visit Isaac Regional Council's web site.

Condamine Gorge '14 River Crossing'

Killarney, Southern Downs Area
Free Entry
Accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles only, the Condamine Gorge's '14 River Crossings' track is appropriately named after the 14 river crossings you have to make exploring this beautiful part of the Gorge. During normal conditions the crossings of the Condamine River are relatively shallow. However, during wet weather the river will rise rapidly making it impassable. It is advisable to check conditions with the Warwick Visitor Information Centre or Bureau of Meteorology prior to visiting. The Condamine Gorge is home to a number of endangered species, please respect this precious environment. Note that private properties either side of the track may not be fenced, so please keep to the road and creek area and observe the 'no trespassing' signs. To commence the track from Boonah, start opposite the Police Station, travel out from Boonah along Rathdowny Road and turn right at Carney's Creek Road. Travel out approximately 12 kilometres to cross Teviot Brook floodway and then turn right to The Head. The low road is Condamine Gorge. This track is only accessible when the weather is dry, take the high road when river is flowing. From Killarney, turn left into Condamine Gorge just after the abattoir.

Heart Reef

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status. Many tour companies will combine a scenic flight over Heart Reef with other breathtaking spots in the Whitsundays, including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. A certain highlight of any visit to the Whitsundays. Heart Reef was discovered in 1975 by one of Air Whitsunday's pilots and is now an internationally-recognised attraction of the Whitsundays and features on many postcards and brochures promoting the Whitsunday region and the Great Barrier Reef. Many an amateur photographer has been amazed by the fact that their own photos look just like the brochures! Heart Reef has been the site of many proposals and declarations of love over the years. If planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture, let your pilot know your plans and they'll be able to help you with some extra flight time over the famous icon.

Mount Fox

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
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Located south-west of Ingham, Mount Fox was created by a violent volcanic explosion about 100000 years ago. In the explosion, a lava flow 10 metres thick spewed from the southern end of the crater and chunks of molten magma were thrown out of the volcano's vent. Today, the well formed crater, about 10 metres deep, is covered with sparse grasses and stunted trees amongst the eucalypt woodland environment. The pink and long-fruited bloodwoods are common in this area and vine thicket is found in a steep gully on the southern slopes. Mount Fox's tussock grass slopes shelter a number of small animals. On a cool day in the winter months, skinks and other reptiles can be seen basking on the volcanic bombs. During the hot summer months, the grasses provide protection from the sun and are ideal nesting places for ground-dwelling birds like the little button quail. After sunset, rufous bettongs (small wallaby-type mammals) emerge to feed on herbs and grasses. The large wing span of a wedge-tailed eagle can also be seen, as this bird of prey soars above the Mount Fox crater.
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Approximately ten kilometres from the Kennedy Highway on Tully Falls Road, Ravenshoe the upper car park is a shaded spot to leave your vehicle. You will need personal insect repellent for the walk to the waterfalls then return to your vehicle - the most rewarding way to complete your walk. Then proceed further south to Tully Gorge Lookout over the 275 metre gorge, your best chance for falling water is just after a storm in the "Green Season".

Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations. Cape Hillsborough Beach, also know as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the 'Roo on the beach' at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach. Remember however, that these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Please do not feed the kangaroos and wallabies and ensure to keep a safe distance at all times.

Kinkuna Section

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
Kinkuna section of Burrum Coast National Park preserves a wilderness area of coastal vegetation and wide, unspoilt beaches, just 30 kilometres south of Bundaberg. The Burrum Coast National Park which also incorporates both Woodgate and Burrum River sections is part of the Great Sandy Region, of which Fraser Island is best known. Kinkuna offers a true coastal wilderness experience for camping or hiking. Sand tracks lead through the predominantly flat landscape dense with vegetation and along the oceanfront. Kinkuna section is renowned for its springtime wildflower displays. The vegetation of coastal heath and banksias grows in poor, sandy soils either swampy or very dry and as is often the case, these types of areas put on a spectacular wildflower show - where it seems every bush and tree is covered in pale blossoms of white, pink and yellow hues. August to October is the peak time to view these wildflowers here, in Woodgate section and also just to the north at the Coonarr Wildflower Reserve. Kangaroos and wallabies, emus and abundant birdlife are features of the park.
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Located just 20 minutes from the Ipswich Central Business District and 35 minutes' from Brisbane Central Business District, White Rock - Spring Mountain Conservation Estate features the distinctive, sculptured, rocky outcrops of White Rock and Spring Mountain. Covering over 2,500ha of regionally significant bushland, the Estate also features extensive forested ridges, escarpments and valleys that are home to an amazing array of plant and wildlife species. Visitors can enjoy the full gamut of outdoor activities including hiking, bird-watching, horse riding (bring your own horses), mountain bike riding and nature study. For the bushwalker there's everything from a leisurely 200 metre walk to the more challenging 19 kilometre round trip trail with most of the trails are suitable for hiking and mountain bike riding. If you're on horseback, then the Yaddamun Trail is perfect. The entry to the Estate is the Paperbark Flats Picnic Area, at the end of School Road in Redbank Plains. Amenities on site include toilets, picnic facilities and horse float parking. Don't forget to take a hat, sunscreen and drinking water. Visit the website for trail updates and to download the trail guide.

Coongarra Rock

Biggenden, North Burnett Area
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For Four Wheel Drive enthusiasts, Coongarra Rock and Falls provide an opportunity to explore rocky outcrops, caves, rock pools and natural vegetation. It is possible to climb the rock but should only be attempted by fit and experienced bushwalkers. It is situated 24 kilometres south of Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes. Lords Road is the turn off to Coongarra Rock. The road goes to within a short distance of this spectacular outcrop in a dry scrubby State Forest. The road to the falls branches off the road to Coongarra Rock and goes within walking distance of the top of the falls. The roads should only be attempted by Four Wheel Drive vehicles. These roads can be dangerous after heavy rain and care should be taken at all times.
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