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.
The Aboriginals call this Island K’gari (meaning paradise) because there’s something undoubtedly special about Fraser Island. Its bountiful forests, picture-perfect beaches, azure seas and freshwater lakes have all earned it World Heritage-listed status. The Fraser Island Great Walk is undoubtedly the best way to experience all of this.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. It consists purely of sand and yet it supports large stands of lush tropical rainforest. On this Fraser Island trip, you’ll see an extraordinary array of buttress-rooted trees, strangler figs, rare primitive cycads and huge satinays. Some of the massive trees are more than 6 metres wide and over 1000 years old. The sands also support more than forty crystal-clear freshwater lakes. Our favourite, Lake McKenzie, is rightfully known as the jewel of Fraser Island. Don’t forget to pack the swimming gear.
Much of the walking is remote, enabling you to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of this unblemished natural environment entirely away from the busy tourist routes. The island also abounds with wildlife, whales, wallabies, dolphins and dugongs frolic and roam freely. It’s also a bird lover’s paradise with over 240 species recorded in the area.
Tropical hiking in the Daintree Rainforest, the Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge, Dunk Island and much more. Walk to waterfalls, through World Heritage rainforests, stroll along isolated tropical beaches, circumnavigate freshwater lakes, see one of the largest trees in Australia and visit a picturesque tropical island – this trip has it all.
At the Atherton Tablelands, we traverse the famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Importantly, the rainforest walks on the trip will lead us away from the tourist route to remote gorges, cascading waterfalls and secluded lakes. In the Daintree World Heritage area we’ll learn about the importance of mangroves, walk to Cape Tribulation and enjoy a two-night stay at a rainforest retreat.
At Mossman Gorge National Park, we’ll trek with the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and learn about their bush foods, medicine and way of life. A highlight for many will be three nights at Mission Beach where we’ll enjoy beach walks, rainforest hikes and a day of walking on nearby Dunk Island.
This Gold Coast Hinterland area is the largest area of protected subtropical rainforest in the world, with sizeable areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of Australia’s remaining cool temperate rainforest. 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. This is Gondwana Rainforest at its very best.
We start the trail in the Springbrook National Park, traversing a prehistoric landscape which links the World Heritage-listed Lamington and Springbrook plateaus. We have selected the most scenic Gold Coast walks through this unspoilt rainforest, tracks that pass numerous cascading streams and towering waterfalls, tracks that crisscross creeks and present you with the most beautiful locations to bask, eat lunch and simply just relax.
The walking is mesmerising up here, with peaks reaching over 1100m and the steep untracked southern edge forms an impressive natural border with the state of NSW. Highlights include walking the volcano rim, doing the Treetops walk and climbing the huge Strangler Fig tower.
With 2 guides to look after you on this Gold Coast walk, there will be the opportunity to shorten some of the walking days.
The journey begins with a private transfer from anywhere in the Gold Coast (or airport) to the Gold Coast Hinterland, the largest protected area of subtropical rainforest in the world, with sizeable warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of Australia’s remaining Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Here, 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. This is Gondwana Rainforest at its very best.
The Hinterland of the Gold Coast is the largest protected area of subtropical rainforest in the world, with sizeable warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of Australia’s remaining Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Here, 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. This is Gondwana Rainforest at its very best.
The Gold Coast Hinterland walking trail starts in Lamington National Park and traverses a landscape at least as old as the dinosaurs, linking the World Heritage-listed Lamington and Springbrook plateaus.
In Bunya, you’ll spend two nights in large Chalets with ensuite rooms. At Cania we stay in cabins. For the next 3 nights, we stay at Carnarvon Wilderness Lodge in luxury glamping tents right in the heart of the park. The last night is spent in Roma in a very comfortable motel. All the rooms have ensuites.
Every night the two course dinners will be prepared by professional chefs. The meals at Carnarvan are special affairs and include three-course dinners with an emphasis on local produce. At Bunya, we get to try Bunya nuts which are an indigenous delicacy.
The packed lunches and picnics complete the circle ensuring that your appetite is always satisfied. You can look forward to having lunch at some of the most incredible locations that this country has to offer. A walkers lunch may include a high protein type salad, a roll or a wrap, a muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit. Each day is slightly different. Lunch is always augmented by Auswalk’s famous trail mix. You also get to enjoy a lovely sit down a la carte lunch at Carnarvan as a way of saying farewell to this amazing region.
This is the ultimate winter walking escape in the heart of the Queensland outback. Fabulous warm days and cool evenings coupled with Australia’s best kept secret Carnarvon Gorge.
We’ve made it very easy by starting the walk in Roma, a quick flight from Brisbane averting the 12 hr drive, but this is made possible only with Auswalk. There is no other way to get to remote Carnarvon but to drive, acting as a gatekeeper, creating an atmosphere of splendid isolation in a unique natural wonderland.
Spring fed Carnarvon Creek carves a twisted route through the spectacular sandstone gorge. The clarity of the permanent water is particularly impressive. No wonder it took 10000 years to filter through the sandstone to get to the creek; a creek that nurtures strands of cabbage palms, pockets of remnant rainforest and rare king ferns with five metre fronds, a landscape with a prehistoric feel.
We allow time for the important things, to take a swim in the crystal clear Carnarvon Creek and to relax and enjoy the magnificent lodge precinct. We also will get to experience the beauty of one of Australia’s best kept secrets from the air with a scenic helicopter flight.
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