News report | | 08-12-2021 | ±4 minutes reading time

The nature in Australia is among the most beautiful in the world. Discovering the various national parks and nature reserves in Australia on foot is an unforgettable experience. There are quite a few special places that can only be reached on foot. It is handy to plan ahead for your walking holiday and apply for an Australia visa before you leave.

The most beautiful walking areas in Australia

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains National Park, established in 1959, is located in the state of New South Wales and is named after its impressive Eucalyptus forests, which give off a blue glow. This nature reserve covers an area of 11,400 km² and is approximately a two-hour drive from the city of Sydney. Many people who visit the Blue Mountains only go to a single lookout point for the beautiful view over the valley, but this area has so much more to offer if you go hiking around. You can get very close to the Three Sisters rocks via the Giant Stairway, and the Wentworth Falls are well worth the hike.

You donʼt have to be an experienced hiker to experience an unforgettable hiking holiday in the Blue Mountains. The small town of Katoomba, in the middle of this nature reserve, is, in fact, a perfect base for anyone who wants to explore this national park on foot, but prefers not to spend the night in a hikerʼs cottage or tent during the walk.

Cradle Mountain

The 1612 km² Cradle Mountain national park is located in the state of Tasmania. From the capital Hobart, you have to travel 165 km to get to this special nature reserve. Cradle Mountain is part of the "Tasmanian Wilderness", an area on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are many beautiful walking routes, including Australiaʼs most famous multi-day walking route: the Overland track. Although almost no construction is allowed in this area, there are a number of hikersʼ huts along the trails, without modern facilities. Anyone who wants to see the pristine wilderness with eucalyptus trees, rainforest and fields of wombats with their own eyes will have to pay quite a bit. The entrance to this national nature park is not free. You have to pay 160 Australian dollars, but you will get your moneyʼs worth on an unforgettable walking holiday.

Staying over during a walk

It is advisable to plan where you will spend the night when you are preparing for your walk. Wild camping is not always allowed in Australia, but it is often done. In some nature reserves, hikersʼ huts are located along the multi-day hiking trails, where you can spend the night for free. Bear in mind that most of these huts do not have running water or electricity. In any case, make sure that you know where you want to stay before it gets dark and that you have already reached your accommodation before dark. If you choose to camp, it is best to make sure that you are settled before dusk (around 5pm in the months of June to August).

Tips for walking in Australia

As Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons here are exactly opposite to those in Europe and the UK. This is something to bear in mind as the weather conditions can be different than what you expected. The months of June, July and August are winter in Australia. During this time, the temperatures range between 12 and 17 degrees. Summer falls between the months of December, January and February. In this period, it can become very hot, with temperatures up to 32 degrees. Australia is larger than the entire continent of Europe, which means that there are large temperature differences between the various areas. It is therefore advisable to keep a close eye on the weather forecast for the area you are travelling to before you leave so that you can prepare yourself optimally.

When you go hiking in the Outback, you have to consider low cell phone coverage. It is quite possible that you will not have cellular coverage for kilometres at a time, which can be difficult during walks in the Australian wilderness. For your own safety, it is advisable to take a satellite phone with you so that you can always reach someone in case of emergency.

Applying for an Australia visa

If you are planning a walking holiday in Australia, you will need to prepare well. You will not only have to map out the beautiful walking routes and make sure you have the right walking equipment, but you will also have to apply for your Australia visa in time. There are a number of conditions attached to this visa, but most travellers from the UK and Europe meet these conditions, so they can apply for this mandatory visa quickly and easily with the online form. After submitting your application and pay for the visa, which is on average, granted within 5 days. An approved Australia visa is valid for one year and allows you to stay there for up to 3 months.