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10 Eco Aussie Walking Tours

10 Eco Aussie Walking Tours

Australia is crisscrossed with stunning natural walks run by certified eco-tourism operators.  

Forget jumping on a plane to walk the Camino de Santiago, ramble the Cotswolds Way, or make the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The diversity of Australia's flora and fauna is breath taking - and surprisingly accessible. Here are 10 eco certified operators running walks from around the country that you are going to love.

Three Capes Track

The Three Capes Track is a walking experience at the world’s edge, and an ideal walk for winter. From the boardwalks and steps, to dry gravel paths, this track is suitable for all weather. There are so many different types of scenery – from dizzying cliff-top heights to moody, moss-covered rainforest. Keep an eye on the skies at night, you might just catch an aurora. At the end of an invigorating day’s walking, what better than having a Host Ranger to greet you, and a cabin to shelter in. With the social space heated, just pour a hot drink and relax! 

Mt Barney Lodge | Three Peaks Challenge

Mt Barney Lodge eco-guides will take you on the ultimate 5-day walking adventure in SE Queensland's spectacular Scenic Rim. A high level of fitness is needed to summit three spectacular peaks – that’s why we call it the Three Peaks Challenge - but we make the rest of your all-inclusive package easy! This includes airport transfers, twin share accommodation in our genuine Queenslander homesteads, all meals, and vineyard, farm and cheese factory tours.

Wolgan Valley

At Wolgan Valley Eco Tours we believe that walking is a great way to explore the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Whether you are a beginner looking for an easy introductory walk or experienced and after that more challenging hike, there is something for everyone. From wildlife encounters on the Wollemi Twilight Wildlife Tour to the illuminating wonder of the Glow Worm Tunnel Hike, or the historic ruins of the Newnes Ruins Walking Tour contrasting to Wolgan Valleys most iconic landmark Donkey Mountain - our guided walks and hikes offer a unique and authentic way to experience World Heritage Wolgan Valley.

Cape to Cape Tours | Cape to Vine Tour

“Our leader, Gene Hardy is a tall, fluffy-haired bloke who perpetually looks like he just got out of the ocean after the best surf of his life, our staff all live in the local area, have an intimate knowledge and passion for sharing in the hope of creating a world class experience that makes a positive impact on the natural environment and our community. We practise LEAVING NO TRACE, have advanced Eco-certification and voluntarily maintain the track.

 “I’ve been to Europe and Asia, but this was probably one of the best travel experiences of my life – and the best part was, it was right in my backyard” Victoria Johnson, journalist

Tasmanian Expeditions

Tasmanian Expeditions is a pioneering ground operator of over 40 years with the largest range of multi activity adventures in Tasmania. Small group of guided and self-guided adventures explore in and around the World Heritage listed areas. Committed to responsible travel and true sustainability, it was a commitment formed when the company was established and in the face of a multitude of threats to the environment, its commitment is stronger than ever. Aiming to "leave no trace" in both an environmental and cultural sense. With over 35 adventures to choose from, there is one for all interests and fitness levels.(Photo Credit: Caro Ryan)

Life’s An Adventure | Light to Light Walk

Explore Australia with the award winning Pack Free walking holiday specialists. When you join one of our small group walking tours you’ll see the best of Australia without all the hard work.

Our speciality is providing a pack free walking experience allowing you to walk with as little as your water and camera. And at the end of each day you’ll enjoy fine local produce perfectly matched with local wines and the best hand-picked accommodation. It’s why we’ve been awarded 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence.( inc. WINNER of Australian Tourism Awards of Excellence- Adventure Tourism.)

Whichever walking holiday you choose, from Tasmania such as the Three Capes walk to the Top End, our philosophy is the same… to always go above and beyond to exceed your expectations and provide an unforgettable experience!

Tasmanian Walking Company | Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

Discover the white sand beaches of Tasmania’s north east coastline as you explore the breathtaking Bay of Fires with us. Join a small group, led by our expert guides, and traverse this wonderfully remote landscape, teeming with unique flora and fauna. Walk perfect beaches beside an azure sea, explore secluded coves, kayak the Ansons River, taste amazing local produce or indulge in a treatment at our exclusive spa. Of a night, enjoy your accommodation at our secluded beach camp and award-winning Bay of Fires Lodge.

Australian Walking Company | 12 Apostles Lodge Walk

Join us to explore the rugged limestone cliffs and breathtaking coastline that’s home to the natural wonder of the Twelve Apostles, unravelling the myth and the mystery of this amazing place. We’ll show you the way, carry all the extras on our back and point out natural features along the way. We’ll supply sumptuous lunches to sustain you, daypacks and walking sticks and soothing foot baths at the end of each walk. Return each evening to our private eco-lodge where you'll be served gourmet meals complemented by local wines and beers.

Tread Lightly | Fern Bower

Tread Lightly eco tours conduct fully tailor made bush walks and 4wd ecological tours in the Blue Mountains World Heritage National Park. 

They are specialists in the environmental and cultural aspects of the Blue Mountains. Professional interpretive guides having extensive knowledge of the geology, fauna, flora and Aboriginal culture of the region accentuate their visitors World Heritage experience.

Exploring ancient rainforest, huge waterfalls and deep canyons in the World  Heritage area offers unique photographic opportunities on bird watching and wildlife spotting tours by 4wd vehicle or bush walk.

Walk Into Luxury | 3 Day South Coast Walk

Walk into Luxury offers visitors to the south-west of Western Australia a chance to walk the Cape to Cape Track and Bibbulmun Track in absolute luxury comfort. As a member of the prestigious Great Walks of Australia group, our luxury walks are a chance to experience the best of nature combined with gourmet food and wine and exclusive accommodation. Choose from a private walking tour with or without a guide, and our guided small group walks. 

Images: Main Image: Sofie Formica at Mount Barney / Other images: Trader's own
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