Four other coastal walks
Bibbulmun Track, WA
This 61.4-kilometre section of the Bibbulmun Track (bibbulmuntrack.org. au) runs between Walpole (about five hours south of Perth) and Peaceful Bay, taking in the unspoilt beauty of WA’s South West region. Allow up to four days for the medium-graded hike through wetlands and up into forests of giant karri and tingle trees before dropping down to the limestone cliffs and sandy beaches between Rame Head and Point Irwin.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, SA
A 61-kilometre, five-day trek traverses Kangaroo Island’s south-west coast (kangarooislandwildernesstrail.sa.gov. au). From Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, the trail follows the Rocky River before meeting the Southern Ocean. After days spent hiking along a coast adorned with limestone cliffs and snow-white beaches, walkers finally turn inland through sugargum forest towards the end point: the caves of Kelly Hill Conservation Park.
South Coast Track, Tas
Weather conditions can be harsh on Tasmania’s remote southern tip and the South Coast Track (parks.tas.gov.au), which links Melaleuca and Cockle Creek, is possibly the state’s most challenging walk. The 85-kilometre trail (allow eight days) crosses diverse terrain, including button-grass plains, steep hills, rocky headlands, thick bush and coastline – notably, the spectacular Prion Beach.
Thorsborne Trail, Qld
A four-day, 32-kilometre difficult walk, the Thorsborne Trail (npsr.qld.gov.au) runs up the east coast of Hinchinbrook Island. Beginning at George Point (which you reach by ferry from Lucinda, north of Townsville), the track skirts palm-fringed beaches before hitting tropical rainforest (with a camp site next to a waterfall). The route to Ramsay Bay then winds through dry woodland, lush vegetation, rocky tributaries and yet more beaches.
Relics anchored to Wreck Beach reveal its maritime history; fireside at the Twelve Apostles Lodge