Four other coastal walks

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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

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