Hiking and city centres might seem like an odd combination for a holiday. But then again there’s nothing quite like the thrill of a good hike with the promise of urban conveniences later.
The luxury of enjoying getaways in nature coupled with city escapes is inspiring more and more travellers to visit prime hiking regions located near or within the world’s most interesting cities.
After all, what’s better than a relaxing massage and gourmet meal after a long day on the trails?
So grab your hiking boots and read up on all the travel essentials you’ll need – here are three fantastic Australian cities with thrilling hiking trails nearby.
1. Hiking near Sydney, NSW
Sydney may not be the first city you think of when it comes to hiking adventures. The metropolis is an incredible layout of delicious food experiences and colourful fashion boutiques against the backdrop of the spectacular Sydney Harbour, but it’s also a playground for hikers.
Sydney comes with everything you could need for a luxurious holiday – pristine beaches, panoramic views and stunning pockets of bush.
One of the most popular is the 10km Spit Bridge to Manly Walk, which is also accessible by public transport and you can catch a ferry from Manly back to the city.
2. Hiking near Hobart, Tasmania
Historic and exciting, Hobart offers plenty of natural diversity for the avid hiker. So whether you’re into challenging mountain hikes or rubbing shoulders with wild animals at national parks, Hobart has something for everyone. Every trail takes you through a different part of the surrounding wilderness with several even overlooking the picturesque city at the foot of the mountain. The sightseeing from these trails is truly spectacular, including Mount Wellington.
A few of the best trails here include the Organ Pipes at Mount Wellington, Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park and the Truganini track that begins in the Hobart suburb of Mount Nelson. The entire region is rich in natural beauty.
3. Hiking near the Gold Coast, Queensland
This is where you’ll find the infamous Mount Warning, one of the most satisfying hiking trails in the region. Every year, hundreds of tourists scramble their way on to the summit in time to watch the mesmerising sunrise here, cameras and picnics in hand of course. The full trail spans over 8.8 Km of picture-perfect forestscapes riddled with gorgeous wildflowers.
After your hike, relax on the famous Surfers Paradise beach or take in some of the Gold Coast’s famous nightlife.
Last modified: June 8, 2019