The Best Backpacking in Australia

Looking for the best backpacking in Australia? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Australia. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Australia

  • Taggerty, Victoria

    Backpack the Cathedral Ranges

    5.0
    7.5 mi / 3018.4 ft gain
    This is a great hike to introduce yourself to scrambling - most of the first day is up on the ridge.I have indicated below where this can be turned into a day hike, which is what a majority of the people we met on the hike were doing. The first day took us around 5 hours (6 kms) and the second da...
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  • Waterfall, New South Wales

    Hike to Uloola Falls

    3.0
    8.7 mi / 70 ft gain
    The trail begins at the waterfall station commuter car park. Head down the small flight of stairs at the rear of the parking area to the forest where you will find a sign for the hike. Follow the path for 7 KM staying with the signs for Uloola Falls. The path is well cleared and marked. With a fe...
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  • Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

    Backpack Wilson's Promontory

    4.5
    34.4 mi / 5446.2 ft gain
    Wilson's Promontory, or "The Prom," is one of the most famous walks in Victoria, just 3.5 hours drive outside of Melbourne. The park has diverse wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, emus, wombats, enchiladas, and possums. Make sure to also keep a lookout for snakes, which love to sun...
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  • Lorne, Victoria

    Backpack from Sheoak Falls to Sharps Track Camping Area

    6.8 mi / 656.2 ft gain
    The Otways National Park sits right on the Great Ocean Road, a stunning, lush park with lots of amazing tracks to explore. This track takes you through dense trees and walks along several stunning waterfalls.  Day One (4.8km) From Sheoak car park, follow the track up the hill towards Sheoak Falls...
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  • Harrietville, Victoria

    Summit Mt. Feathertop

    5.0
    13.7 mi / 4921.3 ft gain
    Mt Feathertop is an iconic peak within the Victorian Alps. At the summit, spectacular 360 degree mountain views await as you stand over 1500m above the valleys below. There are two main access routes to the summit of Mt. Feathertop, Razorback Ridge from Mt. Hotham or the Bungalow Spur Track from ...
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  • Noosa North Shore Beach Campground, Queensland

    Weekend Getaway to Double Island Point

    Starting in Tewantin, a mere two hour drive north of Brisbane on the outskirts of Noosa, drive north on Moorindil St. onto a barge which takes you across the Noosa River, delivering you a short 2 miles from the beginning of your adventure! After driving off the barge follow Maximillian Road and a...
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  • Halls Gap, Victoria

    Backpack to Bugiga Hikers Camp

    5.0
    10.7 mi / 2755.9 ft gain
    Starting in the town of Halls Gap, leave your car in the car park indicated on the map. From here, make your way west, away from the town and towards the forest. You will walk past the botanical gardens and wild kangaroos to the start of the trail. At the start of the trailhead, there is a fork. ...
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  • Tawonga, Victoria

    Backpack Mt Bogong

    5.0
    17.1 mi / 4219.2 ft gain
    Mt Bogong sits at 1,986m and takes the crown for the highest peak in Victoria and 8th highest in Australia. The views both on the way up and at the top are amazing, especially once you pass the tree line. This hike is not only challenging because of its length and steepness nearing the top, but l...
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  • Iguana Creek, Victoria

    Backpack Mitchell River

    5.0
    23.6 mi / 4986.9 ft gain
    The thing I loved the most about this hike is how isolated it was. It may have been the time of year, but in the spring I saw no one else on the trail for two days, though I did see snakes, monitors, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and many birds. Given it was springtime, the forest was full of wi...
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  • Freycinet, Tasmania

    Backpack Freycinet National Park Circuit

    5.0
    18.1 mi / 2690.3 ft gain
    We saw a significant amount of wildlife on this walk, so keep your eyes peeled! Wildlife that we saw included wallabies, dolphins, manta rays, and lots of beautiful birds. Also seen here are wombats, fairy penguins, and possums (though we missed these).The four day circuit can be made harder if y...
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  • Baw Baw Village, Victoria

    Backpack from Mt Baw Baw to Mushroom Rocks

    18.6 mi / 3933.7 ft gain
    Please note that the weather on this walk can change drastically, so be prepared for anything! The first day on our walk was +15 and sunny and we woke up to a blanket of snow and had to walk back in freezing temperatures. Please note that, depending on the year, you may need to buy a permit to dr...
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  • Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania

    Backpack the Walls of Jerusalem Circuit

    18 mi / 4265.1 ft gain
    This is a great hike if you're looking for some stunning views, but also has some sections of unmarked trail where you will need to have either GPS or the ability to navigate with your compass/map (preferably both!). The mountains are stunning, but as you are at a high altitude the weather can ch...
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  • Kalamunda, Western Australia

    Hike the Bibbulmun Track

    4.0
    624.5 mi
    The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world's great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda, a suburb in the hills on the outskirts of Perth, to the historic town of Albany on the south coast. It passes through the heart of the scenic south west of Western Australia. The Track is ...
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  • Naturaliste, Western Australia

    Hike the Cape to Cape Track

    83.9 mi
    More Information: The official website website offers more information of the track. I highly recommend to get the Guidebook (available in every book or outdoor store around the area) which contains detailed maps, where to access or exit the beach, wildlife and vegetation of the trackStart/End: ...
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  • Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland

    Hike the Thorsborne Trail

    19.9 mi
    Here's a chance to get properly "off the grid" in a tropical wilderness. Protected since 1932, Hinchinbrook is one of Australia's largest island national parks, and lies within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Hikers on the island are strictly limited to 40 a day, so chances are you wo...
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  • Wilsons Promontory, Victoria

    Backpack Wilson's Promontory's Northern Circuit

    37.3 mi
    Most of the northern section of Wilson's Promontory is designated as a wilderness zone and as such there are vast sections of the park that have only sparse markers to guide the way. There are sections as well where you may need to cross creeks that are as high as 1.5m. Since this is a difficult ...
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