Australia's Best Bushwalks
AsiaSpa Magazine|May - June 2019

Welcome to nature on a grand scale.

Denise Cullen

Clambering over mossy tree roots, hiking up granite slopes and breathing in the heady scent of eucalyptus trees atop the base note of damp earth. It’s something Australia’s indigenous people have known for thousands of years – to walk the land is to know it. Whether on the coast, or in the outback, or in the heart of the rainforest, putting one foot in front of the other allows you to connect with the terrain in an intimate way that bus or self-drive tours simply can’t match.

For long-distance walkers, Australia’s diverse scenery offers ready distraction from aching legs and feet. Explore windswept stretches of sand, snow-capped mountain peaks, red desert rock and much more. Beyond breathtaking scenery, there are other benefits associated with ‘boots and all’ adventures. Hiking – or bushwalking as it is called in Australia – improves blood pressure, increases bone density, builds strength and enhances balance. It also satisfies curiosity, offers a taste of adventure and boosts mood. How come? The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans have an instinctive need to connect with nature and other forms of life.

No single walk will suit every person who yearns to explore this country’s intriguing landscape. After all, one person’s amble may be the next person’s odyssey. But consultation with bushwalking enthusiasts has identified some of the country’s most popular walks, ones that can inspire newcomers and more experienced walkers alike, and encourage each to test their mettle.

GOLD COAST HINTERLAND, QUEENSLAND

Growing up near Queensland’s iconic Surfers Paradise, I was a beach lover from the get-go. More recently, however, the lush inland hinterland has claimed my heart. The Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk meanders for 54 kilometres from the rim of the extinct Tweed Volcano, through species-rich rainforests, steep escarpments and picturesque valleys. This area forms an important part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, World Heritage Area, which contains more frog, snake, bird and marsupial species than anywhere else in Australia. It is also a home to many rare and threatened plants and animals.

Within this area, one of my favourite walks is the 12km Daves Creek Circuit, where you’ll spot kaleidoscopes of butterflies, drifts of wildflowers and perhaps even lyrebirds and pademelons. Daves Creek Circuit is botanically diverse, featuring rainforest, eucalypt forest and open heathlands. Although rainfall and altitude are similar, soils that originate from different types of volcanic lava account for the dramatic changes in vegetation.

MANLY SCENIC WALKWAY, NEW SOUTH WALES

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM ASIASPA MAGAZINEView All

Skin Care - Bask Carefree

These skincare essentials protect or soothe while beach-bound.

1 min read
AsiaSpa Magazine
Thailand Supplement 2019 - 2020

Winds Of Change

Anantara’s Phuket flagship hotels and residences offer a breath of fresh air.

6 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
Thailand Supplement 2019 - 2020

Getting Greener

Thailand’s fertile jungles, wildlife and rich culture make the ideal landscape for a sustainable vacation. From green hotels with zero-waste policies, to tribal homestays that empower local communities, the variety of experiences are wide and varied.

4 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
Thailand Supplement 2019 - 2020

Rock Out

Phuket’s Kata Rocks injects fun into spas.

2 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
Thailand Supplement 2019 - 2020

Divine Escapes

Finding respite in Thailand is easy. The real challenge is selecting from the tempting array of beachside resorts, urban sanctuaries and spa retreats.

3 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
Thailand Supplement 2019 - 2020

Top 10 Historic Thai Sites

A country steeped in history and heritage, Thailand captivates mind and spirit with ancient sites, temples and even secret tunnels.

4 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
Thailand Supplement 2019 - 2020

Mane Attraction

Male balding can be slowed with naturopathy, acupuncture and diet

4 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
September - October 2019

Nature's Nutraceutical

The cannabis derivative CBD is said to offer a litany of wellness benefits without the ‘high’ that comes with CBD’s sister extract, THC. Now, it’s making headway into the culinary world

4 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
September - October 2019

Sense Of Place

Place The InterContinental-ANA Ishigaki Resort presents laidback, luxury living in beguiling lands that time almost forgot

7 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
September - October 2019

Jasmine Nunns

A nature walk can help you navigate urban life says this forest therapy guide

3 mins read
AsiaSpa Magazine
September - October 2019
RELATED STORIES

Penn & Teller

Magic’s best-dressed duo talks life, tech in magic, and 46 years of genuine friendship.

10+ mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

2021: A Space Reality

The Rising Battle of Conquering Consumer Space Travel

7 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

AI in Streaming Services

The shows you ‘choose’ to watch aren’t entirely your decision.

3 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

GREEN SPEED - Anthony Cross' Love of Sustainable Innovation

The Colorado-based former magazine publisher returns to his love of vehicles with Zaiser Motors and a fresh new look at electric motorcycles.

4 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

5 Reasons to Stay Bullish on Crypto

After a rough stretch, it’s time to start thinking about the future.

2 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

Rising Superstars of the STEM World

NOAA Scientist Dr. Tracy Fanara and Mythbusters Co-Host Tamara Robertson love fashion, the ocean, superheroes and tinkering with things. They’re also two of the most prominent scientists promoting and mentoring kids in STEM.

5 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

Playing with Sharks

Valerie Taylor began swimming with sharks as a teenager. Now, 70 years later, she reflects on her amazing journey as the world’s greatest living shark expert and protector of the species.

9 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

We're at the Tipping Point of Electrification

Everything is Going to Change — the Only Question is How Quickly

6 mins read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

VAVA 4K UHS Dash Cam

PRODUCT REVOLUTION

1 min read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021

Nexvoo NexPad Pro T530

PRODUCT REVOLUTION

1 min read
Innovation & Tech Today
Fall 2021