Bound, leap and hotfoot it across the land

A quick summary of some great trail running locations across the country.

Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or giving trail running a shot for the first time, Australia has incredible landscapes to make your journey a scenic adventure.
We’ve highlighted some great spots for trail running along with some infamous trail running events for those who get really inspired. The best thing about these trails is that they’re for everyone to enjoy. If you’re not interested in a trail run, take your time exploring the rugged landscape and remote terrain on a challenging walk – let’s get out there!

Tasmania

South Coast Walking Track – within the South West National Park, the South Coast track winds a challenging path through wild, remote country. Good preparation and experience is essential.

Cradle Mountain – scramble over large boulders, pass icy streams and experience weather that can quickly go from sun to sleet in a day on Cradle Mountain, in the state’s north west.

Victoria

Alpine National Park – ascend to the summits of Victoria’s highest peaks, Mount Feathertop, Mount Bogong and Mount Howitt.

Wilsons Prom National Park – sweeping coastal views and open forests make Wilsons Prom a much-loved national park located in the southernmost tip of mainland Australia.

>NSW

Six Foot Track, Blue Mountains – steep valley descents, long climbs and river crossings await on the Six Foot Track through the Blue Mountains. The track is best travelled on through spring or autumn.

Mount Canobolas – A dormant volcano, the rich soil and cool weather of Mount Canobolas is home to a variety of plant and animal life that make it a diverse environment to explore. The smell of old eucalypts fill the air and the panoramic views are outstanding.

South Australia

Yurrebilla Trail –Yurrebilla Trail is 54 kms long and travels through many of the Adelaide Hills’ picturesque tourist attractions including Waterfall Gully and Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens.

Heysen Trail – Running for 1,200 kms from the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Flinders Ranges, Heysen Trail passes through national parks, state forests and merges along the way with shorter walking trails.

Queensland

D’Aguilar National Park – on the doorstep of Brisbane, this national park has two distinct north and south sections and the landscape varies from sub tropical to woodlands. Trails range from beginner to experienced and the cooler climate is refreshing.

Nerang State Forest – Spot koalas and black cockatoos when exploring Queensland’s Nerang State Forest, 12kms from Surfers Paradise in the unspoilt Gold Coast hinterland.

Western Australia

Serpentine National Park – named after the Serpentine Falls and about an hour’s drive from Perth, this national park offers spectacular coastal views and trails that head deep into the Jarrah forest.

Yanchep National Park – there are nine established trails in the Yanchep National Park and swampy wetlands are a highlight.

Northern Territory

Katherine Gorge – a 66km trail runs from Katherine Gorge to Edith falls taking you along dry desert terrain deep into Australia’s north. Winter is the best time of the year as it is cooler and driest.

Popular trail races in Australia

The North Face 100 –  through the Blue Mountains, NSW – 100km.

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