10 Of The Best Coastal Walks In Australia
Australia’s dramatic coastline spans over 35,000km. So it should come as no surprise that Australia is a bit of a goldmine when it comes to some of the most breathtaking coastal walks around. With everything from boarded harbourside walks (decked out with secret beaches) to rugged volcanic trails, there’s a coastal walk for every interest out there.
Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail
Way up in far north Queensland, in a little place called Port Douglas, you’ll find the spectacular coastal walk of Flagstaff Hill. Taking you on an undulating circuit with views of the Coral Sea, Low Isles, Snapper Island and the Daintree Rainforest, this beautiful coastal walk feels a bit like Central America. The 1.5km trail links up Four Mile Beach and Rex Smeal Park and once you hit Flagstaff Hill Lookout, you’ll understand the hype on this one.
Cooloola Great Walk
For a multi-day hike with all the trimmings, you can’t go past Queensland’s Cooloola Great Walk. You’ll find this one situated between Tewantin and Rainbow Beach and extending just over 100km of unparalleled coastal beauty. There’s mammoth sandhills, secret rainforests, wildflowers, Noosa River, lakes and of course, beaches. If you’re keen to conquer the whole south-east Queensland coastal track, you’ll find a number of campgrounds dotted along the walk which also give you some stellar sunset scenes too.
Noosa Heads Coastal Track
This track has to be one of the best coastal walks on the Sunshine Coast. Studded with several lookouts, Noosa Heads Coastal Track is a really popular walk for any whale watching you want to do. Boiling Point lookout will give you sweeping views of Noosa North Shore and Tea Tree Bay (and any surfers in between). Hells Gates is a steep part of the track and though challenging, will reward you with 270-degree views across the coast.
New South Wales
Bouddi Coastal Walk
Bouddi Coastal Walk is by far one of the best coastal walks in NSW. This stunning boardwalk is located just outside of Gosford (and about a one-hour drive north of Sydney). This beautiful coastal walk spans eight-kilometres and kicks off from Putty Beach campgrounds all the way to MacMasters Beach. Filled with lookouts, secret beaches and cliff waterfalls, there’s no shortage of natural wonders to see on this coastal stretch.
Hermitage Foreshore Walk
While Sydney’s Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is definitely the most popular, Sydney Harbour’s Hermitage Foreshore Walk is by far the most beautiful coastal walk in Australia. You’ll find the Hermitage Foreshore Walk right in the middle of Sydney Harbour offering up almost two-kilometres of uninterrupted views of Shark Island, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a few sneaky harbourside beaches worthy of a quick dip too.
Bradleys Head To Chowder Bay Walk
Located in Sydney Harbour National Park, the Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay is a magical coastal walk which takes you from the famed Taronga Zoo, all the way to the bustling cafes of Chowder Bay. This mixed coastal track gives you everything from bush tracks and headlands to ancient military relics and the heritage-listed Athol Hall (a convenient and breathtaking pit stop to refuel with drinks and a feast).
George Bass Coastal Walk
George Bass Coastal Walk is a dramatic cliff-top coastal walk near Melbourne which hits the seven-kilometre mark. This one takes about two hours and trails the actual route of explorer George Bass’ voyage along the south part of the Anderson Peninsula. Unlike Sydney’s boarded coastal walks, this one requires a bit of stealth so expect a bit of ducking and climbing over farm fences.
Bushrangers Bay Walk
Named after two escaped convicts, Bushrangers Bay Walk is a coastal walk in Victoria loaded with sandy beaches and basalt cliffs. As you make your way through this coastal track, you’ll pass Banksia groves, surrounding farmland, creek valleys and it’s not uncommon to spot the odd ‘roo around here either. Once you reach Bushrangers Bay (a visit to Hawkes Vegetable and Farm Store is necessary beforehand), skip the hazardous tides of the beach itself and prepare yourself for some mega volcanic rocks which prop out above crystal waters near the bay’s tidal pools.
The Coastal Walk Mornington Peninsula
This coastal walk on Victoria’s adventure-stricken Mornington Peninsula sticks it out for 30-kilometres. Made up of national park, beach walking trails, gravel tracks, coastal vegetation and big, wide views of surf beaches, there’s something different everywhere you look on The Coastal Walk. This one can be started at either end but for the most spectacular views (the kind you’ll never forget), it’s worth starting west from Cape Schnack to Point Nepean—this will give you a direct eye-line of the Bass Strait coast.
Bayside Coastal Art Trail
The Bayside Coastal Art Trail is an incredible clifftop coastal track perfect for walking or cycling. Kicking off from Brighton and winding you all the way to Beaumaris along a 17-kilometre foreshore route, this easy hike in Victoria is dedicated to celebrating Bayside’s First Nations’ historical, artistic and environmental heritage and the work of Australian creatives who were inspired by Bayside’s undeniable beauty.