6 pack-free guided walking holidays you need to try in Australia

Love the idea of a guided walking holiday but turned off at the thought of lugging your belongings around in a heavy pack?

You’re not alone. Back-breaking rucksacks and tents that need to be set up and packed up every other day are not for everyone.

With this in mind, Life’s An Adventure offers a range of small-group walking tours across Australia that are pack-free. All you need is a small day bag for the basics – lunch, water, jacket and camera. While the rest of your luggage will be transported to your accommodation for you. And no, you won’t be sleeping in a tent. Instead, look forward to a warm shower, delicious dinner and glass of wine at the end of a days walk.

From the Northern Territory to Queensland, here are six guided walking holidays you can do in Australia:

Life's An Adventure guided walking tour Larapinta Trail
Larapinta Trail © Life’s An Adventure

1. Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory – 5 days

Quickly becoming one of the country’s premier guided walking holiday destinations, the Larapinta Trail showcases the Red Centre’s ancient beauty.

On Life’s An Adventure 5-day tour, you can explore the Larapinta Trail with an Indigenous guide, discover amazing gorges and waterholes, see the trail from the air on a scenic flight and return each day to comfortable accommodation.

You can also add on a few of the other Northern Territory guided walks to extend your holiday.

2. Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk, Queensland – 4 days

Move away from the glitz and glamour of Main Beach to the spectacular Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. This guided walking holiday will take you through a World Heritage Area comprising of Australia’s largest remnant of ancient subtropical Gondwana Rainforests. You’ll then unwind in luxury accommodation at Binna Burra Sky Lodge and O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat.

3. Carnarvon Gorge, Bunya Mountains & Cania Gorge, Queensland – 7 days

This guided walk explores the Bunya Mountains and Cania Gorge on your journey to the iconic Carnarvon Gorge.

Walk along deep water-carved gorges, over dry and harsh sandstone escarpments, through the lush and verdant rainforest, and finally into ancient art galleries of immense cultural and spiritual significance.

There is also a 5-day Carnarvon option that cuts out the Bunya Mountains and Cania Gorge if you’re short on time.

Life's An Adventure guided walking tour Byron
Byron Hinterland walk © Life’s An Adventure

4. Byron Hinterland walk, New South Wales – 3 days

Many people flock to Byron Bay for its beautiful coastline, but Byron’s Hinterland is just as impressive. On this three-day Byron Hinterland walk, you will wander through forests of massive Antarctic beech trees. Then, delight in the dramatic cascading waterfalls of Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area and see the stunning high country of Border Ranges National Park.

5. Noosa and Sunshine Coast Hinterlands Walk, Queensland – 3 days

Explore a range of landscapes in beautiful Mapleton and Woondum national parks. Wander through tall open forests of blackbutt trees, scribbly gums, piccabeen palm groves and warm tropical rainforests.

Traverse pretty creeks and listen for the chorus of 32 different species of frogs that live here as well as abundant birdlife.

Enjoy a well-earned dinner at The Pomona Bistro situated in the historical site of an early 1900s bakery. On the menu will be fresh food from paddock to plate.

Life's An Adventure guided walking tour Larapinta Trail
Views along the Larapinta Trail © Life’s An Adventure

6. Red Centre Walk, Northern Territory – 5 days

This guided walking holiday ticks off the NT’s big four: Kings Canyon’s Giles Track, Scenic Rim walk, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).

The route is specifically designed to be only 300kms instead of the usual 1000km circuit of the Red Centre. You will take a scenic flight from Alice Springs to Kings Canyon on day two, saving almost four hours of driving. And on day five, you will fly out of Uluru to avoiding a 5-hour return journey to Alice Springs.

Find out more about Life’s An Adventure guided walks here.

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