The short Mount Etna Caves Walk finishes at the Bat Cleft, where over 100,000 little bent-winged bats stream out in search of food at sunset. It must be done as a ranger-guided tour from December to mid-February.
The short Mount Etna Caves Walk finishes at the Bat Cleft, where over 100,000 little bent-winged bats stream out in search of food at sunset. It must be done as a ranger-guided tour from December to mid-February.
An off-track route in Wollemi National Park from the Long Ridge Trail. The loop explores some remote gullies as it follows the base of three cliff-lines.
Two separate, paved bushwalking trails (which start at same place) take you to the rocky Pebble Beach and two viewpoints on Double Head. An informal track goes to the summit of the wee Pebble Beach Peak for more great views,
A loop bushwalk which passes The Lookout and traverses Mount Wyndham, before returning via the Leeke Homestead. Some of the best Great Keppel Island views and a glimpse into the island’s brutal history.
Leekes Beach is the longest beach on Great Keppel and arguably the most picturesque… a couple of bushwalking trails provide access to the secluded beach.
A very sheltered beach on Great Keppel Island, Shelving Beach is popular for snorkelling and swimming. It’s reached by a short boat ride or bushwalk from Fishermans Beach.
Monkey Beach is a popular for snorkelling on Great Keppel Island, with the Great Barrier Reef easily accessible from the beach. The bach has very high and varied coral cover.
Zion Narrows is a spectacular hike up the Virgin River from the Temple of Sinawava. For most of the hike you’re wading in the river below the towering walls of the Zion Canyon. (It can also be done as a longer one-way trip down the river, which requires a permit.)
A beautiful waterfall and secluded waterhole, Curracurrang Falls is hidden away a short distance from the Royal National Coast Track near Wattamolla.
Stunning Grand Canyon views from the Transept Trail and Bright Angel Point Trail on a 5 mile / 8.2km return hike from the North Kaibab trailhead on the North Rim.
A challenging day-hike from the Grand Canyon North Rim down the North Kaibab Trail to Ribbon Falls. Stunning views and some incredible trail construction along the way to the picturesque waterfall.
From The Windows carpark, two short hiking trails provides access to three impressive arches in close vicinity. One trail goes to North Window and South Window, while the other takes you underneath the spectacular Double Arch.
Larger than all the arches in Arches National Park, the enormous Corona Arch is over 140 feet (42m) high. On the way is the smaller Bowtie Arch. While a popular hike, this trail just outside Moab is much less trafficked than many other hikes in the area.
Delicate Arch is one of the most iconic and spectacular rock formations in Arches National Park. While the popular trail is almost alway busy, a hidden vantage point provides a different perspective of the arch.
The Wildcat Trail provides ever-changing, spectacular views over West Mitten Butten, East Mitten Butte, Merrick Butte and Sentinel Mesa. It’s the only self-guided hike in Monument Valley.
An informal bushwalking trail connecting two firetrails in Brisbane Waters National Park passes the Mega Cave – an enormous shelter under a tall cliff. Some navigation skills essential.
The short and easy hike to Shoshone Point leads to an interesting rock formation and a spectacular and secluded viewpoint over the Grand Canyon.
The Barker Dam trail is a relatively short and easy loop hike that goes to the Barker Dam (Big Horn Dam), which was built in 1900 to provide water for cattle.
A very short hike in Joshua Tree National Park, the Cholla Cactus Garden trail is a short loop through a dense stand of the unusual teddybear cholla.
A relatively short and easy ranger-guided bushwalk at Muogamarra, the Bird Gully Walk descends into a valley where it crosses Muogamarra Creek. You’ll see wildflowers, birdlife and some Aboriginal grinding grooves,
The relatively unknown Wedgewood Fire Trail in Cowan ends at a large rock platform, which offers filtered bush views. It’s not the most exciting trail, but offers some great wildflower displays in Spring.
A long day bushwalk along ridges towards the Sheep Trig, deep in the Wollemi National Park. The route passes some cool sandstone formations and masses of post-bushfire wildflowers.
A short but very picturesque walk along Green Point Creek near Pearl Beach, which passes a waterfall and tranquil waterhole.
A short, off-track bushwalk in Wollemi National Park off the Box Tree Clearing Trail (Lilavale Track), to visit and record a shelter with Aboriginal hand stencils.
An exploratory walk out along Shark Rock Ridge to Want Trig, with some stunning views over Cowan Creek. There is a rough trail all the way along the ridge, although some navigation skills and a topo map are essential.
A very short walk on an unmarked trail takes you to the top of Elephant Rock, which offers some of the best views on the Central Coast.
It’s a short walk to Warriwarri Lookout and a great spot to watch the sun set – but the views are largely obscured by trees.
The Yanina Trail on Kincumba Mountain leads to the Colin Watters Lookout; you can return the same way or follow an informal mountain biking track to form a loop.
A very popular and picturesque waterfall, Somersby Falls is accessed by a short walking track that descends to the Middle Falls and Bottom Falls.
One of the shorter bushwalks on Kincumba Mountain, the family-friendly Kanning Walk explores some rock formations and a cave with an interesting past!
A short bushwalk from Patonga Road to the Warrah Lookout, which offers some spectacular views (perhaps the best views in the Central Coast!) over Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River.
A weekend exploring the valleys and cliffs of the Parr State Conservation Area for Aboriginal art sites.
One of the best day walks in Brisbane Water National Park, the Tunnel Trail and Rocky Ponds Trail passes waterfalls, cascades and swimming holes. The Icicles at the end of the bushwalk offers great views over Brisbane Water,
A picturesque cascade in Hunts Creek Reserve, Balaka Falls can be visited by a few short access tracks, or form part of a longer (3.5km) dog-friendly bushwalk through the reserve,
A dog-friendly and family-friendly bushwalk along a firetrail to Calabash Point. At the end of the trail are the fascinating ruins of the Fretus Hotel, built around 1900 and abandoned by 1920.
An interesting and scenic loop bushwalk in the Brisbane Water National Park, which visits the Woy Woy Waterfall (or Trough Waterfall) and the Mount Wondabyne summit.
An off-track loop bushwalk in the D’Arcy Range in Wollemi National Park, exploring the valleys and rock shelters for Aboriginal art.
Enjoy the views from Australia’s highest mountain without the crowds… the Mount Kosciuszko sunset hike is a relatively easy walk offering some stunning alpine scenery.
The Rams Head Range Loop is one of the easiest off-track alpine routes in Kosciuszko National Park. The bushwalk follows rhe Ramshead Range, traversing the Southerly Ramhead, Rams Head and North Rams Head peaks.
A pleasant half-day walk from Woy Woy Road, this bushwalk takes you past some nice views before visiting the intriguing Woy Woy Snake, a 50m-long stone arrangement.
This 8km loop through the Mt Coot-tha Reserve combines fire trails and bushwalking trails. It passes West Ithaca Creek and East Ithaca Creek, and both of the waterfalls in the reserve.
A loop bushwalk through subtropical rainforest, this bushwalk in D’Aguilar National Park combines the Western Window track and Westside track. It’s a secluded and surprisingly pleasant bushwalk.
A fairly popular bushwalk in the D’Aguilar National Park, the Greenes Falls Track descends through rainforest to a platform overlooking Greenes Falls. It’s an easy and pleasant walk, but don’t expect a spectacular waterfall.
The Morelia Walking Track in the D’Aguilar National Park provides a nice view from the Mount Nebo Lookout, It’s an easy, family-friendly bushwalk you can do in under two hours.
Muddy tracks and wet feet from multiple creek crossings is part of the fun on the West Canungra Creek Circuit. The reward is some stunning rainforest scenery and waterfalls as you follow the West Canungra Creek upstream from the Yerralahla Pool.
An easy walk along Coba Ridge via the Neverfail Fire Trail to Collingridge Point, which has nice views over Berowra Creek. A more challenging side-trip visits an Aboriginal rock art site and the Coba trig station.
A challenging hike to the summit of Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in Queensland at 1,611m. The peak has the second-most elevation gain of any summit in Australia.
A pair of waterfalls along Frenchs Creek in Garigal National Park, Frenchs Creek Falls is very picturesque – especially after heavy rain. It’s reached by a short and partly rough walking track.
A popular Daintree bushwalk, the Mossman Gorge Rainforest Circuit passes a swimming hole on the Mossman River, many giant fig trees and cascades along Rex Creek.
National Falls is one of the most spectacular watefalls around Sydney. The waterfall has two separate levels, both with wide overhangs behind the plunging water.
One of the more remote waterfalls in the Royal National Park, Anice Falls is quite picturesque – but can only be easily viewed from above.
South West Arm Pool is a beautiful, deep secluded pool along South West Arm Creek in the Royal National Park. It’s reached from Winifred Falls by a short, off-track route.
Winifred Falls is a relatively easy to reach and picturesque waterfall and swimming hole in the Royal National Park.
Joe Crafts Waterfall on Joe Crafts Creek in Berowra is a picturesque and secluded waterfall. It’s reached via a firetrail and bushwalking track.
A hidden pool and waterfall below Manly Dam, Mermaid Pool was named after the girls who would go skinny dipping here in the evenings during the Great Depression.
Collins Flat Beach is a sheltered harbour beach between between North Head and Little Manly Cove. It can only be reached via foot, via a couple of walking tracks.
This North Head Loop is an interesting bushwalking circuit around North Head in Manly, which uses some “secret tracks” as well as official trails. The loop passes some stunning viewpoints and World War II historical ruins.
The Leggy Point Loop combined with an unofficial loop around Little Redhead Point offers some stunning coastal views. Follow this route rather than the official route to avoid a section of walking along Scout Camp Road.
The Yuelarbah walking track forms the main part of a bushwalking loop through the Glenrock State Conservation Area. It passes two waterfalls before reaching Burwood Beach and Glenrock Lagoon.
Shepherds Hill Trig is situated next to the Newcastle Memorial Walk, which offers spectacular ocean views and commemorates the soldiers who enlisted to serve in World War I.
A partly off-track loop in Brisbane Water Natonal Park, exploring Aboriginal engraving sites around the Corrumbine Creek Fire Trail.
A hidden waterfall reached by an unmarked track from the Crystal Cascades carpark, Fairy Falls is a picturesque cascade and a secluded swimming hole.
A short walk in the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, exploring two self-guided caves and Balancing Rock, an enormous limestone boulder. Near Balancing Rock is one of two accessible Aboriginal art sites in the Chillagoe Caves area.
A short and partly off-track loop that explores the intrigung Gosford Glyphs (Kariong Hieroglyphs) and passes some Aboriginal engraving sites, before returning via the Lyre Trig Firetrail.
About an hour from Cairns, the Emerald Creek Falls offers both an impressive lookout over the Upper Falls, and some spectacular swimming holes at the Lower Falls.
The Nandroya Falls Loop bushwalk in the Wooroonooran National Park passes some small cascades, with the destination being a spectacular plunge waterfall and large swimming hole.
A popular destination from Cairns, Babinda Boulders offers a number of spectacular swimming holes. A short walk to Devils Pool gives you good view of the cascades and rock formations along Babinda Creek.
A series of picturesque cascades and beautiful swimming holes, the popular Josephine Falls is reached by a paved walking track (1.4km return)
Wallicher Falls is a wide waterfall along Henrietta Creek in the Wooroonooran National Park, reached via a short bushwalking track.
Reached via a short bushwalking track, Tchupala Falls is a segmented waterfall along Henrietta Creek in the Wooroonooran National Park.
The very distinctive Walshs Pyramid is about 30min south of Cairns. The steep climb up the summit rewards with sweeping views over the Atherton Tablelands and surrounding peaks.
A short loop walk in the Dinden National Park (an hour from Cairns), the Davies Creek Falls circuit track combines great views, a waterfall and many idyllic swimming holes.
A partly off-track bushwalk in the McPherson State Forest, following the Slip Up Trail and visiting some shelters with Aboriginal rock art.
The Clover Hill Trail combines an easy walk along an old forestry road, followed by a challenging scramble through rainforest. It passes four waterfalls and some nice swimming holes.
Fans Horizon is a short (3.6km return) bushwalk that climbs up to a lookout over the Grand High Tops area. For best photos go late in the day.
The most popular bushwalk in the Warrumbungle National Park, the Breadknife and Grand High Tops bushwalk offers spectacular views of the volcanic rock formations. A side-trip to the top of Bluff Mountains adds some of the best views along the extended loop.
A short but challenging loop walk, the Belougery Split Rock track in Warrumbungle National Park offers spectacular views from the top of an ancient lava dome.
Combining the Rosewood Creek Track and Red Cedar Falls Track in Dorrigo National Park into a 10km loop is a great way to experience some of the best rainforest and to visit the highest waterfall in the park.
Mimosa Oval Waterfall is hidden away in Sheldon Forest. While close to suburbia, the secret waterfall feels very secluded and remote.
Allenby Park is a small but relatively unspoilt patch of bushland in the Northern Beaches. Walking trails provide access to rainforest, a picturesque creek and waterfall and nice rock formations.
A very short walk from Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, Flat Rock Creek is a secluded and shaded natural swimming hole in the Royal National Park.
Termeil Beach is a very long beach in Meroo National Park on the NSW south coast. Two popular campsites are located nearby.
An informal walking pad provides access to Refuge Bay at West Head. This spectacular spot has a waterfall which plunges onto the beach, a clifftop swimming hole, great views and fascinating WWII history.
Partly on firetrails and partly off-track, this bushwalk crosses the valley between Yeomans Track and Wallaroo Track to form a loop. Some nice rock formations and a small waterfall along the way!
The short but sweet Carrington Falls Walking Track passes multiple vantage points over the spectacular Carrington Falls, and provides access to the Kangaroo River.
The Emily Miller, Dark and Myrtle Beaches Loop is one of the best coastal bushwalks in Murramarang National Park (on the NSW south coast). It takes you to three beautiful and secluded beaches, and provides sweeping views from multiple headlands.
Pebbly Beach Loop is a short and fun coastal walk from Pebbly Beach around the headland to the east to Little Pebbles Beach, Must be done at low tide.
The Murramarang Aboriginal Area Walking Track is a pleasant loop along the coast and coastal heath on the NSW south coast. It passes some nice beaches, but there is no evidence left of indigenous occupation.
The Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach Loop combines stunning coastal scenery with ocean and hinterland views from Durras Mountain. The walk is best done anti-clockwise from Pretty Beach, but a few different permutations are possible.
Pigeon House Mountain or Didthul is one of the best walks in Morton National Park and on the south coast. The steep climb culminates in a set of steel stairs, with stunning views from the 720m high summit.
The Lyrebird Loop is an easy, family-friendy bushwalk through lush, remnant rainforest about 20min from Kiama. The optional Minnamurra Falls Walk leads to a viewing platform in front of the spectacular Minnamurra Falls.
An exploratory bushwalk in McPherson State Forest, mostly following Crane Ridge Trail along Crane Ridge and down to Warre Warren Creek. Along the way we visit some side gullies and Aboriginal rock art sites.
A partly off-track bushwalk through McPherson State Forest, iniitally following the Airfield Trail before exploring some of the valleys and ridges.
A mostly off-track walk in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, which follows Ku-ring-gai Creek and Tree Fern Gully Creek to explore the many cascades and waterfalls.
Along Freshwater Creek near Cairns is a series of swimming holes and cascades. The furthest waterhole along the 1.5km track has a pair of picturesque waterfalls.
A one-walk along the Little Digger Track and Two Creeks Track, from East Lindfield to Roseville. Along the way we explore a “secret cave”, waterfalls and Aboriginal hand stencils.
Kalang Falls is a picturesque waterfall near Kanangra Walls, reached by a short bushwalk. It’s best visited after some decent rain.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝, Shiraito no Taki) is 20m high and 150m wide. The water cascades in long, thin threads which give the waterfall its name.
Mui Wo to the Big Buddha at Ngong Ping (Lantau Trail Stages 1-3) is a strenuous but rewarding hike. It offers some spectacular views of the mountains and coast of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island.
The Twin Creeks Reserve Loop follows both Water Dragon Creek and Peppermint in this Ku-ring-gai bushland reserve. This dog-friendly bushwalk uses signposted and informal trails to form a nice loop.
The Wairere Falls or Te Wairoa Falls is a 30m waterfall within the Buied Village, accessed by a short walk.
The Tutea Falls is located along the Kaituna River, along the Okere Falls walking track. It’s the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.
Blaxlands Falls or Buckham Falls is a waterfall along Shrimptons Creek. Above the waterfall is a series of small cascades.
Kikkiya Waterfall along Shrimptons Creek is a small but picturesque tiered waterfall. It’s a bit tricky to reach.
Thac Bac Waterfall (or Silver Waterfall) is north of Sapa, near the Tram Ton Pass – which is the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. The waterfall is formed by a stream that originates high up in the Lo Sui Tong mountain peak, before cascading over multiple tiers with a total
Ebor Falls consists of two separate falls along the Guy Fawkes River, with three lookout platforms connected by a short walking track provide spectacular views of the waterfalls and gorge. It’s one of many waterfalls along the Waterfall Way between Bellingen and Armidale. The total drop of the two waterfalls
Dangar Falls near Dorrigo is a popular waterfall, with a viewing area at the top of the waterfall and a trail to the pool at the bottom where you can swim.
The Ba Ho River near Nha Trang descends over three tiers, forming three waterfalls and natural swimming holes called the Ba Ho Waterfalls.
The Elephant Falls (or Lieng Rowoa waterfall) is an impressive waterfall in the town of Nam Ban, which is in the Lam Ha district of Vietnam.
A walking trail takes you deep into Les Gorges Mystérieuses de la Tête-Noire… after following the Trient River through the gorge, you end up at the Grotte aux Nymphes.
Brandywine Falls is a spectacular plunge waterfall near the Sea to Sky Highway (Whistler). The Brandywine Creek drops 70m into a shallow pool.
A very small cascade, the Boarding House Dam waterfall is just below the dam.
A varied loop in Sydney’s north that combines the Two Creeks Track and Little Digger Track. The bushwalk passes waterfalls, rainforest, creeks and sandstone caves.
Dettifoss is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe and the largest in terms of volume discharge It’s fed by meltwater from the massive Vatnajökull glacier.
Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a width of 25m and a drop of 60m. A walking path takes you to the base and the top of this picturesque waterfall.
One of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss plunges 60m into a shallow pool. A path takes you behind the waterfall.
The America Bay Waterfall is at the head of America Bay, where the creek drops off a tall cliff onto the rocks below.
Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) is one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. It can be seen from both the Zimbabwe or Zambia side of the Zambezi River.
The Wollomombi Walking Track provides access to three vantage points of the Wollomombi Falls and Chandler Falls in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
The picturesque Magazine Track Waterfall consists of multiple falls and cascades, with the biggest drop just above Flat Rock Beach.
Crystal Creek Falls is a tiered waterfall located just next to McCarrs Creek Road, but hidden from views by trees.
Seven Wells Waterfall (Telaga Tujuh) is the most popular waterfall in Langkawi. It has a swimming hole at the bottom, and multiple pools at the top of the falls.