Don’t let the cold weather stop you from living an active lifestyle. Walking (or hiking) isn’t just a summer activity; in winter, a walk in nature can do you a world of good in between Netflix sessions.
The Falls Walk, Minnamurra Rainforest, NSW
Just one hour and 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD, go on a mystical adventure to the Minnamurra Rainforest, complete with incredible waterfalls and wildlife you’ve never seen before, at least not in the city. The elevated walkway takes you above the fern-covered jungle below and through the highest parts of the forest, where the creepy crawlies and famed lyrebird live. If you want to be close to nature, this is the place to spend your next weekend away.
1000 Steps Kokoda Walk, Dandenong Ranges, VIC
In search of a challenge this winter? Take on the 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk -- a 3km climb and 1.5 hour round trip. Keep in mind, if you’re not up to peak physical fitness, give this training route a miss. For those ready to haul up the stairs: prepare for a history lesson and hike combined, with plaques commemorating soldiers on the real Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea during World War Two.
Tahune AirWalk, Huon Valley, TAS
This list wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Tasmania’s Huon Valley. For visitors to Hobart, the Tahune AirWalk is a must-do attraction, loved by the locals and conveniently close to the city (only 90 minutes south). The views are out of this world, and how could they not be? The AirWalk toggles between 20-30 metres above the forest floor, and there’s a wonderful surprise when you make it to the finish line; the Tahune AirWalk ends with the walkway 50 metres above the river.
Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, ACT
In the heart of Canberra, you’ll find the spectacular Lake Burley Griffin. Hiking through the wet bushland not your thing? Canberra has the perfect city-meets-nature walk for you, built with large walkways for a quick stroll, run or cycle. Perfect for the active traveller, and in close distance to cafes, restaurants and museums.
Grand Canyon Track, Blue Mountains, NSW
An escape to the Blue Mountains is the quintessential winter getaway. The Grand Canyon Track is the most frequented path in the area, and for good reason (think picturesque lookouts and stunning waterfalls). Locals and hikers recommend checking the weather conditions before heading to the track as it’s closed during heavy rainfall.
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, NSW
We all need a little "Vitamin Sea", especially in the wintertime. Rug up in a pair of yoga pants and a warm scarf, and grab yourself a coffee in Bondi before you join the crowds admiring the coastline to Bronte. A popular weekend spot for fitness lovers, celebrities and Instagrammers. Head there late afternoon to beat the crowds and the early morning chill.
Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Walk, Adelaide Hills, SA
Another one for the winter adventure seekers. Much like the 1000 Steps hike, the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty track requires some physical fitness for the 2 hours up and back. With cafes on either end of the track, recharge with a flat white before and at the midway point of your trek.
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, SA
Named “one of Australia’s great walks”, add the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail to your bucket list. This hike isn’t for the faint-hearted (or the weekend hiker); you’ll tread 61 kilometres over 5 days (that’s around 4-7 hours of walking per day). For something a little different, make the trip to Kangaroo Island this winter and see the unique coastlines of South Australia for yourself.
Din Din Barron Falls Lookout Track, Barron Gorge National Park, QLD
The ultimate nature walk for a leisurely Sunday stroll. Graded as “easy” to walk, take your time and your camera along the Din Din Barron Falls boardwalk, suspended high above the rainforest and spanning the Barron Gorge. A family friendly activity, perfect for when your little ones start to get restless around the 40 minute mark.
One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon, WA
You’ve never seen anything like the One Mile Jetty in Carnavon, a 10 hour drive north of Perth. At 1,493 metres long, it’s an incredible journey from land to sea, and a desirable location for fishing enthusiasts to cast a line in the deep water. Plan to get there for the sunset and stay for the train history museum.
Whether it’s a weekend away or just a day trip, a winter walk in any of the above locations around Australia will remedy any winter blues (and keep you off the couch!).