With 1868km of coastline and many more kilometres of river, snow-catching mountains, salt-making desert and in-between country crafted by lapping seas and violent geological upheavals, Victoria offers a mixed assortment of walking treats. Tread a collapsed lava canal in the southwest or meander among ancient river gums beside the mighty Murray River; walk through drifts of mountain gentians in the High Country or circumnavigate a pink salt lake reflecting Mallee desert sky.
These sixty-six walks traverse dramatically different Australian landscapes, from rocky deserts to tropical coast, wind-swept mountains to prehistoric rainforest, and country shaped by tens of thousands of years of human history. Included are some Australian classics, such as the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory and Tasmania's Overland Track, and plenty of lesser known gems. While many of the tracks take a few hours, you'll also find more challenging walks and overnight hikes.
Almost half of Tasmania is protected within national parks, reserves and World Heritage sites, some secured by hard-fought, high-profile campaigns and protests. Do all 67 walks in this book and you'll scale mountains, navigate rivers, cross plains, follow disused rail lines and tread in the footsteps of convicts through old mining sites. You’ll squelch through mud, clamber up granite boulders, pad carpets of moss and add human footprints to the embroidery of oyster catchers on pastel beaches.