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Hiking poles? Or no poles? It’s a question that many walkers will ponder at some point. Here’s our advice to help you make an informed choice. Hiking poles (also known as trekking poles or walking poles) look a lot like stocks for skiing. People use them while hiking to aid with propulsion along the trail or to assist with joint support, balance and stability. Some hikers swear by them – but others can’t see the point. We’re going to take a look at the different reasons that people use hiking poles and the different pole options that are out there. With
Our 2020 Kimberley season dates and itineraries have just been released – and it’s going to be amazing! We’re always excited about the Kimberley. The rugged landscapes, dramatic gorges and pristine waterholes make the remote Kimberley region one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. But there are three very special reasons why we’re super-excited about the 2020 Kimberley season launching next May. 1. Our new Kimberley walking tour itinerary We’ve gone back to the drawing board and refined our itinerary to ensure it offers a complete Kimberley experience. Our trips start and end in Kununurra and journey along the famous Gibb
Be an organised Jabiru and book ahead for 2020. You can take $300 off the trip price on our incredible 8-day Top End walking tour. Our popular Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk and Litchfield 8-day walking tour takes you to the highlights of this fascinating and beautiful region. Brilliant Top End experiences include: Exploring the amazing Nourlangie rock art site – the famous Namarrgon or ‘lightning man’ is just one of the highlights of the artwork here Enjoying a fascinating cultural day tour into Arnhem Land with a local indigenous guide Hiking a 10-kilometre circuit at Nitmiluk National Park with fabulous views along Nitmiluk
Incredible walking in the Bogong High Plains awaits on this magnificent 4-day tour. The Bogong High Plains offers a very special mountain experience. This large, undulating plains area sits up at an altitude amongst the highest peaks in Victoria – Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, Mt Nelse, Mt Hotham and Mt Jaitmathang. You can walk on the High Plains at mountain-top-altitude without doing the climb to get there. On Park Trek’s 4-day Victorian Alps walking tour, we’ll head out from our comfortable lodge in Falls Creek each day to explore the area. The walks are mainly undulating and while we’ll cover quite
We’ve got a special deal on our 4-day Grampians tour this Spring – bring a friend and they can take 25% off the tour price*. Details below. Spring is surely the best time of year to visit the Grampians. The array of wildflowers spray delicate colour across the rugged, rock-strewn landscape. And the weather is perfect for hiking. The Grampians Peaks Trail is an iconic multi-day walking trail in the Grampians National Park and Park Trek’s four-day Grampians tour will take you to the highlights of the trail. We’ll hike the steady ascent to Boronia Peak for fabulous views across the Wonderland
Take the Challenge – walk the entire length of the Great Ocean Walk this OctoberThe Great Ocean Walk is a 105-kilometre trail running along Victoria’s southern coast. This magnificent track winds its way along beaches, across clifftops and through coastal forests from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. Park Trek is offering the opportunity to walk the entire length of the Great Ocean Walk in 2019. If you’re looking for a challenge, join us to tackle this iconic track. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness, an enthusiasm for walking and a love of spectacular scenery should be able to complete this
After the cold winds of Winter have blown away and the pale Spring sun begins to warm the ground, things start to happen on Kangaroo Island. Birds forage in the undergrowth. Goannas emerge from their winter burrows. Wildflowers bloom in a carpet of vibrant colour. When spring arrives, the bloom of colour and life add magic to the rugged coastlines and wild inland landscapes, to make Kangaroo Island a perfect walking destination. Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island. It sits just 14 kilometres off the coast of South Australia and it holds several nature reserves that protect the abundant flora and
From Alligator Gorge to Blinman Pools, discover that landscapes that inspired Hans Heysen Australian artist Hans Heysen travelled to the Flinders Ranges when he was 49 years old and was captivated by the landscape. Over the next twenty years he made 10 more trips to the Flinders Ranges and what he found there inspired him to create some of his finest artworks. The Flinders Ranges in South Australia is a stunning wilderness of rocky creeks, rugged deserts and dramatic gorges – a colour palette of rust, sand and dusty green, backed by clear blue skies. Hiking in the Flinders Ranges, there
The Tarkine is an important and beautiful Tasmanian wilderness. And it may soon be launched to fame if a new walking trail in the region is approved. What is the Tarkine? The Tarkine is a 477,000 hectare area of wilderness in Tasmania’s north-west that includes the largest cool temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere. But it’s not just rainforest – there’s heathland, rugged coastline, caves, rivers, waterfalls and sandy beaches. The region is home to many species of wildlife including several rare and endangered species. Well-loved native creatures including platypus, wombat and echidna make their home here as well as
Hiking footwear is an important consideration for every walker – the comfort of your feet will play a big part in your enjoyment of a walk. Blisters, hot spots, damp socks, sore soles and twisted ankles are all problems that involve your footwear. Aiming to answer the eternal hiking question ‘are hiking shoes or hiking boots better?’ we spoke to footwear guru James from Melbourne outdoor retailer Bogong Equipment. And the answer to the simple question is not that simple. “If you look at the whole outdoor footwear category, ‘boots or shoes’ oversimplifies the product range and the customer usage,”
Do you love walking amongst spectacular scenery? Can you get a couple of days off in May? Then have we got a special deal for you. Our 4-day Bay of Fires & Mt William National Park tour departing 4thMay 2019 still has seven places available. We’re offering a staggering $300 per person twin share discount to the next seven people to book on the trip. That’s a great saving on a fabulous trip and this doesn’t happen often – the Bay of Fires is one of our most popular destinations. Book now to ensure your place at this special price.
Some regions are compact and easy to explore on foot. But for a destination as vast and wild as Australia’s Top End, there are often hundreds of kilometres to travel before you can even begin exploring the many different landscapes and eco-systems. So let’s break it down – where are the best areas to walk in the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory? Explore the rock art of Kakadu Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park, covering almost 20,000 square kilometres. It is a place deeply connected to the traditional owners of the land, holding important archaeological rock art sites and places
The vast Australian landscape is so diverse it cannot be easily defined. From dramatic rocky gorges to pristine rainforest, from white-sand beaches to rugged bushland, Park Trek Walking Holidays offers small group walking adventures to destinations right across this beautiful country. Which classic Australian wilderness walk will you choose? The Northern Territory’s stunning national parks are home to vast wetlands, deep gorges, remote waterfalls and fascinating indigenous rock art sites. Park Trek’s Top End tour is the only tour that offers walking in Arnhem Land – a local indigenous guide will lead this very special cultural experience including a hike
If you’re thinking about a walking holiday in Australia this year, take a look at our line up of the best destinations for 2019. Some of these walks are classics and some are new on the scene, but all are rising in popularity right now – and with good reason. Spectacular landscapes and remote wilderness make them the perfect challenge for an active adventure. Here’s our line up of six of the best in Australia. Put them on your hit list! 1. Kangaroo Island walking Everyone is talking about this island off the coast of South Australia. It is
Due to a cancellation we have 5 places left on the Three Capes & Tasman Peninsula tour departing Hobart on Sunday 28 April to Wed 1 May departure, so get in quick before it sells out! This is one of the most popular Tasmanian hikes on offer and the last availability for the season. You will stay at Stewart’s Bay Lodge for three nights and explore some fantastic walks including Cape Raoul, Cape Hauy and Crescent Bay. This hike incorporates some of Tasmania’s most spectacular scenery. Enjoy towering clifftops, marvel at amazing rock formations and take a cruise around the spectacular Tasman
The Tarkine in Tasmania’s central west wilderness region is on the bucket list of many hikers. It offers a range of landscapes and experiences and it is a truly amazing destination to visit. Think towering tree ferns, magnificent old growth forests and beautiful waterfalls – the Tarkine has it all! Walk with us on our five-day Tarkine adventure and wander through cool temperate rainforest, enjoy coastal vistas, cruise down the mighty Pieman River aboard the MV Arcadia, visit stunning Montezuma Falls and hike Mount Donaldson. You’ll love the gorgeous cabin-style accommodation at Corinna Wilderness Experience and relaxing by the lake
Imagine walking through the spectacular and remote northern Flinders Ranges following a camel train and settling in to watch a million stars in night sky. This unique tour, which has been developed in partnership with Flinders and Beyond Camel Treks, includes 7 days of walking. Carry just a light day pack while the camels transport all of the group’s food, camping equipment, clothing and bedding on this incredible journey. The walk departs and returns from Blinman and takes in the springs, gorges, creeks, and of course unrivalled vistas through the ranges. You will walk with two experienced cameleers and a
This tour includes combines the magnificent Tarkine Wilderness and the world-renowned Cradle Mountain. Spend three days exploring the rainforest and coastal region of the Tarkine with the cruise on the MV Arcadia, a hike up Mount Donaldson and a visit to beautiful Philosophers Falls. We spend two days wandering the trails of Cradle Mountain and embark on some fantastic hikes visiting Dove Lake and Marion’s Lookout. The beauty of this trip is that it combines two great destinations in the one tour. You’ll travel with our local, passionate Tasmanian guiding team and enjoy healthy, wholesome and hearty meals. As with all
Tasmania’s South West Wilderness is coming into its own with the region appearing on ‘must do’ lists of avid hikers and recreational walkers alike. This remote area of the state’s south-west offers magnificent scenery of rugged peaks, wild rivers and unique flora and fauna. Explore Mount Field and South West Wilderness NPs over four sensational days of walking and sightseeing, all the while carrying your day pack only. This itinerary includes some of the best walks in the region. Due to the mountainous terrain, a good level of fitness is required and some days are classed as moderate to hard.
This tour is the ‘little brother’ of our 9-day packhorse hike, but similarly spectacular. Enjoy five days in the High Country, including three days of hiking in the Victorian Alps exploring remote and untouched areas walking with just a light day pack. This is the only tour of its kind where you can hike the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing without a full pack. Our horse friends do all of the heavy lifting. Park Trek has partnered with Bogong Horseback Adventures to offer this truly unique tour that allows you to walk in style and comfort. Hike with experienced and
For a limited time we are offering 20% off 2019 departures of the amazing Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk and Litchfield tour. This special deal offers great savings for guests to experience the wonder of walking in the Top End. Trip dates include: Sunday 23 to Sunday 30 June 2019 Wednesday 3 to Wednesday 10 July 2019 Walk among monsoon rainforest, through sandstone escarpments and past ancient Aboriginal art sites. The tour includes a trip into Arnhem Land touring Injalak Hill with a local Aboriginal guide, plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, swimming, bird watching, photography and wildlife spotting. Park Trek’s 8-day Top End
Embark on a once in a lifetime journey through the magnificent Victorian Alps, walking with a day pack only accompanied by pack horses. Hike to Mount Feathertop, Mount Fainter, Mount Nelse and Mount Bogong to visit the stunning and unique high country cattleman huts. This is the only pack horse hike of its kind in Australia and there are only 12 places for hikers on this tour. This unique hike combines the beauty of packhorses and their ability to carry comfortable camping equipment and food through the Alpine environment, allowing hikers to walk with the comfort of a day pack only over a multi-day
Walk Kangaroo Island this spring Kangaroo Island is a stunning spring-time walking destination with a myriad of wildflowers that carpet the landscape, seals, birds, kangaroos and a plethora of other local wildlife that you’ll see on the trail. We have availability for spring departures on the following dates: Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 September and Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 September (Women’s only tour in conjunction with Adventurous Women) Walk sections of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail and enjoy easy to moderate trails walking with your day pack only. Visit the Remarkable Rocks at sunset, see the beautiful sea lions
Due to a cancellation, we now have 2 places available on our June 5 Kimberley tour. If visiting the Kimberley is on your bucket list, then get in quick to snap up the last available spots on our 2018 Kimberley departures. They won’t last long! Our 11 day Kimberley tour, departing and returning Kununurra is the best way for avid bush walkers or active travellers to explore the vast variety of landscapes this pristine and remote part of Australia offers. We have combined relaxed paced & comfortable 4wd touring with the very best day walks the region has to offer.
Win a 4-Day Park Trek walking tour of the Daylesford Goldfields Track in Victoria for you and a friend and including flights from any Australian capital city (excluding Melbourne). Trip dates are Monday 26th to Thursday 29th March 2018. Enter now!
We have partnered with the awesome team at Wandering the World to bring you a walking tour in an absolute bucket list destination – Iceland! This 13-day trip, which is available in 2018 and 2019, provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore this amazing country. It’s what dreams are made of.
We have partnered with our friends at Adventurous Women to offer a genuine cultural experience and a real insight into rural Fiji. This journey takes you away from the tourist resorts, walking in a landscape of dramatic peaks, pristine forests, sparkling rivers, remote villages, exploring vibrant traditional culture and unique history. After five days hiking, you’ll enjoy three days of relaxation and restorative yoga overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Fiji’s Suncoast. Tour date for the 9-day trip is: July 30th to August 7th, 2018 Tour cost is $3,050 per person twin share which includes: Trek to the ridgeline in Nadarivatu or Lomalagi Guided
We have partnered with Adventurous Women to bring you a walking tour that is an enticing blend of adventure, culture and hiking, an ideal way to experience New Zealand’s rugged Southern Alps. Think magnificent snowcapped peaks, tumbling glaciers, turquoise lakes and golden hills on this 10-day adventure of New Zealand’s south. Hike the Hooker Valley Trail – Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, arguably one of NZ’s best day walks and a section of the Routeburn Track to Key Summit for sweeping panoramic views. Tour date for the 10-day trip is: 16th to 25th May, 2018 Tour cost is $3,695 per person twin share which
The new year has begun and it’s time to start planning your next holiday! Join a bunch of fabulous women on our Bibbulmun and Beyond walk in stunning south west WA. The south-western corner of our largest state is home to some of Australia’s most magnificent forests, pristine beaches and rust stained granite headlands. It also has two fantastic walking trails – the Bibbulmun Track and the Cape to Cape track. Join us on this only women’s only autumn departure, delivered in conjunction with Adventurous Women: Sunday 29 April to Friday 4 May. Tour cost is $1,850 per person twin
Explore Tasmania’s East Coast over 8 fantastic days. Enjoy the incredible fiery red rock beaches of the Bay of Fires and Mt William National Park, the dramatic granite peaks and crystal clear waters of Freycinet and Wineglass Bay, spectacular scenery on Maria Island and the towering clifftops of the Three Capes and Tasman Peninsula. This is a trip not to be missed with fantastic local guides, great walking and sightseeing, unique accommodation and a focus on local Tasmanian produce. Departs: – Thursday 11 to Thursday 18 October – Friday 9 to Friday 16 November Tour cost is reduced to $3,700
Park Trek is proud to announce a new partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia, offering a new range of eco inspired walking tours that support conservation efforts across the country. With over 30% of Australia’s mammals and around 14% of birds threatened or extinct in the wild, these tours support wildlife conservation projects aimed at combating species extinction. Funds from the innovative tours will help reintroduce some of Australia’s most vulnerable wildlife back into their original habitats including the Western Quoll, Malleefowl and Western Barred Bandicoot.. Tours include one Park Trek guide and one conservation team member guide from Conservation Volunteers Australia.
A walking tour with Park Trek to the Top End is one of the truly unique travelling experiences this country has to offer. Book with Park Trek from October 6 to December 15, 2017* to receive 20% off 2018 departures. This special early bird deal offers great savings for guests to experience the wonder of walking through Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk and Litchfield. Choose from Park Trek’s 5 or 9-day fully accommodated tours which include all transport, delicious meals and fantastic guides. Stay in unique glamping style accom-modation, enjoy a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong and Corroboree Billabong, swim in
We’re looking forward to hosting Great Walks magazine editor Brent McKean on our Tarkine trip departing November 19. There’s still 4 places left on this tour if you’d like to get on board! You can find the pre-tour promo from the Great Walks website here Get in touch if you like to join in!
Our southern island neighbour has so much to offer active travellers. It is a walking mecca with miles of white sand beaches, spectacular views and a myriad of wildlife, like the adorable pademelon (something like a cross between a wallaby and a possum). If you’d like to scratch the Tassie itch, join us Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 February, 2018 on a new 8 day exploration of Tasmania’s magical East Coast. You will spend time walking and sightseeing through some of the island’s most amazing landscapes including – Bay of Fires and Mount William National Park – Freycinet and Wineglass Bay –
For a limited time only, we are offering $250 off new* bookings on the October 12 and November 5, 2017 departures of our four-day Freycinet & Wineglass Bay walking tour. This walk incorporates some of Tasmania’s most stunning scenery. For just $1,800 you can enjoy spectacular beaches, marvel at and walk on amazing rock formations and swim in crystal-clear waters of the Tasmanian east coast. Stay at at Freycinet Cottages overlooking the stunning Coles Bay and Hazards Mountains and enjoy the amazing array of walking trails and wildlife. The tour includes a four-hour Wineglass Bay cruise inclusive of Bento Box lunch of local
For a limited time only, we are offering $250 off new* bookings on the October 13, 2017 departure of our five-day Kangaroo Island walking tour. This walk includes an abundance of wildlife, sculpted rock landscapes and dramatic coastlines. Stay at historic lighthouse accommodation in Flinders Chase National Park and enjoy the amazing array of walking trails and wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, goannas, sea lions, fur seals and bird life. Spring is an amazing time to visit Kangaroo Island with a plethora of wildflowers in bloom. Simply add promo code Kangaroo13 to your online booking to receive this special offer. This sale offer
We have launched a series of Women’s Only Walking tours across the country on some of our most popular walks. Some trips are run in conjunction with our partner at Adventurous Women, who bring ladies from far and wide to join these tours. We are constantly updating the program, so if you can’t find a particular walk that you are after please get in touch! 2017 tours include: – Great Ocean Walk 3 and 7 day – Tarkine Wilderness – Cradle Mountain – Flinders Ranges – Kangaroo Island Find out more here
3 March, 2016 Park Trek Walking Holidays is offering a special introductory offer for its new 5-day Kakadu and Litchfield walking tour for departures in June and July 2016. Book with Park Trek before April 18, 2016 to receive a massive saving of $751 per person off this amazing five-day walking tour departing and returning to Darwin. When booking, simply use the work ‘Kakadu’ in the box marked ‘voucher code’ and click ‘apply’ to redeem this special offer. This special deal offers great savings of $751 per person (twin share) for guests to experience the wonder of walking in the
8 March, 2016 Park Trek Walking Holidays has launched a new 5-day Kakadu and Litchfield walking tour for departures in June and July 2016. All tours have a maximum of 13 guests, include all meals and snacks, transport to and from Darwin, 3.5 star accommodation along with experienced and mature guides. A walking tour with Park Trek to the Top End is one of the truly unique travelling experiences this country has to offer. Walk among monsoon rainforest, through sandstone escarpments and past ancient Aboriginal art sites. There are also plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, swimming, bird watching, photography and wildlife spotting.
Date: 3 March, 2016 Park Trek Walking Holidays has launched a new central Australia trip with departures in May, June and August 2016. Stay in four-star comfort at the luxurious Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs each night and walk each day on parts of the Larapinta Trail, explore the West MacDonnell Ranges and the beautiful central Australian landscape. This new four-day tour includes sumptuous two-course dinners each night at the Lasseters Hotel Alice Springs, all lunches and breakfasts, plus fresh fruit and pre-dinner nibbles. Guests walk with a day pack only and come back to the comfortable surrounds of
Park Trek’s Tarkine wilderness walk sale now on! Pristine, enchanting, lush and untouched – Tasmania’s Tarkine Wilderness is simply stunning. Book with Park Trek before February 29, 2016 to receive 20% off this amazing five-day walking tour departing and returning to Launceston. The Tarkine is one of Tasmania’s hidden treasures with 477,000 hectares of untouched forest thick with tree ferns, giant man ferns, Huon Pine and spectacular rivers and streams. The region is home to unique habitats which support a myriad of wildlife. See signs of burrowing crayfish, platypus and stunning birds. This 5-day fully accommodated trip includes all transport,
Park Trek has teamed up with its favourite outdoor adventure retailer Bogong Equipment. All guests who book on a Park Trek Walking Holiday will receive 15% off everything in store including clothing, equipment and more! The voucher can be used online or in person at their Melbourne store. So book your Park Trek Walking Holiday today!
Park Trek’s magnificent four-day Great Ocean Walk will be in the spotlight this weekend when it appears on the new season of Tour the World TV. The segment will be screened on Saturday, 23 May at midday and can also be seen online here. Follow host Adam Ford as he shows viewers one of Victoria’s most spectacular pieces of coastline on foot with the highly experienced and knowledgable Park Trek guides Cindy Tomlin and Allistair Gehan. “Join us to experience pristine beaches, coves and amazing cliff top vistas which this walk is most famous for,” says Adam. “When you walk
Cradle Mountain has long been recognised as one of Australia’s most iconic walking destinations and Park Trek Walking Holidays has just launched a new four-day guided tour to this spectacular destination. Local Tasmanian guide Greg Porter, who has a remarkable knowledge of the local flora and fauna, will join the Park Trek team to lead the group through some of the area’s most stunning locations. “Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most desirable walking destinations, it’s a beautiful wilderness region with so much to see,” says Greg. “I can’t wait to get the first group out on the ground
Park Trek Walking Holidays has launched new dates for its Kakadu and Beyond tour in June offering a free scenic flight over the World heritage-listed national park valued at $250 per person. The bonus offer is available for guests who book on this incredible journey into Kakadu, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and Litchfield National Park. Guests will have the added bonus of seeing Kakadu from above on a scenic flight from Jabiru travelling over the Magela wetlands and floodplain, Mikinj Valley and have a bird’s eye view of Kakadu’s magnificent tributaries. On the ground, walkers will wander through ancient sandstone
If you are keen to explore the Bibbulmun Track in The south western corner of WA but don’t have time for the entire 1,000km journey, we’ve got just the answer. Our new six-day walk from Pemberton to Walpole includes a section of the Cape to Cape Track, a visit to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, the tree top walk in the Valley of the Giants and of course a local winery visit. Tour date – May 24-29 (ex Perth), $1850 twin share. Find out more about our Six Day Bibbulmun Walking Tour >
Recent rains filling magnificent Lake Eyre and the waterholes surrounding Arkaroola and the Gammon Ranges mean bird and plant life in the region will be amazing come May when Park Trek hosts its annual tour to the region. Waterholes have been flushed and revitalised with the area receiving its average annual supply of rainfall in a matter of days. Park Trek’s specialist outback guide Carl Burden says he is really excited about the May departure. “Exploring the Lake Eyre region on foot a couple of months after decent rains is the best time to visit. There will be flocks