Hiking isn’t just for thrill seekers and gym junkies. From grandparents to pre-schoolers, Australia has hiking trails and bushwalking tracks to suit all ages.
If your family likes a little adventure on your holidays, get your walking shoes on and make your way to these fun family-friendly trails.
Cedar Creek Falls Track – Tamborine National Park
Tamborine National Park is brimming with beautiful walking tracks that put you in prime position to marvel at the lush rainforest. The Cedar Creek Falls track is pram-friendly – perfect for hiking with bubs or toddlers who are begging to take a seat after just a few steps.
It’s a flat bitumen 500m-return walk, and your reward is the stunning view from the Cedar Creek Falls Lookout. Here you can snap some family photos with rainforest and waterfall scenery as your backdrop(who needs to pay for a professional?).
Good to know:
- 75-minute drive from Ingenia Holidays Kingscliff
- On the way there: Grab some fish & chips and check out the swell at Burleigh Heads, buy new hiking gear at Robina Town Centre, pick up some plants from the numerous nurseries, stop to take panoramic photos of the glorious Tamborine Mountain.
If you feel like taking a dip, the rock pools are located 900m-return from the lookout – but prepare to say goodbye to the pavement and rough it a bit to get there.
Fairfax Heritage walking track – Blue Mountains National Park, NSW
Prams, buggies, and wheelchairs are welcome on the scenic Fairfax Heritage walking track in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. If you’re into breathtaking views without losing your breath to reach them, this cruisy track is perfect for your next family hiking trip.
The Fairfax Heritage walking track is dotted with a diverse range of flora, including a sprinkling of colourful wildflowers in early summer. Check out the lookouts offering waterfall views over Grose Valley (which is not at all gross, but quite beautiful indeed). This track is 1.8km one-way.
Good to know:
- 60-minute drive from Ingenia Holidays Nepean River
- On the way there: Hitch a ride at the Wascoe Siding miniature railway in Blaxland, check out the stunning display and enjoy a sip at Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum and Tearooms in Leura, take a detour and marvel at the famous Three Sisters.
Palm Grove circuit, Noosa National Park, QLD
Another hotspot for hiking with kids, Palm Grove Circuit in the Noosa National Park is a relaxing stroll with a side of fresh ocean air. It’s a 1.1km loop, making it a family-friendly walk that won’t leave little legs feeling too tired.
Here you can enjoy the shade of towering hoop pines and piccabeen palms. This pleasant walk usually takes around 15-30 minutes and is suitable for all fitness levels. Add it to your list of must-do family hiking trips.
Good to know:
- 20-minute drive from Ingenia Holidays Noosa
- On the way there: Take a well-worth-it detour and sneak in breakfast and some artisan shopping at the Eumundi Markets (if it’s Saturday or Wednesday), lay your towel on the white sands of Noosa Head Main Beach, enjoy unparalleled views from Laguna Lookout.
- Take some snacks and enjoy a picnic at the Noosa National Park day-use area before or after your walk.
Tomaree Head summit walk, Tomaree National Park, NSW
Nestled at the top of the Tomaree National Park, the Tomaree Head Summit Walk brings you face-to-face with giant leafy trees and unbeatable views of the idyllic Port Stephens coastline. This 2.2km-return walk features a steep gradient and quite a few steps, so it’s recommended for kids who don’t mind working their leg muscles.
Once you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with views of Yacaaba Head, Cabbage Tree, Boondelbah and Broughton Islands from the north platform, and Zenith, Wreck and Box Beaches, Fingal Island, and Point Stephens Lighthouse from the south platform.
Good to know:
- 15-minute drive from Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach
- On the way there: Take a dip at Samurai Nudist Beach (if you’re feeling bold!), make your friends green with envy with picturesque snaps from Gan Gan Lookout at Nelson Bay, stop for a meal with a seaside view at one of the cafés and restaurants on Shoal Bay Road.
- Walk the track between May and October to up your chances of spotting a whale or two. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Lake Eacham circuit, Atherton Tablelands, QLD
Take a walk on the wild side and say g’day to some native wildlife on the Lake Eacham Circuit at the Atherton Tablelands. The kids will love coming face-to-face with musky-rat roos and tropical birds in every colour of the rainbow.
This simple 3km-return stroll around the rim of Lake Eacham is great for hiking with kids who don’t mind stretching their legs for an hour.
Good to know:
- 65-minute drive from BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut
- On the way there: Take some nature snaps at Heales Lookout in the Gadgarra Forest Reserve, stop for brunch at the Lake Barrine Teahouse, witness giant pines, birdlife and butterflies at Twin Kauris.
- See if you can spot turtles and fish in the crystal-clear waters of the lake.
Wherever your family hiking trip takes you, make a weekend of your outdoor adventure with Ingenia Holiday Parks. You can enjoy some peace and quiet while the kids wear themselves out with fun onsite activities such as swimming pools and playgrounds. Some locations even have mini-golf courses – perfect for some friendly competition (because who doesn’t take pleasure in beating their 8-year-old in sports?).