Australia.

Day walks, short scenic sections or stride end-to-end on journeys that take weeks and even months to complete.

Traverse Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed wilderness on the Overland Track or one of The Great Walks of Tasmania, collection of independent guided walk companies offering unforgettable experiences in Tasmania’s most inspiring and extraordinary locations. They combine the best of Tasmanian wilderness walking with excellent guiding, unique accommodation and offer delicious Tasmanian food and wine along the way. Together their walks cover over 300km of Tasmania’s prime walking tracks.

Follow the Larapinta Trail across the Northern Territory’s West MacDonnell Ranges.Trek along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges to attractions such as Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge. This epic chain of day walks stretches more than 223km from the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station to Mount Sonder and Mount Razorback

Do sections of South Australia’s Heysen Trail, which stretches from the Fleurieu Peninsula to Flinders Ranges.Hike all the way from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula to the mountain town of Parachilna on the 1,200 kilometre Heysen Trail. Or mix and match day and multi-day walks, choosing from dramatic coastlines, farmland and forests, picturebook towns, vine-lined valleys and rugged mountain

Spend four days in World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains.Scale four mountain peaks and make many dramatic descents on this four-day hike through Kanangra-Boyd and Blue Mountains national parks. In this wild, mountainous country, it’s all about highs, lows and humbling views. Take in incredible views from the top of Kanangra Wall, wade across Cox’s River and scale the cliff-face of Narrow Neck

Do day walks through Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory . Walking is the best way to explore the natural sanctuary of Wilsons Promontory.  The many well-marked trails traverse empty beaches and eucalypt forest, heath and swamp, cool rainforest gullies and rocky mountain tops.

Soak up the beauty of Western Australia’s south-west corner on the Bibbulmun Track. Discover towering forests, tranquil farmland and wild beaches on this award-winning walk through Western Australia’s south-west. The gold snake signs that mark the trail stretch almost 1,000 kilometres, from the Perth hills to Albany on the south coast

Discover Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk.

Bothfeet combines a tranquil lodge luxury with world class hiking along Victoria’s stunning Great Ocean Walk. Only 10 hikers at a time enjoy our eco-chic sustainable lodge set in a rainforest amphitheatre. Join a Guided Walking Tour from East to West or discover our Self Guided packages with daily hikes included.

New Zealand

New Zealand has thousands of miles of trails. About 30 percent of the country is protected land and National Parks offer plenty of tracks to choose from. You can easily access every park and every terrain; from lush native rainforest and rugged coastal walks, through high country farNew Zealand has nine famous ‘Great Walks’. These hikes take you to the most magnificent places in the country. The most well known of these is the Milford Track in Fiordland. The 33 mile journey takes you through pristine lakes, sky-scraping mountain peaks, enormous valley views and the cascade of the tallest waterfall in New Zealand.

The other Great Walks include Abel Tasman CoastHeaphy TrackKepler TrackLake Waikaremoana, Rakiura TrackRouteburn TrackTongariro Northern Circuit, and Whanganui Journey.

Abel Tasman Coast – Relish the commanding views of the coast as you explore the 51 kilometres of this track’s beautiful beaches and remarkable rock formations.

Heaphy Track – The 82 kilometre Heaphy Track gives you the contrasts of luxuriant rainforest, sub-alpine tussock, high, rugged mountains and end with lowland forest and palm-fringed surf beaches.

Kepler Track – This 60 kilometre tracks showcases the best features of Fiordland – mountains, native forest, glacier-carved valleys and waterfalls.

Routeburn Track With soaring mountain peaks, huge valleys, waterfalls and jewel-like lakes, this track links the Mount Aspiring National Park with Fiordland National Park.

Tongariro  Northern circuit

This amazing walk encircles Mount Ngauruhoe, an active volcano in Tongariro National Park. You’ll see craters, explosion pits, lava flows and more

AFRICA

South Africa

South Africa has a huge variety of awesomely scenic hiking trails. The Otter Trail along the Tsitsikamma coast is probably the most popular hike in the country. If you want the scenery and walking with less slog and more luxury, try the Dolphin Trail. It traverses similar terrain to the Otter – joining up with it in places – but instead of hiking huts you stay in fully catered guest houses with great views and good food.

The Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape offers similar trails but dramatically different scenery: miles of deserted beaches, wave-lashed rocks and occasional tropical forest.

Purists can tackle the Wild Coast rough as they like. There are miles and miles of unspoiled hiking trail traversing high mountains, deserts and forests, where the accommodation is the usual hiking hut, and the cuisine whatever you decided to carry.

For an even wilder experience, you can hike for days in the Cedarberg, near Cape Town, or the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, without seeing a hut or a route marker. These are designated wilderness areas, and you simply take a map and a permit and set off, sleeping under the stars or in convenient caves.

ZAMBIA

The three camps operated by Robin Pope Safaris offer a unique combination of creature comforts and stunning remote locations in the South Luangwa National Park. . Walking through the bush is a completely different experience to driving. All your senses are alert. Every sound, every movement – the flap of a bird’s wing, a tail swishing through the tall grass – acquires significance.

This is where an expert guide really comes into his own. Not only will he (or she!) point out wildlife and birdlife to you, he will also teach you to hone and sharpen your senses and to spot the clues that lie around you in the bush. As one of our guests said after walking for five days along the Mupamdazi River, it is like reading an engrossing book, compared to watching a film.

EUROPE and Beyond

Butterfield and Robinson offer some of the best hiking trips in Europe not to mention other areas of the world. From Bhutan to Burma…..

“With “slow down to see the world” as a guiding principle, it’s no wonder we’re fans of walking. Moving under foot power is the ultimate slow mode of transport: choose between Kinda slow, Slow or “What day is it again?” No other way of moving allows you more flexibility to smell the roses (or wild rosemary), meet the locals and drink in the scenery. Join us as we venture onto secret trails in unique places best experienced on foot. We’ve found that the most traditional, wildest and most pristine places also happen to be the ones with the fewest roads.”

Contact Rosie to help you navigate the choices. She has biked in Burgundy and Provence and hiked in Italy.