There’s something special about climbing a mountain, and the breathtaking views from atop make the experience even more rewarding.
Fortunately, Australia has peaks aplenty to conquer.
Even better, there are a bunch of tracks that can be tackled on a daytrip adventure from your BIG4 accommodation.
Check out these enriching single-day treks.
Grampians National Park is bursting with natural treasure and the best spot to witness it all is atop its highest peak, 1167m-tall Mt William. A medium-grade climb leads its summit and from this vantage point you can take in expansive views of the eucalypt-cloaked surrounds, bewitching mountain ranges, and more.
Requiring just one to 1.5 hours to complete (3.6km return), it’s a 'walk in the park' compared to other trails on this list. However, the opportunity to climb to this famous park’s highest point makes it worth adding to your itinerary. And if you’re after bigger challenges, these surrounds are loaded with trails that will accommodate your footprints.
While many great climbs abound within Glass House Mountains National Park, we’ve opted to highlight the Mt Ngungun summit walk. It fits the bill of being challenging but not too taxing. You’ll be rewarded mid-climb with a fantastic peek at neighbouring Mt Tibrogargan, but it’s when you reach the top that you really cash in. Admire funky looking Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah and then stretch the gaze further to lap up majestic hinterland and coastal views.
If climbing with children, please note that the track strays close to cliff edges. Allow two hours to complete this 2.8km return hike.
This is one of the best mountains to climb in NSW and is a distinctive, eye-catching formation that rewards photographers from base to summit. Trek through changing landscapes of the South Coast region, including forest and sandstone, before tackling a sequence of ladders that guide you to the mountain’s summit.
From here the views are spectacular – witness rugged cliffs and sprawling greenery that stretches for miles. If the weather is behaving, you can even spot Jervis Bay from this point. Give yourself about four hours to complete this 5km return walk, as there are tough, steep sections.
Daytrip from: BIG4 parks in the South Coast NSW region.
When it comes to climbing Australian mountains, Walshs Pyramid warrants plenty of attention. Spotted in Wooroonooran National Park, part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics of Queensland area, this striking, well-named feature reveals treasured views for those prepared for a tough slog.
From the top, enjoy 360-degree outlooks that blend neighbouring mountains with glorious patchwork-style surrounds. Allow five to six hours to complete this 6km return walk.
The Apple Isle is loaded with incredible mountains, many of which attract the attention of hardcore climbers. We've opted to highlight a climb that's more sedate by those standards, but still presents an almighty challenge. The main path to the summit of Tasmania’s most iconic peak, Cradle Mountain, begins from Dove Lake and passes Lake Lilla. However, there are several trails to choose from, meaning you can take a different route for the return journey.
This walk reveals a bounty of spectacular scenery but it’s from the summit that you’ll be truly overwhelmed by Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park’s immense beauty. You should also be able to spot Tasmania’s highest mountain, Mount Ossa. The walk requires six to eight hours to complete and measures 6.4km one way.
Daytrip from: BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park.
You can’t have a list of climbs without including the biggest mountain in mainland Australia, 2228m-high Mt Kosciuszko. If you have plenty of time, take on the Mt Kosciuszko Summit walk (9km/six hours one way). You’ll encounter breathtaking natural attractions – including the iconic Snowy River and dazzling wildflower displays – as well as information about Aboriginal heritage significant to the area. From the summit, the views stretch over the famous Australian Alps and the Bogong Peaks.
If time is less restrictive, take the Thredbo to Mt Kosciuszko path. This looping track begins at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift at Thredbo and is ‘only’ 14.3km long with an estimated completion time of 4.5 hours.
Looking for an even tougher challenge? Then climb Victoria’s second-highest mountain. Two main tracks lead to Mt Feathertop’s summit: the Bungalow Spur and the Razorback Trail. Both are demanding climbs that pass varying landscapes, but insanely good views of the Alps and beyond make it well worth your while.
Each option is a 22km return walk, and you’ll be feeling it afterwards! It’s a reasonable guide to set aside about eight hours to tackle the Razorback Trail, but completion time for the Bungalow Spur varies quite considerably based on hiking experience.