Adventure & outdoors
For the adventurous traveller, the natural world beckons, filled with trails, waterways and roads that are invitations to explore and celebrate the planet. Our expert travellers name the best.
From mountain climbs to forest cycles and island exploration, set your feet, arms and soul free on this selection of the world’s greatest adventures.
- by Andrew Bain
While hardcore hikers delight in spending weeks or even months on the trail, the rest of us – short on time, light on knee cartilage – are equally happy with an abridged version.
- by Kerry van der Jagt
For visitors, it’s the greatest natural show in town; and while it’s an extraordinary experience to swim with whale sharks, you may find yourself immersed in another world.
- by Andrew Bain
In Greenland, the unknown is part of the attraction, whichever regions you visit.
- by Tatyana Leonov
In 2013, an ambitious plan was hatched to create a hiking trail around the entire coastline of England, making it the world’s longest coastal path.
- by Rob McFarland
From showering under waterfalls to epic mountain hikes, these ideas will reignite long-forgotten desires or spark new and unexpected ambitions.
- by Julietta Jameson
Blue skies and placid waters notwithstanding, it's counterintuitive to swim in the inhumanely cold waters of Antarctica.
- by Catherine Marshall
The sheer scale of this national park explains why it has taken Parks Victoria almost eight years to build the Grampians Peak Trail.
- by Justin Meneguzzi
At first glance, it looks like building a cycle and walking trail here would be impossible; but the solution engineers found is simply spectacular.
- by Brook Sabin
When you are hoping to get close to wildlife, the general rule is to keep quiet. For grizzlies, you do the opposite.
- by Ute Junker
Here is a selection of Australasian walks that we hope will inspire you to reach for your boots and strike out somewhere new.