The Bicentennial National Trail is Australia�s longest recreation trail and its establishment has opened a new dimension in outdoor recreation in Australia. It covers a distance of 5,330km from Cooktown in Queensland, through New South Wales and the ACT to Healesville in Victoria, following historic coach and stock routes, old packhorse tracks, fire and forestry trails and country roads.
The Trail links 18 national parks, giving access to some of Australia�s wildest and most spectacular scenery. It traverses tropical rainforests, crosses remote stretches of dry plains, follows rivers and gorges and climbs to the alpine streams and rugged mountains of the southern snowfields.
Wherever possible the route has been planned to follow closely the route of our pioneers and to include historic sites and artifacts along the way. As museums preserve and display artifacts of historic events, the Trail preserves where and how our history unfolded.
The Bicentennial National Trail was founded on the inspiration of the legendary R.M. Williams C.M.G. and was originally intended for horseriders and walkers. Its widespread potential was soon realised and it now also attracts use by bicycles, canoes and horsedrawn vehicles in some areas.
The Bicentennial National Trail contains hundreds of undeveloped campsites, countless photographic opportunities, favourite fishing spots and locations for observing our wildlife. The route lies within four hours driving of eleven million Australians and its great length and variety
ensure that it can be all things to all people. It is wilderness. It is close to civilisation. It is for the first time venturer. It is for the experienced trekker. There is a part of it just for you.