Adventure awaits you on the NT

About The Trail

The National Trail is Australia’s premier long distance, multi-use recreational trekking route, stretching an extraordinary 5,330 kilometres from Cooktown in tropical far north Queensland to Healesville in Victoria.

Variously known as ‘the BNT’, the National Trail  or simply ‘the Trail’, the National Trail follows the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and the Eastern Escarpment offering self reliant distance trekkers a uniquely Australian adventure.

As it winds along Australia’s eastern seaboard the National Trail reveals some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The Trail provides access through some of Australia’s wildest, most inaccessible country and provides endless fascination for those interested in our unique fauna and flora.

The Trail passes through some wild and inaccessible country

The National Trail was originally conceived as a route for the long distance horse trekker but is now enjoyed by cyclists and hikers as well.

Extended expeditions on the National Trail should not be taken lightly and require significant preparation, experience, fitness, equipment and backup. We have some FAQs and planning guides to help prepare your journey.

As the Trail winds through bush, wilderness and mountain areas trekkers will be enthralled by the unsurpassed views, the wilderness valleys and the excitement of the pioneering spirit.

The National Trail is divided into twelve sections.. Members can purchase Maps online. We provide  Updates which can be downloaded here.

If you want to talk to us, see our Contact page.