Australia post issued a set of four stamps of Great Australian Walks featuring four popular walking tracks for hikers that traverse the country.
The Great Australian Walks featured on the stamps are National Pass (NSW), The Cape to Cape Track (WA), The Larapinta Trail (NT) and The Overland Track (TAS).
Great Australian Walks
The varied and spectacular terrain of Australia is a bushwalkers’ paradise.
The six-kilometre-long National Pass in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area of New South Wales lies 100 kilometres from Sydney and is easily accessible by car or train.
The trail was built with picks, shovels, crowbars and dynamite between 1906 and 1907 and was officially opened in 1908. The Grand Stairway, as it came to be called, is the tallest outdoor staircase in Australia.
Starting at Conservation Hut, this walk takes you through a series of waterfalls and lookouts before reaching the historic Grand Stairway. Head to Wentworth Falls for a picnic or barbeque.
The Cape to Cape Track runs for 135 kilometres along the Western Australian coast between Cape Naturaliste in the north and Cape Leeuwin in the south.
It is a long-distance walk trail located in the far south-west corner of Western Australia. It passes through coastal scenery, sheltered forests and pristine beaches, and is in close proximity to the caves, vineyards and other features and attractions of the “South West Capes – Margaret River Region
The entire walk is challenging, taking five to seven days; however there are easier sections that take from half a day to a day to walk. The track was officially opened in 2001.
The Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory follows the West MacDonnell Ranges for 223 kilometres between Alice Springs and Mount Sonder. The walk includes sites sacred to the Arrernte people, who have permitted tourists to visit.
The original Larapinta trail plan was to end at Mount Zeil on the Western end of the West MacDonnell National Park.
The terrain from Mount Sonder to Mount Zeil being hard to access by vehicle for rescue operations, the trail stopped at Mount Sonder.
The Overland Track winds for 65 kilometres between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Aside from the main track there are also several alternative side tracks, including to the summits of Cradle Mountain and Mount Ossa, the tallest mountain in Tasmania.
Title: Great Australian Walks
Date of Issue: 14 July 2015
Denominations: 70c x 4
Source: Australia Post
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