Who hasn’t heard of Australia? The Kangaroo Kingdom is home to hundreds of gorgeous pristine beaches! However, what you may not know is that this continent also boasts some of the greatest mountains in the world. These mountains in Australia offer visitors some of the most breathtaking views.
From snow-covered summits (fun fact – some parts of Australia are cold enough for snow) to dense forests and waterfalls, we at Last Minute India encourage you to come and witness these natural marvels in all their glory. Visit Australia, and craft yourselves unique lasting memories of an extremely exciting place! Remember to take loads of pictures, but ensure that you don’t litter and spoil the pristine beauty of the place!
We have prepared a list of some of the best mountains in Australia that you have to add to your list of things to do during your stay in the Land Down Under! These are magnificent, ancient things that have withstood the test of time all these centuries. So, lace your boots, ready your backpacks and fasten your harnesses – we’re going on an adventure!
7 Best Mountains In Australia
- Green Mountains Range, Queensland
- Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
- Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
- Mt Feathertop, Victoria
- Wollumbin–Mt Warning, New South Wales
- Walsh’s Pyramid, Queensland
- St Mary Peak, South Australia
1. Green Mountains Range, Queensland
Starting this list of one of the most exhilarating mountains in Australia is this natural behemoth mountain range. Come on down to Queensland to discover the remote areas of Australia’s infamous Gold Coast, where dense rainforests and lust trees still stand firm against the sands of time, offering tourists spectacular views.
Situated in the Western end of the Lamington National Park is a rugged chain of mountains – known as the Green Mountains Range – in an area called O’Reilly. Here, not only is the destination (the mountains) important, but the journey there is marvellous as well. As you trek through the forests, passing by myriads of gentle creeks and gushing waterfalls, you can’t help but feel a certain oneness with Mother Nature. Once you reach the mountain, you will be serenaded by the beautiful songs of flora and fauna over there.
You will get to see the local mountain frogs, the regent bowerbirds, leaf-tailed geckos and the rufous scrub-bird- all of which are indigenous there. At the summit, the dramatic views of the Gold Coast, south-east parts of Queensland and the northern parts of New South Wales await you.
Only a two-hour drive from Brisbane, be sure to visit here during the cooler months (between April and October), for an adventure like no other.
2. Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
Snowy Mountains, or as they are locally called ‘The Snowies’, are the highest range of mountains in Australia! These come together to form a part of the Australian Alps in the south-east region of New South Wales.
Located within this range of mountains can be found the highest peak on the Australian mainland – Mount Kosciuszko. This gigantic mountain stands resolute at 2,228m above sea level! In 1997, this mountain was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The best time to visit will be during their winter months of June to early October, although it should be warned that the weather can sometimes be unpredictable.
But while this is an arduous 6-8 hour trek, the epic views from the summit are worth it. Surrounded by paperwhite sheets of snow, you can look to as far as the horizon stretches. In the distance, you can see the curvature of the Earth. Right below you are the undulating tablelands. But for those who aren’t too keen on scaling the mountain, you can choose the popular 18.6 km summer trek from Charlotte Pass. Both of these mountains will leave you with an enduring memory!
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3. Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Up next on this list is the Cradle Mountain range in Tasmania. A jagged, dolerite peak, this majestic mountain is often completely shrouded in clouds. The trek to this mountain is equally magical.
The world-famous Overland Track can also be found here. Tourists can visit one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania’s Central Highlands region here. This is Australia’s premier alpine walk, sprawling across a massive 65 km.
This mountain is nestled on the northern end of the Lake St Clair National Park. It stands at 1,545m in height, and is the ‘jewel of the park’. It is counted as part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and pampers. Moreover, the Cradle Mountain is a humble abode to different species of plants and animals, such as echidnas, the platypus, the Tasmanian Devil, quolls, and several others as well!
4. Mount Feathertop, Victoria
Mount Feathertop is one of the best, most exciting mountains in Australia. It lies within proximity to Mount Hotham, and is the second-highest mountain in all of Victoria.
Mount Feathertop is considered a member of the Australian Alps, located within the Alpine National Park. At its highest, Mount Feathertop stands at 1,922m above sea level! If you are keen on visiting these mountains while it is snow-covered then the best time to visit is between June and September. A favourite of the tourists here during Australian winters is the amazing skiing and other snow-activities that are on offer.
Although this mountain offers spectacular snow sports, the summit is prettiest in the summertime. It is gorgeous beyond words, and you have to see it to believe it. From the top, you get a full scenic view of the rest of the Australian Alps, the valleys and the breathtaking horizon. You will be able to run your hands through clouds here as well! However, unlike the rounded summit dome of most mountains in Australia, Mount Feathertop is unique in having a sharp, steep summit slope – so do be wary!
5. Wollumbin–Mt Warning, New South Wales
Up next is another one of the fabulous mountains in Australia. Visit the Wollumbin – Mount Warning in New South Wales, and be one of the first people in all of the Australian continent dawn breaking over the iconic Tweed Range, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
The idea behind the dual name of this mountain originates out of respect between the two communities. Captain Cook who discovered it named it Mount Warning; however, the Aboriginal community who lived in and around this area already had a name for it, which is Wollumbin. Hence, in the spirit of harmony and coexistence, this mountain was bestowed the dual name.
WMW is the first place on the Australian mainland that is touched by the morning sun every day, hence a trek to the summit in the early hours of the morning allows tourists to experience majestic dawn! Furthermore, Wollumbin-Mount Warning also offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of one of the largest ancient calderas found in the world, as well as the coastal views stretching from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast!
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6. Walsh’s Pyramid, Queensland
Walshs Pyramid is an independent peak, detached from any mountain ranges. It has a distinct pyramidal appearance – therefore deriving its iconic name. Nestled 20 km south of Cairns, in Queensland, this stupendous mountain is a tourist magnet for a variety of reasons.
Not only does this mountain offer some spectacular views, it is the focus of the annual Great Pyramid Race! That’s right! This is a competition where tourists and locals alike can participate. Competitors have to run from nearby Gordonvale to the summit (922 meters above sea level) and return. It’s difficult to appreciate this feat until you’re well into the race. It is a steep climb up, and an unshaded walk back down.
However, people gather in troves to witness this spectacle. You will have cheerleaders and other well-wishers spurring on the competitors; motivating them to finish. The objective of the race here isn’t to finish rank, but rather to complete the race and be a part of something bigger and wholesome, as a community. You will have stalls, stands and other such impromptu shops set up to offer drinks, food, and other merchandise. This festival is held on the third Saturday of August, so plan your trip accordingly!
7. St. Mary’s Peak, South Australia
Up last on this list of wonderful mountains in Australia is an equally wonderful peak known as the St. Mary’s Peak. The highest point in the sublime, sun-kissed Flinders Ranges, in the state of South Australia, St. Mary’s Peak rises a mammoth 1171 meters above sea level.
From the summit, it offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the saw-toothed mountain ranges, salt lakes, tablelands, and the surrounding plains. The climb begins at the Wilpena Pound Visitor Information Centre, where you can also get photographs clicked and shop for other memorabilia. The views from Tanderra Saddle – a ridge of the peak about 1.5km shy of the summit is the most famous resting spot. The view from there is astonishing and makes for a very good picnic spot. The trail is narrow so you will have to trudge up most of the mountain in a single file or twos however. This allows you to intermingle well with other tourists there and make new connections.
Well, there you have it!
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These were some of the most spectacular mountains in Australia. These will leave you admiring their magnitude, but also give you the thrill to scale them. Most of these are pretty simple, and not very taxing. The views from the top are worth every step you take to reach the summit! Venture to the Land Down Under and take back a mountain of memories!