Hiking in Australia - How to Pick the Best Hiking Boot
Author: Amelia Phillips Date Posted:19 March 2023
What is a Hiking Boot?
Hiking Boots are a type of footwear specifically designed for outdoor activities such as hiking, trekking, and backpacking. These boots are typically made with a durable and sturdy construction, providing the necessary support, protection, and comfort required for rugged terrain.
How do Hiking Boots Differ from Normal Walking Shoes?
Hiking boots are usually constructed with materials such as leather, synthetic fabrics like mesh and rigid cotton fabrics, and often have a waterproof, semi-permeable membrane as with the Ariat Terrain H2O shoe, which helps keep your feet dry and comfortable in wet conditions.
The soles of hiking boots are also designed with deeper treads than normal walking shoes, to provide good traction on uneven and slippery surfaces, and some models also come with features such as ankle support, toe caps, and midfoot shanks to provide additional stability and protection.
When choosing hiking boots, it is important to consider factors such as the type of terrain you will be hiking on, the length and difficulty of the hike, and your individual foot shape and size. It is also recommended to try on different models and brands of boots to find the one that fits you the best and feels the most comfortable for your feet.
It's not all about the Boots.
Of course, a hike without shoes would be virtually impossible, but a hike without a good pair of socks would be painful, to say the least.
Invest in a quality pair of socks made of natural fibres such as bamboo. Make sure your Bamboo Socks are a minimum of 70% bamboo. These socks are anti-friction, so they minimise blisters and moisture-wicking which means they will draw moisture and sweat away from your feet. Always take a spare pair of socks when on a walk - you never know when a misstep may land you in a puddle or creek bed!
How do I prepare for a hike?
Preparing for a hike is important to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Plan your route. Before heading out, research the trail you will be hiking, including its length, difficulty level, and any potential hazards. Make sure you have a map and know the trailhead location.
We have your footwear covered, but don’t forget the importance of good quality breathable clothing. Make sure you layer up with lightweight gear. You can always remove clothing but if you don’t pack enough, you might get caught out in the cold.
A packable jacket is perfect for hiking. They can roll up into a backpack and save your outer layers from getting wet from light showers. Always make sure you have a wide-brim hat. Protection from the Aussie sun is critical.
Bring plenty of water, food, and snacks to keep you fueled and hydrated throughout the hike. Other essential items include a first-aid kit, a map, a compass or GPS device, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a flashlight or headlamp.
If you're planning a longer or more challenging hike, start preparing physically in advance by gradually increasing your fitness level through regular exercises, and building up your hiking stamina gradually.
Before you head out into the great outdoors, check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Be prepared for unexpected changes in weather conditions. If the weather is looking like it could make conditions treacherous, maybe hold off until the weather clears.
Last but definitely not least, let a friend or family member know your hiking plans, including your intended route and expected return time. In case of an emergency, they can notify authorities if you do not return on time.
Now you're ready to explore Australia. Where to now?
Australia has many stunning hiking destinations that offer a diverse range of landscapes and experiences. Now you have your new Hiking Boots sorted and ready to go, why not check out some of these notable Australian walking trails:
- The Overland Track, Tasmania: This 65-kilometre track takes hikers through the heart of Tasmania's wilderness, passing through stunning landscapes such as Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair.
- The Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory: This 223-kilometre trail follows the West MacDonnell Ranges and offers stunning views of the Australian outback.
- The Great Ocean Walk, Victoria: This 104-kilometer walk takes hikers along the rugged coastline of Victoria, offering spectacular views of the ocean and the famous Twelve Apostles.
- The Grampians, Victoria: This national park offers a range of hiking trails through stunning mountain scenery, including the famous Pinnacle Walk and the challenging Mount Rosea hike.
- The Blue Mountains, New South Wales: This World Heritage-listed area offers a range of hiking trails, including the popular Six Foot Track and the challenging Grand Canyon Walk.
- Wilsons Promontory, Victoria: This national park offers a range of coastal and mountain trails, including the challenging hike to the summit of Mount Oberon.
- The Flinders Ranges, South Australia: This range offers many hiking opportunities, from beginner to some of the most challenging terrain you will find, through stunning desert landscapes, including the challenging St. Mary Peak hike.
These are just a few of the many amazing hiking destinations in Australia. Whether you're looking for a challenging multi-day trek or a leisurely day walk, there's something for everyone in this beautiful country.
Share some of the amazing corners of Australia you have discovered on foot in the comments!