About The Trail

The Bicentennial 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 Bicentennial 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 BNT 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 Bicentennial 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 Bicentennial National Trail is divided into twelve sections, each with its own detailed Guidebook. Members can purchase Guidebooks through our shop. Between editions we provide Guidebook Updates which can be found on our downloads page.

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


We prepared for this trip for three months, planned the menu carefully and worked all our horses and mules up slowly and carefully so as they were fit enough for the trail. All this proved successful by the fact we

Jo Kasch


Second night’s camp was the BNT shelter on the western side of Musket Flat. This great asset for the Trail was provided by Fraser Coast Regional Council some years ago and it has been a welcome stopping point for many

Dave McLeod


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