Discover The BNT

BNT Map

Cooktown to Healseville

The Bicentennial National Trail follows historic coach and stock routes, old pack horse trails, mail runs and country roads for over 5000 kilometres through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. Wherever possible, along its great length, the Trail provides a living history of our country, following the routes of early pioneers and highlighting historic and heritage sites and artifacts along the way.

As it winds along Australia’s eastern seaboard the Trail reveals some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. It traverses lush tropical rainforests, rugged mountains, valleys and gorges, remote dry plains, alpine meadows, snowfields and wilderness.

The Trail provides access to some of the wildest, most inaccessible country in the world and provides endless fascination for those interested in Australia’s unique fauna and flora.

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

It is not always possible to traverse the whole route, or even a large part of it, in a single journey! Select a short section that attracts your interest and start there.

The Trail is presented in 12 Guidebooks covering sections of 400 to 500 kilometres each. An overview of each section is provided here. For detailed information it is best to obtain a Guidebook from our shop.

We also have some general information on planning a trek and answers to some frequently asked questions.

Take some time to discover the magic of the BNT!

 

 

Recollections

The trail being the place where you poke along and see if your company is worth keeping for yourself.

RM Williams BNT founder

It was created with the USA’s 3,500-kilometre Appalachian Trail in mind, but this one, over five million footsteps in length, is the longest in the world. … The Appalachian trail cost more than $95 million; this one just $200,000 in

Celebration: Australia's Bicentenary in Pictures

1989

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