We are transitioning from Guidebooks to Maps and Section Trail Descriptions, the full length of the National Trail is covered by one format or the other. By the end of 2022, Maps covering each days travel will be available for the entire Trail.
See Discover the National Trail for general information on each section and updates.
A note on the sale of Maps
The National Trail is an entirely voluntary organisation and we raise most of our funds through memberships and the sale of guidebooks. We don’t have any form of recurrent government funding or corporate sponsorship. Other iconic trails are owned and maintained by government agencies. Our situation is different. We do not control the land over which the trail passes, rather we possess the intellectual property which provides the uninterrupted 5330 km trekking route in eastern Australia that is the National Trail. We rely on the good graces of the many land owners and land managers over which the Trail passes – across three states and the ACT and in particular we seek to protect the interests of the private land owners who make their property accessible to long distance trekkers. We do have to restrict the availability of Maps and Trail Descriptions to NT members only, due to our insurance commitments.
We ask that you join the NT to access this iconic Trail. Some of the benefits of NT membership include access to the Maps and Trail Descriptions and access to the vast network of section coordinators and ‘Trail Angels’ who freely give support and advice to trekkers. In our experience the ‘Trail magic’ that happens along the route is the added bonus that NT members find on their travels.