Self Guided Inn to Inn

Self Guided Trips

How it works

INN-to-INN walking holidays allow you to walk from place to place through national parks, forests and local communities, progressing from one comfortable accommodation to the next. We’ve selected excellent walks and joined them together into great routes, occasionally incorporating sections of local transport.

What a sense of achievement it is to progress along a multi-day route, ticking off the miles along the way!

On these self-guided trips, you walk without a guide, following our walk notes and marked maps. No technical expertise is required so anyone who is active and in good health can do it. This is ideal for anyone who is hesitant about group travel or wants to travel with their own friends and set their own pace. It’s also great for those who are restricted to travelling at a particular time as you can choose your own departure date.

INN-to-INN walking holidays are similar to European “hotel treks” or “pub to pub” trips. You walk from place to place along a linear or circular route staying in comfortable accommodation along the way. You only need to carry a light day pack each day as the rest of your luggage will be moved for you by vehicle whilst you are out walking. These holidays can all be done self-guided, using our easy-to-follow walk notes and marked maps. Some can also be done with a guide.

How many people do we need?

You need to form your own group of two or more people and then you can choose your own starting date. If you are travelling alone we can still assist you.

We move your luggage ahead

You only need to carry a day pack, as your main luggage will be moved ahead to your next accommodation while you are enjoying the walk. You’ll arrive more refreshed. All you need carry is a day pack with your picnic lunch, water, camera, a jacket etc. This is one of the special features of an Auswalk INN-to-INN walking holiday.

Stay in comfort

All of the accommodation is booked in advance for you. At the end of a day on the track, you’ll enjoy our hand-selected properties. You may stay in a B&B, ecolodge, country cottage, motel, seaside resort or alpine ski lodge. You can expect a private room with ensuite bathroom (unless otherwise indicated on the trip page).

We’ll support you along the way

We’ll arrange everything for you – the accommodations, meals, luggage transfers, local transport etc. All you have to do is form your own group of two or more people and walk.

Go self-guided for independence

Self-Guided walking offers great flexibility. You can discover an area at your own pace, stopping and starting as you wish. You walk with your own companions (a minimum of two people booking together is required). Most importantly, you can choose your own starting date (subject to availability of accommodations). Once confirmed, we won’t cancel the booking, so you can book in the sure knowledge that your walking holiday will operate.

Finding the way is easy

Self-Guided walking holidays are fully supported. You walk independently, without a guide, following our detailed walk notes. Many people find navigating in the bush a difficult task, but on an Auswalk, it is easy to find your way. We provide you with easy-to-follow walk notes that guide you from point to point. They are regularly updated and have been tried and tested over the years.

What are the walk notes like?

Auswalk’s easy-to-follow walk notes will guide you from point to point along the way. We use large print so they are easy to read. They include clear directions on how to find your way along the walking route, and how to get to your accommodation. The notes also provide lots of interesting and valuable information about the natural environment you are passing through, average walking times, distances for each section, optional side-trips and many interesting things en route. A typical set of walk notes includes 30-50 pages of information for you. They are provided in a folder that allows you to take out the pages relevant for the day, so you don’t have to carry the entire booklet with you. The pages fit neatly into a souvenir waterproof map case which is yours to keep. Have a look at a sample page of walk notes.

How accurate are the notes?

We regularly check our walking routes and receive regular feedback from auswalkers. Your walk notes are printed one month prior to your trip especially for you, ensuring that they are as up-to-date as possible. They have been tried and tested over many years.

What else is in the info pack?

There will be a marked map/s showing the walking route and location of each accommodation. There will be informative booklets on the flora, fauna, geology or history of the area. There’s also a waterproof map case, luggage tags and insulated lunch bags.

What about maps?

You do not need to be able to read a map. We do provide marked maps, but most people find the walk notes are adequate on their own.

What if we get lost?

It is extremely unlikely that you’ll become lost on an Auswalk walking holiday. You have our comprehensive walk notes. Your luggage has been moved ahead of you to the next accommodation so they will be expecting you. The hosts know our walking route and have an action plan in place if you don’t arrive.

You can have a guide if you prefer

Some INN-to-INN walks can also be done guided.

Solo travellers – we can assist

INN-to-INN trips need you to form your own group of two or more people. If you’re travelling alone and want to do an INN-to-INN trip we can arrange a privately guided trip for you or you can join one of our group guided walking holidays.

What about a groups of friends?

Most of these trips can cater for groups. Some are restricted to small numbers due to limited rooms at the accommodations. Talk to us for more info.

How do we get to the start?

All start and finish points of our walking holidays can be reached by daily public transport. If you arrive by private car you can leave it at the first accommodation (note that at some properties your car will need to be parked out on the street near the first accommodation).

When can we start?

You may choose your own starting date (some trips are seasonal). As there are many components for us to arrange, it is best to book well in advance to ensure your choice of dates is available. Providing us with a second choice is helpful.


Travelling Alone

Group guided tours

These walking holidays are great for solo travellers. They are available all over Australia and there’s something on at each time of year. They are a fun way to meet new people who share a common interest in walking. Group sizes generally vary from 8-16. Some are experienced walkers and some are first timers. Some people come alone, some with a friend or partner and some with a group of friends. You can choose to pay the single supplement and have your own room or we may be able to match you up with another person of the same sex to twin share.

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Privately guided trips

If you’ve got limited time, need to travel on a specific date or have a particular destination in mind, a privately guided walk might suit you. You’ll have your own guide and a single room. You can choose how many days you would like to go for. We can offer this service in most areas that we operate our tours in. Some suggestions include:

  • The Blue Mountains
  • Cape to Cape Track
  • Gold Coast Hinterland Walk
  • Grampians
  • Great Ocean Walk
  • Sydney’s Tracks, Bays & Beaches

Comfort & Eat Well

You’ll be bound to enjoy our comfortable accommodations at the end of a day’s hiking. Some of our properties are in towns, some in villages and some in the bush. With such a wide range of walking holidays and locations, our accommodation and facilities will vary, adding interest to your trip. We know that a good sleep is most important so you can head out the door feeling refreshed and ready for another day’s adventure. Ensuite bathrooms are the norm. And walking builds up a healthy appetite so you’ll enjoy our hearty meals.

We’ve hand-selected accommodations for you

Each property we use has been personally selected by Auswalk’s owners to ensure your comfort. We favour places with lots of character. Each place is different and each will contribute something special to your walking holiday experience. Arrive as strangers – leave as friends!

It could be an historic guesthouse, homely B&B, seaside cottage, alpine ski lodge, resort hotel, luxurious eco lodge or country motel. Relax in the spa at a grand manor house, enjoy the old-fashioned hospitality of a cosy country B&B or surround yourself in heritage decor at a gracious historic homestead. Dine el fresco in a tropical eco retreat, watch the sun set from your secluded alpine chalet or share the garden with creatures of the bush in a charming rustic cottage.

Occasionally, remote locations mean that the only accommodation available is simple in nature, such as historic lighthouse keepers’ cottages and outback cattle stations. What they may lack in star ratings they more than make up for in character and ambience.

When we use motels, we look for small, family-run places in attractive locations.

Accommodations described are typical of what you can expect. We usually utilise more than one accommodation at each location, so descriptions are indicative only. More images and information can be found on the page for each walking holiday.

Enjoy a hot shower at the end of the day

We look for accommodations that have ensuite bathrooms, which is over 95% of the time. Occasionally, ensuites or private bathrooms are not available. This would happen at places like historic lighthouse keepers’ cottages, and this will be noted clearly on the information pages for those trips.

 

Delicious Food & Wine

Start the day off right

A typical day starts with a hearty breakfast. Breakfasts vary with the destination but typically include a choice of cereals, toast, fruit juice, yoghurt, fresh fruit and usually some hot items. Very occasionally we are only able to provide a substantial continental breakfast.

Food for the track

Picnic lunches are provided and are packed in an insulated carrier bag, ensuring they remain fresh and cool. Hiker’s picnic lunches usually include a roll, sandwiches or salad box, fresh fruit, fruit juice and some snack items. Your lunch will be packed into an insulated souvenir lunch bag to ensure it is fresh and cool when lunchtime comes around.

On group guided trips you’ll sometimes enjoy an outdoor buffet picnic or BBQ for lunch and there are always plenty of snacks for you to munch on between meals.

Finish the day in style

Walking builds up a healthy appetite, so after a day on the track there’s nothing better than tucking into a hearty meal. Our dinners are always plentiful, nutritious and wholesome, often with local flavours or specialities. They range from gourmet a la carte dining through to come cooked country food shared with your hosts. There’s just about always a wine list nearby, and when there’s not, we forewarn you so you can BYO.

Special diets

We can cater for special diets, as long as you let us know when you book.

Are all meals included?

This depends on the trip. Some trips are fully catered and on some we’ll leave out the odd lunch or dinner so you can experience the local dining scene. We won’t leave you stranded without a meal though!

Some of our food highlights we’d like to share with you

  • Enjoy a fine dining experience to remember at a multi award winning restaurant (Grampians)
  • Bryan’s gourmet breakfasts at Broomelea (Blue Mountains)
  • Gourmet dining at award winning coastal restaurants (Cape to Cape)
  • Sumptuous buffets at O’Reillys (Gold Coast Hinterland Walk)
  • Enjoy delightful home cooked meals using only home grown organic produce (Great Ocean Walk)
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    Options for Solo Travellers

    In Australia, bedrooms usually cost the same and are of a similar standard, whether occupied by one or two people. Our prices are based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are available upon payment of an extra single supplement fee (S/S).

    On scheduled group guided tours, solo travellers are very welcome. You can choose to pay the single supplement and have your own room. If you prefer to twin share, we may be able to match you up with another person of the same sex. If we can’t then you will have to pay the S/S. Share partners are allocated based on who books first so get in early.

    Note that we can’t provide single rooms at historic lighthouses on the Great Ocean Walk and Kangaroo Island group guided trips so everyone must twin share on those nights.

    Private Bedrooms – we want you to sleep well

    We choose accommodations with quality beds. If you book a DOUBLE room, there will usually be one queen size bed (very occasionally a double). If you book a TWIN SHARE room there will be two beds, either two singles or a double/queen and single. If you book a SINGLE room you will mostly receive a double or queen bed, and occasionally a single bed. Single rooms at most of our accommodations are the same size and standard as those used for couples.

    You can find images of the accommodations for each trip on our Fact Sheets – links to these are located at the top right corner of each trip page.

     

    Pamper Packs

    Bibbulmun track

    Available for self guided trips
    Deluxe pamper pack
    One hour massage for each person on the last night
    A bottle of champagne to share between two people on the last night
    Cost: $140 per person
    Indulgence pamper pack

    A rest day in Denmark, including accommodation and breakfastFull day winery tour in Denmark, on your rest day
    Upgrade to a luxurious spa cottage for two nights
    One hour massage for each person on the last night
    A bottle of champagne to share between two people on the last night
    A rest day in Albany at the end of the walk, including accommodation and breakfast
    Cost: $680 per person twin/double share; $890 for a single room

    Cape to Cape

    Available for self guided trips
    Deluxe pamper pack
    One hour massage for each person at Mii Spa, Bunker Bay
    A bottle of local wine to share between two people at Bunker Bay
    Cost: $170 per person

    Indulgence pamper pack
    Private spa bath or hot tub on 8 out of 10 nights
    Rest day in the Margaret River area, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner
    Upgrade to a luxurious garden suite for three nights in the Margaret River area
    Full day Margaret River winery tour on the rest day
    Extra night at the end of the trip at Bunker Bay Resort
    A bottle of local wine to share between two people at Bunker Bay
    One hour massage for each person on the last night Mii Spa, Bunker Bay
    Cost: $1125 per person twin/double share; $1495 for a single room

    Gold Coast Hinterland

    Available for self guided trips
    Deluxe pamper pack
    One hour massage for each person on the last night
    A bottle of wine to share between two people on the last night
    Cost: $140 per person

    Indulgence pamper pack
    Upgrade for two nights to a Canopy Spa Suite at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat
    A rest day at the end of the walk at Springbrook, including accommodation, breakfast and dinner
    Full day winery tour including picnic lunch, on your rest day
    One hour massage for each person on the last night
    A bottle of wine to share between two people on the last night
    Cost: $550 per person twin/double share; $740 for a single room

    Grampians

    Available for self guided & group guided trips 
    Deluxe pamper pack
    One hour massage per person on one of the nights in Halls Gap
    A bottle of local wine to share between two people
    Cost: $125 per person
    Indulgence pamper pack
    Upgrade to a spa suite for three nights in Halls Gap
    Gourmet two course dinner per person at the Kookaburra restaurant in Halls Gap
    Gourmet local produce hamper to share between two people
    One hour massage for each person in Halls Gap
    Cost: $385 per person twin/double share; $495 for a single room

    Great Ocean Walk

    Available for self guided trips
    Deluxe pamper pack
    One hour remedial massage for each person on the last night
    A bottle of champagne to share between two people on the last night
    Cost: $140 per person

    Indulgence pamper pack
    15 minute helicopter flight at the 12 Apostles
    Gourmet local produce hamper to share between two people
    Private two and a half hour tour of Loch Ard Gorge
    A bottle of champagne to share between two people on the last night
    One hour remedial massage for each person on the last night
    Cost: $450 per person
    NOTE: We can also organise private transfers to/from Melbourne airport or a CBD hotel at an additional cost. (Please contact us for a quote)

    Lord Howe Island

    Available for group guided trips
    Deluxe pamper pack
    One hour massage for each person on one evening
    A bottle of champagne to share between two people on the last night
    Cost: $130 per person

    Indulgence pamper pack
    Upgraded accommodation to a luxury Garden Suite at Pinetrees Resort for 6 nights
    A bottle of champagne to share between two people on the last night
    One hour massage for each person on one evening
    Cost: $625 per person twin/double share; $725 for a single room


    Families

    A family that walks together, talks together

    This is what many families who have done an Auswalk together have told us. What better way to holiday with visiting relatives? Or spend some time in the outdoors with your children, where they can’t watch television or play computer games! We’re also seeing an increasing trend of people to take their grandchildren on a walking holiday.

    two-children-sitting2Self-guided walks with children

    We are often asked about the suitability of our walking holidays for families with children. In particular, we are often asked how old the children should be. Here are some considerations:

    Age is not the most important thing. We’ve met children who can hike all day and love it. We’ve also met children who whinge and complain after half an hour. You know your children better than we do! We’ve even had some people carry a baby on their walking holiday!

    The next consideration is clothing and equipment. It is important that children are outfitted properly, just like adults. This is particularly important if you are considering a trip in an alpine area.

    Self-guided INN-to-INN walking holidays are a lot of fun with children. Your family will be the only people in the group so you don’t need to be concerned about your children keeping up with everyone else. You can stop and play, swim, enjoy the wildlife and even have an afternoon nap under a shady tree if you want to. You can choose your own starting date. We provide marked maps and easy-to-follow Walk Notes to help you find your way. In our experience, children love to be out front “finding the way”. The notes also contain little snippets of interesting information about the environment they are walking though so they’ll also learn something along the way.

    And the best bit is, we move your luggage ahead to the next accommodation for you so you only need to carry day packs with your lunch, water, jacket, camera etc.

    All inn-to-inn walking holidays are graded from easy to hard, so you can choose something that will fit your level of experience.

    two-girls-walking1Guided walks with children

    If you’d like to have a guide to accompany you then we have several guides who are experienced with children. We would suggest one of our guided INN-to-INN walking holidays or we can customise a holiday for you that is centre-based so you don’t need to pack up and move on each day. Note that we cannot accept children under 15 years of age on our scheduled group guided walking holidays.

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