K'gari Pack Free Walks

Come on a hiking experience like no other!

Pack-free hikes are a great way to enjoy the pristine beauty of K'gari without having to carry a heavy pack all day! 

This fully-inclusive self-guided, supported, hike provides a glamping-like experience for hikers who want to enjoy the thrills of camping, without carrying a heavy backpack. This hike includes all meals, snacks, drinks and a support guide who drops equipment off and assembles tents at the camps nightly. 

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Pack Free Lake McKenzie Walk

Lake McKenzie Eco Walk

This is the only hike that runs all year around. This hike is fully supported with an on-the-ground guide who will transfer you in the 4wd to the meeting points on the central loop of the Great Walk track.

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Pack Free Blue Lakes Hike

Blue Lakes Eco Hike

Hike pack-free along K'gari’s Southern section of the Great Walk. Experience five of K'gari’s most beautiful pristine freshwater lakes on this Eco Hiking Adventure.

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Pack Free Rainforest Hike

Rainforest eco hike

Walk under forest giants from location to location, while exploring sights such as incredible sand blows, 1000 year old trees in the Valley of the Giants and incredible freshwater creeks and lakes. 

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Pack Free Eco Walk

K’gari Pack-Free Eco Walk

Walk under forest giants from location to location, while exploring sights such as incredible sand blows, 1000 year old trees in the Valley of the Giants and incredible freshwater creeks and lakes. 

Learn about our Eco Walk 

Experience glamping-inspired hiking without the heavy backpack

This self-guided, supported, hike provides a glamping-like experience for hikers who want to enjoy the thrills of bush camping, without carrying a heavy backpack. Hikes carry only a small day bag while walking, making the experience more relaxed.

  • Includes all meals (track snacks, complementary alcohol, cheese platter)
  • Guide support & private 4WD transfer to the trailhead and a pick-up at the end
  • Maps, itineraries, and information provided 
  • Daily equipment drop off and camp set up (at designated walkers camps)
  • Group numbers range from min 2 to max 6 people, hiking alone is not recommended (however if you are a solo hiker you may book onto a hike if it already has a minimum of 2 people - this is not guaranteed)
  • Full camp setup, overnight tents, cooking and camping equipment provided 
  • All hikes run from March to October

Note: bush drop toilets, no showers, no electricity 

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Glamping without the backpack

What is included?

 All food and beverages

All meals and drinks (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and nibbles, complimentary glass of red, white wine or beer with dinner), water will be available to refill walkers bottles in camp.

 Barge and 4WD transfers

From Hervey Bay to K'gari and to the meeting points on the Great Walk track. 

 Pickup & storage

Hervey Bay accommodation pickups. Vehicle parking and storage of larger bags at the office.

 camp Setup

Camp set up and meal preparation as well as National Park permits and fees. Tents and equipment - sleeping bags, comfy sleeping mats, camp pillows & pillow slips are all included.

 support guide

On the ground support guide, set up tents and carry/ drop-off overnight bags at camp.

 Detailed information

Hiker information, safety briefing, maps and itineraries, walkers camp permits included. 

What to bring?

 Suitable SHOES

We will be on our feet a lot, it is important to ensure you have hiking boots that are good quality, with ankle support. 

 Overnight bag

A small bag that will be transferred by the guide containing belongings needed at the hikers camps for night use. This could include: sleeping bag liner, warm overnight clothes, pillow (we provide a blow up camp pillow and slip), easy dry towel, spare change of clothes. No suitcases - soft bags only.

 Portable Charger

Portable charger to charge phone/ camera as there will be no access to electricity on the island.

 Personal toiletries

Such as prescribed medicines, general medicine as approved by your Doctor ie. Aspirin, paracetamol. Insect repellent, sunscreen etc.

 Day Pack

to be carried during the day, this could include: camera, phone, swimmers/pack towel, torch, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, reusable water bottle to carry water during the day approx. (1.5 ltr), or a water reservoir. 


Head torch is recommended (we provide small lanterns around camp).



At K'gari Walking Tours we take safety seriously, we know that K'gari is a remote wilderness and precautions need to be undertaken. This is why we don't let hikers walk solo, we ensure our hikers stay in groups and always have eyes on each other. We also use the Garmin Rino 2-Way Radio/GPS Navigator with Sensors for our pack-free hikers to communicate with the guide or use in an emergency. These devices also have GPS navigation so our team can locate you in an emergency. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing you for a once in a lifetime experience

Please read the answers to the common questions we're asked below. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for answers to any other questions you may have:

All hikes depart from Hervey Bay, 6 Southern Cross Circuit Urangan, near the airport.

Hikes can vary from 2 to 6 people. Private transfers require a minimum of 4 people and a levy may apply.

Average to Moderate fitness required for 2 and 3 day hikes and advanced experienced walking required for the 4 day hike. Please note that for adventure hikes, walkers must carry all their own equipment, so hiking experience is recommended.

Adventure hikers take a 70litre hiking pack with all equipment and food, they have a transfer to the trailhead and a pickup at the other end but no support during the hike. Pack-free hiking is a camping experience where you can enjoy camping in the wilderness but not have to carry the equipment or worry about the food as all this is done by the support guide.

Please see the what to bring section of each hike. Adventure hikes and Pack-free hikes include different things, so please check this.

Yes, especially with a support guide or a transfer as we know where our hikers are and have emergency plans in place should something happen. Hiking is not recommended for single walkers, therefore all our hikes always run with a minimum of 2.

There is an age limit of 12 years and over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are no upper age restrictions for walkers with suitable ability, however walkers with medical conditions should check with the operator before booking.

The climate of K'gari is subtropical, with warm daytime temperatures throughout the entire year. The winter months are from May to August, where the average temperatures are 14-25 C (57-77 degrees F). Winter is the drier month of the year and it is less likely that you will see much rainfall during walking season. If it does rain it’s generally short showers.

Yes we can tailor make a hike for 2 to 6 people, this is a private charter where you would only have your group on the hike and no other groups. Please note this would be priced as a charter price, not per person and would vary depending on length etc.

Yes we offer the Best of the Great Walk, a 4 day and 3 night luxury hike, staying at Waiuta Retreat at Kingfisher Bay, please see here for more information.

We can also offer beach house accommodation for charter groups, subject to availability.

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