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Explore Worldwide study reveals Australia’s most photographed walking trails

Explore Worldwide study reveals Australia’s most photographed walking trails
August 13, 2023

Leading adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide has studied a vast dataset of over 500 global popular walking locations to unveil which trails and walking routes have captivated the imagination of photographers worldwide.

Explore’s data experts cross-referenced location data for over 1.7 million stock image photos tagged with "walking trail" or "hiking trail" to reveal the most photographed trails in the world, aiming to inspire outdoor enthusiasts and travel photographers on their explorations.

Michael Edwards, Managing Director at Explore Worldwide enthused "we are thrilled to unveil the world's most photographed trails and mountain ranges. These locations not only offer incredible outdoor experiences but also inspire photographers to capture the beauty of our planet. We hope this collection ignites the wanderlust in adventurers and encourages them to embark on their own memorable journeys."

According to the data, the most photographed walking trail in Australia is The Great Ocean Walk in Victoria, followed by the Overland Track in Tasmania and Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory.

1. Great Ocean Walk: This one way route measures 110km and starts in Apollo Bay before passing through Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park before concluding at Victoria's iconic Twelve Apostles coastal landmark. All about soaking up big skies and wild nature, this walk will showcase Australia's plant life, wildlife and epic scenery.

2. Overland Track: Coming in second place for Australia's most photographed walking trail is the Overland Track in Tasmania. This 65km long route is explored by over 9,000 intrepid hikers every year who are looking to conquer Australia's premier alpine walk. It's not an easy escapade, better suited to well-prepared hikers who are ready to tackle steep and rough tracks; but explorers are rewarded with unspoiled views of golden moorlands, cascading waterfalls, alpine meadows and ancient rainforests.

3. Larapinta Trail: An extended walking track in the Northern Territory that stretches 223km, Larapinta is one of the longest walking routes in Australia and offers a spectacular bushwalking experience. This remote route takes explorers through some of the world's most arid environments as well as remarkable landmarks such as Simpson's Gap, Euro Ridge and Standley Chasm.

In addition to individual trails, Explore Worldwide also delved into the world's most picturesque mountain ranges, uncovering the peaks that boast the highest number of stunning trails.

The European continent shines with its captivating mountain ranges, claiming seven out of the top ten spots. From the iconic peaks of the Alps to the striking Dolomites in Italy, each range offers unparalleled beauty and awe-inspiring scenery.

1. The Alps, Europe: Spanning multiple countries in Europe, the Alps proudly claim the top spot with an impressive photo count of 856,670. This iconic mountain range is a playground for adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike, offering majestic peaks, breathtaking glaciers, and picturesque alpine landscapes that have captured the hearts of explorers from around the world.

2. The Rockies, North America: Stretching across Canada and the USA, the Rockies hold their own with a remarkable photo count of over 440,000. With rugged mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, and pristine wilderness, this iconic mountain range offers a diverse range of photographic opportunities.

3. The Dolomites, Europe: The Dolomites in Italy showcase their enchanting beauty with a photo count of 174,422. With their distinctive jagged peaks, vibrant alpine meadows, and charming mountain villages, the Dolomites offer a truly captivating landscape that has inspired countless photographs. Whether it's capturing the glow of sunrise or the dramatic play of light and shadow on the rocky hills, exploring the Dolomites is a visual feast that will leave travellers in awe.

The new research shows that the individual trail that has been captured the most by photographers is the GR20 trail on the French island of Corsica. In second place is the Everest Base Camp Trek, and then the Westweg trail in Germany’s Black Forest.

1. GR20, Corsica, France: Claiming the top spot as the most photographed walking trail with an impressive image count of 45,187, the GR20 trek in Corsica is a dream come true for adventure seekers. This challenging trail takes you through rugged mountain terrain, picturesque lakes, and lush forests, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the French island and leaving hikers with memories to last a lifetime.

2. Everest Base Camp Trek, Himalayas, Nepal: In the majestic Himalayas, the Everest Base Camp Trek beckons adventurers with its awe-inspiring landscapes and a photo count of nearly 14,000. As travellers journey through Sherpa villages, cross suspension bridges, and stand in the shadow of towering peaks, they’ll experience the incredible spirit of mountaineering and get a taste of what it's like to be at the doorstep of the world's highest summit.

3. The Westweg, Black Forest, Germany: With a photo count of 13,105 images dedicated to its trails, The Westweg in Germany's Black Forest offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. This long-distance trail leads visitors through enchanting woodlands and charming villages, immersing them in the tranquility of nature while exploring one of Europe's most scenic regions.

More information on leading adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide

For full methodology and results please see www.explore.co.uk/blog/most-photographed-trails

Image top: Great Ocean Walk. Credit Parks Victoria; image above: Larapinta Trail Standley Chasm 

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