Why is training and preparation important?
Long-distance walking isn’t something you should attempt without preparation. For comfort and success, you need to build strength and stamina, buy the correct hiking gear, learn about proper nutrition and hydration, and understand the required fitness levels and terrain you’ll be walking on.
Whether you are preparing for your first long-distance walk or are a seasoned walker, we’ll support you all the way! We’ve got training guides, expert tips, free events and more to help you choose a trip that’s right for you and complete your walking adventure with a smile and energy left over.
At RAW, we are all passionate walkers who love adventure travel in beautiful, historic locations. Our Destination Experts have an intimate knowledge of our walking destinations. They take these trips each year, so they can offer you first-hand advice to help you prepare physically and mentally for your walking adventure. Call us today for a friendly chat on (03) 5976 3763
Trip gradings explained
From easy walking on well-signposted, well-maintained trails to high-pass crossings in remote areas, we’ve got multi-day walks to suit novices to veteran adventurers. To help you decide which RAW Travel trip is right for you, we have graded our trips from 1 (Introductory) to 10 (Tough).
- Find out more about required fitness levels, terrain and path quality, altitude, facilities, and preparation required.
Trek training guides
All our multi-day walks require a suitable level of physical preparation. Walking for many hours over successive days carrying a daypack is likely to be very different to your current walking schedule. We recommend you undertake a training program for at least 3 months leading up to your departure.
Check out our essential free preparation guides to help you get walking fit, available for each of our destinations.
Free Travel Information Nights
Twice a year we travel around Australia and New Zealand to talk about a selection of our trips in major capital cities and regional centres. If you have ever wanted to experience an iconic walk with RAW Travel then you will want to attend one of these events. We guarantee a great night out where you’ll be inspired by trip insights, videos and stunning images from our Destination Experts.
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For a big dose of inspiration, travel essentials and trail information, check out our comprehensive Destination Guides – you’ll find everything you need to know about each walk, all in one place!
Expert Blog Posts (Insights)
Every month we share practical tips and advice about gear, training and preparation. These INSIGHTS are written by our team of experts. Here's a selection of our favourites:
- Do I need trekking poles and which ones should I buy?
- Essential tips for layering clothes
- How do I choose and fit a rucksack?
- What boots should I buy and how do I look after them?
- How to prepare your mind and body for a long-distance walk
- Fuelling your body for happy hiking
- How to stay connected, plus travel apps you will actually use!
'Walk & Talk' Days
We love to walk and we love to talk! On our ‘Walk and Talk’ days (Victoria only) you’ll meet other long-distance walkers and get to ask our Destination Experts lots of questions about your chosen destination, pre-departure preparation and gear. The pace in generally relaxed so there is plenty of time to chat.
Training Walks on Victoria's Great Ocean Walk
To help prepare you for the challenges of a multi-day walk, we offer 3-day training walks on Australia’s best coastal trail – the Great Ocean Walk. From giant rainforests and deserted wild beaches to rocky cliffs and coastal heathlands, it offers the perfect landscape along with amazing geology and wildlife.