Hiring hiking gear is a good alternative to forking out a tonne of money on lightweight hiking gear, which isn’t feasible for many people, especially if you’re not sure whether hiking will continue to be ‘your thing’. Importantly, hiring hiking gear is a good way to ensure you have quality equipment on that adventure, but without blowing the bank, or being stuck with stuff you’re not going to use again.
So, I have taken the time to put together a list of places around Australia—you’ll see, there are a lot of places to hire hiking gear in Melbourne and Tasmania in particular—from which you can hire hiking gear. If I have missed any companies or groups let me know and I will update the list.
A lot of these places hire out PLBs too, but I will create a separate list for these.
Places to Hire Hiking Gear in Australia:
Whether you’re heading for the Alpine National Park or Wilsons Prom, or a shorter day hike closer to Melbourne, there are several options for hiring hiking and camping gear in Melbourne and the metro area. Outside of Melbourne you have Geelong Adventure Specialists which is perfect if you’re heading for the Great Ocean Walk, and Absolute Outdoors in Halls Gap which is perfectly placed to if you need Grampians Peaks Trail gear hire.
Bogong Equipment – Melbourne CBD
Lighter Faster Hire – Melbourne
The Equipment Library – Northcote
The Wilderness Shop – Box Hill
Offtrack – Melbourne
Melbourne University Mountaineering Club – Parkville
Melbourne Bushwalkers – Melbourne CBD (Members Only)
Wallaroo Camping Hire – Mount Waverley
Outsports Hiking Hire – Moorabbin
Absolute Outdoors – Halls Gap
Geelong Adventure Specialists – Geelong
Ajay’s Snow Country Sports – Heathmont
50 Days – San Remo
For a state that is so bad keen on hiking, you’re expect there to be a few places to hire hiking gear in Tasmania. And there are several solid options in the main cities of Hobart and Launceston.
Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences – Rokeby
Mountain Creek Outdoors – Hobart
Mountain Bike & Rock Climbing Tasmania – Launceston
Allgoods – Launceston
Overland Track Transport – Launceston
Aspire Adventure Equipment – Launceston
Three Capes Gear & Gourmet – Hobart
Wild Island Adventure Hire – Invermay
New South Wales
Wilderness Adventures – Blue Mountains
Mountain Equipment Australia – Sydney/Chatswood
Border Bushwalking Club – Albury
Bushsports Australia – Carlingford
Adventure Base – Katoomba
Life’s An Adventure – Belrose
Bibbulmun Track Foundation – Perth