Fraser Island Great Walk

 

 

Depending on where you are walking in the world, one may have to be mindful of interaction with large and dangerous native animals such as bears, large cats etc.

Australia’s preferred option of injury or even death via fauna interaction is generally poison by a snake, spider or some other creepy crawly.  The kangaroo, cassowary and dingo are about as big as we get in Australia.

Whilst the dingo has nothing on a huge grizzly bear that can still out run and out climb you (how anyone can sleep while hiking in bear country is beyond me), to see a dingo in the wild is always a little exciting.

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Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is unique for a multi-day walk, in that it’s suitable for any level of walker.  The 71 km walk can be done with a full pack utilising the numerous camp sites along it’s length.  Alternatively it can be walked with a small daypack, with your remaining possessions transported by boat to your next intended destination.

Accommodation options range from tent camping, homestay and backpacker lodges through to 5 star resorts.  Further more, the option to walk certain sections or even ‘bail out’ and get a boat back to Picton is always available.

The flexibility and ease of access of the Queen Charlotte Track, makes it one of New Zealand’s most popular walks.

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Upper Noosa River

The water is barely showing a ripple, the air is still and the sun is spreading it’s warmth; it’s a perfect morning as I push off from the beach at Elanda Point.

 

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Thorsborne Trail – Hinchinbrook Island

The 32 klm Thorsborne Trail explores the east coast of one of Australia’s largest island national parks.  Hinchinbrook Island east of Cardwell, is nearly 40,000 ha of national park and forms part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

 

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Bushwalking basics / Hiking essentials – what you need to get started

You’re sick of staring at a computer all week, can’t bear the thought of another weekend channel surfing on TV.  You look out the window, the sun’s shining and you decide it’s time to go bush.

So what are the bushwalking / hiking essentials you need before you head out into the vast unknown?

This list is for those looking for something more than the standard two hour return trip on a National Park marked trail; ie. Four hours or more with some (or all) off-track walking, possibly requiring navigation, bush-bashing, scrambling and/or rock-hopping.  If this sounds like you, read on… Continue reading

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