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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Walks in Girraween National Park

Located some 3 hours from Brisbane, visitors to Girraween National Park will find not only a different climate, but a spectacular granite littered landscape unlike anywhere else. Giant granite boulders and slabs, along with massive granite dome outcrops featuring names including Pyramid Rock, Castle Rock, Mt Norman, Mallee Ridge and South/Middle/West Bald Rock.  The myriad of caves, rock formations and spectacular outlooks from atop the many peaks, will surely spark the imagination and curiosity in even the least adventurous. Continue reading

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Walking on Moreton Island

If you’ve grown up in SE Qld as I have, you’ll recall family trip’s made to Bribie, partied/camped/chilled on Straddie and found any reason you can to visit Fraser.  Few of us it seems (yours truly included) have made the journey across the bay to Moreton Island, seemingly a forgotten cousin of the aforementioned islands. Continue reading

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Carnarvon Great Walk

33 degrees and humid!  Perusing the 7 day weather forecast posted on the wall at the Carnarvon Gorge Ranger Station, the first day’s outlook on the Carnarvon Great Walk is not exactly desirable.

 

 

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Hiking the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory

Sitting on the mini-bus from Alice Springs out to Redbank Gorge – I’m walking the Larapinta Trail west to east starting at section 12 -and staring at the imposing peaks and ranges that comprise the West MacDonnell National Park; I wonder what the next 17 days will bring. Already it’s had surprises.

 

 

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