Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

I always find the first morning the hardest, the body adjusting to the heavy pack, trying to accommodate its new companion with every stride. I chose the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, because I had little choice! My preferred option of the Fraser Island Great Walk, along with all the other great walks in SE Qld and many national parks, were partly closed. Still recovering from the damage inflicted from a remnant cyclone on Australia Day weekend. Continue reading

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Hiking from Spicers Gap to Teviot Gap

It’s Friday night and with the car swap logistics completed at Aratula, our group of eight commence the drive in the dark to Spicers Gap.  Cattle sleeping on the road, almost prematurely ended our excursion before it began.  Obstacles aside, we reach Spicers Gap and set up camp.  A 7 AM start beckoning in the morning. Continue reading

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Conondale Range Great Walk

We stopped for a rest beside the trail. The constant presence of the leeches and their vast numbers was taking its toll.  For two days my annoyance had been continually building like a slowly inflating balloon, and things were about to go ‘pop’.  I looked at Mike sitting on a rock in front of me wondering how he could appear so calm; surely it was bothering him too?  With that thought I grabbed the utility knife from my pack and with a firm but shaky grip on the handle, I thrust it in a downwards motion…. Continue reading

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