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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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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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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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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