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Great Walks

Great Walks

December/January 2020

Great Walks is packed with gear guides, product reviews, advice on the best travel destinations, inspiring real-life accounts from seasoned walkers and practical information on specific walks and their accompanying maps. From features on the country’s best bushwalks to reviews of the latest outdoor gear, Great Walks is about discovering our amazing national parks and coastline – anywhere where there’s a walking track. Filled with lush photos, detailed walk notes and aspirational overseas destinations, Great Walks is designed to entertain and inspire.

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2 min.
seasons greetings!

WELCOME to issue 86 of Great Walks featuring our annual New Year/New Walks special where we showcase walking trails opening up this year and new destinations from some of our favourite walking tour operators. We managed to do Sydney’s Bondi to Manly Walk (pg 14) just before its official opening and are grateful for the walk’s organisers in helping us out with this. Everybody is hoping big things for the Bondi to Manly Walk and many think it could be Australia’s version of Cinque Terre that follows the gorgeous coastline of the Italian Riveria. Here’s hoping. Other walks in this issue include Karijini NP (pg66), ten of the best day walks east of Melbourne (pg62), the Portuguese Coastal Camino (Pg54) and Great Britain’s famous Coast to Coast Walk (pg34) with its…

1 min.
great walks magazine

Editor Brent McKean P: 02 9213 8274 brentmckean@yaffa.com.au Advertising Bobby Butler P: 02 9213 8265 M: 0405 594 303 bobbybutler@yaffa.com.au Contact Publisher Mike Ford Managing Director Tracy Yaffa Advertising Production Michelle Liebenberg Production Director Matthew Gunn Art Director Ana Maria Heraud Studio Manager Lauren Esdaile Designer Lauren Esdaile Customer Service Manager Martin Phillpott Marketing Manager Lucy Yaffa Marketing Specialist Simon Ancone Contributors Andrea Purnomo, Caro Ryan, Craig Sheather, Dan Slater, Ian Smith, Ian Trevaskis, John Chapman, Paula Loveday, Sarah Stackman, Tara Wells…

1 min.
kanchenjunga circuit, nepal

This 20-day circuit walk is one of Nepal’s most famous walks but less popular than Everest Base Camp or Annapurna. Accommodation is in tea-houses, small lodges offering basic food and amenities so you won’t need a tent. You can walk it guided or self-guided. Kanchenjunga is towards the far eastern part of Nepal and is protected under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project which preserves several species such as snow leopard, black bear, red panda. The word Kanchenjunga comes from the Tibetan word referring to ‘Five great treasures in the snow’ symbolising its five peaks as gold, silver, precious stones, grain and holy scriptures. And as this photo attests, the walking is spectacular. You’ll see central, south and north Kanchenjunga, as well as Yalung Kang, Mt. Jannu, Makalu, Lhotse and Mt.…

2 min.
walk & talk

A walk to remember II I loved your Camino special on the last issue. My best friend and I have been toying with the idea of doing one of the great pilgrim walks in Europe and after reading Patti Miller’s story (Slow travel and the kindness of strangers, GRW Annual) about all the amazing experiences and wonderful people you’re bound to meet on the walk we pencilled in some dates and are about to book our flights. Now the next big challenge will be what to carry – and what to leave behind! Susie Smith, Coolangatta, Qld Hi Susie, you and your best friend are going to have an amazing time on your pilgrim walk. As for what to pack. The first rule is ‘less is more’! – Ed Plan of action I was very…

1 min.
this month’s winning letter

A walk to remember I I enjoyed reading the latest Great Walks Annual, especially the Camino special. My sister and I walked the Spanish Camino five years ago after her husband died. My sister Sharon was feeling incredibly lost after losing her husband and couldn’t find a way out of her grief. I suggested walking the Camino as a way of stripping back life to its basics – just us and the path ahead. She reluctantly agreed and at first fought against everything that was good about the Camino – the simplicity of it, the gorgeous views, beautiful meals and most importantly the camaraderie of other walkers. However as the days turned to weeks she began to surrender herself to the Camino. There were days of tears – tears from sore…

4 min.
now for the news

NSW ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Matt Kean announced that Radiata Plateau in the Blue Mountains will be incorporated into the State’s national park reserve system, ensuring its protection. He said the newest land purchase would protect the last remaining undeveloped peninsula-plateau on the upper Blue Mountains western escarpment. “This site supports important wildlife corridors and endangered species such as the spotted-tailed quoll, the dwarf mountain pine and greater glider.” nationalparks.nsw.gov.au LORD HOWE ISLAND will soon be powered by a state-of-the-art solar and battery system to curb its reliance on diesel generators. An integrated solar and storage system will be built on the World Heritage-listed island, located in the Tasman Sea 700km northeast of Sydney. The microgrid will provide at least two thirds of the electricity needs for the population of 382 – which…