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Great Walks Annual 2019

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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slowly does it

YOU’VE heard of the slow food movement well now there’s the slow travel movement. According to traveller.com.au, the concept revolves around travelling mindfully. “It’s about being increasingly in the moment, and taking your time to absorb everything around you,” writes Marc Llewellyn. “Instead of dashing from one place to the next, you sooth your mind and body by staying put. You enjoy the local culture. You travel by slow train rather than airplane, and let the scenery seep into you. Locals get to recognise your face, and you stop to have a friendly chat... You have time to reflect.” Bushwalking is all about slow travel and we’ve got plenty of ideal slow travel destinations in this year’s Great Walks Annual. First off is the Yuraygir Coastal Walk (pg 14) in northern NSW.…

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this month’s contributors

Kym Donaldson Kym lives in Tasmania and is often found climbing its diverse rock faces and hiking through the mossy, mountainous wilderness. Ross Brownscombe Ross is a writer and woodworker living in Melbourne. His latest book is: In Search of Space: Journeys in Wild Places. Roxanne Crook Roxanne loves to go bushwalking every weekend. In 2018 she completed the Heysen & Lavender Trails and is on the lookout for new walks. Jason Freeman Exploring obscure parts of Victoria with lightweight gear and a heavy camera, Jason also walks up steep hills for fun.…

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st valentines peak, tas

An unsung hero in the amazing list of Tassie day walks is the track up to St Valentines Peak that you reach from Burnie in the state’s northwest. From Burnie take Mount Rd to Ridgley and continue 15km to the junction with Upper Natone Rd. Turn left and drive 1.7km then right onto Kara Rd for 6km, as you reach the gates of a mining site turn left onto a small road and you’ll find the carpark. From there it’s a 9km/4.5hr return walk. A lot of the track is along exposed ridgeline so you need to take care but – as you can see – the views are gorgeous. Bring warm and waterproof clothing, this is Tassie in all its glory after all!…

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a walk to remember

FROM a highschool mate’s invitation, my husband and I along with our kids (aged 17 and 16) had committed to completing Kokoda, Anzac Trek, 2018. On a personal level, my grandfather had served along the beachheads near Buna, so this trek was in his honour and the many others who had sacrificed their lives for us. Also this was to be our first family major trek! We prepared over 12 months and rediscovered our fondness for hiking. Our tour leader Olly, from Adventure Bound had us highly organised so we felt safe and in good hands, especially with our fantastic porters. Our trekking group of 13 and our crew started at Ower’s Corner, a short afternoon of slipping and sliding, dripping sweat and gripping muscles. We crossed a fast-running and deep…

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cradle mountain crisis

HAVING never been to Cradle Mountain my husband and I arrived at the carpark at 7am rearing to start our day hike. Unfortunately the office to purchase entry did not open until 8am. What to do? Wait an hour, or walk the 8km to the start of the hike? Just then a young girl offered us a lift. She had purchased a car entry pass the day prior. “Thank you!”, we responded, and hopped in her car. Turning a blind eye to most of the vehicle’s panels being held in place with duct tape, no petrol cap, bald tyres, and a thick layer of grime, I hopped into the front and my husband got in the back. As we roared off, I couldn’t help but notice the interior was even more…

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a jack wolfskin sierra trail jacket

The Sierra Trail is an ultra-lightweight (440gm/ $399.95) weatherproof men’s shell jacket with a very compact pack size. It is made of Texapore Ecophere – a soft, lightweight recycled fabric that is 100% waterproof and windproof, and extremely breathable. The Sierra Trail is ideal for outdoor activities in milder weather. And it also makes a good everyday jacket. Features include pit zips positioned on the back of the arm for improved freedom of movement. jack-wolfskin.com.au To enter, send us your best hiking yarn – 450 words plus three high quality images. Email: editor@greatwalks.com.au…