Great Walks

Great Walks Annual 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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3 min.
the pilgrim’s progress

WELCOME to the Great Walks Annual featuring our Camino special. Not only do we showcase the iconic Camino de Santiago (and how to do it, and what to take), we also look at other pilgrim walks such as France’s Le Puy Camino (pg28) and Japan’s Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage Trail (pg 46). Many people take on these long-distance routes for personal reasons and whilst working on this issue a number of readers shared me their stories of walking the Camino as a way to deal with grief or loss. Some days they found comfort in the solitude of a long-distance walk and other days they found it in the camaraderie they formed with their new hiking family. I’ve never been on a pilgrim walk but I remember being in Nepal in 1997 and…

1 min.
hartz mountains national park, tas

In 1989 Hartz Mountains NP was included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, in recognition of its natural and cultural values. The park is a window into the state's southwest wilderness, offering views of remote mountain ranges as far as the southern coast. Waterfalls tumble off the dolerite range that runs through the centre of the park and small glacial lakes dot the plateau. The park contains a wide variety of vegetation from wet eucalypt forest and rainforest through to alpine heath on the exposed mountain tops. There is a choice of bushwalks on offer including the 2hr return walk to Lake Esperance (pictured) but if you're up for something more challenging you'll want to walk to Hartz Peak (5hr return). It's pretty steep and exposed so you'll need…

2 min.
life’s a beach

LEAVING a mate behind on a hike is not easy. This was not life or death, or a serious injury just a miscommunication and one of our group was running super late. It was pre dawn, dark and our anticipation for leaving on time was high. If we did not set off on the 4hr drive and the first leg of 15km now we would be walking and setting up our camp in the dark. We left him behind, not an easy call. The walk was the Great Cooloola Walk from North Noosa to Rainbow beach, 100km of coastal walk that moved from beach to rainforest to woodland over five days with four planned campsites along the way. Our group consisted of geologist, a doctor, a writer, a producer, a landscape architect…

2 min.
helping hands

SOMETIMES it takes a village to finish a hike. I was lucky enough to trek the Yuraygir Coastal Walk with a couple of avid hiking friends. Yuraygir is a 65km/4-day hike, along the beautiful north coast of NSW from Angourie to Red Rock. It can be a tricky walk to organise because there are three river crossings and a car transfer dilemma to manage, before you set off. National Parks were helpful with phone numbers for river crossings and a local trekking company managed to drop us at the start, pick us up at the finish and give us access to the car in between for a restock of supplies. From the first contact with our support team, I got an inkling of the warmth and friendliness this community had to…

7 min.
fantasy island

DESCENDING through bright white cumulus clouds that resemble chunks of cotton, our plane banks to the left on its final approach into this little-known natural wonder. Peering out the window at the rugged island lying motionless on the shimmering ocean surface, my seven-year-old daughter Kimberley comments, “it looks like a monster sleeping”. Our young family’s exploration of this prehistoric landscape had just begun. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is the summit of an underwater mountain, rising from the immense depths of the Java Trench. Geographically isolated, abundant with wildlife and boasting numerous endemic species it truly is a lost world that urbanisation is yet to conquer. Home to more than 50 million endemic red crabs, 80,000 sea birds and an unrivalled rainforest environment, Christmas…

7 min.
hundred dollar honeymoon

I KNEW Katherine Gorge in the NT. I knew Edith Falls (Leliyn), 90km away by road. But I never knew you could walk from one to the other via the Jatbula Trail, through the wild wonderland of Nitmiluk National Park – until my new hubby revealed that’s what we’d be doing for our honeymoon. Our relationship began on a hike in Kakadu, so Jatbula seemed a fitting honeymoon, but I was nervous. Hubby bounds around the bush like a kangaroo, but the five days he had earmarked to cover the 58km track would be the longest walk his desk jockey wife had ever done. And what about two weeks of luxury on an island somewhere? Shaking off a wedding hangover we crossed Katherine River by boat from the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre to…