Great Walks February/March 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.
a helping hand

MOST summer breaks are filled with wonderful times with loved ones, and the break I had (and hopefully you had) was just that – but there was also the overwhelming sense of sadness and loss caused by the utter destruction of the bushfires that continue to burn as I write this (see our update on pg.9). The loss of human life, the thousands of acres of charred wilderness, the countless number of native species killed or injured, the destruction of many properties and people’s livelihoods has been so great there wouldn’t be a person in the country who isn’t affected directly or indirectly by what has happened. I know people who have lost their homes and others who have had to pack everything up and wait for the word to depart,…

1 min.
great walhalla alpine trail

The classic 40km walk in Victoria, offers an abridged taste of the epic 650km Australian Alpine Walking Track. It links the historic mining township of Walhalla to the pristine snowgum environment of the Baw Baw National Park plateau and its nearby resort village. With a summit at one end and a river valley at the other, you can choose from two very different experiences on the trail – the traditionalists’ uphill route or the downhill route over a plateau to Walhalla. The two-day end-to-end itinerary journeys through alpine plains alive with native wildflowers, twisted snowgums, towering mountain ash, and pre-historic myrtle beech. Bushwalkers pass through a wonderland of geological formations at Mushroom Rocks, see the ruins of Talbot Peak hut, cross mountain streams and wild rivers and pass through fern groves.…

2 min.
walk & talk

Fact checking In the story Hiking in the Harbour City (GRW Dec-Jan 2020) the writer says Australia’s only mainland colony of fairy penguins is near Manly, Sydney. In fact, fairy penguin colonies remain on the Australian mainland in Victoria too. There is one near Port Campbell in Western Victoria and a much loved one at St Kilda in the heart of Melbourne. Paul Swain We are sailing I was privileged to be a participant on the recent maiden voyage of Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer in Antarctica. The whole ship’s crew from Captain Peter to the cabin and galley staff and expedition team, from leader Greg Mortimer himself, to all the specialists and zodiac drivers were very accomplished and extremely friendly. It was an amazing experience. Thanks to Aurora and all involved. Ken Ansell Hi Ken, yes…

1 min.
this month’s winning letter

Adventure bound Hey guys! I’m so glad I came across your mag in a random newsagent! I’m new to walking and am heading to Indonesia next year for 12 months study. Yogyakarta in Java to be precise. I plan on doing some day treks and weekend walks. Can you suggest any? Also, I’m just reading this month’s winning letter from Liv Martins about their walk on the Camino de Santiago. And I’ve noticed your last edition had some info on it. Am I able to purchase that issue and have it sent to me? Thanks so much! Rick Creamer Hi Rick, thanks for your message. I have spent a bit of time in Indonesia and my favourite place to explore was Sulawesi. It’s an hour’s flight from Yogyakarta or Denpasar. There are some…

3 min.
bushfire update

IT would be disingenuous of us not to talk about the current bushfire crisis and editor Brent touched on it on pg3 but here is the latest on the fire as we went to press with this issue. More than 5000 grass and bushfires have destroyed more than 8.4 million hectares of land in NSW, Vic, Qld, SA, WA and Tas. At this stage, 23 people have lost their lives – including four firefighters whilst in the line of duty – and a further six people are missing. The fires annihilated 1823 homes with extensive damage to a higher number of homes and properties (This number is likely to rise). “While each one of the properties destroyed is a tragedy for those impacted, more than 1200 homes in the direct area…

2 min.
making a difference

IN 1991 I was lucky enough to spend my dental student elective working in rural Nepal. I had always wanted to return to this interesting and beautiful country, so when a post popped up on my Facebook feed earlier this year saying that an organisation called Trekmedic was desperate for a dentist to join their team for an expedition to Nepal in October I was in. Trekmedic is an Australian based not-for-profit that sends small groups of health professionals out to villages where they set up mobile clinics to treat villagers who normally have very little access to healthcare. The availability of lollies and Mountain Dew at the villages ensures a huge amount of dental decay and infection so they are always very happy to have a dentist as part of…