Great Walks December/January 2021

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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the path ahead

IF 2020 was a bushwalking track it’d be graded Challenging and require all your skills to navigate. The weather would be unpredictable and maps unreliable. The path would be littered with broken trees and slippery rocks. You’d realise you left some important piece of kit at home and by the time you decided to turn around it’d be too late and you’d have to walk the whole of the track. Life is like a never-ending bushwalk – we get up every day and follow our path, sometimes walking with people, sometimes walking on our own. Sometimes we get lost and overwhelmed. Then something happens. We witness a magnificent sunset or share a special moment with a fellow hiker. We remember to stop and look around. To breathe in deep and exhale…

1 min.
great walks magazine

Editor Brent McKean P: 02 9213 8274 Advertising Bobby Butler P: 02 9213 8265 M: 0405 594 303 Contact Publisher James Ostinga Managing Director Tracy Yaffa Advertising Production Luke Buckley 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 Contributors, Anna Ash, Caro Ryan, Chris Hall, Craig Sheather, Dan Slater, Jason Freeman, Jemima Headlam, Laura Waters, Mick Fletoridis, Paula Loveday…

1 min.
mount arapiles, vic

Located in the Wimmera plains of western Victoria, Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park covers 7500 hectares and is valuable for nature conservation, with around 14% of the state’s flora species found in the area. As for fauna, you’ll spot kangaroos, shingleback lizards and peregrine falcons. The park is of cultural importance for the Wotjobaluk people who have been in the area for thousands of years. And just as we went to press a stone-tool quarrying and manufacturing site was discovered near the base of the mountain. There are several bushwalks in the park including the 15km Circuit Walk. Starting and ending at Centenary Park Campground, this mostly flat walk follows the park boundary taking in views of the region and offering access to the Mt Arapiles Summit via a short but steep…

2 min.
burnt offerings

IN many a hiker’s camp or hiking hut one of the evening starter conversations is “What’s for dinner?” Nowadays I can showcase my pre-prepared, home cooked, home dehydrated and zip locked tasty two-course meal. Sounds good, but I did learn the hard way... Many years ago, our family of four embarked on our very first multi-day hike. We had just been dropped by boat in the humid mangrove creeks of Hinchinbrook Island in north Queensland to follow the five-day Thorsborne Trail and were brimming with semi-confidence about our hastily planned hike. Our backpacks weighed a ton – at this fledgling stage in our hiking careers we hadn’t heard of Backcountry meals or dehydrated dinners so we each shared a range of potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, and even (ha) a chopping board!…

10 min.
the long way down

IMAGINE completing a multi track walk from the northern town of Penguin and finishing at Cockle Creek, Rocky Bay in the southeast. Our six walks were Penguin to Cradle Trail (P2C), Overland Track (OT), Frenchmans Cap (FC), Port Davey Track (PD), South West Cape Track (SWC) and South Coast Track (SC). Our start date was Wed 12th February, with a plan to finish walking on Wed 25th March 2020. This is our story. There are many ways to describe Tasmania, as it captures people’s hearts in different ways. Ray Glancy, the leader of this epic walk, and his wife Dawn, had their hearts captured decades ago when they first explored the island. Ray has since ventured into more rugged, wetter, snow covered, isolated areas of this state, taking along many a…

10 min.
on country

THERE is an exciting research project underway at the Australian National University, called Mayi Kuwayu – The National Study of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing. An impressive group of scientists and researchers have come together to create the first national study of the long-held anecdotal belief of the benefits to First Nations physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of time spent on country. Whilst I’m not of First Nations heritage and can never fully understand the life-giving, powerful force that is an indigenous person’s deep connection to country, as a bushwalker I can appreciate the science-backed benefits to spending time in nature and feed my desire to learn about the other. A country of countries So whilst travel to overseas countries is off limits, now is the perfect time to discover and learn…