Great Walks

Great Walks February/March 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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2 min.
2021 vision

AS we leave 2020 and look forward to a better year ahead there is plenty of positive news to embrace. COVID vaccinations have begun in multiple countries, our own vaccination roll-out is not far off, COVID testing has become more efficient and scientists have even developed a test based on your breath, saving you from having to endure that feeling of your brain being tickled with a foot-long cotton bud. Of course there are going to be setbacks (I’m looking at you Sydney’s Northern Beaches!) but if we all use our commonsense by wearing facemasks when required, practising social distancing, clean our hands regularly and get vaccinated when one comes available we’ll see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel. One thing that we have been forced to do…

1 min.
lord howe island, nsw

Making National Geographic’s list of 21 must-travel destinations for 2021 is no mean feat. However, anyone who has visited Lord Howe, 780km northeast of Sydney, will know why it’s been labelled the Tasman Sea’s ‘last paradise’. “The island’s Protecting Paradise Program takes a holistic approach to biosecurity, enlisting the help of community volunteers and technology to remove destructive invasive species and protect endemic ones like the critically endangered Lord Howe Island phasmid or ‘walking sausage,’ a big-as-your-hand stick insect thought to be extinct until 2001,” wrote National Geographic. And congrats to Lord Howe’s Pinetrees Lodge becoming Australia’s first full-service hotel to be certified carbon neutral under Canberra’s Climate Active Program. “We wanted to demonstrate that small businesses like ours can lead on environmental and social issues, and still be profitable,” says…

2 min.
alone time

WITH lockdown 2.0 looking imminent in Melbourne, I was determined to get out for one last overnighter to see me through the next few months. I had been thinking about a solo overnight hike for a while and when the three stars of weather, teenagers and work aligned, I quickly booked my campsites. I was finally going to do it! I have been harbouring grandiose plans for some time to complete many different and varying solo hikes – everything from the Bibbulmun Track in WA to the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I first really needed to confirm if I actually enjoyed being solo as well as overcome any fears that I held. There was only one way to find out. The spectacular Wilsons Promontory southern section had been on my radar…

10 min.
south by southwest

HAVING walked from Penguin at the top of Tasmania, to the bottom of the Overland Track it was time to tackle the Frenchmans Cap Track. Day 1 starts with a 29km shuttle bus drive from Derwent Bridge to the trailhead on the Lyell Highway. As we walked across the swing bridge over the Franklin River we noticed that the previous day’s rain had swollen the river significantly. This put in doubt our ability to ford the river in three day’s time at Irenabyss downstream. The high water level on the South Loddon River confirmed these fears. The walk to Lake Vera hut was about 15km with 787m of ascent, so we got a good sweat up along the trail. Day 2 involved an ascent over Barron Pass, which neither Shannon or…

9 min.
ghosts of the bush

SOME say the hike up Mount Superbus to reach the wreck of a Lincoln Bomber is haunted. It’s certainly a difficult trek and there’s an eerie feeling being surrounded by the thick vines and near impenetrable forest. The mountain seems to place obstacles every time a new hiker sets out to look for the wreck. We tried, we searched, we found it and we think some of those beliefs may be true. The hollow fuselage of the plane dominates the landscape. Twisted metal remains strung in trees and litters the forest floor, becoming one with the mountainside amid moss and fallen leaves. It’s as if the mountain is protecting the wreck by hugging the remains with its vines and overgrown trees, stopping it from sliding any further down the 60º incline.…

9 min.
whales, wine and wildflowers

GENE Hardy emerges from the underwater limestone ledge, a mask-and-snorkel-wearing hunter with a spiny crimson West Australian crayfish gripped in his gloved hand. And that’s when he sees the great white shark. “A big one, 10 metres away, and it scared the crap out of me,” enthuses Gene, the founder of Cape To Cape Explorer Tours (CCET), a Margaret River-based company with 11 years specialising in hiking adventures on the Cape to Cape Track, which is embedded in Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP of WA’s rugged southwest. “I swam so fast I just about walked on water!” We’re perched on a granite boulder after a swim in a gorgeous coastal rock pool named The Aquarium for its effervescent water and teeming fish. It’s day two of an 8-day guided hike traversing the 124km coastal and…