Great Walks

Great Walks April/May 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 pilgrim’s progress

2021 is the next Holy Year of the Camino – that network of pilgrims’ Ways leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, northwestern Spain. People have been walking Caminos for centuries but according to Jacobean tradition, pilgrims who walk to Galicia during a Holy Year and pass through the Holy Door of the Santiago Cathedral are forgiven for all their sins. Result! Walking a Camino attracts the religious and nonreligious but no matter their belief system one thing they have in common is they’ll all experience the three C’s – camaraderie, culture and cramps! As we went to press the Pope announced that due to COVID travel restrictions the Holy Year of the Camino would be extended to…

1 min.
hokkaido, japan

If you think a trip to Japan only involves visiting futuristic cities and watching sumo wrestling, think again. Bring your hiking boots because some of the best views and experiences are off the beaten track, as Japan is a country of mountains. More than 70% of the volcanic archipelago is covered by towering volcanic peaks and snow-capped summits; and these mountains, which have traditionally held important religious and cultural significance, are a haven for hikers. A fine example of Japan’s lesser-known hiking trails is the walk to Mount Asahi (pictured), the tallest mountain on the island of Hokkaido, located in Japan’s largest national park, Daisetsuzan, known as the ‘playground of the gods’. In winter it’s a popular ski resort but in autumn it’s a hiker’s paradise filled with unspoilt wilderness, autumnal…

2 min.
head in the clouds

IF you were to view an aerial map of the Pinnacles trail in Malaysia’s Gunung Mulu NP, you would surely notice one glaring omission: there are no switchbacks. Climbing directly up Gunung Api’s north-western flank, the route gains 1200m of elevation in only 24 kilometres. My partner and I had risen at 5.20am to tackle the climb with a group of three German friends and our local guide Nimrod. With the trail itself consisting entirely of rocks and tree roots, the climb was almost as taxing mentally as it was physically – every step had to be measured, and every foot placement carefully considered, lest we slip and land on one of the sharp rocks that littered the route. Somehow though, after a gut-wrenching slog that had me stripped down to…

8 min.
outback odyssey

THE Eastern Goldfields, 550km to the east of Perth, is isolated, harsh and dry with a small number of reliable and permanent sources of water. Over millennia, the traditional Aboriginal people of the region survived because of their knowledge of the land. They moved around the country crisscrossing between gnammas (rock holes) and lakes where they would find food and water, and camp for a few nights. Early prospectors who travelled to the region in the massive gold rush of the 1890s frequently failed in their endeavours because of their cumbersome camp equipment, and their lack of knowledge about the terrain and location of water. Many carried their worldly possessions in heavy, wooden long-handled wheelbarrows pushing their swags and gold pans along little more than dirt and sand tracks. I need to…

8 min.
bush, bays and breeze

2021 marks the 21st anniversary since Park Trek was first launched in 2000 with a handful of walking tours. Over the years, the company has expanded to encompass a variety of destinations all over Australia. To celebrate this milestone Great Walks was invited to explore South Gippsland, one of Victoria’s favourite holiday destinations. Our lead guide for the walk is Dries ‘The Giant’ from Belgium who has the strength and power of a pack-horse. His 2IC is Mercedes from Spain. After five years of studying medicine, Mercedes made the brave decision to quit and follow her passion in the travel industry. Throw in five worldly and well-travelled ladies from various parts of regional Victoria and we had ourselves a very interesting and diverse group of walkers. Over five days we explored…

1 min.
picture perfect

Alpine NP, Vic Jackie Crane, Macleod Vic Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Jackie: "After 100+ days of lockdown we headed for the High Country, literally 6 hours after Melbourne’s metro-regional boundary was lifted. While it is always incredible up there, this time it was so much more special." Barcelona countryside, Spain Martin Rose, Belrose NSW Camera: iPhone 6S Martin: "Holidaying in the mountains southwest of Barcelona, our walk led to this spectacular bushfire lookout that is manned 24/7 in the summer months. He was a bit surprised to see us, but grateful for some company." Mt Field NP, Tas Mathieu Ellerby, Ashgrove, Qld Camera: Canon EOS 100D Mathieu: "Start of the Tarn Shelf Circuit, Mt Field NP from the Mt Mawson Ski area looking down onto the first set of tarns. We had a glorious day traversing the tarn…