Great Walks June/July 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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get inspired!

AS Great Walks hurtles towards issue 100 (Feb-Mar 2022) we have plenty of wonderful walks to inspire you before that – and this issue (No. 95) is no exception. we head ‘off the radar’ and showcase some of Australia’s finest walks you’ve (probably) never heard of. First off the rank is Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area, NSW (pg18) where our writer and his wife had the place to themselves. We then showcase another ten wonderful multidayers where you can avoid the crowds (pg28). After all, with our international borders closed (hopefully NZ remains open) more Australians are taking on our iconic walks so it’s nice to know there are places to go to avoid the masses. In other news, after months of planning we have launched our Wilderness Photographer of the Year…

1 min.
southern ocean walk, sa

Named after one of Australia’s best known landscape artists the Heysen Trail, at 1200km, is our nation’s longest dedicated hiking trail. From humble beginnings at the small fishing town of Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula to the ancient rock formations of the Flinders Ranges it embodies the essence of Australia’s quintessential landscapes. The Southern Ocean Walk is a curated journey incorporating some of the most spectacular scenery of the early stages of this trail from Cape Jervis to Victor Harbor. Over four glorious days guests can enjoy remote sandy beaches, dense sclerophyll forests with all year waterfalls and sheer cliff faces against the majesty of the Southern Ocean. Surrounded by an array of wildlife in their natural element, this walk is a must for anyone with an affinity for unspoilt panoramas.…

2 min.
helping hands

WITH many beautiful walks of the world off-limits due to travel restrictions, I have been reminiscing about amazing Australian walks my husband and I have enjoyed. One such walk was the 8.6km/5hr return Punamii-Unpuu Trail. Following Mertens Creek to Mitchell Falls in the Kimberley, Western Australia, this walk has waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art and diverse flora and fauna. However, my story is not about the walk but about the amazing mateship and co-operation played out in this very remote location. In July 2010, we left the iconic Gibb River Road, turning into Kalumburu Road – our destination, King Edward River and Munurru Campground, 162km north of the Gibb. The Gibb was a dream highway compared to the bone-jarring trip on the Kalumburu. We set up camp beside the King Edward and…

7 min.
surf & turf

MY adventure began the moment I boarded Coral Expeditions’ Coral Discoverer from Hobart’s Sullivan’s Cove. For the next 11 days, I’d be indulging my senses, as we cruised along the coastline, taking in the sights and sounds of Southern Tasmania, and learning about the wealth of its natural history, shared each night by our on-board lecturers. Launched in 2005, the Coral Discoverer is a small 63m purpose-built expedition cruise ship accommodating a maximum of 72 passengers with a relaxed ambience and spacious cabins, sundeck, lounge and bar, which can be enjoyed after a big day of exploring. After being welcomed aboard by Captain Josh and the crew, we gently cruised down the Derwent River in the golden light of late afternoon, where bubbly and conversation flowed freely, and new friendships with…

2 min.
sharing knowledge

GRW: As a guest guide with Coral Expeditions what is your expertise and your role on a trip? My background is in Australian archaeology and education. I initially trained as an archaeologist at the ANU in Canberra, and in the 1990’s joined with Tassie Parks and Wildlife Service, working closely with the Palawa [Tasmanian Indigenous] community in the TPWS Heritage Branch. For Coral, I provide on ground commentary and on board lectures on Tasmania’s extraordinary human history from the earliest times to the recent past. GRW: For its size Tasmania has an amazing mix geography. Why is this? Tasmania as we know it now is the result of a complex geology, countless millennia of biological evolution and a unique colonial legacy. These factors have combined to give us such iconic and diverse places…

8 min.
bush-bash bonanza

“OH, really?” drawls my work colleague when I explain where I’m going for Christmas. The ambivalent intonation coupled with a blank expression serves to identify yet another dedicated hiker who has never heard of this extraordinary place. I can’t really blame them, because until a few weeks ago I hadn’t heard of it either, despite it being part of the Greater Blue Mountains, barely three hours drive from Sydney’s CBD. It’s effectively known only to Lithgonians, coal interests, and NSW’s most voracious bushwalkers. This may explain why, over a few days across one of the year’s main holidays, we can explore Mugii Murum-ban State Conservation Area (hereafter known as ‘the park’) without meeting another living soul. What’s in a name? It starts with the Australian boobook (also known as the mopoke), a…