Great Walks October/November 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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Australia
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English
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Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
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3 min.
making memories

“JULY 1st, 1991: Sitting on a bed back in Santa Elena after an exhausting five days hiking up Mount Roraima,” my 30-year-old diary reads. “I went up with four others, Mark (Swiss), Kathy (Pom), Florian (German) and Carlos (Dutch) plus our guide Jose (South American Indian). We first had to go on a hair-raising 4WD trip to the Indian village of Paratepui, the jumping off point for the hike.” Putting together the Life Through The Lens images of Venezuela’s Mount Roraima (pg84) brought back fond memories of that same hike I did 30 years ago and of the 12 months I spent exploring the top half of South America. After searching through a few old boxes, I found my diary of that trip. It’s the only time I have kept one…

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1 min.
lake mackintosh, tasmania

Five kilometres from Tullah in Tasmania's west and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. The lake and surrounding countryside are magnificent with myrtle, sassafras and eucalypt forests along with native ferns growing almost to the lake's edge. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park has its western boundary lying to the east of the lake so you're in good company. There are several lovely bushwalking tracks around the 17km-long lake or take the three-hour return walk to the summit of Mt Farrell through lush forest, past old mines and through areas of buttongrass. From the summit there are amazing views of Tasmania's wilderness. Or if you had the right gear and know-how you could explore the mighty Granite Tor Conservation Area that the lake forms part of.…

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3 min.
the kids are alright

WHEN I was a child in our household we were always busy. One of my favourite memories was a couple of trips we made to Mt Beauty where we used the location at the foot of Mt Bogong to climb Victoria’s highest peak. We have footage which captured these moments complete with no sound and lots of waving at the camera. Happy times. I now have three kids of my own. Over the years we have looked to create our own memories. This included travelling to NZ’s South Island which was my first overseas trip growing up where Dad, my brother and I completed the Routeburn Track. We did the Hooker Valley Track at the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook as well as keeping busy around Queenstown. I could see my two…

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10 min.
small family, big adventure

AS I stood at the bank of the Daintree River, looking desperately from right to left trying to detect the slightest hint of crocodile, I fantasised about a 4WD coming to our rescue. Alas there were none. Murphy’s Law: as a hiker, whenever you’re in need of a 4WD to carry you across a crocodile-infested river, they are never around. Whenever you’d prefer to enjoy your hike in peaceful solitude, they roar by, leaving petrol fumes in their wake. I looked back at my husband who had the largest stick he could find in his right hand, his hiking poles in his left, and our two-year-old daughter on his back. I fake-smiled at him, too nervous to give off my usual high-pitched nervous laugh. The Daintree River was all that stood…

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4 min.
q&a

Wanting to know more about Belinda’s big adventure, we asked her a few questions. GRW: What was your first day on the walk like? Belinda: We had a very whirlwind start to our adventure. We had only chosen the National Trail to hike two weeks before we left and received the official guidebooks on the day we were to start our drive from Brisbane to Cairns. We took a minibus from Cairns to Cooktown and the driver managed to drive into a ditch and roll the trailer containing ours and the other passenger’s bags. Luckily no one was hurt, and after all the guys on the bus had helped to right the trailer, we found that our gear was all intact too. By the time a local (and avid hiker) had taken…

9 min.
comfort factor

IF I was Kelly Slater, I would be frothing. On what is my first visit to Margaret River, I am blown away by the surf breaks that line the rugged Indian Ocean coastline. No wonder this part of the world is so revered by surfers far and wide. But I am not here to surf; I am here to hike, and it is very early in the piece that I realise that the Cape to Cape Track is just as much a siren call for walkers, as the waves are for Kelly, Owen Wright and a sea of surfers searching for stoke … and finding it. My journey to the Cape to Cape, a much vaunted track in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP in WA, is down to the C-word. COVID. What else…

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