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Travel & Outdoor
Great Walks

Great Walks

October/November 2020

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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7 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
think for yourself

AS many parks and bushwalking tracks reopen, research from Edith Cowan University has revealed the risky behaviour of visitors that’s placing their safety in danger. Lead author Dr Edmund Goh surveyed visitors at Blue Mountains NP in NSW and found one of the leading causes of people straying from designated trails was witnessing others doing it. Dr Goh, from ECU’s School of Business and Law, believes this ‘copycat’ mentality gave people a false sense of security. “We were surprised by how much people are influenced by the behaviours of others, regardless of if they believed walking off track was unsafe or detrimental to the environment,” Dr Goh said. “Wandering off designated walking and biking trails has many risks such as injury, becoming lost, falling and snakebites, not to mention the impact on…

1 min.
the path of parks, italy

If we needed an excuse to get back to Italy, then this planned hiking route should be just the ticket! The Path of Parks or Sentiero dei Parchi will be a whopping 7,000km long and will take in all of the country’s 25 national parks – including those on the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Sergio Costa, Italy’s environment minister says the path will be based on the current CAI Path (Italian Alpine Club) which runs through 18 of the 25 parks already. “National parks are a treasure trove of nature: we must guarantee their conservation, but also their usability,” Costa said. The hiking trail will take walkers through the mighty Dolomites and along Italy’s picturesque coastlines like Cinque Terre. While there is no official opening date yet, $57 million will…

2 min.
meg in the mud

EVERY summer, my son and I plan a walking trip in Tasmania. This year was our most ambitious plan to date – the Western Arthurs traverse. Chris has done less bushwalking in recent years mostly due to memories of heavy packs when he was a guide. I am 65, and whilst the Western Arthurs was a dream, I felt that I did not have the fitness to complete the traverse. Chris thought otherwise and I stuck to a strict training routine and agonised over gear. We exchanged countless texts and emails, but the biggest question was always what boots to take? My beloved old Rossis were almost worn out and are no longer manufactured – a similar tale to Sole to Bare (GRW Feb-Mar 2020). A few weeks later the trip…

8 min.
on the track

TWELVE days, 12 hikers, 12 months in the planning. Our Great Queensland Rail Trail Adventure began in Kilkivan (100km north-west of Noosa) and ended at Ipswich (45km south-west of Brisbane). The 305km we walked consisted of the 161km Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT), the 89km Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail (KKRT) and the 55km Link Trail (LT) which connects them. The original rail lines that make up the BVRT and KKRT were developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to carry passengers, timber, meat, and crops such as peanuts. By the late 20th century the rail lines were decommissioned as road transport became more widespread and economical. Now in the early 21st century, rail trails across the country are gaining popularity as local and state government funding is used to…

1 min.
great queensland rail trail

Time: 12 days | Distance: 305km | Grade: moderate Day 1. Kilkivan – Goomeri: 29km Day 2. Goomeri – Wondai: 30km Day 3. Wondai – Kingaroy: 30km Day 4. Kingaroy – Nanango: 34km Day 5. Nanango – Yarraman 21km Day 6. Yarraman – Benarkin: 24km (*accommodation at Blackbutt) Day 7. Benarkin – Moore: 24km (*accommodation at Linville) Day 8. Moore – Toogoolawah: 30km Day 9. Toogoolawah – Esk: 19km Day 10. Esk – Coominya: 24km (*accommodation at Esk) Day 11. Coominya – Fernvale: 20km Day 12. Fernvale – Wulkuraka: 20km (then home) *Bus transfer to accommodation…

7 min.
full steam ahead

IT’S a crisp August morning in Tumbarumba as I slide my feet into my favourite, well-worn walking shoes. If only these shoes could talk. They’ve crossed rivers, held me against steep, rolling scree, hugged boulders for scrambling and today, they’re going to carry me along a more unusual surface for bushwalkers. But more on that later. For now, the crystal-tipped, well-tended lawns of Tumbarumba are crunching from the overnight chill as I head towards Nest Cafe for a dose of caffeinated energy. While the cafe’s cinema might be temporarily on hold for COVID-19, the full-flavoured flat white delivers with gusto in these comfy, arty surrounds that bear no resemblance to country cafes from my childhood. Juiced up on java, I head across the quiet, broad streets, past the classic Union Hotel and…