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Days 5-7: More Minjerribah musings

I think I am one of the luckiest men alive. I wake before the sun, do a few hours work, cook and eat breakfast with a fantastic view over the bay, do a bit more work out in the sunshine before I enjoy a few hours exploring more of what Minjerribah has to offer. I’ve […]

Day 4 – Settling into island life

I enjoyed a quiet island morning fishing off the Amity Point jetty (no, I didn’t catch anything). I’m not a fisherman by any stretch of the imagination, having never had much patience for the waiting game. Perhaps it is my new lifestyle but I found it quite pleasant jigging for squid this morning. Sure, I […]

The Tree Top Walk

The bridge sways under my feet as my nephews and niece walk along it. I’ve come up to O’Reilly for breakfast with my sister and her husband. But before we eat, we take a short wander down the Tree Top Walk. I’ve never been a fan of suspension bridges or heights but am not going […]

Carnarvon Gorge – Battleship Spur walk (22 April)

I wake during the night to the sound of gurgling water from the creek. I’ve been deep in sleep but nature is calling so I crawl out of the tent. I fumble my way down the path a suitable distance from camp when my head torch lights up something massive and white in front of […]

Carnarvon Gorge – Main Gorge Track to Big Bend bush camp

After another gloriously restful sleep in my tent, I was refreshed and ready to lug my heavy pack up the Main Gorge Track to Big Bend bush camp. The trail is only 10km but there are plenty of extra side tracks to extend the walk, which is exactly what we did. As we set off […]

Tooloona Creek Circuit hike

After the week I’ve had, it was wonderful to drive up the mountains with Mum to enjoy some fresh rainforest air. Our destination was the 17.5km (10.8 mile) Tooloona Creek Circuit at Lamington National Park (Green Mountains Section). After the obligatory photo at the national park entry sign we were off on the trail. The […]

Reflecting on my last trip to Moreton Island (September 2011)

As I plan my Moreton Island microadventure, I find myself reflecting on my last visit to the island. It was the weekend after my 32nd birthday and I’d been back in my “get back to fitness” lifestyle for about three months. It was at my birthday dinner that I mentioned it would be pretty cool […]

Preparing for my next walking microadventure

New maps, a photo by AndrewGills on Flickr. My son turns 23 in February. He’s more gamer than adventurer but in September 2011, I took him hiking over at Moreton Island. It was his first overnight hike and he still talks about it all the time. He went back to Moreton with a mate last […]

Upper Portals, Mt Barney

After the success of last weekend’s Lower Portals walk, I decided to invite Mum to come with me on another swimming hole walk: the Upper Portals. As you might have guessed from the similarities in the names, the Upper Portals walk is in a similar area as the Lower Portals walk. In fact, the Upper […]

Lower Portals bushwalk & swim

Mt Barney looms over the surrounding farmland like an ancient guardian. The multiple peaks and rocky outcrops warn of the dangers associated with climbing the mountain’s peaks. I’ve rarely explored the national park here because I’m not much of a climber and there’s something foreboding about the prospect of climbing her. I can’t explain it […]