Tag Archive | Hiking

Perseverance Creek, Valley of the Diamonds and Cresswick Dam walk

Rocks, rocks and more rocks. That’s the best way to describe the walk from the Perseverance Creek dam down Perseverance Creek, up the Valley of the Diamonds and back down to Cresswick Dam. I am here to collect the controls from the Rogue 24hr Adventuregain but really am just having a great time exploring this […]

Carnarvon Gorge trip – the final post (23 April 2014)

For our final day at Carnarvon Gorge we retraced our steps back to the national park visitor centre along the Main Gorge Track. I followed my parents walking ahead of me back across the creek crossings and through the cycads. From the Art Gallery we started to see more walkers: older couples who mostly looked […]

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 […]

Carnarvon Gorge – Boolimba Bluff Walk (20 April 2014)

We load our packs with the billy, breakfast, coffee, hot chocolate and reading books to have a fancy Easter Sunday breakfast with a view. A short 5km drive takes us to the Carnarvon National Park visitor centre and we set off along the main walking track through the long grass again. Today’s destination is Boolimba […]

Carnarvon Gorge – Mossy Gorge walk (19 April 2014)

We enter Carnarvon Gorge proper where Carnarvon Creek runs along the wide gorge floor between towering sandstone cliffs. Palm trees rise so tall that you could be forgiven for believing we are on the coast of some tropical island paradise instead of hundred of kilometres inland in Queensland’s Outback. The walking trail meanders through the […]

Carnarvon Gorge – Baloon Cave and Mickey Creek walks (19 April)

Baloon Cave walk (1km return) We set off down the trail through open forest. It’s quite warm, reminding us that we are in Queensland’s central west. The ground is dry under foot and the nearby cliff edge is a precarious rubble of dry rock and tufts of grass. This is the bush as I know it. And then we round […]

Kenya Day 14 – Menengai Crater hike

“Andrew!” I look up as I hear my name. A tall solid Kenyan wearing dark trousers, pink jumper, beanie and green Masai blanket waves with a huge smile. This must be Paul, the tour guide Rosemary had organised for me. We shake hands and introduce ourselves before I follow Paul off up the road to […]

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 […]