Hiking Warrumbungles National Park

Last weekend, we went camping at Warrumbungle National Park, Australia's first Dark Sky Park. Australia in general already enjoys really low light pollution; even in Sydney, we can see the faint band of the Milky Way with our naked eye. But out there in Warrumbungle, my goodness. We could see, quite clearly, those billion little …

Hiking in Mount Kosciuszko National Park: Day One

We took advantage of the Australia Day long weekend and joined a group of friends to tackle Mount Kosciuszko again. Our intrepid hike leader, Ed, mapped out a more ambitious - but super fun - trail than the easy one from the Thredbo chairlift we'd initially tackled last November. Our main route was the Main Range Track, …

Hiking the Overland Track – Day 6: Windy Ridge to Narcissus

Last day of the walk. I approached it with nothing but dread and grim determination. Which felt wrong. The climbs were over. This was supposed to be the easy bit - 9km of "gradual easy descent to Narcissus hut through eucalypt forest and across buttongrass plains". But even jamming my feet into my still damp …

Hiking the Overland Track – Day 2: Waterfall Valley to Lake Windemere

The winds and rain assailed us for most of the night, dying down only at daybreak. When I no longer heard the rustling of the winds and only the call of birds, I poked my head out of my tent, to stare right into the face of a calmly grazing pademelon. It paid me little …

Hiking the Overland Track – Day 1: Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley

The anticipation was high as we strapped on our gaiters and hoisted our backpacks to pose for a group shot at the start of the Overland Track. When I had thought about it, 65km of trail walking over 6 days didn't seem too bad. It just averaged 11km a day. How hard could it be, …

Kayaking and camping along the Hawkesbury River

How fickle is this weather! Just yesterday we were leisurely floating down the Hawkesbury River, basking in the warm sunshine of late winter, laughing and looking forward to spring and the start of the kayak netball season. This morning, we awoke to drizzly weather and a dip in the temperatures. Looks like it'll stay crappy …