Hiking and camping the Coastal Track in Royal National Park

For our 6th wedding anniversary, and to check off Jeff's bucket list, we went camping with some friends along the Coastal Track down at Royal National Park. This is a super popular hiking trail - with camping reservations booked out at least 3 months in advance. This was our third - or was it fourth?! …

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 Three

The pinnacle of our three day hike in Mount Kosciuszko National Park was, of course, the namesake mountain itself. At 2,228 m, it is Australia's highest point. It was our main goal of the trip, but honestly, was not the apex of our days there. Even though we had full packs and had to battle …

Hiking in Mount Kosciuszko National Park: Day Two

It's fun to go off trail. It's fun to wander off the beaten track to go where few people venture, to pretend for a moment that we're early explorers discovering the great unknown. Remind me of this fact the next time I complain about 'getting lost'. 🙂 It says something when we eventually link back …

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, …