Uluru Base Walk, Northern Territory, Australia

Sure, you may be able to get a 360 degree view of Uluru on Google Maps now, but nothing beats heading to the Red Centre of Australia to see this amazing natural formation up close, and while you’re at it, walk around it’s base.

Hong Kong Trail, Hong Kong

Whoever would have thought that in the middle of one of the world’s most densely populated cities lies an oasis in the hills which contrasts nature with the city scrapers?  The Hong Kong  Trail is a 50 kilometre walking route which passes through the five country parks on Hong Kong island. A great way to…

Reykjadalur Trail, Iceland

Forget the Blue Lagoon, if you are looking for a lesser known place to submerge yourself in the geothermic waters of Iceland, look no further. Just a 45 minute drive from Reykjavik lies the town of Hveragerði which houses a valley teaming with geothermal activity called Reykjadalur (“Smokey Valley”).This valley is a beautiful hiking area and…

The Coast Track, Royal National Park, New South Wales

Nestled in the world’s second oldest national park, Royal National Park, this spectacular coastline walk takes you across cliff tops, beaches, and forest. This walk is perfect if you’re keen to try some multi-day hiking over two days- and it will give you time to stop for some whale watching or swim in one of…

Mount Kinabalu Summit, Sabah, Malaysia

The Mount Kinabalu Summit trail was one of the hardest hikes that I have ever done. Admittedly, completing it in one day was tough because you ascend more than 2200m in a day (and then have the steep steps to descend). I gave my hiking pole to a Canadian guy who had twisted his ankle on the…

Resolute Loop Trail, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales

Start: Resolute Picnic Area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (enter from gate to West Head- click here for more information) Distance: 4.4km loop Time: 2-3 hours Grade: Easy to moderate (there are some steep sections) Special Notes:  This track goes by a few different names such as the Aboriginal Heritage Walk and the Resolute Track. At time of writing, the signs in…

Heading for the Hills: Travelling in Iceland on a Budget

“I heard them calling in the distance So I packed my things and ran Far away from all the trouble I had caused with my two hands Alone we travelled armed with nothing but a shadow We fled, far away…” Of Monsters and Men (Mountain Sound)

The Apple (Isle) of My Eye: Musings from a trek in Tasmania

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met”  William Butler Yeats I feel pretty lucky to live in Australia. It really is an amazing place of diversity in culture, natural environment, produce and people. Last year, I was fortunate to see a lot more of my country, travelling through seven of the…

Wild and Free

“All good things are wild and free.” Those are the words of one of my favourite writers, Henry David Thoreau, in his essay titled ‘Walking’, which he delivered many times during the mid 19th Century. My connection with Thoreau’s writing is underpinned by his struggle between the love of nature’s simplicity and it parallels with a sense…

Kiama Coastal Walk and the Case of the $7 Banana Bread

Earlier this year on Australia Day, I completed the Kiama Coastal Walk with a couple of my European friends, Susanne and Anna. While potentially a little ‘un-Australian’ to hike on this annual celebration (I have spent many previous Australia Day’s at pubs watching cockroach races, drinking XXXX Gold and counting down Triple JJJ’s Hottest 100),…