Australia

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Railway Reserve Heritage Trail: John Forest NP

Bushwalking is Australian for hiking and more. In this incredibly vast and wild continent (6th largest country in the world, and 31 x the United Kingdom), any European spoilt with luxurious mountain huts and meticulously marked trails, is bound to encounter his or her roughest alter ego. Bushwalking means finding your own way, knowing how to localise water, carrying food for a week, and putting up your tent in the wilderness among pestering flies, aggressive Dingoes and Kookaburras snatching the food from your mouth.

The Australian landmass has ancient origins, resulting in strongly eroded mountain massifs reaching no higher than Mount Kosciuszko at 2228 m. Nature is most varied, ranging from rain forests up north to vast inland deserts, from snowy mountains in Tasmania and Victoria to the more than 7000 beaches. Forests of beach and eucalyptus give the country colour and scent. Several trails lead to the most remarkable aboriginal rock paintings and sculptures, some of which are more than 1000 years old.

So varied is Australian nature, that the image of the hot continent really must be dismissed as a myth. Australian summers can in fact be very hot and dry in parts of the country. But summer is the best time to walk in the Australian Alps or on the island of Tasmania. Winter is excellent for hiking in humid Queensland and the dry central inland areas of Australia. Spring and autumn make for good hiking almost anywhere in the country.

Hiking is possible on all levels of difficulty and in all biotopes. The many national parks, sometimes the size of a full grown country, are good for both day hikes and long distance walks. Longest in the country (and allegedly in the world, but this is disputed) is the 5330 km Bicentennial National Trail. Walking “by the stars” is not unusual in Australia: the true bushwalker needs no map or path. Sections of some trails are unmarked, or absent altogether. You will need to find your way with a map only, or by following the course of a river. Some people venture across the entire continent on foot, like John Muir. He made a film about it, titled “Alone Across Australia”. In many national parks you will need a permit, and reservations for camp sites and huts.

The longest hiking or multi-use trails are:

  • Bicentennial National Trail (Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland), 5330 km
  • Heysen Trail (South Australia), 1144 km
  • Bibbulmun Track (Western Australia), 961 km
  • Australian Alps Walking Track (Victoria, New South Wales), 683 km
  • Tasmanian Trail (Tasmania), 477 km
  • Hume and Hovell Track (New South Wales), 440 km
  • Great North Walk (New South Wales), 250 km
  • Great South West Walk (Victoria), 250 km
  • Great Dividing Trail (Victoria), 240 km
  • Larapinta Trail (Northern Territory), 230 km
  • McMillans Track (Victoria), 220 km
  • Tops to Myall Heritage Trail (New South Wales), 220 km
  • Katoomba to Mittagong Trail (New South Wales), 132 km
  • Cape to Cape Track (Western Australia), 124 km

A number of Australian trails find their origins in the national parks, and are maintained by the national park authorities. Within these parks you will always find possibilities for shorter hikes. Other – often longer - trails are private initiatives and being maintained by foundations or non-profit community organisations. In some cases the state government is responsible for a trail. Over the past years for instance, Queensland has opened ten Great Walks, long distance walks through the most beautiful regions of the tropical northeast.

Camping is the rule, huts are an exception. On the Bibbulman Track and the popular Overland Track (Tasmania) it is possible to walk from hut to hut. But on other walks you will need to bring your own tent. Be prepared to carry all your food, and plan ahead carefully where to stock up on water, because summer in many parts of Australia is dry. Open fires are often prohibited due to forest fire risk, so carry your own stove for cooking.

Last but not least, one of Australia's top bushwalkers, John Chapman, is always ready to share all his know-how and experiences with you. His website www.john.chapman.name is the authority, so don't forget to check what he has to say before taking off.

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2021
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  • Lonely Planet Best Day Walks Australia
  • Lonely Planet`s Best Day Walks Australia is your passport to 60 escapes into nature. Stretch your legs outside the city by picking a hike that works for you, from a few hours to a full day, from easy to hard. Stroll verdant hillsides, discover hidden coastlines, or explore the Outback. Get to the heart of Australia and begin your journey... Read more
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  • Top Walks in Australia
  • Australia is mecca for bushwalkers - there are walks crossing every sort of landscape, from rocky deserts to the tropical coast, craggy mountains to verdant rainforest, as well as some shaped by colourful human history. Experienced travel writer Melanie Ball has hiked every track in this book for walkers of all levels of experience. Included... Read more
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  • Walks in Nature
  • Walks in Nature: Australia is a celebration of being outdoors. From coastal cliffs and crescents of sand, to iconic bush landscapes and wild offshore islands, this book offers more than 100 walking trails around the country, all within an easy distance of your capital city. This second edition has been completely updated and contains new walks... Read more
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  • Gymnastic Exercises for Horses
  • The rare book, Gymnastic Exercises for Horses Volume II is now available in the Xenophon Press Reprint program. This great work explains how to gymnastically develop your horse and how to address problems that will inevitably arise along his path of training. The exercises are for green horses to Grand Prix and everything in between. Each... Read more
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  • The rare book, Gymnastic Exercises for Horses Volume II is now available in the Xenophon Press Reprint program. This great work explains how to gymnastically develop your horse and how to address problems that will inevitably arise along his path of training. The exercises are for green horses to Grand Prix and everything in between. Each... Read more
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  • Back Roads Australia
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Back Roads Australia driving vacation guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming Australian towns, local restaurants, and intimate places to stay. Local travel writers have carefully crafted each driving itinerary in the guide based on first-hand knowledge, creating tours full of original ideas for... Read more
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  • Back Roads Australia
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Back Roads Australia driving vacation guide will take you via scenic routes to discover charming Australian towns, local restaurants, and intimate places to stay. Local travel writers have carefully crafted each driving itinerary in the guide based on first-hand knowledge, creating tours full of original ideas for... Read more
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  • Big Like
  • Twenty years after coming to America to escape the debacle at home, Wolf is in the middle of a successful career when a thought trips him up: What if he dies at forty? After one decade in survival mode and another decade in success mode, what’s his purpose now? Stunned, he quits his job and goes to France to open himself up to new... Read more
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  • Australia
  • Australia's rugged Red Centre - including Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon) - has all the ingredients for adventure, discovery and excitement in a calm and inviting environment. So many of the world's great desert landscapes are sadly off-limits due to political instability and war. For those who love the... Read more
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  • Australia's rugged Red Centre - including Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon) - has all the ingredients for adventure, discovery and excitement in a calm and inviting environment. So many of the world's great desert landscapes are sadly off-limits due to political instability and war. For those who love the... Read more
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  • Walks of a Lifetime
  • Veteran outdoor enthusiasts Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to experience the joy of walking in Walks of a Lifetime. They offer firsthand descriptions of thirty of the world's great long-distance trails and multiday walks, including personal anecdotes, natural and cultural history, practical tips, and full-color photographs and maps.... Read more
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  • Walks of a Lifetime
  • Veteran outdoor enthusiasts Robert and Martha Manning invite readers to experience the joy of walking in Walks of a Lifetime. They offer firsthand descriptions of thirty of the world's great long-distance trails and multiday walks, including personal anecdotes, natural and cultural history, practical tips, and full-color photographs and maps.... Read more
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  • Snapshots
  • On a trail of relics and ruins, Snapshots is a travel diary delineating my journeys of four major continents. A travel through the ancient, the medieval, the renaissance and the modern; an historical account of these continents has been noted in this diary. Primarily, it is the palaces, the mosques, the churches, the temples and the museums;... Read more
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  • Snapshots
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Wine Trails - Australia and New Zealand | Lonely Planet
  • Following the success of Wine Trails , we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in Australia and New Zealand wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including the Clare Valley, Margaret River, Hawkes Bay, Tamar Valley and Marlborough, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path. Wine Trails - Australia & New Zealand is perfect for... Read more
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  • World & Flags Hema Political Pacific-Centred
  • The world at 1:40,850,000 presented with Pacific Ocean in the centre on a double-sided folded map from the Australian publishers Hema; political version on one side and a physical map on the reverse. Each side shows the land masses against the background of light blue oceans with bathymetric tints to reflect the depth of the ocean floor. Polar... Read more
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2011
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  • Australië - South Australia
  • Bezoek het zeer Engelse Adelaide, bewonder het uitbundige dierenleven en maak mooie kustwandelingen op Kangaroo Island, proef de beroemde Australische wijnen in de Barossa Valley en wandel over de paarse Kaiserstuhl, krijg het echte 'outback' gevoel in de Flinders Ranges en beklim daar de fraai gevormde rand van de Wilpena Pound, overnacht op... Read more
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  • Australië - Red Centre
  • Bezoek het rode hart van Australië, wandel door de grillige rotsen van de West MacDonnell Ranges, zwem in koele ‘water holes’, rijd over eindeloze wegen de leegte tegemoet, ontdek de spectaculaire Kings Canyon, vergaap je aan de kleurrijke zonsondergang bij Uluru, loop door de Valley of Winds, leer over de Aboriginal leefwijze, slaap in zeer... Read more
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  • Australië - Top End
  • Bezoek het tropische noorden van Australië met het befaamde Kakadu Nationaal Park, bewonder de prehistorische Aboriginal rotstekeningen, spot tientallen fraaie vogels, bekijk enorme krokodillen van dichtbij, maak een duik in de koele 'plunge pools' van Litchfield NP, peddel door Katherine Gorge, slaap in zeer verschillende, maar altijd... Read more
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  • Bezoek het noorden van Queensland, snorkel boven het Great Barrier Reef, spot fraaigekleurde vissen en zeeschildpadden, wandel over spierwitte stranden, kom tot rust in het tropisch regenwoud van Daintree National Park, trek de outback in en verken Undara Volcanic NP, bewonder wilde watervallen in het Atherton Tableland, slaap in zeer... Read more
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  • Canada - British Columbia Multi-actief en avontuurlijk
  • Ben je in voor een actieve en avontuurlijke rondreis door Canada's British Columbia en niet persé op zoek naar de veel bezochte ‘highlights’ zoals Tofino, Jasper en Banff, ga dan met ons ‘off the beaten track’ en laat je verrassen door de relatief stille en nog authentieke locaties. Wandel op de grens van land en zee aan de zuidwestkust van... Read more
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