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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • An Idiot's Guide to
  • This is the original book by John Lockard, which has been edited to bring it in line with modern standards to provide an enjoyable and engaging account as set out by John Lockard. Complete with illustrations to bring the ideas on the page to life in full colour. This book is intended for both the beginners and the seasoned pros, and for those... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • An Idiot's Guide to
  • This is the original book by John Lockard, which has been edited to bring it in line with modern standards to provide an enjoyable and engaging account as set out by John Lockard. Complete with illustrations to bring the ideas on the page to life in full colour. This book is intended for both the beginners and the seasoned pros, and for those... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • With Every Step
  • "The story of my son, who made an epic solo trek around Australia in honour of a mate who died too young, only to lose his own life weeks later.' Neil Cadigan In late 2010 Andrew 'Cad' Cadigan quit his job, sold his home and set out to walk around Australia. He was doing it in honour of a mate, Chris Simpson, who had recently succumbed to a... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • With Every Step
  • "The story of my son, who made an epic solo trek around Australia in honour of a mate who died too young, only to lose his own life weeks later.' Neil Cadigan In late 2010 Andrew 'Cad' Cadigan quit his job, sold his home and set out to walk around Australia. He was doing it in honour of a mate, Chris Simpson, who had recently succumbed to a... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 1920s Annandale
  • 1920s Annandale was a busy place. There was the retail strip along Parramatta Road, the timber businesses on the harbour. In between, there were builders, fibrous plasterers, stonemasons and the Pictures. Confectionery, Jam, Pianos and Radios were all being made in Annandale. Though change was coming, motor vehicles were crashing into... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 1920s Annandale
  • 1920s Annandale was a busy place. There was the retail strip along Parramatta Road, the timber businesses on the harbour. In between, there were builders, fibrous plasterers, stonemasons and the Pictures. Confectionery, Jam, Pianos and Radios were all being made in Annandale. Though change was coming, motor vehicles were crashing into... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The World's Most Extreme Challenges
  • Every now and again the world takes notice of someone who has done something truly extraordinary. Whether that involves jumping from a balloon on the edge of the earth's atmosphere, trekking through the depths of the Antarctic winter or sailing solo around the world, these exceptional feats of endurance and bravery capture the imaginations of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The World's Most Extreme Challenges
  • Every now and again the world takes notice of someone who has done something truly extraordinary. Whether that involves jumping from a balloon on the edge of the earth's atmosphere, trekking through the depths of the Antarctic winter or sailing solo around the world, these exceptional feats of endurance and bravery capture the imaginations of... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth
  • Perfect for armchair dreamers and adventurous travelers, Make the Most of Your Time on Earth showcases 1,000 travel adventures across all 7 continents, using gorgeous full-bleed images throughout and short summaries of each. Travelers will be inspired to count dolphins in the Mediterranean (adventure #119), walk the Siq to Petra (adventure... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Make The Most Of Your Time On Earth
  • Perfect for armchair dreamers and adventurous travelers, Make the Most of Your Time on Earth showcases 1,000 travel adventures across all 7 continents, using gorgeous full-bleed images throughout and short summaries of each. Travelers will be inspired to count dolphins in the Mediterranean (adventure #119), walk the Siq to Petra (adventure... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Road Trips Outback Australia | Lonely Planet
  • Handige kleine reisgids over dit specifieke deel waarbij je allerlei suggesties krijgt om naast en bij de hoofdroute leuke dingen te doen. Goede kaartjes, veel praktische informatie. Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet Outback Australia Road Trips, your passport to uniquely encountering Australia's Outback by car. Featuring... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Sinhala
  • Sinhala is one of the official languages of Sri Lanka and the mother tongue of over 70 per cent of the population. Outside Sri Lanka it is used among immigrant populations in the U.K., North America, Australia and some European and Middle Eastern countries. As for the genetic relation, it belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Sinhala
  • Sinhala is one of the official languages of Sri Lanka and the mother tongue of over 70 per cent of the population. Outside Sri Lanka it is used among immigrant populations in the U.K., North America, Australia and some European and Middle Eastern countries. As for the genetic relation, it belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Our South-East Asia Adventures
  • In this sixth book of the Series, Anne and Martin follow the wake of Captain Bligh through the Great Barrier Reef, one of their toughest passages in their eight years of cruising. In South East Asia, they face the threats of crocodiles, deadly jellyfish and blood thirsty Komodo dragons, piracy and unpredictable fishing boats, electrolysis and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Our South-East Asia Adventures
  • In this sixth book of the Series, Anne and Martin follow the wake of Captain Bligh through the Great Barrier Reef, one of their toughest passages in their eight years of cruising. In South East Asia, they face the threats of crocodiles, deadly jellyfish and blood thirsty Komodo dragons, piracy and unpredictable fishing boats, electrolysis and... Read more
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Netherlands
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Groot-Brittannië - Isle of Wight
  • Overnacht in een schitterend gelegen landhuis aan zee, geniet van de geheel verzorgde maaltijden, laat je begeleiden door toegewijde Engelse wandelgidsen, wandel mee in een internationale groep en maak elke dag de keuze uit meerdere wandelingen. Volg het Isle of Wight Coastal Path en verken het glooiende binnenland. Breng de rustdag door aan... Read more
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