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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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Australien, Sydney
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras: Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO Australien mit seinen quirligen Metropolen, überwältigenden Naturwundern und seiner kulturellen Vielfalt - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort auf dem Roten Kontinent an. Werfen Sie einen Blick in das Leben der ´´ussies´´... Read more
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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  • 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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Kompass
Germany
  • Up & down under (DuMont Reiseabenteuer)
  • Australien gilt als warmer Sehnsuchtsort für Urlauber, die Easy- Going, Strand und Kängurus suchen. Bei genauerem Hinsehen aber zeigt sich das Land als vielschichtiger und widersprüchlicher Kontinent. Martin Wittmanns Reise ist voller besonderer Eindrücke und intensiver Erlebnisse: Er taucht am Great Barrier Reef mit Haien, trifft an der... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Australia - Australië | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet. Is the grass always greener on the other side of the... Read more
Bol.com
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Handbuch Reiseführer Australien
  • Für die 4. Auflage des DuMont Reise-Handbuches war Autor Roland Dusik wieder intensiv vor Ort unterwegs. Auf der anderen Seite des Globus, dort, wo die Mittagssonne im Norden strahlt statt im Süden und die Junikäfer im Dezember fliegen, da liegt die gewaltige Landmasse Australien, ein Kontinent mit enormen Gegensätzen.Von Sydney über Melbourne... Read more
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
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  • The Rupununi Savannas of Guyana
  • Rupununi Savannas of Guyana: A Visual Journey is a book for all readers with an interest in Guyana. The book is essentially a photojournal of the southwestern part of the country that borders its neighbour Brazil. See the story of the land, the people, their everyday life, and the flora and fauna captured in over 100 photographs of this scenic... Read more
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Australië - Tasmanië
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  • Australië - Top End
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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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  • Groot-Brittannië - Isle of Wight
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  • Australië - Red Centre
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