Cape Conran

We have a habit preferring the beach to the official trail.  It all sounds good, if you imagine strolling hand in hand along a sandy shoreline with warm, gentle waves lapping at your bare feet. That’s not Cape Conran. Cape Conran is a wild, rocky shoreline of inlets, seaweed, crags, black volcanic columns and reddish,…

Brisbane Ranges -Ted Errey

It doesn’t get much more Australian than this. Cloudless blue sky, dry creek beds and black stumped grass trees. Add to that the singing crickets, rocky outcrops and winding gorges in the cold, blue shadow of afternoon and you have a great way to spend a rare, sunny, winter day in Victoria.   The eastern…

Bushranger’s Bay & Cape Schanck

My most favourite sound in the whole world is the wind in high treetops. I love the rush of leaves so far above my head, so much taller than I am. It expands the senses, stretches me upward. I feel like I exist far beyond the boundaries of my skin. The sound is the first thing I…

Lake’s Entrance – The Entrance Track

You don’t always win the weather game. Sometimes your best laid plans fall on grey days. Beautiful places don’t stop being beautiful.  They take on a different mood, a different character. They are bare-faced without makeup under a sullen, flat sky. We’re still so spanked by Mt Donna Buang that easy strolling seems like a good idea, so we…

Mt Donna Buang

There are a couple of things you should know upfront if you’re going to tackle a mountain like Donna Buang. It’s going to be steep, muddy and slippery. You will fall over. If you’re anything like me, you’ll do it many times and maybe even chuck a small tanty about it. If you don’t own a…

Keppel Lookout Trail

“I didn’t think the ascent would be like this,” he says holding up his hand perpendicular to the ground. We’d been naive about the Keppel Lookout Trail. After all, we’d conquered mountains and the sea before. We’d stood atop giants and seen to far horizons. Why should this trail be any different? There were many…

Indented Head – Bellarine Peninsula

What was Matthew Flinders thinking? He stands on top of a mountain overlooking the bay and peers through his spy glass toward the Bellarine Peninsula. “Why, it looks like a human head!” he shouts to his companions. “Only, it’s sort of flat there as though it has been impacted by a cannon ball or thumping fist….

Surf Coast – Anglesea to Airey’s Inlet

It’s grey and cool in the morning with a 30% chance of showers. Our walk begins at the Information Centre, where we’re greeted by little, orange men. They’re hunched over and shuffling and look how we felt yesterday arriving into town. Today they’re a bit of a downer because I already have traumatic-sized blisters on my feet. I…

Surf Coast – Torquay to Anglesea

It’s a scary thing to leave the car at Point Danger and just keep walking. There’s no ‘I reckon I’ve gone far enough; time to walk back’.  There’s only the ongoing pleasure of what’s around the bend. The Surf Coast Walk goes from Torquay to Fairhaven and covers about 46km of coastal track.  It’s hard…

Chatauqua Peak – Grampians

We must be mad to try two peaks in one day. Climbing Mt Sturgeon was so exhilarating. We all but floated down the mountain. We check our watches and the sky. There’s loads of daylight left, so we decide to fit in another peak before dinner. The Chatauqua Peak trail leaves straight from Halls Gap, just…

Mt Sturgeon – Grampians

We have high hopes for our first day in the Grampians.  Geddit? High … Nevermind. The sky isn’t promising. It’s blue when we start out but then the cloud gets low and we pass through showers on the drive down from Hall’s Gap. Did we make the right decision to go south today?  If we…

Sugarloaf Reservoir (Saddle Dam)

“I want to read a book by a lake,” he says to me as I ply him for inspiration about what to do today. So I open up Google Maps and scan for somewhere large and blue. The reservoir is an hour north east of Melbourne and by the Christmas Hills.  I’m dubious about how…