Chapter two of our remarkable hiking trails in Australia features the highest mountain in all of Australia and trails rich with history. Let us begin our journey by travelling up Mount Kosciuszko.
One of the best walks in the world is to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mainland peak in the beautiful NSW Snowy Mountains. This popular walk begins at Charlotte Pass and follows the Old Kosciuszko Road, as it winds through mountains, and then continues to the top of Kosciuszko. This 18.6km walk is filled with some of Australia’s highest mountains, historic huts such as the Seaman’s Hut, and enchanting snow gums.
This hike is great for beginners, with a chairlift that bypasses any actual difficult terrain and a raised metal walkway which runs the entire length of the walk. This means that your grandma would be able to sprint the length of this hike!
However, if you are interested in a more challenging experience, the Main Ridge Track via Charlottes Pass is the one for you. This track winds up and over mountains, skirts glacial lakes and lacks tourists you’ll think you’re miles away from anywhere.
Along the way, you will admire amazing displays of wildflowers including marsh marigolds, silver snow, daisies, mountain roses, and buttercups in the early summer. This walk is snowbound in winter, between June and October and would require cross-country skis or snowshoes, however, during Summer this is one of the most breathtaking trails you can explore.
You can even take a virtual tour of the summit walk by clicking here
Here are a few things you will want to make sure you bring with you:
- Appropriate Footwear
I recommend hiking-shoes that are worn-in, comfortable and resilient. If you are a beginner hiker I recommend our Trail Navman Low Cut Hike Shoe, with a hard wearing rubber outer sole, cushion midsole and durable suede upper mesh, this hiking shoe is recommended for any beginner.
- Rain Gear
Whether you are hiking in the summer or the winter, I would always suggest bringing a rain jacket just in cast. Hiking in gear that is insufficient for your chosen hike is a surefire way to ruin your hike. A lightweight, compact Rainbird Stowaway jacket will do just the trick. 100% waterproof and breathable and the ability to pack away into its own small carry bag. If you are looking for a jacket that’s much more heavy duty I would recommend the Blizzard Torrent Ladies Jacket or the Blizzard Thunder Mens Jacket. Both rated at 10,000mm waterproofness and 10,000mvp breathability, it’s so waterproof you will be able to swim in it. ;)
- First Aid Kit
Even though these are just short hikes, you would rather be safe than sorry. Blisters sprained ankles, sunburn, or snake bites can occur at any time. To treat any of these I recommend the Companion Adventure First Aid Kit, lightweight and packed with everything you need, this becomes a necessity on any of my hiking trips.
- Day pack/Backpack
I don’t have to explain how essential a backpack is, you need to able to carry your spare gear, water bottle, first-aid kit, map, compass etc. Your one-stop daypack I always travel with is the Caribee 32l Trek Day Pack. With a built-in rain cover, internal organiser, action back harness system and hydration pack compatible.
Next up we explore the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains on the winding Six Foot Track from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves, a three day 44km walk. Immerse yourself in the land’s history as you walk through the Megalong Valley, passing the site of the last recorded Gundungurra corroboree (Aboriginal dance ceremony). Walk through state forests and the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park along the challenging 45km Six Foot Track.
The route follows an 1884 heritage horse track and can be broken into dry walks over three days, offering walkers changing landscapes of heath, woodlands and rainforest, passing cascading waterfalls and wild rivers into the Megalong Valley and village, before crossing a unique swing bridge, climbing the range, and arriving at Jenolan Caves.
At night, you can cook yourself up a substantial meal and enjoy some stargazing before falling asleep to the sounds of the bush. This is an exhilarating adventure not for the faint-hearted, pushing your mind and body through a rewarding journey.
You can check out a 360 view of the Emu Bridge here!
Blue Mountains Six Foot Track?
Here are a few essentials for your overnight adventure:
- Appropriate Footwear
For this intermediate hike, you will absolutely need shoes that will keep your feet and ankles from experiencing discomfort. If you want to be airlifted out of this hike, wear a low-cut shoe. If you want to experience the full adventure, a necessity would be Trail Softshell Mid Boot. Lightweight, waterproof, breathable and with a high ankle support (to keep you from rolling your ankle), this boot will let you Forest Gump across the county.
Choosing the right tent is imperative, you want to bring one that’s lightweight, sturdy and right for the conditions you will use it in. I highly recommend the Hi-Country Dargo Mk2. Weighing only 2.6kg, with packed dimensions of 46 x 15 x 12cm, this tent will fit in your backpack easily while also still having plenty of room for you to stretch out when you sleep.
- Sleeping Bag
For a sleeping bag, you are looking for something that’s lightweight and warm enough to survive the night. Every condition and hike is different, and your sleeping bag will have to reflect that condition.
I recommended the Hi-Country Lite Hiker -5. Versatile, lightweight, compact and perfect for travelling, with 2 layers of Maxi Loft fill to keep you warm whenever you are snuggled up in the sleeping bag.
- Extra Water, Extra Food
These multi-day hikes are not easy; you will want to make sure you have plenty of food and plenty of water. To save space, I always bring my Lifestraw Go Water Bottle, which incorporates filter technology into a durable, convenient bottle which filters at least 1,000 litres of water over its lifetime without requiring batteries.
Victoria, aptly named the garden state boasts some of the most impressive and diverse hiking trails in Australia. There are challenging hikes, rewarding hikes, long hikes, short hikes, overnight hikes, swift hikes, and everything in-between.
In this series of blogs, we will delve into each state's beautiful landscapes and truly explore the best trails each one has to offer.
Let’s begin with one of the most southern, iconic, and popular hiking trails in Victoria, Wilsons Promontory – Eastern Circuit.
The Wilsons Promontory – Eastern Circuit is a 36.5km hike located in Wilsons Promontory National Park Victoria, a fantastic circuit hike that explores isolated beaches, dense rainforests and with an abundance of wildlife; you will want to put this hike at the top of your to-hike-list. Located approximately 157 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, the 125,000-acre national park is the southernmost national park in Australia, filled with rich Indigenous history. Indigenous Australians occupied the area at least 6,500 years ago, with the first European's to sight Wilsons Promontory is believed to be George Bass and Matthew Flinders in 1798.
The South Eastern Circuit descends its way from the slopes of Mount Oberon down to the Eastern shore of Wilsons Promontory National Park at Sealers Cover, where it crosses south above the historic waters of Bass Strait to the southernmost lighthouse on mainland Australia. This is inclusive of intertidal mudflats, sandy beaches, and sheltered coves interrupted by prominent headlands and plunging granite cliffs in the south, backed by coastal dunes and swamps. Also home too many marsupials, native birds and other fauna, with one of the most common marsupials found on the promontory is the wombat.
Next up for Victoria is the Werribee Gorge Circuit is a 9.3km hike located in Werribee Gorge State Park Victoria, with the hike taking approximately 3.5hrs to complete. The 575 hectare park protects native flora and fauna, offers spectacular views and has great opportunities for bushwalking and rock climbing. Weribbee Gorge has attracted the attention of geologists as one of the earliest known ancient glacial deposits, parts of which can be seen.
With its ruggedness and steep slopes, Werribee Gorge has remained in a relatively natural state, making it vitally important for the preservation of native flora and fauna in a landscape that has been cleared and farmed. The park is home to many species of trees such as Red Ironbark, Grey Box, Manna Gum, Varnish and Golden Wattle. Keep an eye out and see if you can spot all of them!
Early Tuesday morning a team of 18 set off to take on Mt Buller to familiarize ourselves with Buller Sports, to understand the “customer experience” at the other end of our snow hire transactions and to carve up some fresh powder as the pro’s would say.
We set out at 5am, with Peter W being way too cheery for that time of the morning. By 9am we were up on the mountain in the freezing temperatures, glad that we all had our thermals to keep us toasty. The staff at Buller Sports Central were friendly and very helpful getting us all fitted out with our ski’s, snowboards and whatever other gear we needed and in no time we were ready to hit the slopes.
With all of our varying skill levels, some took lessons and others jumped straight onto the lifts, everyone had a great time on the snow, some of us spending more time wiping out than actually skiing/snowboarding, overall it was a fun day for all with only a few of us walking away with injuries.
The takeaway for those who had the opportunity to spend the day at Buller was to understand what our customers will have to do once they arrive on the mountain and how the hire process is conducted, so have a chat to one of the guys that went along and familiarize yourself with the process at the other end and how we can make the customer experience as smooth as possible.
Special thanks to Luke for taking on the job as bus driver, as well as Trev and Peter W for organizing the day for us!
1. Hold your compass steadily in your hand so the baseplate is level and the direction-of- travel arrow is pointing straight away from you. Hold it about halfway between your face and waist in a comfortable arm position with your elbow bent and compass held close to your stomach. Look down at the compass and see where the needle points.
2. Turn your body while keeping the compass in front of you.
- Notice that as the compass rotates, the needle stays pointing the same direction.
- Keep turning until the needle points to East on the compass like the picture below, keeping the direction-of-travel arrow and North mark facing straight in front of you.
3. To find your direction, you must turn the compass dial until the North mark and the “Orienting Arrow” are lined up with the North end of the needle. Then you can read the heading that is at the Index Pointer spot (the butt of the direction-of-travel arrow).
Since the Orienting Arrow is usually two parallel lines on the floor of the compass housing, a good thing to memorise is: RED IN THE SHED
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