Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak Day Walk, Tasman National Park

Arthurs Peak is in the Tasman National Park in Tasmania and is on the route of the recently opened and popular Three Capes Walk - a multi-day fee paying walk.  Since the advent of the Three Capes Walk we were unclear as to whether it was still possible to walk to Arthurs Peak via an old track. We also wanted to clarify what the options were for overnight walking in the park for self-sufficient campers who were not paying to stay in the designated huts that are exclusively for paying walkers. This post sets out to provide answers these questions and describe the day walk we succeeded in doing to Arthurs Peak.

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Getting a Footy Fix in Australia's Sporting Capital - Melbourne

Getting a Footy Fix in Australia's Sporting Capital - Melbourne

The purpose of this post is to provide overseas visitors with a sort of “Dummies Guide to Football in Australia”. Should you be coming to Australia during the football season (March to the end of September) you’ll have the opportunity to partake in one or more of our national sporting obsessions – footy, in its various guises. Yes, we have four footy codes!

The impetus for this was a recent trip to Melbourne with a friend for a footy fix. And whether it’s football or just about any other sporting pursuit you care to name, the best place in Australia to see it is Melbourne. Melbournians love their sport and turn out in big numbers to support their favourite team, especially in AFL

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Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Shadow Lake and Mt Rufus Circuit (Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park)

Lake St. Clair is at the southern end of Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. The car park and visitors centre are at Cynthia Bay. This is also the end point for people completing the Overland Track from north to south. From here there are a number of good day walks as well as longer walks. We decided to head out there for a long weekend, with a good weather forecast, to do a bit of exploring, including a walk and camping at Shadow Lake and to do the Mt Rufus Circuit.

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A Week in Oman

 A Week in Oman

In 2014 we contemplated making a short trip to Oman on the Arabian Peninsula, so we did some research to find out whether this was a good idea. It revealed that Oman is a country of 3 million. It has a traditional Islamic culture and is known for its hospitality and tolerance of other religions. It has a rich history highlighting the ancient frankincense trade, it’s redoubtable coastal forts, and impressive Islamic architecture. It also has a varied natural landscape with the Hajar Mountains guarding the coastal strip; countless clean, white sand beaches; vast sparsely populated deserts; and Arabia’s Grand Canyon – Wadi Gul. We were sold. So, we booked for a one-week whirlwind stop-over. Here’s how we spent our time there.

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Mt Rogoona Circuit, Walls of Jerusalem National Park

Mt Rogoona Circuit, Walls of Jerusalem National Park

The Mt Rogoona Circuit is a 25km circuit in the southern end of the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania. It provides access to a less visited part of this increasingly popular national park. The circuit takes in spectacular views of rugged Mt Rogoona, some beautiful lakes and a couple of historic huts. There are a number of good campsites along the route and it is also a way to access the exotically named Never Never. Here is our experience of the walk.

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Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach Short Walk

Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach Short Walk

The Roches Beach to Seven Mile Beach track is an easy, pleasant, short coastal walk with spectacular views. Located 22km east of Central Hobart, it is a 20 minute drive from town. The walk is 3.3km one way. You can start the walk from either end. If you want a longer walk you can start or finish at Lauderdale Canal rather than Roches, a total of 6km.

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The Leeaberra Track – Douglas Apsley National Park, East Coast Tasmania

The Leeaberra Track – Douglas Apsley National Park, East Coast Tasmania

The Douglas Apsley National Park is on Tasmania’s East Coast, between the towns of St Marys and Bicheno. It gets its name from the park’s two main rivers. The Leeaberra Track runs the length of the park, which contains the largest remaining area of dry sclerophyll forest in Tasmania. It also has rivers, waterfalls, rugged rock formations and a variety of vegetation types.

With friend and long-time walking companion Graeme (who also has a dodgy knee) we decided to tackle the 2.5 day, 28 km walk. Here's our walk report.

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Tips for Winter Roadtrippin' in North America

Tips for Winter Roadtrippin' in North America

We spent three and a half months on a road trip around the US and Canada in the winter of 2017 (Jan to April). Before we went we couldn't find much specific info on road trippin' at this time of year so we just had to wing it. This post contains our tips on some things we did and items we took which made the experience a good one.

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