Tanjil River

Wonderful wedding anniversary: first a pioneering canoe trip on the Tanjil River followed by a lovely meal at Morwell’sGaztronomy Restaurant. Many happy returns Della Jones. The Tanjil IS canoeable from Rowley’s Ridge Rd (bridge/gauging station) to Blue Rock Dam (Steve’s Track/Casuarina Track – off Rowley’s Ridge Rd via Hill End) just as I suspected. There …

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The Hiking Life – This guy has been everywhere!

This guy has been everywhere: http://www.thehikinglife.com/ “Deserts, jungles, mountains or coast; I don’t have a preference. If I’m out in nature with everything I need in the world on my back, chances are my smile is wide and my thoughts are clear.“

Upper Latrobe River

Yesterday in the heat we took a break to explore the Upper Latrobe again during the afternoon – it’s THAT close! There is a wonderful campsite down a ferny 4WD track off McKenzies Rd (Neerim East) near Noojee (shown). There is plenty of water for canoeing and you can put in under the bridge downstream …

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Moe-Yallourn Rail Trail

The Moe-Yallourn Rail Trail is a great intro to Gippsland hiking. There are no signs at either of its ends! We spent some time yesterday exploring… 300 metres East of Moe Railway Station you start on this trail (a little gravel track at the corner of Bennet St & Narracan Drive (50 metres east of …

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Trafalgar/Noojee’s ‘Little India’

Yesterday we continued our reconnaissance of Trafalgar/Noojee’s ‘Little India’, a peninsula of forest which hangs down from the mountains into the lush Gippsland farmland along the upper Latrobe River. Though the Hawthorn Creek Bridge campsite has been closed (too many idiots apparently), there are many beautiful bush camps sprinkled about. We spent a couple of …

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Upper Yarra Walking Track Update

I now see we are going to be able to make this great track (Australia’s first long-distance walking track) even more accessible and more comprehensive. At the Warburton end you can link to the Lilydale-Warburton Rail-Trail (adding a further 38 km) and join the trail to Melbourne’s electric train network (http://www.experienceyarravalley.com.au/?eyv_activity=lilydale-warburton-rail-trail ). At the Walhalla …

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War on Campers

As we returned from our foray to the Upper Yarra Track on Xmas Day we cut down through a long sub-continental-shaped ‘tongue’ of forest which hangs down East of Noojee pointing towards Trafalgar along the Upper Latrobe River (Note to self to investigate canoeing that particular stretch of river). We passed through/by the ‘Hawthorn Bridge …

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Hiking Food: Peasant Bread

Peasant Bread Is The Best and Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make. Will have to try this: http://alexandracooks.com/2012/11/07/my-mothers-peasant-bread-the-best-easiest-bread-you-will-ever-make/ https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/213850682282787295/ http://buynongmoseeds.com/quick-and-simple-fresh-peasant-bread/

The things you find!

The things you see when you haven’t got a shovel! Our intrepid adventurers ventured off yesterday on an exploratory trip to see the ‘lost’ Yarra Falls. On the way they saw these wonderful bulbs (alstroemerias). NOW they am on a promise to return for a collecting trip. They figured there would be no (quasi) cops …

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Upper Yarra & Australian Alps Walking Tracks

  Upper Yarra Walking Track: Update 1: I reckon the best approach to this track for most people would be to catch a train to Moe, then a taxi to Erica. MTE have a charter service: http://www.mountaintopexperience.com/ If there are four hikers this should not cost more than @ $30 ea. Walk along the old …

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Upper Yarra & Australian Alps Walking Tracks

  The Upper Yarra Walking Track (82 km) which extends from Warburton to Walhalla is Australia’s oldest walking track (1907). It has been neglected for a long time. There are no Government brochures or websites dedicated to it. There is a track description in the Siseman Book ‘The Australian Alps Walking Track’ (1988) which is …

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Upper Yarra Walking Track (Day 3)

Day 3 of our reconnaissance of the Upper Yarra walking track: We cannot believe that such an outstandingly beautiful area lies so close to home and, even more amazingly, so close to Melbourne. In the 3 days we saw only 3 other vehicles, none of which was recreational. We sorted out the available streams for …

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Upper Yarra Walking Track

Checking out the Upper Yarra walking track with a view to doing the 82km walk from Warburton to Walhalla. We are trying to locate water sources as the information on the track is a couple of decades old. Scenery is just beautiful, and tonight we are camped on top of Mt Horsefall (1134 metres). The view …

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Hiking Poles

I notice these folks have nice (light 113 grams) three-piece carbon fibre poles which telescope to 50cm thus fitting in your pack when not in use. I managed to lose one of my two-piece poles pushing through thick bush on the Mt Darling Track last week http://www.theultralighthiker.com/snowy-bluff-mt-darling-wilderness/. I was carrying it on the outside of …

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Blowhole’s Beach Camp

It’s been a bad year: I have not spent (much) more than a month sleeping outdoors, away from home this year – still, there are nearly six weeks to go! But I have been HERE (and many other beautiful places) – and you have a solid day’s WALK to get there:   See also: http://www.theultralighthiker.com/dusky-south-coast-tracks/ …

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Snowy Bluff – Mt Darling Wilderness

Wilderness: Just spent a couple of days with Spot in the heart of the Snowy Bluff-Mt Darling Wilderness (around 1500 metres). The ‘easy’ way in is to follow the old ‘Carey Rd’ (closed 20 years ago) 200 metres on the right before Dimmicks lookout (off the Howitt Rd above Licola). It deteriorates to (virtually) impenetrable thickets …

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Lightweight Shelters

Baggage: Most folks (seem to) like nothing better than lugging vast chunks of stuff around. They require huge boxes (buildings) to cram it into, and huge wheeled thingummies to cart it all around in, all of which usually means they WASTE vast chunks of time acquiring, paying for and maintaining it all (worrying about whether …

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Leatherman Micra Multitool

The Leatherman Micra is the greatest mini-tool I have encountered so far (@51 grams). I always have one in my pocket AND in my hiking pack. NOTHING I have discovered is as good for cutting one’s toe-nails – a vital safety precaution on multi-day hikes when toe-nail problems can lead to disaster! http://www.leatherman.com/20.html If you …

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An excellent one person tent.

This looks like an excellent one person tent: http://www.trekkertent.com/home/home/3-stealth.html A 1 person, 3 season tent weighing from 570 grams (20 oz) Available in Green 40D silnylon or Green 20D silpoly Foot panel door/vent option Bathtub height increased to 125mm (5″) Side panel tie-outs fitted as standard 180 UK pounds (Mar 2018)

Mobile Phones & Apps for Hiking/Hunting

Mobile Phones: so many things to know…When buying one you really need to check out the frequencies covered, eg it must have 3G = 850 to function on Telstra’s nextG network, which offers superior connectivity in rural areas. Nearly ALL Samsung phones have an external antenna connection point under the back cover (you MAY have …

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