Frequent flyer programmes are sooo ten years ago, what you want in this modern age of digital detoxing and getting back to nature is a frequent walkers programme!
Not only would you be clocking up the kilometres exploring an amazing piece of Australia, you’d also be saving money on your next trip.
Life’s An Adventure’s frequent walkers programme starts as soon as you’ve done your second pack-free walking holiday with them. And the other good news is now that Life’s An Adventure offers walks in every state and territory you’ve got plenty of unique destinations to choose from.
Also they’ve just launched their 2019-20 Tassie walking season and if you haven’t been to the Apple Isle yet it’s a bucket list destination.
“I’m surprised how often I turn up for a tour and at least four or five of the passengers I am greeting are past passengers or repeat offenders,” said Mark Norek CEO of Life’s An Adventure. “That is why I like to give the past passenger a Life’s An Adventure cap. Plus the reward of an extra $100 savings!”
So what are frequent walkers’ benefits I hear you say?
Complete 2-4 Life’s An Adventure walking holidays: Receive a Life’s an Adventure cap on your second tour given to you at start of your walk, plus $100 off your tour.
Complete 5-9 : Receive a Life’s An Adventure day pack on your 5th tour given to you at the start of the walk plus $100 off your tour.
Completed 10+: Receive a free Life’s An Adventure 3-day walking holiday!
Multiple walking holidays in a season: For those booking two or more Life’s An Adventure walking holidays in a season receive an extra $50 off their tour on top of the other discounts listed above.
So the more you walk, the more you save!
For any queries email email@example.com
We know it doesn’t feel like it but the end of summer is nigh and over the next few months things are going to cool down and soon enough you’ll be putting on jackets and scarves to brave the winter chill.
And you’ll also be dreaming of a winter escape. Somewhere warm and dry – maybe a little adventurous. One place that ticks all those boxes in the Northern Territory.
Life’s An Adventure offers several pack-free walking tours of NT that will not only beat your winter blues but also show you a part of Australia you may have only seen on TV.
Starting in the Red Centre is the five-day guided Larapinta Walk. The Larapinta Trail is fast becoming a bucket list destination for many hikers and your professional guides will show you what all the fuss is about. Highlights include walks to Stanley Chasm, Ormiston Gorge and Counts Point.
You’ll also get to experience the glory of Mount Sonder made famous by Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira. Accommodation and meals are first class and for an extra “Wow!” factor you get to see this ancient part of the country from a helicopter.
Also Life’s an Adventure is proud to work with Deanella Mack, a local Arrente woman, born and raised in Alice Springs. You’ll meet with her at Stanley Chasm and learn about the rich Arrente culture.
Heading north, Life’s An Adventure has two wonderful walking experiences from Darwin. The first is the five-day Kakadu and Beyond walk which explores the spectacular stone escarpment and dramatic scenery of Kakadu National Park. But your first stop is Litchfield National Park with is gorgeous waterholes and curious magnetic termite mounds.
You’ll then hop on a boat on the East Alligator River but don’t worry there are no alligators… just lots of crocs! (Which you’ll be able to see from the safety of your boat). And your Aboriginal boat guide will tell you all about life in Arnhem Land.
Kakadu is filled with ancient rock art that has stood the test of time and you’ll learn what the art means, their symbols and some of the Dreamtime stories behind them. Walking highlights include Jim Jim Falls, Ubirr rock art site, and exploring the Hawk Dreaming wetlands – a unique area most tourists aren’t allowed into.
Once again accommodation and meals are first class and you’ll get to see the timeless beauty of Kakadu on a scenic flight so bring plenty of memory cards for your camera. (Or film if you’re old-school)
The last walk in the seven-day Walk the Top End, which includes the above five-day walking experience plus an extra two at Nitmiluk National Park (aka Katherine Gorge) and the spectacular Edith Falls.
So if you’re already thinking about a winter escape a Life’s An Adventure NT experience is the perfect getaway. And as the old tourism ad says “You’ll Never Never know if you Never Never go!”
As we said said in part one of this story there’s so much more to southeast Queensland than meets the eye. Surfing beaches are one thing but beech forests are another thing altogether! The second of Life’s An Adventure’s walks in the area is the three-day Scenic Rim Walk. The Scenic Rim is a chain of forested mountain ranges forming an expansive quarter circle ridge, that is part of the Great Dividing Range. The imposing rim of mountain ranges date back millions of years, when they were created by volcanic activity. Seriously this place wouldn’t look out of place in a Jurassic Park movie!
The area boasts six national parks, four of which are declared World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest of Australia areas. Gondwana what? Basically it’s the most extensive range of subtropical rainforest in the world. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record.
Both nights will be spent at Mount French Lodge, located high on a hill overlooking the beautiful Scenic Rim. You’ll be able to sit on the terrace or in the magnificent lounge area with its huge gallery windows taking in the spectacular vistas. Maybe with a tasty wine in hand? Just saying…
Also your hosts have a passion for good food. The lodge’s chef is always creating unique menus based on regional foods in season. Meals are produced with a combination of homemade, homegrown and local produce. The flavours and creativity make for memorable meals, all this accompanied with wonderful wines. Probably the same wine you’ll be sipping as you lap up from views from the lounge area!
And if you haven’t been ‘Wow’ed enough you’ll get to see all this nature beauty from the air with a scenic helicopter ride that collects you at the end of your walk at Cunninghams Gap and drops you at Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm for a picnic lunch and wine tasting, a beautiful way to finish the day.
Remember, both walking experiences offer easier and more challenging walking options for guests to cater for a range of abilities and fitness levels.
If you thought southeast Queensland was just bustling Brisbane and the glamourous Gold Coast then think again. Behind the famous surfing beaches and towering highrises is a world as ancient as the continent we live on. A world made up of Gondwana Rainforest, Antarctic beech trees, rugged mountain scenery and quietly flowing streams. You couldn’t think of more of a contrast.
And what’s the best way to explore this beautiful part of the Sunshine State? Well you’re in luck because Life’s An Adventure offers two very different pack-free walking experiences in the area.
One is the Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse walk – a three day walking experience that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s most famous beach strip into the spectacular Lamington National Park. This World Heritage Area comprises of Australia’s largest remnant of ancient subtropical Gondwana Rainforests. You’ll explore misty forests of 2000 year old Antarctic beech trees, rugged mountain scenery, lush palm filled gullies and cascading crystal clear streams. A birdlovers paradise, this area is home to more than 230 species including the rare Albert’s lyrebird and regent bowerbird as well as Australia’s largest collection of sub tropical birds. This unique and special region is not to be missed.
You’ll enjoy the ambience of staying in two mountain-top lodges. As you traverse Lamington National Park, night one will be spent in the luxurious Sky Lodges at Binna Burra Lodge, whilst night two is at the iconic O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. While you’re there make sure you hear the story of Bernard O’Reilly and the search for the missing Stinson plane. It’s a cracking yarn! And was made into a movie starring Australia’s most Australian actor, Jack Thompson!
And of course it wouldn’t be a Life’s An Adventure walk without an extra “Wow!” factor thrown in. This one is a scenic helicopter ride over the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland Escarpment. Landing at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards where you’ll enjoy a celebratory lunch and wine tasting. Enough said!
Remember, both walking experiences offer easier and more challenging walking options for guests to cater for a range of abilities and fitness levels.
Bushwalking in summer normally involves hot, sweaty days so the more comfortable you can be the better and this means choosing the right fabric for your hiking tops. So if you want clothing that’s breathable, quick drying and cool for summer walks, consider these factors:
Breathable Fabrics – Below are characteristics of common summer fabrics.
Cotton: Available in a huge variety of fabrics
Nylon and Polyester: Most activewear features one of these two synthetic materials.
Rayon: You find a wide variety of plant-based-but-highly-processed fabrics under names that include rayon, viscose and lycocell; fabric properties vary widely and these fabrics are often blended with other fabrics to achieve different characteristics.
Linen: Derived from the stalks of flax plants, it’s a popular fabric for casual summer wear.
Silk: Often used in underwear; also used in upscale casual wear.
Merino Wool: Often used in long underwear or winter wear, it can also be a good summer fabric, brands like Icebreaker are making excellent merino products.
One of Life’s An Adventure’s new pack-free guided walks for 2019 is their 8-day Cape to Cape and Bibbulmun walk. No other walking tour company offers is great combo. On their own the Cape to Cape and the Bibbulmun Track showcase some of the Australia’s finest wilderness areas and coastal scenery but combined you not only get a taster for these two iconic walks you also get to try out some of what WA’s southwest is famous for – local wine and local cuisine!
The first 4 days are spent walking the best of the Cape to Cape walk in the Margaret River region, with its timeless landscapes of high limestone cliffs and pretty heathlands. From there you head to the Karri Valley near Pemberton to start the Bibbulmun walk. Experience the tranquility and beauty of the Karri and Tingle Forest as well as some of Australia’s most magnificent coastline.
We asked Life’s An Adventure’s Mark Norek about the interesting walking combo.
What was the idea behind combining the best of bits of two iconic WA walks?
Mark: Why come back and do the two walks separately… if you’re time-poor like me I like to do both at the same time. Also walking the whole of the Cape to Cape takes 8 days but I found 4 days was enough so I thought what about trying another area with the extra days you have.
This 8-day tour is one of your longer trips. Does that make the walk more challenging?
Mark: There is an easy day then a hard day. There is also the opportunity for a second guide to provide easy options if you want an easy or hard day.
We hear there’ll be some wine tasting along the way. Tell us about that.
Mark: There is wine tasting at Amelia Park, Leewuin Estate and others. We have several opportunities to spend a few hours each day to try wines after each day’s walk.
Life’s an adventure is all about the WOW factor. What’s one WOW factor on this trip?
Getting picked up by a helicopter on the beach on day four near Contos and lifted above the waves to Leewuin Estate is a highlight of a lifetime. We also have a cooking class run by a renowned local chef and winemaker from local winery Rickety Gate wines. We learn how to perfectly cook the local crayfish, marron – a real delicacy of these parts.
When bushwalking there’s always the possibility of injury. Be it a simple cut, a sprain or worse, a broken bone or snake bite. Now on a Life’s An Adventure pack-free guided walk your professional guide is fully trained for all sorts of scenarios and they’ll have wilderness first aid training and a compete first aid kit so you need not worry. However if you’re going bush without a guide – be it to train for a Life’s An Adventure walk or just to enjoy the outdoors – there are a some first aid tips you should be aware of.
Carry a fire aid kit. You can buy these from most outdoor shops, through St John or you can make one up yourself BUT all kits should contain the following:
All of the above should be able to fit in a waterproof container and be placed within easy reach inside your pack.
How to treat a minor cut or scrape
Follow these steps to keep cuts clean and prevent infections and scars.
Do I need to bandage a cut or scrape?
You don’t need to bandage every cut and scrape. Some heal more quickly when left uncovered to stay dry. But if the cut is on a part of the body that might get dirty or rub against clothes, put on a bandage to protect it. Change the bandage every day or whenever it gets wet or dirty. And if the wound is not showing signs of healing it will pay to see the doctor when you return to civilisation.
And finally, do a first aid course! Even the most basic course will teach you things you didn’t know. You could also do a wilderness first aid course which will put your through specific wilderness scenarios like dealing with snake bites, but that’s only if you’re planning on a multi-day, unguided bushwalk.
Want to know more about common bushwalking injuries? Click here.
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet”: Roger Miller, American singer-songwriter
When you think about walking in the rain, images of cold, wet and unhappy hikers may come to mind but really it doesn’t have to be that way. Walking in the rain can be a joyous, invigorating experience – just ask any *pluviophile. Also remembering that our beautiful native trees, colourful wildflowers and incredible landscapes were all made possible by the relentless pitter-patter of billions and billions of raindrops. If you adopt the proper attitude, you can learn to love hiking in the rain. Preperation helps too, so follow these steps to remain happy when you’re out on a bushwalk and the heavens open.
Added protection options for your pack:
Wet weather track hazards
A significant storm system can create dangers and health concerns. If you’re on the lookout, you can take steps to avoid unwanted complications.
*Pluviophile:(n) a lover of rain, someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.
Last week we wrote about the safest way to enter and exit a helicopter whenever you’re on a Life’s An Adventure guided walk that includes a scenic chopper flight. This week we thought we’d list all the Life’s An Adventure’s guided walks that includes scenic flights – be it by helicopter or plane.
First off the rank is the five-day Larapinta Trail walk in Central Australia. On day three after a glorious 12km hike you hop on a helicopter at historic Glen Helen Homestead. You’ll take in the breathtaking vistas of the West MacDonnell Range, Glen Helen Gorge, Finke River, Ormiston Gorge, Mt Sonder and Gosse Bluff.
Our next scenic flight is on the five-day Kimberly/Bungle Bungles and Beyond trip in northern WA. This is something special as day two is a heli-hike into Piccaninny Gorge and no other walking company offers this. First you get to see Piccaninny Gorge in all its glory from 1000 feet before the helicopter lands on top of the gorge and you have a 10km return hike deep inside this ancient rock formation.
Now this is one for the books! On the last day of the four-day Cape to Cape walk in WA, after a leisurely 6km beach walk a helicopter is waiting to whisk you away to the famous Leeuwin Estate for a long lunch and a spot of wine tasting. The helicopter ride will make you really appreciate the glorious coastline of the Margaret River region.
One of Life’s An Adventure’s most popular guided walks is the three-day Three Capes Walk in Tasmania – and one reason for this is the helicopter flight on the last day. This is the pièce de résistance of what is already a spectacular walk. The helicopter takes you over Port Arthur, Tasman Island and Cape Pillar where you’ll be able to follow the trail of the official Three Capes Track.
Two other wonderful Tassie walks are the three-day Cradle Mountain Walk and the four-day Cradle Mountain and Walls of Jerusalem walk. Both include a scenic helicopter flight where you get to see Cradle Mountain in all its majesty.
Heading to Victoria, the three-day Grampians walk explores the area’s weathered peaks and escarpments, towering rock formations, cascading waterfalls and fern filled gorges. On day three a helicopter collects you from your lunch spot at Deirde’s Olive Grove and you get to appreciate the Grampians from the air before being dropped off at Sale.
Staying in the Garden State, the three-day Great Ocean Walk should be on your bucket list. Whilst the famous Great Ocean Road doesn’t always follow the coastline, this walk allows you to go where the road doesn’t. On day three there’s no other way to truly appreciate the beauty of the Twelve Apostles then by helicopter and that’s what you’ll be doing!
Heading to SE Qld, the three-day Scenic Rim Walk explores escarpments, ridges and forests across the ancient volcanic plateaus of the Great Dividing Range. And on day three after a stunning walk up Mt Mitchel a helicopter flies you to Kooroomba Vineyards.
And finally, the three-day Gold Coast Hinterland Traverse Walk takes you through the spectacular Lamington National Park, a World Heritage Area comprising of Australia’s largest remnant of ancient subtropical Gondwana Rainforests. On day three after a stunning walk along Green Mountain, a helicopter picks you up at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and takes you to O’Reilly’s Vineyards, Canungra Valley for a sumptuous lunch and some wine tasting.
So there you have it, 10 great guided walks and 10 memorable scenic flights. Now the hardest thing is to choose is which one you want to do!
If you didn’t already know, Life’s An Adventure is all about the WOW factor and one of the best WOW’s you’ll get is a scenic helicopter ride. Pack free walks that feature a helicopter flight include: The Three Capes walk, five-day Kimberley, Bungle Bungles and beyond, three-day Great Ocean Walk and the eight-day Cape to Cape and Bibbulmun walk.
A helicopter ride will give you a totally new perspective of where you’ve been and what you’ve seen on the ground – and it’ll definitely be one of the highlights of your walk but before you hop on the chopper and head to the skies there are a few safety things to consider:
That’s it really! Happy hiking and happy flying!