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!
With summer almost upon us it’s time to dust off those walking shoes, get the cobwebs out of your day pack and head outdoors! So here are 10 top summer walking destinations guided by Life’s An Adventure.
First off the rank is the ever-popular Three Capes walk which explores the beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. You’ll see dramatic coastline including the world’s highest sea stacks whilst meandering through pretty eucalypt forests. You’ll walk to Cape Raoul and Cape Hauy and see Cape Pillar from the air on a helicopter or sea on a cruise.
We then head to the other side of the island to explore the remote and mysterious Tarkine wilderness. This three-day walk explores magnificent rainforest, wild coast and dramatic mountains. There are few places left that can be truly described as wild and untouched, but the remote Tarkine is one of them.
And one more Tassie destination – Maria Island. Life’s An Adventure owner Mark Norek says “Maria Island holds a special place in my heart, I proposed to my wife Vicki on the top of the island’s Bishop & Clerk summit. This island is pure heaven and has everything you would want in a walking holiday including spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and so much natural beauty, it’s one of Tasmania’s little gems that is unknown to many Australians.”
Heading to Victoria, our first choice is the three-day Great Ocean Walk. You’ve heard of the Great Ocean Road, well there’s also a walking track showcasing this dramatic piece of southern coastline. You’ll experience a diversity of natural landscapes from tall forests and coastal heathlands and experience the Shipwreck Coast including the sandstone sea stacks of the Twelve Apostles. And the pièce de résistance is a helicopter fight over the famed Apostles!
Two other Vic destinations worth considering are the three-day Wilsons Prom walk, with its granite mountains, lush rainforests, pristine beaches and stunning coastline, and the three-day Grampians walk. Covering 168,000 hectares the Grampians National Park is renowned for its ancient mountainous scenery and you’ll get to walk parts of the new Grampians Peaks Trail.
In NSW you could consider the famed Six Foot Track. This three-day guided walk goes from the Jenolan Caves to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Winding through state forests and national parks, the Six Foot Track follows the 44km route of the original 1884 bridle track and there’s plenty to see and experience.
If you want something a little more tropical then you could consider the UNESCO Heritage listed Lord Howe Island. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth and there are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from included gorgeous guided walks.
Crossing the other side of the continent we have two fabulous WA destinations. The famed Cape to Cape walk – with endless coastal scenery and a wonderful choice of vineyards. And southeast of the Margaret River region is the Bibbulmun Track where Life’s An Adventure has a five-day guided walk like no other. Discover the varied landscapes of the Bibbulmun and the local wine regions. Walk through the stunning and tranquil South West Forests with their towering karri and tingle trees, including pretty Beedelup Falls near Pemberton.
So there you go. Ten unique pack-free walking destinations set for your summer holidays. Now the biggest challenge is choosing which one to do!
Any form of exercise puts pressure on your knees and bushwalking is no exception. It’s highly likely on a Life’s An Adventure guided walk you’ll be hiking up and down hills, rockhopping, beach walking and even a bit of scrambling so you’re going to want your knees to be in tip-top shape.
Now, knee pain can affect anyone at any time so it pays to know what the cause could be and what to do about it. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Medical conditions – including arthritis, gout and infections – also can cause knee pain.
The good news is many types of minor knee pain respond well to self-care measures. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatories and knee braces also can help relieve knee pain. In some cases, however, your knee may require surgical repair.
Symptoms of knee pain: The location and severity of knee pain may vary, depending on the cause of the problem. Signs and symptoms that sometimes accompany knee pain include:
When to see a doctor. Make the call if you:
Risk factors: A number of factors can increase your risk of having knee problems, including:
Prevention: Although it’s not always possible to prevent knee pain, here are some suggestions that may help forestall injuries and knee joint deterioration:
So you’re heading over to Tassie to experience one of Life’s An adventure’s great pack-free walking tours. Well before you go there are a few things you should know about the Apple Isle. Like how did it get that nickname?
So here are 15 awesome facts about Tasmania you can share with your new walking buddies…
1. There are two theories on why it’s called the Apple Isle. The first one is its former status as an important apple exporter, however some say it’s because the island’s shaped like an apple.
2. Tasmania isn’t as small as you think in fact it’s about the same size as the Republic of Ireland or Sri Lanka.
3. Speaking on size, Tassie’s coastline measures about 4500km – that’s longer than the combined coastlines of NSW and Victoria.
4. Tasmania is situated closer to the equator than Rome or Chicago. (A good Trivia Pursuit question!)
5. Almost half of the state is World Heritage Area, national park, or marine and forest reserves.
6. Tasmania is the world’s 26th largest island.
7. Tasmania has 69 golf courses – more per capita than any other state in Australia. It also has the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere.
8. Tasmanians travel the shortest distances of any Australian workers between their homes and their jobs.
9. After Adelaide, Hobart is Australia’s second driest capital city.
10. Tasmania used to be attached to Victoria via a land bridge until 10,000 years ago when the polar caps melted, making the oceans rise
11. All that’s left of this land bridge is the Furneaux Group of islands of which Flinders Island is the largest.
12. Tassie has water so pure it produces the only bottled rainwater approved by health departments around the world.
13. Supposing Holland is the home of tulips however it actually imports tulips from Tasmania.
14. Tasmania has over 2000km of walking tracks.
15. When it comes to rude, baffling and hilarious place names, Tasmania has it all. There’s Eggs and Bacon Bay, Trousers Point, Penguin, Milkshake Hills, Stinkhole, Granny’s Gut, Awesome Wells, Satan’s Lair and errm, Lovely Bottom..
Enjoy your Tassie adventure!
If you’ve ever wondered how the tracks on Life’s An Adventures’ Three Capes Walk are so well maintained you’ve got a whole army of volunteers to thank. Like those from the Hobart Walking Club (established in 1929) who for decades have been spending their weekends and free week days clearing tracks from vegetation, fallen trees and other debris. Yes, the good rangers at National Parks do a lot of work but if it wasn’t for the blood, sweat and tears of many a volunteer a lot less would be done.
If fact it was the Hobart Walking Club that first created bushwalking tracks in the Tasman Peninsula long before there was an official Three Capes Track walk. Prior to any tracks, the area was seldom walked due to patches of dense wiry scrub or extensive thick forest, and the scarcity of running water.
Life’s An Adventure spoke to Andrew Davey, President of Bushwalking Tasmania.
LAA: How long has the Hobart Walking Club been involved in track clearance and maintenance in the Tasman Peninsula?
The HWC has been involved from the beginning with regards to a coastal walking track on the Peninsula. It conceived it, and got official permission for such in 1972 from the several Authorities involved (eg Forestry, Parks and Council). This after some track marking and cutting since at least 1967, when some stunning scenery was discovered; little of the tracks were suited to the general public. Frank Morley was a great mover of the project initially.
A few years back records indicated the Club had put in over 8,000 man-days of work in the Peninsula area since work officially started. More than that would have been put in elsewhere, mainly greater SE Tas. Nowadays Parks looks after the main Three Capes Track. We look after the ancillary tracks we / local walkers use.
What’s their relationship with Parks Tas?
The relationship with Parks has mostly been good, but went through a down period when some in Parks were too ‘wilderness’ oriented. This changed with a change of Government and some petitions I did (as chair of the State’s bushwalking body) to the then Government and the Head of Parks. It did take me three years to get the permission, and a while to get us back into general trackwork due to the many refusals by PWS (Parks) at that time – the result (the permission) is an agreement called: “Work As You Walk”, restricted to hand tools.
A few years later I was able to get a separate agreement with respect to chainsaw use; this required follow-up for particular Clubs and tracks. Initially this power tool work was always under direct Parks supervision. Now this not necessary on some cases now as it was realised we are not ‘gung ho’ with chainsaws. Use of power tools involves paying for and getting licences or chainsaw use and first aid. Signs and safety items are also required. Travel is another cost.
The Hobart Walking Club now has a general permission to work on tracks with hands tools, plus permission to be able to use power tools on 11 tracks (around Southern Tasmania) without having to seek permission when we wish to work. We can liaise to get permission to work on extra tracks as individual ‘projects’, usually for a limited interval. Lately we have received wants for more work from Rangers in Parks than we can practicably cope with or fund.
LAA: How has the popularity of the Thee Capes Track affected the maintenance work required in the area?
Due to the decreased camping (several campsite closures), most walks that are not the ‘commercial’ Three Capes Track have increased use by only a little, some have decreased use. It is mainly the Cape Pillar Track that gets some more use. The rougher tracks may have had some minor increase, but not to the extent extra work is required. As for man-hours a year lately, it can only be a guess in terms of man-days. There is a lot not counted under Work As You Walk. A wild estimate would be 500 or more man-days; a day being about 6-8.5 hours depending on travel, the weather and the goal. The HWC was involved in track marking and clearing long before it did so on the Tasman Peninsula, from its beginning and several huts have been built by the Club.
So the next time you’re bushwalking in the Tasman Peninsula spare a thought for the good men and women of the Hobart Bushwalkers who have made your wonderful wilderness experience possible!