Life’s An Adventure have created 3 new stunning Pack Free walking itineraries taking in the best of Western Australia’s South West walking tracks. Imagine a helicopter picking you up from the end of your walk and delivering you to a Margaret River winery for lunch, this is the kind of ‘Wow factor’ these walks include.
Situated in the South Western corner of the state, the bucket list walks of the Cape to Cape and Bibbulmun tracks explore breathtaking coastlines and stunning karri and tingle forests. Guests can choose to walk either area or a unique 8 day experience of both.
There is so much to love about these walks with everything included. Indulge in a magnificent dinner at the gorgeous Amelia Park Winery Restaurant savouring the Estate’s wines over dinner. Meals here are sensational, showcasing local and Western Australian ingredients, including produce from their own kitchen garden.
A special highlight of the walk is on day four, when a helicopter meets the group on the beach at the end of the walk and whisks them to Leeuwin Estate Winery. Guests will feel like rockstars as the helicopter makes a grand entrance, landing on the lawn in front of the restaurant, where a superb lunch accompanied with wine awaits.
Life’s An Adventure are offering Super Earlybirds of $600 per person on all departures for 2018/19 when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Super Earlybirds extended until 30 September 2018. For more details visit www.lifesanadenture.com.au or call (02) 9975 4553.
LINKS FOR EACH WALK
4 Day Cape to Cape Pack Free walk:
5 day Bibbulmun Pack Free walk:
8 Day Cape to Cape and Bibbulmun Pack Free walk
Time is running out to take advantage of Earlybirds for all our Victorian Pack Free Walk. Book and pay in full by 31 August to save $400 per couple or $200 per person.
3 DAY GREAT OCEAN PACK FREE WALK
One of our most popular pack free walks is our 3 day Great Ocean Walking Experience. The Great Ocean walk is one of Australia’s most popular Bucket List walks. Whilst the famous Great Ocean Road doesn’t always follow the coastline, this walk allows you to go where the road doesn’t. Experience a diversity of natural landscapes from majestic tall forests and coastal heathlands to a dramatic coastline like no other with the sandstone sea stacks of the Twelve Apostles its impressive finale, which we will see by land and then by air as we enjoy a scenic flight over this impressive geological landmarks. VIEW WALK.
Earlybirds book & pay in full by 31 Aug and Save $400 per couple or $200 per person
2017: 13 October, 17 November, 15 December
2018: 27 January, 2 February, 16 February, 2 March, 16 March, 20 April, 4 May
More dates available for groups.
3 DAY PACK FREE WILSONS PROMONTORY WALK
Explore Wilsons Promontory National Park, a landscape of rugged granite mountains, lush rainforests, pristine beaches and stunning coastline. This 3 day walk has been carefully designed so you can experience a range of landscapes in the National Park from the mountains to the sea. On land you will enjoy a range of walking experiences discovering the spectacular landscapes of the north, west and east. Whilst by sea we will explore by boat to fully appreciate the beauty of the Marine National Park and access areas of the park not usually available in a day.
Earlybirds Book & pay in full by 31 Aug & Save $400 per couple or $200 per person.
2017: 8 September, 6 October, 10 November, 8 & 27 December
2018: 5 January, 9 February, 9 March, 13 April
3 DAY PACK FREE GRAMPIANS WALK
Covering 168,000 hectares the Grampians National Park is renowned for its outstanding mountainous scenery, a million years in the making. On this 3 day walking experience we have hand picked the best regions in the National Park including a section of the new Grampians Peak Trail. We’ve incorporated a magnificent helicopter flight at the end of day 3 allowing our guests to witness the dramatic views of the impressive weathered peaks and escarpment of the vast Mount Difficult Range from the air.
Earlybirds Book & pay in full by 31 Aug and Save $400 per couple or $200 per person.
2017: 22 September, 24 November,
2018: 19 January, 23 February, 23 March, 27 April, 25 May
More dates available for groups.
Article written by Marie Barbieri for Gourmet Traveller who joined Life’s An Adventure’s 3 day Bay of Fires walk.
With its dreamy landscapes and dramatic seascapes, Tasmania shines with resplendent beaches, bays and coves. Marie Barbieri heads to Australia’s most southerly island to hike its iconic Bay of Fires
Flying towards Launceston across the Bass Strait, Tasmania’s khaki topography, collared by a string of bleached-blonde beaches, begins to unfurl. Swapping wings for wheels, courtesy of the walk company’s transfer minibus, we drive northeast through a tapestry of storybook villages, swathes of eucalypt forest,
farmlands and more windy bends than my belly would have liked, ending in a sensory welcome the to wilderness.
Guiding our 3-day, 45km-long walk is Chelsea, from awardwinning Life’s an Adventure. From Stumpy’s Bay campground, our group of 10 follow her boots to a sheet-white beach via a tea treestained stream. With a deep in-breath, we face an ocean of glittering sapphires, then lucid shallows turn to a tray of crushed aquamarine gemstones.
Pied oystercatchers leave geometric footprints in the sand as dozens of little terns take flight. We then meet paw-prints of the rarely spotted Tasmanian devil, proving just how unspoilt this coastline is. More covert, are the Bennetts wallabies, pademelons and echidnas that rustle between banksias, casuarinas and
eucalypts within Mt William National Park. Here, endemic forester kangaroos take shelter. Back in the 1970s, this handsome macropod almost reached extinction. But tireless conservation work has replenished the population.
Bay of Fires granite was formed some 380-400 million years ago. At Boulder Point and Cobbler Rocks, rounded lichen-freckled boulders lay happily abandoned. Like a miniature doll leaving her doll’s house, I clasp, on all fours, to scale the colossal steppingstones that seem scattered by a giant’s hand.
The region’s pristine waters are flocked-to by fishing enthusiasts. Abalone, oysters, crayfish and scallops make mealtimes a culinary celebration. Chelsea identifies cowry shells, once traded by the Aboriginal people. We then reach a sacred Aboriginal shell midden, so detour around it, respecting and preserving indigenous history.
On lengthy Cod Bay, we break for our picnic lunch. Chelsea’s Mary Poppins-like rucksack magically produces our sandwiches: sourdough from Manubread Boulangerie Patisserie; Coal River Valley cheese; and turkey from Casalinga Gourmet Meats—all locavore delicacies.
I try to imagine back in 1773 when Tobias Furneaux charted much of Tasmania’s coastline (detouring from his exploratory voyages with Captain Cook). He became bewildered by a trail of flames illuminating the shoreline.
“Local Aboriginal fire-stick farmers led controlled bush-burns to regenerate the land, and coax out animals for easier hunting,” says Chelsea, “and this entrancing sight led Furneaux to name it the Bay of Fires.”
Tasmanian Aboriginal people have inhabited the island for at least 35,000 years. For them, the arrival of Europeans in 1803 proved catastrophic. First displaced by settler farmers, they were then exiled to nearby Flinders Island, where most succumbed to introduced diseases. Behind the serenity of the Bay of Fires lies a
We reach a pool from another tannin-rich creek, but can’t fathom the rusting skeleton emerging from its centre. “This is the wreck of the Niree,” says Chelsea. “But you’re only looking at one half of the ship. It went down in 1969, but was only discovered earlier this year—by one of our guides!”
Temporarily weaving through bush-land, we pass New Zealand spinach, beard heath, unfurled bracken fern, native flax and ruby saltbush. Back on fine sand, Chelsea spots a volute mollusc shell, previously bored by the predatory cone snail.
Day one rounds up at Deep Creek, across which we wade barefoot. Kelly transfers us to our waterside shack at Ansons Bay, all decked out in rustic weatherboard. While the log fire crackles, we dine on steam-baked salmon and flathead from Kyeema Seafoods: one of Tasmania’s leading seafood specialists. Subtly dressed in lemon and chives, it’s accompanied by marinated Mediterranean vegetables tossed on the barbeque. With creamy
pavlova and fresh berries still tingling the taste buds, we sink into our pillows. Only raindrops and nocturnal feet tiptoeing along the shack’s tin roof break the sound of silence.
With sun up and poached eggs down, we’re returned to Deep Creek. Ochre-hued boulders steal the beach’s limelight, while native bush conceals honeyeaters, striated pardalotes and superb blue wrens.
We’re soon hailed by that classic Bay of Fires postcard image: Eddystone Lighthouse, all decked out in its pink granite. Beneath it, we lunch at a secret lagoon (you have to know it’s here). Shimmering in various shades of blue topaz, it comes bestrewn with scorched-orange boulders abloom with native pigface. Exquisite ‘Pirate Cove’ (nicknamed such by the company) entices a couple to wade through its limpid waters. I observe the shivering pair through the warmth of my thermals and a steaming herbal tea courtesy of Chelsea’s portable gas stove. Sipping away, I admire the boulder upon which I perch. Its feldspar sparkles like ground diamonds, contrasting with the black specks of mica.
A bushwalk trail leads to expansive Eddystone Beach, which comes draped in folds of floury sand dunes—seemingly forever. We track Pacific gulls gliding like kites through a cobalt sky so endlessly
high. Needling through a yacca-lined forest leads us back to our shack.
“I have an aperitif to make you,” says Kelly, “a recipe that an Aboriginal elder shared with me.” Following her into the garden, she puts scissors to branch and cuts the fresh, vibrant flower spikes from the callistemon citrinus plant (crimson bottlebrush). The striking hair roller-like blooms are soaked in hot water before being lightly sweetened. The lemon-scented flavour from this iconic Australian tea tree relative is a subtle delight.
We’re then spoiled with chicken in blood plums, followed by home-baked apple crumble. As it digests, we become more than ready for bed. Snores ensue…
Day three begins at Policemans Point. The mouth of Ansons Bay languidly licks at the shore, glowing in a silvery stillness. There’s not a breath of wind, nor a sound to be heard, aside from the odd screech from a covert cockatoo. Through the crystalline morning light, a lone tent peeps from the foliage.
As the day progresses, the terrain tests the ankles. We ascend and descend rocky headlands, and pivot along beaches of dolerite pebbles. A salt-laden afternoon wind adds to the challenge of Break Yoke Beach, which swallows us up to the shins with its hourglasssoft sand. We meet not another soul along its length.
The end of our trek is a necklace of deliriously attractive coves, where the lichen ignites in fiery reds. The sand shines whiter and the Tasman Sea saturates to a palette of greens screaming for an impressionist’s brush—such is this living canvas.
Our tired feet, but energised minds, revel in our achievement as we reach The Gardens, where our three-day expedition comes to a close. I don’t look back—such goodbyes are never easy.
Hiking can put extra strain on the feet, because it may involve traveling long distances on foot in less-than comfortable footwear. You can help prevent foot blisters when hiking for a more enjoyable walk. Typical causes of blisters on the feet include friction and pressure from wearing the wrong kind or size of shoes, from damp socks or skin, and from intense activity. By taking steps to anticipate and counter these common problems, however, you can prevent painful blisters in the first place.
Step 1: Choosing Proper Footwear
Choose shoes that are the right size. Your shoes should be neither too tight nor too loose.
2. Use a lubricant.
Book any Life’s An Adventure NEW Victorian Walking tours before 30 June 2017 and Save $600 per couple on their Great Ocean Walk, Grampians or Wilsons Promontory 3 day walking experiences.
These fabulous walks are ‘Pack Free Experiences’ ensuring you are not burdened with carrying a heavy pack. This allows you the comfort of enjoy your walking experience with just a small day pack.
Walks are carefully designed with added “Wow” Factors on every tour. These additional activities will enrich your experience and provide a walking experience that you couldn’t create on your own. In Wilsons Promontory our walks include a special cruise to get you to a remote region to start our walk, whilst in the Grampians and Great Ocean walk guests will enjoy spectacular helicopter rides, that will make your journey truly inspirational.
On all walks guests will stay in boutique accommodation with a touch of luxury close to the trail to ensure you can indulge at the end of the day in utmost comfort. In Wilsons Promontory enjoy a two night stay at the charming Church House Gourmet Retreat. This grand and majestic architecturally designed Retreat is in the form of a church with stunning vaulted ceilings, hand-built stone walls and was featured on the TV series “Grand Designs”. Whilst on the Great Ocean walk guests will stay in at the beautiful Alkina Lodge. This contemporary private accommodation has been built with sensitivity to the local landscape and the stunning use of light and space brings a touch of the outdoors inside
During your walking experience you will indulge in sensational high quality produce that make the region unique perfectly matched with regional wines. Life’s An Adventure pride themselves on supporting local businesses and producers.
Tours are genuinely all-inclusive. When you travel with Life’s An Adventure you won’t need to keep putting your hand in your pocket to pay for additional items not included in your tour, such as meals, wine and activities or even credit card fees!
The Victorian walking season runs from September 2017 to April 2018. Guests booking early for this period, can save up to $600 per couple or $300 per person on any 3 day Great Ocean, Grampians and Wilsons Promontory walking holidays with Life’s An Adventure. All inclusive 3 day packages start from $1299 per person for tours booked and paid in full by 30 June, 2017.
Life’s An Adventure specialise in Pack Free walks in Tasmania, NT, WA, NSW and Victoria and have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence.
Article courtesy of Mountain Warehouse.
Hiking poles are of great appeal to trekkers, day walkers and backpackers, though many do not know how to use them to their best advantage. Read on to learn how to use walking poles correctly.
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There are several reasons to use walking poles when out walking or trekking. Walking poles help you move across terrain quicker, provide additional support and reduce the amount of effort required thus allowing you to achieve more during your walks.
When used correctly walking poles can significantly increase your pace which has additional health benefits. You will increase your heart rate and oxygen uptake without feeling like you are expending vast amounts more energy. The workload will be spread across different muscle groups, not just your legs!
Walking poles also offer increased support and stability on unfamiliar ground and uneven surfaces. The extra two points of contact with the ground will increase your confidence, especially if you are feeling a fatigued towards the end of your walk.
Another great benefit of using walking poles is that they improve posture, especially important if you are carrying a load. Walking poles will make you more conscious of being upright whilst walking. There is a tendency to slump forward whilst going uphill which shifts your centre of gravity and actually increases the chances of slipping or stumbling on uneven terrain. The poles will help you keep your body position more upright so you can use your arms and shoulders to propel yourself up the trail easier.
Firstly you will need to set your walking poles to the correct height, see How to Size Walking Poles for more information on how to do this.
Next, open up the strap to a size whereby you can get your hand through it comfortably, but so it isn’t too loose. Pass your hand up through the loop and then grip the handle, the strap should cross the palm and “wrap” beneath the thumb. Using the strap this way enables a better connect with the pole and helps maintains control over the pole if your grip becomes slippery or you stumble.
There is no definitive right or wrong way to use walking poles but there are ways that can help you use them more effectively.
Most walkers use their poles inefficiently, bending their arms at the elbow and placing the pole tip slightly in front to use the pole as support. A more effective way is to keep your arm in a fairly neutral position (which is with a very slight bend) and use the shoulders to propel yourself forwards.
Don’t grip the poles too tightly! Use a relaxed and loose grip on the poles, by using the straps as described above you maintain a good contact with the pole at all times.
Use baskets on your poles when traversing softer or unknown terrain as this will stop the poles from sinking too far into the ground and give you far greater stability and support. Rubber ferrules are useful when traversing ground that the tungsten carbide tips cannot bite into – this will stop the tips from skidding across the surface.
Try to use poles in pairs, whilst it can be said that one pole is better than no pole, using a pair will give you the greatest level of stability and control as well as improving posture.
When travelling downhill position the poles slightly in front of you and engage the shock systems so as to lessen the impact of the fall of the hill. If you shorten your stride too, this will take some of the impact stress from the knee joints, especially important if you are carrying a backpack. If the terrain is very steep, icy or muddy, one useful technique is to walk down sideways, ramming the tip of the pole well into the ground and positioning the foot right up to it.
On steep uphill sections of your walks, shorten the poles slightly. You should be using the poles to push off not help pull yourself up hill so try not to plant the tip of the pole in front of your lead foot. If the tip is too far forward, you will be using your energy pushing the pole downward instead of backwards. Try to keep the poles reasonably close to the body to improve efficiency too.
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If you have ever wanted to play at the world’s 12th best links course Barnbougle lost world in Tasmania, we can combine this experience with our 3 day Bay of Fires Walk. Make your way to Barnbougle a day or two before your tour starts and our transfer bus will pick you up from there on our way to the Bay of Fires on the morning of day one. Alternatively option if you have a group is to replace one day’s walking with a game of golfTo book your Barnbougle golfing experience contact the hotel directly at www.barnbougle.com.au
To enquire about this option email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org