Category: Hiking

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Country Ride Walloon to Hiddenvale

Saturday morning at 10am a motely crew of young and less young, and healthy and not as healthy group of 7 set off from John’s place at Walloon for a ride to Hidden Vale and back.   For the young and fully fit of which there was 1 – this was a training ride.  The next young and mostly healthy rider was also out to train, but not as hard and the other young one was recovering from a nasty lurgy which saw him sit out The Epic last weekend so he was on his first ride back – lets call it a “Recovering” ride.   The rest of us not so young anymore were...

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Riding up Duck Creek Road to O’Reilly’s

You know you’re in for some climbing when the guide book to Duck Creek Rd  gives you “Climbing Technique” tips…… At just after 9am on a Monday morning we took off on our bikes to ride up Duck Creek Rd to O’Reilly’s.  We parked at the first gate we came to as it seemed to have more space to park all the cars and it was only a short ride from here to where the dirt began. What a beautiful day Jenny had picked for this ride.  Hardly a cloud in the sky and here we are out in the...

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Spring Creek Redbank Gully Trail – Lockyer Valley

We had some friends do this ride a couple of weeks before us and it sounded like fun.  It is detailed in the “Where to Mountain Bike in South East Queensland” book which is a great guide for anyone living in Southeast Queensland.  Apart from a little blurb on what to expect – we really had no idea though, so here it is, Kate and John’s take on Spring Creek – Redbank Gully and Wallers Road in the Lockyer Valley Mountain Bike Ride. The book has a suggested route which was 43km long and to park at the end of Millers Rd, down next to the Gatton Correctional Facility.  We parked across...

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Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Moore to not quite Yarraman

We had a week off work, so decided to head to Gympie to check out the trails and the Noosa Trail Network. This went to plan until on Wednesday it started to rain. RAIN…well we weren’t going to sit around watching it fall, so we checked the weather radar, saw where it wasn’t raining and took off there instead. We drove out to Moore early, little sprinkles on the car windshield along the way that we did our best to ignore – till we couldn’t actually see, so had to turn on the wipers.  Arrived at about 8:30am and the...

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Stradbroke Island Mountain Bike Trip

North Stradbroke Island by Overnight Mountain Bike Adventure We had a rough plan – Take our Mountain Bikes to North Stradbroke Island, camp overnight at Cylinder Beach and catch ferry back the next day at 2:30 to get home in time to celebrate my birthday with the family.  It was basically – no plan as we didn’t even have a good map – we nailed it….it couldn’t of gone better. North Stradbroke (Straddie to the locals) by bike is not all road, or soft sand riding and is heaps of fun on a mountain bike. We rocked up to ferry terminal at Toondah...

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Hiking the Humpridge Track – NZ

The Humpridge track is located down the very south of New Zealand’s South Island in the Fiordland National Park, 80km west of Invercargill.  It is 56km long hike and goes over the Hump Ridge, over 800 meters above sea level.  The views are amazing….or so the pictures we saw before we went alluded to! Humpridge Track – Day 1 Tuatapera to Okaka Hut It was a 30 min drive from Tuatapera through lots of sheep country and along the coast to the start of the Humpridge Track. Lovely seeing the Fiordland in front of us. We parked at the Rarakau car park and set...

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Hiking the Western Arthurs

Day 1 Brisbane to Junction Creek     Walking time: – 3 hours.  Kate -Rushing around at the last minute finding a shoe lace for my gaiters was not on my plan first thing this morning so I only just made it to Pete’s house on time where the lovely Hannah dropped us to the airport. Met Aaron there and boarded the flight, no problems. Slick operation at Hobart Airport with Aaron’s uncle Grant meeting us with the cooking gas and shellite, while Pete went off to get the hire car. We collected the bags met Pete outside in our Nissan Micra, waved a goodbye to Grant...

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Bibbulmun Track

My sister and I have enjoyed many walks on the East Coast of Australia, but now it was time to visit the West.  We heard of this track called the Bibbulmun and thought that was for us.  At 1000km’s long we wondered which bit we should walk. The Bibb Track website was helpful, as was the “Highlights of the Bibb Track” tour. The section we chose was amazing and we where incredibly lucky to have fantastic weather.  We’d ordered the map book – The Southern Half, and with that we set off walking….not really sure what day we’d finish up in Albany but loving...

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Bare Rock – Main Range NP – QLD

Not every adventure needs to be EPIC.  Here we took advantage of a weekend of great weather and also a Full Moon Rising. Cunninghams Gap west of Brisbane has two peaks on either side,  Mt Mitchell and Mt Cordeaux.  It is part of the scenic rim and is an adventure playground. On this walk we set off on a Saturday afternoon to camp at Bare Rock and see the sunset and the full moon rise.  The first stop was 3.4km from the car park at the base of  Mt Cordeaux. We took a break to admire the  great views of the scenic rim, Lake Moogerah,...

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Guthega to Thredbo

April in the Snowy Mountains is a hikers playground.  The air is fresh and the views are amazing.  My sister and I spent a week in Thredbo exploring as much as we could.  We had friends join us for a couple of days for what turned out to be a full on weekend.  We started on the Friday with 4 girls walking from Guthega to Thredbo….the car we left in Guthega, well we got that back a few days later where it was parked at Pinch River Camp Ground. But there is another adventure in between…. Beth and I were joined last night in Thredbo by...

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