Launceston: Cataract Gorge circuit 17km

Cataract Gorge is a popular weekend and holiday destination in Launceston. Rightly so. Not only does the Trevallyn State Recreation Area provide excellent hiking, the area around First Basin is first class including a tea house, chairlift and a swimming

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Freycinet National Park: Wineglass Bay & Hazards Beach 12km

The iconic view overlooking Wineglass Bay in Tasmania features regularly in photographic media. That smooth semicircular beach, looking every inch like the bottom of a wine glass from a distance. Wineglass Bay was on my hiking bucket list. And after

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Mornington Peninsula: Safety Beach to Portsea Hotel (Bay Trail) 31km

The Bay Trail covers Port Phillip Bay’s southern coastline on the Mornington Peninsula. To get there today, I commuted from Melbourne’s city centre to Frankston via train. Then bus 788 which goes from Frankston to Portsea. Great when returning to

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Ballarat: Lake Wendouree circuit 6.3km

Lake Wendouree is a prominent feature in the town of Ballarat, a “major social destination for the last 150 years” as the city’s website puts it. It is a man-made, shallow lake close to Ballarat’s city centre. Popular with rowers,

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Castlemaine: Goldfields Track circuit 13.5km

Today’s hike follows the Goldfields Track on either side of Castlemaine. Add a connection via a gravel road / firetrail and you have a circuit. The walk is again organised by YHA Bushwalking Club and I am attending… The map…

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Melbourne: Brighton Beach to City 20km

A lovely Melbourne spring day, sunny, with little wind, so I took the train to Brighton Beach and walked back to the Melbourne’s city centre from there. My walk took me northwest along the beaches to Port Melbourne. Then off

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Brisbane Ranges National Park: Boar Gully circuit 14.7km

Another weekend and another hike with YHA Bushwalking Club for me, this time 80km west of Melbourne, to Brisbane Ranges National Park and a circuit out of Boar Gully Camping Ground. The map… Here are today’s wannabe bushwalkers, waiting at

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Melbourne: Eltham station to Heidelberg station 15km

A nice suburbian parkland’s walk today, between the two Melbourne northeastern train stations of Eltham and Heidelberg. My original thought was to start walking from Diamond Creek instead of Eltham, but lack of immediate trains for that destination altered my

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Goldfields Track: Mt Franklin to Vaughan Mineral Springs 16.6km

Today, I walked the Goldfields Track from the “shadow” of Mount Franklin to Vaughan Mineral Springs. I joined YHA Bushwalking Club in one of their regular Saturday outings. A small group, I think 15 hikers. Our group met at Vaughan

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