Australia’s Hiking and Bushwalking Blog

Welcome to your hiking, trekking and bushwalking blog. A resource filled with information including how to get started, developing your hiking skills, hiking safely, navigation techniques and hiking hacks. Find out more about the food and gear you might need for your hiking adventures and understand how to care for it. Read stories from the trail to inspire your next adventure and get involved by submitting your own trip report or hiking trail. Download my hiking guides, meal planner and packing checklists.

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Use hiking poles

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Hiking poles significantly reduce the impact and cumulative fatigue on leg muscles and joints and your lower back, whether going up or down, especially when you’re carrying a load on your back.

Snack regularly

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Snack regularly while hiking. Small snacks often will keep your energy level up rather than waiting for a big lunch meal after you’ve emptied your body’s reserves.

Let someone know before you go

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Here’s some information and safety tips to help you plan your hike. Let someone know before you go and always leave a trip intention form with someone who can raise the alarm if you do…

Time and distance planning

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On any hike it is important that you know the length of the hiking trail and how long the hike will take. Time and distance planning is particularly relevant when hiking with other people and…

Tread carefully

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That not only reduces your risk of slipping and falling, but those feet-friendly platforms act as small, natural braking mechanisms for your body, thus relieving your muscles of some of that effort.

Tread lightly

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Make your own little switchbacks in the trail when going downhill. Walking straight down a slope’s fall line puts the greatest pressure on your feet, knees, and leg muscles and soft tissue in joints.

Make an early start

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Hike as much as possible of each day’s distance in the cool hours of morning (or evening). Summer afternoons are typically hotter in Australia and the heat will amplify your fatigue and increase your changes…

How to use a compass

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How to use a compass for hiking in Australia Using a compass is a life saving skill. Your own life or someone in your group could be saved by your ability to read a map…

Following a Bearing

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The easiest way to ensure you are following a bearing is to pick an easily identifiable object, such as a tree or rock, in the distance,along the line indicated by the direction of travel arrow.

Water purification methods

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There are a handful of water purification methods available, and after reading this article, you’ll understand the pros and cons of each method. But remember, you stake your life on your water sources, so never…

Cooking Equipment for Hiking

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I remember as a child, with fond memories, many camping trips where we cooked our evening meal over a bed of hot coals while camping beneath the stars. The smell, heat and crackle of the…

Taste testing food

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The Aussie bush contains a bounty of wild edible plants that runs into the thousands, ranging from starchy seeds and tangy fruits to mushrooms, tubers, leaves and seaweed. However, knowing how to identify edible plants…

Hiking checklist

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Here is a summary of what I believe to be the essential items you should carry on both day and overnight adventures. Your hiking checklist. I have provided a more detailed information under preparing your…

The benefits of hiking

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Hiking is a great way to get in touch with nature and to get a bit of exercise as you explore. From boosting fitness, to improving mental wellbeing – and even helping us in our…

Hike survival kit

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I personally carry and highly recommend that you always have a personal survival kit, even on day hikes. Your survival kit should contain all the necessary items for survival in the widerness.

First aid kit

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Even if you are going for a short hike, there is always a small possibility you could break a limb, cut yourself or get bitten by insects or snakes, so you need to be prepared…

Water and hydration

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I recommend not starting a hike that takes you more than a kilometre from the trail head without a bottle of water along. It’s recommended you have at least one litre with you and try…

Walk Safe

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The underlying philosophy is that to WALK SAFE means to be armed with sufficient knowledge to avoid encountering unnecessary problems in the bush. It means to plan in advance a suitable route, clothing, equipment and…

Getting lost

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Plan your hike like your life depends on it – because it does. Correct planning, and the right navigation aids, will help you avoid getting lost. What do you do if you can’t find your…

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