Long time no posting here. We are really sorry for the hiatus but have been very busy with a big project. Late last year we sold our family home (after living there for 30 years) and bought a block of land in Portarlington, Victoria. Over the last 7 months we have been “owner building” ouir new home i.e running the whole building project, arranging all the trades people, doing all the dirty and boring jobs and generally getting in the way of people who know what they are doing.
It has been a full on project , often all consuming, often incredibly tiring or occasionally stressful….. Hence Our Hiking Blog has taken a back seat.
September – Framing up
The Great Ocean Walk in Victoria runs from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles. It is a great track to explore for a few days. In this article, Clare Reilly (our daughter) writes about her recent trip from the Cape Otway Lighthouse to the magnificent 12 Apostles with her husband, Jay.
Cape Otway – Aire River
After finally getting onto our shuttle and arriving at Cape Otway at 3pm, we started our 10km walk.
Walking past the Cape Otway Cemetery (a great place to stop and have a look).
This day was the beginning of the spectacular views! Seeing capes in front and behind us. There’s an option for a beach walk, we decided to take the high road in this case as it was getting late and we knew there was an unavoidable beach walk on day 2. Continue Reading…
One problem many hikers face when visiting Tasmania is transport to and from the start of the walk. It can be a tricky and expensive exercise. Many of the start and finish points are not serviced by public transport or, at best, it is seasonal or intermittent.
Ian Ferrier from Mountain Bike Tasmania contacted us recently to share information about his new transport service for bushwalkers. We have dealt with Ian for several years. He is an experienced “local” who knows his way around the walking tracks of Tassie and we congratulate him on his new endeavour.
Over to Ian:
Mountain Bike Tasmania are now able to offer transport options to the start of the major bushwalking areas in Tasmania. This can also include pickup from the end of your walk with return transport to either Launceston or Hobart.
While we have been offering a hire gear service for some time it became obvious that a total package would give customers more options rather than being locked into a set timetable from the major transport providers. Continue Reading…
Ah, vegetarian backpacking food.
What a popular topic. In this article we follow up with some additional vegetarian recipes from one of our readers, Sonia.
Regular readers will recall the yummy Marrakech curried stew, the Massaman curry and how to dehydrate rice recipes Sonia shared in her first article: Vegetarian Hiking food. In this article we share four more fantastic ideas. Enjoy!
Packet satay sauce mix
1-2 Tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut milk powder
1 x vegetable stock cube
salt and pepper
Undon noodles (90gms per person)
Optional: chili powder
To assemble Continue Reading…
It’s time for a competition!
We need a title for our new trekking guide and would love your help.
Jay Reilly, our newly acquired son in law, has written a brilliant guide all about trekking to Everest Base Camp. It is currently with Bill Journee, our illustrious eBook designer, and is coming together beautifully. It looks magic. The only problem is we cannot decide on a title.
That is where you come in.
The competition is to come up with a catchy title (and subtitle if you can) for the new guide.
It’s that simple! Continue Reading…