When I was 18 I was given my first hiking pack for my birthday, I loved it and used it to death. There are possum teeth marks, there’s random stains, so many fantastic memories, and thousands of kilometers behind us.
Clare with her old Mountain Designs pack – Overland Track Tasmania
On a work hike on a small part of the Bibbulmun Track in Western Australia, I met this couple who swore by the Osprey Atmos, it was a light weight, full sized pack. So I bought one. When it arrived I was super excited and we headed off to The Overland Track in Tasmania. Within the first 2 hours I was crying in pain. It was horrible!
When we arrived home I promptly sold it and started researching another. I can’t live without a pack! Continue Reading…
This is a trip report from a mate of our’s, Mark. He headed off to Tasmania with his wife Jenny, had a couple of days around Hobart and then traveled up to the north west to explore the Tarkine Coast. He highly recommends the area and had a great time exploring it solo. The trip was in August which is late winter in Tasmania.
Over to Mark:
This walk along the Tarkine coast involved the hire of a car for a week which was left at the start of the walk, a small fishing village called Temma for the five day duration of my solo trek. Before heading off I dropped in at the Parks Tasmania office at Arthur River. This was a very useful exercise as I was given plenty of first hand and up to date information and tips from the two rangers. They advised me to follow the coast and not the 4wd track which is rough and boggy and is out of sight of the coast for much of its length. Continue Reading…
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…