Pirongia / The Cone 2 days loop (via Bell and Tahuanui tracks)

  • Bushwalk
  • Loop — 28 km
  • 2 days
  • Hard
  • 3/5
We were wet, cold, and overly miserable after 3 hours of walking in knee-deep mud under light rain. Arriving at the summit of The Cone, we were in thick clouds. The supposedly magnificent views you should get from the 953 meters summit were nowhere to be seen, and we still had more than one hour of walking to get to the hut, continuously going up and down on the ridge, trying to avoid the deeper mud pools. But this is when, jumping from side to side, climbing steep wet roots, with no views, feeling the beginning of a blister on my left foot, laughing at those ridiculous short boardwalks (...)

Kohukohunui Summit Eastern Loop

  • Bushwalk
  • Loop — 18.5 km
  • 8 hours
  • Medium
  • 3/5
This is a nice day walk that will make you exercise with a tad more than 1,050 metres to climb and descend in the day, starting from sea level up to the summit of Kohukohunui at 688 metres. The main interest of this walk are the superb views you will get on the Firth of Thames, the Coromandel Peninsula, Auckland city and the Manukau Harbour. If the weather looks bad and you might get no views you can probably skip this one, as there’s 50% of wide, muddy, not too interesting tracks. Access This walk starts from the Waharau Regional Park visitor centre. Car: 1 hour 30 minutes drive from (...)

The Pinnacles Loop (Coromandel Peninsula)

  • Bushwalk
  • Loop — 17 km
  • 2 days
  • Medium
  • 4/5
Access Car: 2 hours (135 km) drive from Auckland CBD to the end of Kaueranga Valley Rd. Bicycle: train to Papakura train station, cycle 85 km to Thames (6-8 hrs), then 22 km along Kaueranga Valley Rd (gravel), lots of paid campsites along this road. Public transport: poor, you can take the bus (InterCity, Naked Bus, etc.) to Thames, but you will still have to do the 22 km of (mostly gravel) road to the start of the walk. You could hitch a ride, especially on Saturday mornings with all the people going there, or you could try to contact local tour companies, like CanyoNZ, they usually go (...)

Cradle Mountain—Barn Bluff in 3 days

  • Bushwalk
  • Loop — 36 km
  • 3 days
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Medium
  • 5/5
The Overland Track is one of the best tracks of Australia, but its popularity makes it harder to access now. First you usually have to book months in advance to be able to do it, and second, the hefty price of $200 per person for 6 days makes it a walk accessible only to the wealthiest visitors. But there are other options which will make you enjoy most of the Overland highlights in a shorter time, a bit further away from the masses, and for free. Awesome! This three days loop will let you see the best of the northern part of the track, including the summits of Barn Bluff and Cradle Mountain. (...)

Gladstone, Lindeman and National Pass

  • Bushwalk
  • One way — 14 km
  • 7 hours
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Hard
  • 5/5
From the privacy of remote passes to the crowds of the main attractions of the Blue Mountains, this nice day-walk will be a great adventure ending with an easy stroll. A very nice hike for a hot day as you will be under the shade of trees near running streams much of the way. Access The Blue Mountains are extremely well served by train from Sydney, it is reasonably cheap and practical. Check the hours and rates on Transport NSW website. The trip from Sydney Central station takes a bit less than two hours and costs $12 to $15 return (depending if you ride off-peak or not). The cheapest (...)

South Australia

40 Great Short Walks There is a small guide named « 40 Great Short Walks », published by Trails SA, and it has good ideas and is well made. You can get it at the Adelaide Visitor Centre or just download it online: PDF, 10 MB. Most of the walks in the guidebook are around Adelaide or in the south of SA, but you’ll find some walks around the Flinders Ranges too. The guidebook is well written, with different kind of walks, most of them are easy to medium, and tracks are well signed and easy to access.

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As always we are trying to get most things right here, so we are trying very hard to provide the best maps. For this we are working with OpenStreetMap, an open-source and open-data collective database where everyone can contribute to the maps. Because the data is free for everyone, the project started in 2009 with a completely blank map of the world. Since then thousands of contributors have recorded GPS tracks, and drawn roads, paths and cities from aerial imagery. And the work has been amazing, and once the maps have been filled they have incredible details you won’t find in any other (...)

Luxmore Hut

  • Bushwalk
  • Return — 27 km
  • 9 hours
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Hard
  • 5/5
Access and details Trailhead: Kepler Track car park (Lake Te Anau Control Gates). Access: by car, bicycle or foot (you can walk the 6 kms from the city centre, but this would make for a very long and hard day walk). Some private operators have a shuttle running from the town. Facilities: drop toilets and water tanks at the car park. Toilets, water, shelter and a large dining room at Luxmore Hut. Nearest town is Te Anau, 6 kms from the car park. Warnings: this is a long walk with a 1,000 meters climb, make sure to start early. Mt Luxmore is exposed, it might (and will) be windy, and cold. (...)

Upper Ferntree Gully - Dandenong Ranges NP

  • Bushwalk
  • Loop — 10 km
  • 3 hours
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Easy
  • 3/5
Walking in the Dandenong Ranges Access By car: 40 km east from the city centre of Melbourne. On Burwood Highway or Canterbury Road if you start from Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground. By train: take the train toward Belgrave and leave at the Upper Ferntree Gully station (not at the Ferntree Gully station, that is the one just before when we come from the city). Track When you get off the train, turn on the left to leave the station by the tunnel and follow the railway to the east (towards Belgrave). The Dandenong Ranges National Park is just about one kilometer, there is a small path on your (...)