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144 walks ticked

This Year

12
Number of Walks Ticked
147.1km
Total Distance Ticked

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144
Number of Walks Ticked
1,214.1km
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Perdekop Mountain (Overseas)
12 May, 2022
Hard
13.4km return
6 hrs
This was totally worth the drive! The scenery along the way is absolutely spectacular, if there was any region of South Africa I would go back to visit again this would be it! The walk up was very gradual with lots of fantastic views along the way. Was unfortunately a bit overcast the day we did it but we still thoroughly enjoyed it. The ranger at the start of the walk said whilst Leopards are in the area they are very shy and rarely seen during the day. The walk reminded me a bit of the Kozy/Townsend Loop - although the views here are quite a bit better. Doing the loop in the opposite direction would be an awesome challenge, one that my sister was not up for so we stuck to the more popular clockwise circuit.
Lion's Head Mountain (Overseas)
11 May, 2022
Hard
4.3km return
3 hrs
We decided to climb it for the sunrise so left our hotel in the dark. Turns out a lot of other hikers had the same idea, saw a heap of people during our walk. It is a pretty gentle incline until you reach the start of the scrambling section. To give some context this is nowhere near as hard as Tibrogargan, the ladders and stakes in the rock ensure you have plenty of hand and foot holds. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the sunrise as the famous Table Mountain tablecloth of cloud swept over us just prior to the sun rising. Still a great experience with some nice views on the way back down.
Devils Peak (Overseas)
10 May, 2022
Hard
5.6km return
4 hrs
Cape Town is an amazing place to go hiking! Whilst Table Mountain is the most famous, Devils Peak right next door is definitely worth checking out. Unlike Table Mountain there is no cable car to the top so when you make it to the summit you feel like you have accomplished something. The walk was very well marked and we saw quite a few hikers out and about exploring while we were there. I would say it is similar in difficulty to Flinders Peak - possibly a bit easier. I would go as far as to say it's better than Table Mountain because you have the full 360 degree panorama.
Mt Bogong via Staircase Spur Track (Alpine National Park)
25 Apr, 2022
Very Hard
16km return
6 hrs
After everything I have heard about this hike I was surprised to find it had quite a gradual ascent. I mean yes it is like 3 and a bit hours of continuous uphill, but it is nicely graded and very easy to follow. I would say the gradient is similar to the ascent up Flinders Peak (except there is no scrambling on Bogong). The first 7/8s is in forest and the last 1/8 is open alpine terrain where you get your first glimpse at the amazing views. In my opinion Mt Barney (QLD) is harder than Mt Bogong so if you can do that you can do this. Saw a friendly Tiger Snake on the way back down.
Kosciuszko Summit (Kosciuszko National Park)
16 Mar, 2022
Medium
13km
5 hrs
Walked from Charlottes Pass to the summit via Seamans Hut. Really scenic walk that is so gradual you barely realise you are ascending. The path is really well maintained and there are frequent markers letting you know how far along you are. When you get to the summit you look around and wouldn't know you are at the highest point in Australia considering all the neighboring peaks look exactly the same elevation. Even at a casual pace it only takes a couple of hours or so to make your way to the summit from the carpark and takes pretty much the exact same amount of time to make the return journey.
Mt Townsend (Kosciuszko National Park)
16 Mar, 2022
Hard
22km return
8 hrs
So glad we decided to do this in addition to Kozy. The track that led to the summit from the Main Range Trail was surprisingly quite well marked, even during the rock hopping segments. Only tricky part was identifying the start of it because there is no sign besides the pile of rocks. The boulder hopping part at the top reminded me a bit of Cradle Mountain - although Townsend had a lot less of it than Cradle Mountain did. I preferred the climb to Townsend over Kozy, more private, better view, and more fun! Long day getting out there and back from Charlottes Pass. We were hoping to do the entire circuit but unfortunately parts of it were closed so we had to do an out and back.
Mount Tennent (Namadgi National Park)
14 Mar, 2022
Medium
14.7km return
4 hrs
If I had to compare it to another mountain I'd say it was like a less intense version of Walsh's Pyramid. Took close to 2hrs to climb and saw a record 3 snakes (2 of them brown snakes) along the way. The view from the top was fantastic and made the walk worthwhile. Quite a popular walk (I went on a public holiday), I probably saw around 30 other people hiking it. There is a really well marked track the entire way, I couldn't imagine anyone having any difficulty following it.
Mt Kembla (New South Wales)
15 Feb, 2022
Medium
10km return
4 hrs
Great walk, with some fantastic views over Wollongong! Glad I started from the bottom and not half way up. Didn't see all that many people so had the track to myself for the most part. Very easy to follow trail, don't need a GPS or a map. I would say overall it is very similar to Mt Edwards in QLD. Saw a friendly red belly black snake on my descent.
Lockleys Pylon (Blue Mountains National Park)
9 Feb, 2022
Medium
7km return
2 hrs
Really enjoyable walk, so glad I decided to stop in on my way back from Mt Hay! The views are absolutely spectacular! Once you get to the top go a bit further and there is a nice rocky outcrop with a view of a waterfall that is well worth the extra effort. The walk is quite relaxed, just about anyone could do this.
Mt Hay + Butterbox Point (Blue Mountains National Park)
9 Feb, 2022
Medium
5.1km return
3 hrs
The views on this walk were unreal, definitely worth the long dirt road drive to get here. The road was a lot rougher than I expected. Saw some people get bogged attempting to get here so would really only recommend going after a period of dry weather. I am impatient so I ignored that advice and just thrashed my Forester to the carpark. The walk out to Butterbox point was quite clear and easy, Mt Hay was a bit tougher but nothing a reasonably experienced person would have any trouble with. Saw a big long Python sitting on the side of the track when I was walking, stood with him a while so he got comfortable with me then squeezed past him to get to the summit. The summit is a pile of rocks with nothing else of any interest. Then returned to the carpark via the Python who was now stretch out across the track at head height. Really nice day out, would recommend!!
Careys Peak via the Corker Track (Barrington Tops National Park)
29 Jan, 2022
Hard
20km return
5 hrs
Well people are correct in saying the first few kms are definitely the most soul destroying part of this walk. In saying that it isn't constant steep uphill, there are brief sections where it flattens out and you can catch your breath. After you reach the first little lookout where you can see Careys Peak in the distance for the first time, it does begin to get quite a bit easier. The whole walk is very well marked and signed, pretty surprised we saw so few people doing it on a Saturday when the nearby waterfall was jam packed with people. Overall I would say it was actually quite a bit easier than I was expecting, it was steep but not diabolically steep. The view at the top was fantastic, would do it again if I'm ever in the area!
Mount Solitary (Blue Mountains National Park)
26 Jan, 2022
Hard
16km return
6 hrs
Really great walk, has a lot of variety, nice scrambling sections and great views (shame the day I did it had such lousy weather). The golden staircase was very enjoyable (moreso on the way down), and the walk out to the start of the ascent to Mt Solitary passed through a lot of really nice rainforest sections. Overall I would say the scrambling up Solitary is no harder and no more exposed than anything you would find on Mt Maroon. Great views along the way however no outlook up the very top. Ruined Castle is a well worth it detour on the way back or there. Climbing up one of the rock pillars will provide you with some amazing views. Just make sure you are okay with the exposure before you go up. Saw a Lyrebird and a friendly snake.
Wickham Peak - Calytrix Circuit (South East Queensland)
18 Nov, 2021
Medium
7km return
2 hrs
Nice easy stroll through the reserve to the top of Wichham peak which offers some average views. It reminded me a bit of Mt Cotton or Mt Elimbah i.e. not all that difficult. The directions listed on the description were accurate, including the google maps link for the starting point. I did the Calytrix circuit as well which was okay, the peak is definitely the highlight but it was nice to extend the walk a bit - otherwise it would have been a pretty short outing. Good walk to do when you are recovering after shoulder surgery like myself - no scrambling and minimal opportunity to trip over.
Battleship Spur (Carnarvon National Park)
15 Sep, 2021
Hard
30km
12 hrs
We left the carpark at 7:30am and got back at 4:30pm. The track is well marked the entire way, there was no point where I was concerned I had lost the track. In saying that I did accidentally walk to Big Bend instead of turning off to Boowinda Gorge, but it was a nice short diversion so it was fairly inconsequential. Boowinda Gorge is amazing and probably my favorite part of the walk. Eventually you reach a boulder with a small rock cairns and an arrow pointing to a well disguised steep track leading out of the gorge. After exiting the gorge you will intercept a walking track that will take you all the way to the top. It can be quite physically demanding in parts with quite a few steep sections but nothing overly difficult. If I had to compare it to another walk I would say it's quite similar to Mt Greville. The view from the top is unreal, totally worth the 30km walk. Met a lot of people who had camped at Big Bend before attempting this walk, however I felt doing the whole walk in a day was very achievable.
Boolimba Bluff (Carnarvon National Park)
14 Sep, 2021
Hard
7.1km return
3 hrs
Very straight forward walk. From the main track take the signed path to the Boolimba Bluff. The track is excellent and easy to follow. There is a short section which is quite steep but for the most part it is a pretty gradual ascent. The view is great, definitely a worthwhile side trip!
Mt Cook (Magnetic Island National Park)
29 Jul, 2021
Very Hard
4km return
7 hrs
Well this walk was a lot more difficult than I initially expected. We originally intended on going via the Duck Creek route however on arrival at Magnetic Island our AirBnb host advised us not to go this way. There was also the issue of a) No bus goes to the start of the duck creek route b) Taxis aren't allowed on W Point Road c) it's a 5km walk to get to Duck Creek from Picnic Bay. Neither of us were keen for an extra 10km walk so we took our hosts advice and went via Nelly Bay. The walk is very direct, but despite only covering a short distance, it takes a ridiciulously long time to make very small progress. We spent a lot of time referring to the GPS, backtracking when the boulders were too large to negotiate, and squeezing through sections of thick scrunge. We had hoped the view at the top would make it all worthwhile but unfortunately the thick vegetation prevented any excellent photo opportunities. Have included our GPS track for this route. We attempted to take the path of least resistance staying as true to the cairns as possible, but there is no way of avoiding the reality that this is a tricky route devoid of any real track. Was kind of cool watching the military planes take off because the island is right underneath the jetpath and the helipad has views right out to Townsville Airport.
Mt Halifax (Paluma Range National Park)
28 Jul, 2021
Hard
11.3km return
6 hrs
This walk involved more creek rock hopping than any mountain I have done before. You follow the creek a good portion of the way so your speed will be determined by how fast you can hop between boulders. I really enjoyed it, the steep sections were quite managable thanks to whoever fixed the ropes along the track. It is pretty relentless, climbing 1000 meters vertical over a short horizontal distance. There are a few obstructed views along the way but the summit has the most unobstructed view of the whole walk. We unfortunately had no view from the summit due to the cloud closing in but it was still a nice accomplishment to have made it. The descent was a lot faster because we rocketed down the steep sections. The waterfall made for a nice cool off point on the way back!
Devils Thumb (Far North Queensland)
22 Jul, 2021
Very Hard
10.6km return
8 hrs
This was an amazing adventure, so glad I did it! If I had to compare it to anything I would say it was very similar to Mt Bartle Frere. Lots and lots of uphill on the way there, and lots and lots of downhill on the way down, so prepare your knees for a hard day. I made it to the top in 3hrs but I didn't take any breaks. Whilst it was steep, it was pretty consistent so you could get in a bit of a groove. I found it to be very well marked so didn't have any issues losing the track. The climbing section at the top was fun, nothing overly difficult. Saw a few people out and about but nowhere near as many as I saw on Mt Sorrow, or Walsh's Pyramid. Met the land owner on the way down, he was a really nice guy! Said he is happy for people to cross his property to visit the Devils Thumb so long as they don't rock up and start treating his backyard like a public park, kicking a football around and going for a swim in his dam (which has happened). So yeah, don't be that person.
Mt Sorrow Ridge Walk (Daintree National Park)
21 Jul, 2021
Hard
8.5km return
5.5 hrs
Really nice walk through sensational rainforest up to the viewing platform. The walk up has some pretty steep sections but it's not any harder than Mt Cougal. Would definitely be a lot trickier after rain because the whole track would turn into a mud pit. Like others have said don't stop at the viewing platform, go an extra 300 meters to arrive at a rocky outcrop with the best views. I wanted to say I made it to the summit so I kept going. From the rocky outcrop the track becomes a lot more faint but there are a lot of ribbons marking the way. Unfortunately these ribbons take you towards Mt Pieter Botte, as far as I could see there is no track to the actual geographical summit of Mt Sorrow (780m). I felt a bit underwhelmed so I walked west along the track until I got to the highest high point (830m) before Mt Pieter Botte (980m), which is the boundary of the Daintree National Park. No view or anything of interest there so I turned around and went back the same way. Gave a couple of people sitting at the rocky outcrop a fright when I emerged from the bushes behind them.
Walsh's Pyramid (Wooroonooran National Park)
20 Jul, 2021
Very Hard
6.2km return
7 hrs
Reminded me a lot of Mt Barney actually, similar gradient and similar terrain, just not quite as big. The view from the top is amazing! Its shape really allows you to have an excellent perspective of the surrounding region. Was lucky to meet a lot of good people along the way, mountain has a way of attracting similar minded people. Would definitely recommend bringing a decent amount of water because it gets hot and humid, especially being that you are in direct sunlight for a lot of it. Track is really good, although I still somehow managed to go off it at one point on the descent, so pay more attention than I did.