Be careful how you say it…Walking to Shot Hole Canyon in Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.

Sadly, for me anyway, today’s stroll is almost the last in my series focusing on our Western Australian adventure earlier this year. This path, and its stunning views, was a fitting way to end our tour and, once again, opened my eyes to the hidden beauty of our sprawling country.

It’s a cooler and slightly overcast day today, perfect walking conditions, but don’t forget your hat and sunscreen.

Let’s go…

The Path to Shot Hole Canyon in Cape Range National Park
Up on the plateau with the sea in the far distance
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Two Short & Scenic Strolls in Cape Range National Park, Western Australia.

Unfortunately our Western Australian adventure is coming to an end. Before we wave goodbye to the deep reds of this remote state, we lace up our walking shoes for another couple of short walks in the Cape Range National Park.

Grab your hat, we’re off…

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Walking Through History with the Convicts and Colonials of Perth, Western Australia

There is nothing better or more exciting than arriving at a new place and it slowly unfolds, revealing its history and characters. In my humble opinion a walking tour, either guided or self-guided, is the perfect way to discover secrets, stories and often a little sadness.

Lace up your walking shoes, we’re off to stroll the streets of Perth.

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Exploring the Great Outdoors – Kalamina Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia.

Grab your swimming gear and lace up your walking shoes (yes, the swimmers/hiking boots combo is a good look), today we are heading down into Kalamina Gorge.

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Diving into Paradise – Swimming in Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia.

Have you ever arrived at a place and thought, ‘This is it! I have died and gone to Heaven’?

Or you have felt like you have stepped into a television ad for sparkling mineral water or underarm deodorant?

Just those feelings overwhelmed me as I dived into the calm, cool waters of Fern Pool in Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park.

As I surfaced and floated on my back, it dawned on me for the 500-millionth time that life was pretty damn good!

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Dawdling, Daydreaming and Dillydallying at The Drip, Mudgee

Australia seems to excel at coming up with place names that are both unattractive and pretty unimaginative e.g. Dunn’s Swamp and The Drip. I suspect this is done on purpose to discourage hoards of visitors and to keep these slices of paradise for the use of only those in the know.

Come closer…shhhhh…

Don’t tell anyone about this, but I am about to take you on a glorious walk at The Drip.

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Introducing…Perth, Western Australia. City? Or Just a Big Country Town?

Where are all the people?

That was our first question as we left our hotel room and started to explore Perth’s CBD. It was a weekday and during business hours, and yet the streets were virtually empty and the vibe was so relaxed it was almost comatose.

Just perfect for this tourist to wander…

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Exploring the Sydney Coastline – Bondi to Manly Path – Stage 7, Spit Bridge to Manly Wharf

Oh dear, we have arrived at the penultimate stage of the Bondi-to-Manly path. What am I going to do when this little jaunt is over?

Yep, find another path to walk and, boy, I am planning a beauty! Stay tuned as I plot and plan a wee +1 000km stroll through the Aussie bush.

But, back to the path that stretches out in front of us and the jewel of Sydney Harbour on our right-hand side.

We are heading to Manly…

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Stepping Down, Down, Down into the Gorgeous Fern Tree Gully, Rylstone

Walking through Fern Tree Gully Reserve

The mist was still hanging low and damp over the paddocks as we drove out of town. Glorious rain had fallen the day before ensuring our walk in Fern Tree Gully would be bright and fresh.

Tie on your walking shoes, we are headed out for a short stroll through the Australian bush.

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Exploring the Sydney Coastline – Bondi to Manly Path – Stage 4, Darling Point to Kirribilli

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House

At last I had the time, energy, and the restrictions of Covid19 were staring to relax, to once again set out on the glorious Bondi to Manly path. So far I had only completed three of the eight stages and it was not calling my name, it was screaming it at full volume!

In the 12 months since I walked the early sections, major changes have been made. New signs popped up at regular intervals and a new app helped keep me on track if/when I became distracted by the beautiful scenery or the signs were not where I expected them to be.

Grab your hat and water bottle, and let’s enjoy some more stunning Sydney sights…

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A Stiff Climb Up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Palm Beach Sydney

I am not a Big-City-type person.

Give me the wide open spaces and country air any day. However, I know my biases make me blinkered and sometimes I need to ‘get over’ myself, and be open to what metro-areas have to offer. When I finally pause and do that, I am very often rewarded with some real gems.

The short hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse is just one of those special experiences revealing the hidden beauty tucked away in Sydney’s suburbia.

Lace up your walking shoes and let’s go…

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Start Your Day With a Sunrise. Walking Up Tomaree Head, Nelson Bay

Sunrise from Tomaree Head Summit, Nelson Bay

I am taking you on a very short walk today, but it still packs a punch. Or perhaps that should be, jumpstarts the ol’ ticker!

Lace up your sneakers and let’s head out into the early morning light, stepping out on the path up to the very top of Tomaree Head.

Puff, pant, puff, pant…

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More Steps Through Paradise – Kiama Coast Walk, Day 2

Views of Werri Beach Kiama Coast Walk
Looking along Werri Beach, Gerringong

Following on from yesterday, today we continue our bracing stroll along the Kiama coastline. It’s a walk that just keeps on delivering stunning views and makes you glad to be alive.

Slap on your sunscreen, fill up your water bottle and walk with me…

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Step Into Paradise – Kiama Coast Walk, Day 1

View from the Kiama Coast Walk

Do you need a dose of the freshest air to blow the cobwebs and negative thoughts out of your brain?

Do you need breathtaking scenery with beauty at every turn and rise?

Do you want to fall in love with ‘your’ new architecturally-designed coast shack with sweeping sea views?

If you said ‘Yes’ to even only one of those questions, you need to tie on your walking shoes and get yourself to Kiama on the New South Wales South Coast.

It is a stunner…

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How did I not know about Kiama, South Coast NSW?

Growing up on a farm, when things were good and the seasons were kind, we would escape to the beach for a dose of salty sea air and sand between our toes. Invariably the road would take us North to the North Coast of New South Wales (NSW) or even further north into the glitz and bling of Queensland’s Gold Coast.

It is only now that I start to discover the gems I missed out on tucked away on the South Coast of NSW.

Introducing…Kiama.

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Escape Sydney’s Concrete Jungle on the Wulugul Walk!

If you are visiting Sydney and feel the need to escape the towering buildings and concrete jungle, then include this short stroll on your itinerary. It is sure to blast out the cobwebs with salty, sea air.

Introducing the Wulgul Walk…

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