It has often been said that travel “broadens the mind”, but it could equally be said that travel will not only make you smarter, but it will also develop a more open-minded approach and creativity.
Wikipedia describes travel as being “the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.”
Did they say bicycle?
They did, but from this departure lounge, we are not necessarily going to be cycling.
I have been fortunate to have travelled to a many destinations around Australia plus a few overseas, and not wanting to leave those memories lingering, unforgotten on a hard-drive somewhere, I thought that I would share them, even though they are not strictly a “Bloke on Bike” experience.
Without doubt my favourite destination has been Malaysian Borneo for the primates and other than cycling (of course) I am currently really enjoying the odd bush walking adventure when time allows.
The accounts listed below are a look back on hand-picked escapades from the past 10-15 years.
As well as browsing these stories, a more focused listing by locality or type can be achieved from the Destination sub-menus above.
This is a convenient and popular trail as it connects with various other trails in the area as well as being directly serviced by eight railway stations on the Belgrave railway line along its 19.2 km route.
On a recent bushwalk at Deep Creek Conservation Park with a mate I had habitually taken my bridging camera to record the event. This was never something I consciously considered, it was just what I did because it takes better photos, doesn’t it? So why was it then, that after only fifteen minutes of walking, the “better” camera had been relegated to my shoulder and instead.
Leaving from the main trail head at the end of Falls Road, take the stairs on the left and follow the trail as it climbs quickly up towards the northern ridge of Morialta Recreational Park. There are some steep sections where the gradient will possibly have you breathing hard, but once up on the ridge, it is a pleasant walk back down again.
The park abounds in wildlife and the Pertendi Walking Trail commencing near the old shepherds hut provides an ideal way to enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Ngarkat Conservation Park as well as take in the views over the park's 270,000 hectares of vegetated sand dunes, mallee and heath. This is an area that has been burned to the ground on average, once every 20 years for the last ten thousand years.
The 15 walking trails in the park provide spectacular scenery of Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island and the rugged Deep Creek Valley. The walks range from easy to very difficult so accommodating for all ages and abilities. The walking trail network in Deep Creek Conservation Park includes sections of the famous Heysen Trail.
For the off-road cyclist, there are a number of trails and fire tracks where you can ride your bike with care, including Chinaman's Track, Cleland link trail between Crafers and Mt Lofty, Wine Shanty trail, Chambers and Adventure loops. These routes can be steep, rough and more than a little challenging; I would recommend wearing elbow and knee protection.
Discover remnants of the regions mining past with an old engine house, stone chimney, mine office and dairy along the interpretive walking trails. This region is a significant conservation area and provides shelter to a number of threatened species, it is also an important link in the vegetation corridors of the hills. Pre-European settlement, it was part of a major travelling route for the Peramangk Peoples.
Even though Sandy Creek Conservation Park is surrounded by farmland and the remnants of earlier vineyards and deep sand mining pits, it still provides a number of tranquil walking trails with a rich rich and diverse wildlife. Regeneration of cleared land has returned much of the area to a more natural state but the ruins of a small home, built in 1918 from locally quarried stone and native pine, remain in the park as a reminder of earlier habitation.