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.
Meandering around the spectacular coastline of Esperance for 12 kilometres from Esperance Bay to Twilight Beach on the south coast of W.A.
The HISY is a tiny, round gadget about as round as a twenty cent piece with a single button that operates the camera app.
Wouldn't we all love to have a job where we got to travel everyday to exciting parts of the world as part of that occupational choice.
After six trying hours hiking over the fourteen difficult kilometres from the northern park entrance, arriving at the campground was a welcome relief.
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.
So, it is lunchtime on day one of a three month bicycle tour and you are experiencing the first signs of social media withdrawal. From here on it is only going to get worse and by mid-afternoon you will have lapsed into a heavy, consistant twitch. With this in mind, just what are your options for connecting to the www when touring? For the really desperate, there are some places offering free wifi. Or possibly a portable wifi dongle from one of the major providers is the solution for you.
Chris is a bit of an adventure junkie in his spare time but after clocking over 10 years service as a senior manager in a large corporation, his role was made redundant. Now he has a lot of spare time for his next big adventure whilst figuring out what to do next. As he says, "As far as adventures go, the Bicentennial National Trail solo is going to be a big one!" And that is exactly what he is going to do.
Situated just off the Ngarkat Highway between Pinnaroo and Bordertown in the upper south-east of South Australia, Comet Bore campsite is accessible to 2WD vehicles in dry conditions and 4WD at other times. This is a large site with ample room for many groups of campers to enjoy ample shelter under the native whipstick mallee trees that grows in abundance throughout the Ngarkat Conservation Park’s 270,000 hectares of vegetated sand dunes, mallee and heath.
The bright colours of Spring and Autumn have faded and now the park's skeleton takes pride of place. Winter brings a different beauty to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens. There is a stark beauty to the gardens when Winter wraps the hillside in it's moist, wet embrace and it it now the rich textural bones of the tree trunks or moss-covered boulders that from time to time draws the eye.
Located in the north-eastern corner of Ngarkat Conservation Park on the border with Victoria, a two and a half hour drive from Adelaide, Box Hill Flat, was, from 1871 to 1894 Box Flat was an outstation of Garra Station and operated as a pastoral station. Box Hill Flat is a wetland area of the Mallee district that has been used by the traditional owners for thousands of years before European settlement. Referred to as an “ephemeral wetland”, it is dry in summer, but come the winter rains, it can be inundated with water.
For the brave, this will be a tough ride in one of Australia's harshest and most challenging locations. Again, just to be clear, I have the emphasise that this is not a beginner's ride! It will be hot at any time of the year; half of the ride is shared with four wheel drives, caravans and many, many interstate long-haul trucks. Most likely you will be sharing the main highway with passing motor homes and their inquisitive companions, out for their annual road trip. Spend a day or so taking in the sights at Koonalda, the caves.
Located in Cobbler Creek Recreational Park a short drive north of Adelaide, this track is a combination of two trails that will take the rider (or walker) around the perimeter of the park. Be prepared for a mixture of trail surfaces that vary from extremely rocky to sandy and everything in-between. There is also one short section where you may want to dismount where a steep gully has to be negotiated, but apart from that, with care and a sturdy mountain bike, the rest of the route can be ridden.
We may be a cashless society, so the last thing you need is for your plastic to fail. The last thing that you want to do have your holiday disrupted or worse, ruined because you have run out of money and your can't access your reserves. Before leaving home,withdraw or spend a few dollars from each card, just to make sure that they work.