Hiking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, Shan State

Kalaw, Myanmar

Flying into Heho airport, we could see below us a patchwork landscape, fields of every crop imaginable.  We had arrived in Shan State, the food bowl of Myanmar, producing about 60% of Myanmar’s food.  We were soon to be amongst those fertile fields as we embarked on our next adventure – hiking from Kalaw to […]

New Zealand Forest Walks – stunning!

Old Coach Road, New Zealand

Christmas Eve, Fern Walk – Pohangina Valley It was Christmas Eve and the children’s excitement was at fever pitch – what else to do but take them for a walk to burn off some steam?  So off we headed, three adults and four children, to the Totara Reserve forest in the Pohangina Valley, one of […]

The Blue Mountains Weekend Getaway

The Blue Mountains

One of my favourite weekend getaways from Sydney is up to the Blue Mountains. Only about 90 minutes drive from Sydney, on a clear day with never ending blue skies, it’s truly spectacular. So called because of a fine blue haze from the eucalyptus trees which is visible from a distance, the Blue Mountains are beautiful. […]

Hiking in Sydney

Sydney Hiking Bondi to Coogee

I’ve always thought that Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities.  Hiking in Sydney opens up even more of the beauty on offer – harbour views, beautiful landscapes, which are all easily accessible from the city – what could be better?  It’s a fantastic way to escape the hustle and bustle, recharge […]

Waikiki for beginners

Oahu, Hawaii

Almost overnight summer disappeared and winter arrived in Sydney.  It was cold, grey and there had been a couple of spectacularly fierce winter storms.  So swanning off to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii for a few days sounded like a really fabulous idea. There is so much to see and do in Hawaii.  For the first few […]

The Great Ocean Walk

Great Ocean Walk

What better antidote to a busy few weeks desk bound in the office than four days hiking in the beautiful Victorian countryside? I had been wanting to walk the Great Ocean Road trail for a while and finally I had the opportunity.  Easter hiking here I come! What a fantastic few days.  I had booked a […]

Australia at my feet: Mount Kosciuszko

Mount Kosciuszko

As soon as I discovered that Mount Kosciuszko was a mere 2280 metres and an easy day walk, I had a hankering to walk up.  After all, how many times will I have the opportunity to say that I had climbed and conquered the highest peak on the continent? I had established a ‘base camp’ […]

Trekking in the Andes

Trekking in the Andes

Obviously coming to Peru I was keen to go trekking in the Andes, and the only hike I knew about was the Inca Trail. Lots of other people are obviously in the same position, as it’s by far and away the most popular trek, so now restricted to 500 people per day, with permits selling out […]

Hiking the Larapinta Trail

Larapinta Trail

After the success of the Bay of Fires Walk, I was keen for another walking holiday, and after a little bit of research elected the Larapinta Trail as my next challenge. Starting and finishing just out of Alice Springs, I was lured in with memories of beautiful landscapes that I hadn’t properly explored in my […]

A Camel Trek in the Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

From the comfort of my local cafe, I had stumbled across a camel trekking adventure in the Flinders Ranges while reading the Sunday travel section. My interest was immediately piqued, I rounded up some other intrepid adventurers, and before you knew it, the trip was booked. Months then passed…..then, finally it was April and I […]