Twenty Walks during Lockdown

Immune Suppression Social Distancing

While during lockdown, the NSW government had asked all residents to limit travel and stay local, and our hikes along the paths in the Eastern suburbs had become overcrowded.

Can’t see the forest for the trees. And that’s a really nice thing.

Essential Enough

After seeing one person doing personal training right in the middle of the path (while another onlooker giggled at how ridiculous it looked) we’d had enough. A colleague mentioned that they had taken their family to Royal National Park, and the mental difference it made was enormous.

Tips and Tricks

I highly recommend the Avenza app — has a map of the Royal National Park (free), and GPS always shows you your location on the map. I’m sure there are more detailed trail maps with turn by turn directions, but this was just what we needed (especially since neither of us has a great sense of direction) — a map of the trails with a GPS dot wherever we were just to make sure we hadn’t gone off the trails. And it has a library of maps to cover most of the places I’ve been in Oz.

And now, the hikes

The rest of this blog is just a collection of notes on each hike. I’d recommend just scrolling through the photos and oohing and aahing, and occasionally scratching your head.

  • 🐨🐨 Okay
  • 🐨🐨🐨 Good
  • 🐨🐨🐨🐨 Great
  • 🐨🐨🐨🐨🐨 Super fantastic

Walk 1: Loftus Loop Trail

8k, Mediocre scenery, Easy hike. Strava. 🐨

Walk 2: Albury to Karloo Track (and unfortunately, back)

16k, Great scenery, Difficult hike. 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 3: Heathcote to Karloo Pool circle

Leigh finds the crossing we couldn’t find last week. Train station and back. 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

The final river crossing to complete the circuit!

Walk 4: Waterfall to Uloola Falls and back

Train station and back. 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 5: Engadine to Kangaroo Creek and Beyond (and back)

Train station and back! 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Each week I had planned on learning the name of a new Australian plant. This is called the green-grass-like-plant-that-grows-in-a-clump.

Walk 6: Bundeena to Coastal Track

A ferry ride, a hike in the rain.🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 7: Heathcote National Park (Mooray Walking Track)

Well worth it — less traveled but beautiful. 🐨🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 8: Burning Palms

A long hike with a rewarding end. 🐨🐨🐨🐨. Strava.

I had actually fallen into the river (in the first time in my memory) earlier that day, so this time we just waded across.

Walk 9: Canoeing from Albury

Arms not legs. 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 9*: Aboriginal Heritage Walk in West Head

An excuse to go see West Head. 🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 10: Heathcote National Park, Part 2

Not as beautiful as the first part. 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

The trails here are more rugged, and you might not see a single soul all day long. Perfect escape into nature.

Walk 11: North of Burning Palms

A beautiful walk along the coast. 🐨🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

You get to drop down onto the beaches in a lot of sections of the Coastal Walk. This section has the best beach walk segments.

Walk 12: Gibraltar Peak / Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Great hike about an hour outide Canberra. 🐨🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

This is my favourite photo from the entire 20 hikes. Roos in the frost on the way to Gibraltar Peak.

Walk 13: North Head

My old stomping grounds. 🐨🐨🐨

Walk 14: North of Guacamole Beach

Great walk. Not difficult, but even on a cloudy day it’s a beat. 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 15: Minyon Falls (near Byron)

Really great hike, straight down and then straight back up. 🐨🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 16: Lane Cove National Park

One half easy, one half quite hard. 🐨🐨🐨Strava.

Walk 17: South of Guacamole Beach

Like most of the northern sections of the coastal trail, it’s an easy walk. 🐨🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 18: Palm Beach Lighthouse

Short, steep, quick, crowded (though it was a weekend). 🐨🐨 Strava.

Walk 19: Winifred Falls

Mediocre trail, beautiful destination. 🐨🐨🐨Strava.

Walk 20: Wallumarra Track and Forest Island loop

Fire trail to hiking trail, beautiful loop around Forest Island. 🐨🐨🐨Strava

More to come…

While I may not blog them, we’ll keep our Friday tradition up as long as we can.

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