Great Ocean Walk
In November I hiked the Great Ocean Walk from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles over 7 days. It was a wonderfully varied walk, quite manageable over the time given. I encountered lots of wildlife each day and was able to swim in either the ocean or rivers most days. Id recommend either the full walk if you have time, or small sections of the hike would also be great.
These photographs are from my recent trip in the Northern Flinders Ranges working for Operation Flinders. It was my fourth walk with the company in the last 12 months. We had a mix of hot, cold and windy weather over the 8 days of hiking. Always beautiful to see the landscape in different seasons.
All photographs captured on 35mm Kodak film in a Canon SLR camera.
See here for photographs from my first and second hike.
All photographs captured on 35mm Kodak Portra film in a Canon SLR camera
In March I went out with the wilderness therapy company Operation Flinders for my second walk with a group of 10 at risk youths. We walk for 8 days in the Northern Flinders on a property called Yankaninna Station which boarders the Gammon Ranges. We aim to walk 100km over the 8 days. During this walk it was extremely hot reaching temperatures in the 40’s a number of days in a row. The experience was highly challenging but just as rewarding. Its wonderful to be in this landscape for an extended period of time, and we were walking over a new moon period so the stars were particularly prominent and encompassing.
Operation Flinders are always on the look out for new volunteers, see their website to get involved with this wonderful company
See the photographs from my first walk with them in October 2016 here
In January I flew to Launceston with my touring bike and headed off on a two week adventure on the east coast of Tasmania. I first headed north of Launceston, spent a few nights on the coast then came inland to reach the east coast. I took my time riding down, stopping at all the towns and exploring their surroundings (when I had the energy to do so!). I also took the ferry to Maria Island where I spend two days walking and resting, embraced by the calmness of the island. My last day of cycling from Richmond to Hobart was cancelled because of a weather warning for flash floods..I was lucky to be picked up by some lovely folk and driven with my bike the final 20kms to Hobart town.
I spent the days cycling and camped in my tent each night, usually by the beach. I saw the full moon rise over the ocean at sunset and watched it progressively waning from that night onwards. I saw the sun rise and set each day…My hope for the trip was to spend as much time as possible outside, which I can happily say I did.
In late October I volunteered with the wilderness adventure company Operation Flinders. We traveled to a property bordering the Gammon Ranges in the Northern Flinders Ranges area and hiked for 8 days with a group of high school students. There were many hills and mountains to climb, goat tracks to follow, beautiful sunsets and sunrises, long, hot days and a even a few spots of rain! The landscape was vast… the perfect environment to allow the mind and spirit to wander at its own will. The program is challenging for all involved but the impact it has on everyone is undeniable. If you’re interested in being involved take a look on their website and sign up to volunteer too!