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From the historic and eclectic Gunn's Camp to the grandeur of Milford Sound, Fiordland in New Zealand’s south west corner is an enchanting pocket of rugged wilderness and natural beauty.
The Osprey Eja 58 is a good fit for women who are after a comfortable backpack for overnight trips, weekend adventures, and longer trips such as multi-day hikes.
You don't have to have long time in Queenstown to have a good time in Queenstown. Here’s where to eat, play, and stay in New Zealand’s adventure capital.
In Aoraki Mount Cook National Park you can explore some of the valleys, mountains, and lakes that make up New Zealand’s breathtaking Southern Alps.
The walk from Katoomba to Leura winds through valleys of ferns, tall trees, moss covered rocks and logs, over streams, and around cascades before a climb to breathtaking valley views.
A proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall threatens to flood 65kms of Blue Mountains' wild rivers and 4,700 hectares of National Park.
Narrow Neck Plateau separates the Megalong and Jamison Valleys and offers sweeping views across the Blue Mountains at Katoomba, and runs a little over 30km return from train station.
Walking Burramoko Ridge trail can easily be done in half a day or less. The showstopper scene on this Blue Mountain's hike is the awe-inspiring Hanging Rock at the trail's end.
Walking Berowra Valley is rewarding with its soft morning light, deafening cicada sounds of summer, and tiny cascades and rock pools under the shade of tall trees in the gully.
For a moderate to challenging walk you can tackle in an afternoon (with a train station at either end), try Royal National Park's Karloo and Uloola trails from Heathcote to Waterfall.
Head out of Cairns and take the Wheelbarrow Way to Chillagoe — a different kind of far north Queensland day trip — red dirt, big skies, and bushland as far as the eye can see.
"The fern tour is turning out to be much more than a fern tour. It is a visit to another, a very other, culture and place."
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