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Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The landscape varies from endless sunbaked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a laid-back love of sport and the outdoors. Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness that gives Australia - and its diverse population - much of its character.

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Day #11 - What goes up must come down

Wed, 9 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [71]

Pangboche (3990m) > Kyangjuma (3500m) And into the forrest I go to loose my mind and find my soul. We're back into the tree line, it's damp and when we past through here just a few days ago it was warmer. The temperature is definately dropping.... Read more >

Day #10 - I am in my Church

Tue, 8 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [58]

Thukla (4630m) > Pangboche (3990m) Today was a recouping day. Retrospective and full of quiet moments. Courts and I spent most of the day walking down down down. The realisation that our biggest days are over, is uplifting and giving us both a ... Read more >

Day #9 - Honouring High Places

Mon, 7 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [62]

Gorakshep (5140m) > EBC (5364m) > Thukla (4630m) Suprise! Todays alarm goes off at 5:15am JOY I'm nervous, Courts is nervous - we are minus Ann now for the next few days as she's attemptimg Chola Pass. It's the only Pass openm put of the 3 passes ... Read more >

Day #8 - D-Day (oh hang-on! maybe D-Day Eve)

Sun, 6 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [51]

Laboche (4910m) > Gorakshep (5140m) Todays starts out like every day. Cold, Exciting, Daunting and full of hope. The plan today is to hike to Gorakshep and have 'lunth' and then climb to Everest Base Camp. Again though, it's a slow climb. Sooooooo ... Read more >

Day #7 - Today sucked balls

Sat, 5 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [60]

Dingboche (4410m) > Loboche (4910m) The dulcet tones of the Himalaya - TOP 3:      Cows / Yak Bells      Helicopters (50/50 Rescue / Extremelly cashed up tourists)      The sound of people hucking ... Read more >

Day #6 - Rancho Relaxo

Fri, 4 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [57]

Dingboche (4410m) Rest Day YAY another rest day. We all need it. But not before the obligatory walk above where we slept at. Early morning get up to guess what? Walk up a mountain! To assist with acclimitisation. Courts and I quickly decide that ... Read more >

Day #5 - Lady E shows her top

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [40]

Tengboche (3860m) > (Dingboche 4410m) Today for some reason we've all woken up ful of beans. Considering yesterday was such a trudge we're all suprised we're all so upbeat. What was in our dinner last night? We saw Everest walking out of Tengboche ... Read more >

Day #4 - Computer Says No

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [39]

Namche (3440m) > Tengboche (3860m) Today starts with up... up.... up.... I've stopped asking Kumar how far and how long we are walking, as he's started saying things like 'for 'normal people' 4 hours' 'for you - 6 hours'. Yes. I'm the culprit. ... Read more >

Day #3 - Rest Day Namche

Tue, 1 Oct 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [44]

Namche (3440m) - Acclimitisation Day Just a short 40 minute walk up to Everest Look-up and visist the museum. Start out at 7:30am - a few hikers out, it reasonalbly clear, but as we walk we see the clouds start to fold in. Arriving at the top the ... Read more >

Day #2 - Semi-charmed kinda Hike

Mon, 30 Sep 2019 | By simonehawkins | Views [39]

Phakding (2610m) > Namche (3440m)   Todays supposed to be nasty. Todays supposed to be long. With alot of ups. Oh-ooooo what the absolute hell was I thinking. On the itinery this day was described as 'Short Trekking' day. Liar Liar pants ... Read more >

Photos: Brisbane & Gold Coast 2019

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 | By shaz | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Perth 2019

Thu, 30 May 2019 | By pauluiza | Photo Gallery

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Perth and Frankfurt 2019

Tue, 28 May 2019 | By pauluiza | Views [12]

Perth, Western Australia - Family, Friends & Wine, lots of wine... We walk to the Berlin bus station and take a bus to the airport, then catch a 9 hour Scoot flight to Singapore. We’ve been to Singapore many times and we just have a few ... Read more >

Photos: Launceston Cataract Gorge

Tue, 28 May 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

Kent went for a hike in the Cataract Gorge (https://www.launcestoncataractgorge.com.au). It's amazing to see something this wild just 5 minutes from downtown Launceston!
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Photos: Great Ocean Road

Fri, 24 May 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We took the direct route on the A1 so that we would start our tour of the Great Ocena Road (https://www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/) at Warrnambool and work our way against the main flow of tour buses coming from Melbourne. The wind was coming up, so ... Read more >
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