The Great Walks June-July issue is back from the printers and its way to subscribers and newsagents!
The mag is packed full of eye-popping photography from places like WA's Cocos Keeling Islands, where our writer took on a 20km atoll walk.
"Progressing along Jalang Kampong Atas, the trail that leads to the southern end of Home Island, the scene of stillness and tranquility belies what is happening on the other side of the island," writes Rik Soderlund.
"The unrestrained Indian Ocean is in a relentless battle with the fringing reef of the islands. Tasked with enduring the brunt of the ruthless open ocean swell that pummels into the islands, the wave washed tidal zone is resisting the ocean and holding its own against the might of a force intent on overcoming it."
Other destinations include the Round the Mountain Track at NZ's Tongariro NP. This is a lesser-known alternative to the popular Tongariro Northern Circuit. Our writer was surprised to find so few people on the track especially when the scenery was so spectacular.
We also explore the new two-day Spicers Scenic Rim Trail and the Park Trek's new five-day pack horse walk in the Victorian High country. And our photo spread on Switzerland's best walking paths is bound to inspire.
In our gear section we look at gaiters, tent maintenance, active insulation clothing and we revive that old debate of hiking shoes vs boots.
And our latest competition is to win a guided walk on WA's Cape to Cape Track!