• The Feb-Mar 2024 cover
    The Feb-Mar 2024 cover

The Great Walks is due out this week and besides all the wonderful walks in the issue we also showcase the winners of the Wilderness Photographer of the Year 2023, presented by Mountain Designs.

Let's just say the images that made the top 20 are AMAZING!

We also showcase Australia's toughest day walks voted by you! These heart-pumping trails will get you out of your comfort zone but also offer rewarding views.

We then head to the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail to see how the island has recovered from the devastating wildfires three years ago.

"Being return visitors, the thing that stands out the most for us is the ‘epicormic growth’ – that’s a plant’s response to damage or stress," writes Hayley Rochford. "The growth is lush and dense, and there are so many shades of green. We spot wallaby tracks on the wet earth as the rain continues to fall."

From there we go to Tassie to explore the iconic Bay of Fires with the Tas Walking Co. and it seems our writer was happy to leave family responsibilities at home for a few days,

"There were no meals to cook, no clothes to wash, no mess to tidy, no bills to pay, no work emails to reply to, no school drop offs and no social media to mindlessly scroll. The toughest decision I had to make was which tea to drink, or which spa treatment to opt for," writes Linda Smith.

Our overseas destination for the issue is wonderful Portugal which sounds like it should be on everyone's European walking holiday list.

In our Walksmart section we show you how to lighten the load in your pack and Aline Australia entrant Dr Kate Grarock shows us the 10 things she always takes on a multi-day walk.

The Feb-Mar issue is available via subscription and in select newsagents.

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