• Lake Macintosh, Tas
    Lake Macintosh, Tas

The Great Walks Oct-Nov issue is out now and on its way to subscribers and newsagents!

The theme of the issue is 'Walk more, see more, live more!' and the issue is filled with inspiring hiking destinations to make you do all three!

We start off with a family of three (including a toddler), taking on Australia's 5000km National trail. They walked from the top of Queensland, all the way down to Victoria.

We asked writer Belinda Tomlins to recall one particular day when you felt like she’d had enough.

"We managed to cross NSW during a “once-in-a-lifetime” flood. It had been raining for three days straight and it was freezing," Belinda told Great Walks.

"We were still wearing our summer gear and each only had a thermal top and a very light rain jacket. We had lucked out the night before and managed to start a campfire and mostly dry out our clothes, but the rain was torrential on this day.

As we made it out of the Werrikimbe National Park and back into cattle country, we were nearly blown over by the wind. Lucky for us, we had been invited to stay at a trail angel’s farm that night. We arrived looking like drowned rats and were immediately sent to the bathroom for a long, hot bubble bath.

We ended up staying five nights as we waited out the floods. If it had not have been for Bill and Louise at Red Hill Organics, who knows if we would have had the mental strength to continue."

We also feature Tassie's Arthur Range, WA's Cape to Cape Track, the Cocos Keeling Islands (a part of Australia, but nearer to Indonesia in the Indian Ocean), Canada's Yukon Territory, and plenty more.

Plus we review some of the best lightweight gear on the market and show you how to sleep better outdoors.

And make sure you enter out latest comp to win a pack-free walking holiday for two to WA's Karijini NP!

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