- Classic Harbour Walk - 20 kms
• What we'll do Walk with us along this classic harbourside trek soaking up the beautiful views all the way along. We'll head off early from Circular Quay and wind our way along the many foreshores, including Wooloomooloo, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Shark Bay, and onto Watson's Bay where you will be able to catch the ferry back to the circular quay or a bus back to the city. This will be a leisurely fun walk with stops for photos, coffee, lunch and land marks of historical interest. You can walk the full 20 kms or just part of it, it is up to you. Bring your own lunch to have at one of the beautiful parks along the way. A small of $5 is payable at the beginning of the walk. • What to bring Bring water, sunscreen, hat, snacks and lunch. Good walking shoes.
- Winter Escape! Supercharge your health and vitality!
It is no secret that time in nature is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. I learned many years ago that bush walking through the winter months kept me flu free and strong! There is really no place better for some soulful healing and fun than a wonderful bush track in the Blue Mountains! This 2 night and 2 day event will be a true winter escape. Numbers will be limited! Book now to secure your spot. Highlights * Experience that great winter feeling sitting around a log fires * Lodges heated with toasty glowing wood combustion heaters * Lunch and wine tasting at a local winery * Stay at a fully functioning off the grid ecolodge * Bullet proof yourself for the rest of winter with a robust bush walk * Walk through the gorgeous Megalong Valley * Challenge yourself on the swing bridge if you've never done it before *Visit the site of the old Megalong Village Fee $250 per person - includes 2 day walk with walk leader, accommodation and all meals. Friday night and Saturday night accommodation (shared)meals, dinner Friday and Saturday night, break-fast Saturday and Sunday, Ploughman's lunch at local winery on Saturday and packed lunch for Sunday. Group first aid kit, group personal locator beacon, walk leader qualified in remote first aid. This walk will invigorate your mind, body and soul and stay with you long after you have returned home! Limited places, book now to reserve your place. Please note your spot is only guaranteed once your payment has been received. Please make sure you can attend as we can not provide a refunds. Payment details will be provided by email to all those who RSVP. You will need to ensure that you are capable of bush walking and willing to participate at your own risk. Hope you can make it. If you have any questions. Please just email or message me. Cheers, Michelle
- Circular Quay to Birchgrove
We'll meet in front of Customs House, Circular Quay and then walk along the very popular route to Birchgrove via Dawes Point, Millers Point, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, Jones Bay, Anzac Bridge, Rozelle, East Balmain, Balmain, Birchgrove. We will visit the heritage listed Waterview Wharf Workshops and Dawn Fraser Swimming Pool as well as beautiful Ballast Point Park. This walk covers 20 kms however you are welcome to come along and walk for as much or little as you like. The pace will be 4 kms per hour and we will have breaks including a longer break for lunch. Bring your own lunch and snacks as we will have lunch in a beaten location along the way. There is a $5 fee for this walk. See you on the walk. Michelle
- Green Gully Track - FULL
Challenge yourself over the October Long Week-End. The Green Gully track, part of the World Heritage-listed Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, is an adventurous 65km walk. It will be a unique journey deep into the Apsley-Macle Itay gorges, one of the largest gorge systems in Australia. You will experience inspiring views, dramatic gorges and abundant wildlife, you’ll traverse fern-lined gullies, crystal-clear mountain streams, high-elevation forests as well as towering rocky outcrops. You’ll share some of the terrain with endangered brush-tailed rock wallabies, soaring wedge-tailed eagles, and native marsupial mice. There is no need to carry a tent as you’ll stay in restored stockman huts along the way. The huts are fitted with the essentials like beds, rainwater, solar-lighting, non-flush toilets and cooking equipment. The Green Gully Track is a difficult walk. You will need to have a high level of fitness and be prepared for long steep sections and walking in thigh deep water, carrying your own gear. The walk is 65 kms and will be completed over 4 days. We will average 15 km a day over rugged undulating and sometimes very steep terrain. We will be walking for about 8 hours each day. This is a truly amazing wilderness area. Only 6 people are allowed on the track each day. Day 1 - we will leave Sydney at 6 a.m. to arrive at the first hut by 2 p.m. (Approximately 7 hour drive north of Sydney). Day 2, 3, 4 , 5 will be spent on the track and staying at the huts overnight. Day 6 - we will drive back to Sydney. The cost to join will be $150 for hut fees and your own food, petrol etc... Please only RSVP if you are a very experienced multi -day bush walker, preferably with navigation skills and are willing to share driving and petrol costs. There will only be 4 or 5 spots available on this trip. If you are interested please RSVP and contact me using the meetup email or messaging system.. Preference may be given to experienced walkers who have walked with Coastal Walkers previously.
- Great Ocean Walk - 8 Days -FULL
The Great Ocean Walk is the most stunning walking in Australia. ( A big claim I know, but you will see what I mean). You will be completely immersed in nature for 6 days. It will bring you immense joy and laughter and nourish your spirit. It's a wonderful opportunity to camp out on a magnificent track without having to do anything but carry your own small day pack! Some of the hikers who have attended this walk with us before had never done a multi day walk or camped before: Their verdict: They loved it - and will be taking on more adventures like this in the future. So don't worry if you are new to camping or multi-day hikiing. The Walk winds for 105 kilometres along the stunning cliffs, beaches, bays and inlets from picturesque Apollo Bay to the famous 12 Apostles. You will experience the magic of spending 6 days in the bush and the thrill of walking from camp to camp, arriving to find your tent set up and your dinner being served. All meals, snacks and water are provided for you on the trail. Accompanied by an experienced leader all you will have to do is put one foot in front of the other whilst you enjoy the stunning scenery and the gorgeous wildlife. You are likely to see many Koalas in their natural habitat, kangaroos, echidna's, snakes to name a few. Join us for this 8 day magical adventure, 6 days walking and 1 day either side of the walk to travel to and from Victoria. Early bookings are essential and a 50% non refundable deposit will secure your place. Numbers are limited due to the national parks restrictions. 7 nights and 8 days Depart Sydney for Apollo Bay : Friday December 27th approx 6.40 a.m. Depart Apollo Bay for return to Sydney: Friday 3rd January 2020 approx 9.30 a.m. Inclusions Return Airfares - Sydney to Avalon Return Transfers from Avalon to Geelong and Geelong to Apollo Bay 2 nights accommodation in Apollo Bay (shared) 5 nights accommodation on the trail (a tent just for you) Camping Site Fees. Entry to Cape Otway Lightstation. Lunch at the Light- Keepers Cafe. All meals whilst you are on the trail, including drinks and snacks. Experienced leader with remote first aid qualifications, Group First Aid Kit and Emergency Locator Beacon. All Camping Gear: Tent, Self Inflating Sleeping Mat, Sleeping Bag with cotton Liner, Pillow, Headlamp, rain poncho, flynet, Tent is set up, packed up and transferred for you from camp to camp. Transfer of backpack/duffle bag/overnight bag. Drinking water brought in to camp. Bush tucker talk at Lighthouse by indigenous guide Local history at Lighthouse Fresh air, beautiful scenery and native animals Not Included Meals and snacks whilst travelling to and from the start of the walk on Day 1 and the after the walk has finished on Day 6. Medical/travel insurance Investment in your health and well being and supreme happiness: Early Bird: $1,900 (non refundable deposit $500 paid by 1st June 2019 to secure your place) balance of $1,400 due by 1st December 2018 Late Bird: $2,100 ($500 non refundable deposit received after 1st June 2019). Balance due by 1st December 2018. Contact me directly by email or message if you have any questions. Michelle
- Gulgong Folk Music Festival 29 Dec to 31 Dec 2019
A great way to see out 2019 and welcome in 2020. Gulgong Folk Festival; Im sure that you have heard of this small historic gold mining town - the town on the old $10.00 note, the region where Henry Lawson spent his infant & early teen years. This is a small festival, a boutique festival, where largest venue probably seats 150 people. The festival based on my experience from 2018 utilises the Gulgong Opera House, the RSL and a couple of other small halls. It is a festival where you are likely to walk into a cafe and see musicians having an impromptu jam session. The town has a variety of accommodation options with motels, hotels, B&Bs and 3 camping options. There is also a great IGA in town as well as numerous cafes and several hotels, hence food/self catering is definitely not a problem. The town at this time of year will be hot and dry. Depending upon interest, I may try and arrange a group accommodation booking in a Dept of Education facility - Red Hill Heritage Centre. Basically it is a dormitory arrangement with separate male and female dorms and a well equipped communal kitchen/dining hall. Many of the musicians stay here. There is also camping here but it lacks shade; there appear to be better camping options. The Centre is in easy walking distance to the 'action.' I am also considering arriving a day early and visiting the Gulgong Pioneer Museum - which rates highly on tripadvisor 4.5 stars. What a way to end the year!!! Based on last year early bird tickets and dorm accomodation for 4 nights ....approx $200.00 Gulgong is approx 300 km from Sydney and 30 km from Mudgee. Details of the festival have not yet been posted; Please let me know if you are interested.
- Shikoku, Japan 88 Temples Pilgrimage 14 Days Spring 2020
For the first time ever in the history of the Shikoku pilgrimage a bus tour is being offered for English speakers in May/June next year led by Professor Dym. Professor Dym is an american who lectures in Japanese history and culture at the University of Sacramento. His is fluent in Japanese, has travelled extensively throughout Japan, has lived in Japan and has also walked the entire Shikoku Pilgrimage. This is a unique travel opportunity if you are interested in Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese food, Buddhism, the serenity of beautiful Buddhist temples and travelling with others. It will be a 14 day round trip from Sydney to Tokushima. It isn't necessary for you to be Buddhist or to believe in anything but it is important to understand that it is a Pilgrimage tour and participation in the rituals at the temples is considered respectful. Shikoku is the fourth largest island of Japan. It is mostly rural with many small traditional villages. This makes it all the more appealing as you experience more traditional Japanese culture and food then you do in the areas that are catering to the hordes of tourists. As a pilgrim who has visited all 88 Temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage on foot I am now an official ambassador of the pilgrimage. I feel privileged and excited about the opportunity of introducing others to the pilgrimage, the 88 temples, Shikoku and the inspiring buddhist priest Kobo Daishi who first brought buddhism to Japan and is the founder of Shingon Buddhism in Japan and many of the 88 temples. Kobo Daishi also known as Kukai was born on Shikoku and was a man before his time. He is attributed with many amazing achievements including ensuring that education was available to all regardless of their social status (prior to that only the aristocracy in Japan could read and write and had access to education). He ensured women were able to attend temples when in the past they had been excluded. He was admired and respected by the common people as well as ruling elite at the time. The dates: Thursday 21st May - to Wednesday 3rd June Thursday 21st May arrive in Osaka/Tokyo and travel to Tokushima. Friday 22nd May - 1st June - Visit 88 Temples on Shikoku and travel to Koyasan - resting place of Kobo Daishi. 2nd June - Spend time in Koyasan ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site) before travelling to Osaka. Overnight in Osaka. 3rd June - Depart Osaka for Sydney. What’s included: Pilgrimage tour led by Professor Jeffrey Dym who has taught Japanese history and culture at Sacramento State University since 1998. Professor Dym will lead participants in the rituals and sutra readings at each temple and provide historical commentary about the temples and Japan throughout the tour. 13 nights accommodation, 1 night before the tour, in Tokushima, 1 night after the tour in Osaka and 11 nights on the tour. All transportation from Kansai International Airport, Osaka to Shikoku, around Shikoku, to Koyasan and back to Osaka and Kansai International Airport. All accommodation staying in a mixture of traditional Japanese Guesthouses, Western Style Hotels and Temple Lodgings. All meals whilst on the the pilgrimage, from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day. A white pilgrim’s vest or coat. Japanese language familiarisation sessions prior to travelling to Japan What’s not included: Your return airfares from Sydney to Osaka: Your Travel Insurance Snacks, alcohol, Additional pilgrimage gear such as stamp book and temple stamps, candles and incsense Meals when you are not on the pilgrimage walking/bus tour Investment in this wonderful educational, cultural and spiritual fully supported walking/bus tour in Shikoku, Japan. Single $4,200 Twin share or double $3,900 Triple share $3,800 Interested? Want to know more? Limited to 10 participants. Please RSVP and email me directly at [masked] with your telephone number to discuss further.