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May 2010
 I got lots of very friendly replies from the last newsletter - thanks for your kind response.  I hope you enjoy this one just as much.  Our main news is about our Central Coast walking book.

At Wildwalks.. New walks, campsites
The Book...  Details of our new book and book launch
Something New...  What has been happening
A little about...  Bitmap and Iphone mapping tool
Q&A... Walking with dogs
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Wildwalks Update
May 2010
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The Book...
Something New...
A little about...
Iphone Mapping
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"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself."

Alan Alda (1936 - )

Take the time to check park closure information, before setting out on your next adventure. It is much easier to adjust your plans whilst still at home.

I got lots of very friendly replies from the last newsletter - thanks for your kind response.  I hope you enjoy this one just as much.  Our main news is about our Central Coast walking book.
At Wildwalks...

New Walks
We have been busy updating and adding new tracknotes in both Sydney Harbour and Southern Kosciuszko National Parks. The updates are now live. We have added a bunch of new walks to Southern Sydney Harbour (and a few on the North side). I am a bit behind on publishing the new walks in Kosciuszko National Park, but they will start trickling onto the site in the next few weeks.

Boat-Based Camping
We have recently visited a few more campsites and added some more photos. Most notably was a fun day out on a boat (Thanks Steve) at Myall Lakes. Myall Lakes is blessed with many great campsites, many accessible by car, and some only by boat.

As mentioned in our last newsletter, we entered a NSW government competition. We had a great response from the public voting (thanks).  We are still waiting to hear the final results. I will keep you posted.
Best Bush & Coastal Walks on the Central  CoastThe Book...
As you probably already know, our book has hit the shelves and is selling well.
The 'Best Bush & Coastal Walks of the Central Coast' is a full colour, glossy guide, showcasing the great walking experiences on the NSW Central Coast. We have included a wide range of walks, from 20 minute strolls to full day walks and one overnight experience.  Most of the walks average around 2 hours.
See the PDF Sample here

Please help us celebrate the book by coming to our
Book Launch.
When:  Friday 4th June -- 6:30 (for 7pm)
Where:  Gosford Golf & Function Centre
Racecourse Road, Gosford (opposite Gosford Hospital, near Showground Road.  About 650m from Gosford Station.)
What: A fairly casual evening with finger food (light dinner) and drinks provided.  Hear from Scott Dunn (The Heart Foundation), learn more about Wildwalks and meet other walkers.
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: Free  (book for sale on the night $30)
Who: Kids are welcome too.
RSVP: By Monday 31st May. E-mail details to
Numbers are limited so please do RSVP.
Although limited, I don't expect we will run out of places (it would be a nice problem to have!) so feel free to invite a friend or two - just let me know.
Something New...
A new website selling survival food packs has arrived. For about $15, you can get three emergency 'meals' under 500g.  A good idea to keep at the bottom of your pack with your other just-in-case bits and pieces.

Jackaroo4WD Club has teamed up with NPWS in a cooperative project to adopt-a-trail.  They have been working to maintain Gentleman's Halt trail in Marramarra NP. Check out their photos and hard work - Great effort.
A little about...              Topographical maps On your Iphone?
Bit-map iconA bushwalker in Tassy has developed a pretty cool Iphone App.  It allows you to put your own digital maps onto your phone and use them when out bush.  I have been using it for a few months and it has been a great tool.  It works as a moving map to show you where you are, tracks where you have been and stores way points.  Checkout Nik's website or look for Bitmap at the app store. Great value for $2.50
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Where can I find information about
Dog friendly bushwalks

Pets are excluded from many parks to help protect the flora and fauna.
Some general rules about pets in parks
Pets are welcome in most State Forests
Often dogs are permitted in Council Reserves
Pets are not allowed in National Parks estates
Dogs are welcome in some parts of some Regional Parks

Once you know where you can take your dog, remember a few other hints; use a leash, pick up feces, check for ticks and make sure you dogs' immunisations are up to date.
Some helpful links: Sniffing Around Sydney  Sydney's Best Dog Parks, Walks & Places to Play(book).
Thanks for reading, I look forward to seeing some of you at the book launch.  Please e-mail me any news or other information that you think will go well in this newsletter. Until next edition, happy walking.

Matt McClelland

Matt McClelland
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