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October 2010
Summer is nearly upon us, and after our wet winter, the bush has come alive with the most vibrant wildflower display in many years. Kids love the extra colour; a great time of year to help them enjoy walking. I hope you're able to get out and enjoy the bush. Meanwhile, here's a little about what we've been up to at Wildwalks.
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October 2010
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A Spotlight on...
Kosciuszko NP
A little about...
Walking with Kids

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Summer is nearly upon us, and after our wet winter, the bush has come alive with the most vibrant wildflower display in many years. Kids love the extra colour; a great time of year to help them enjoy walking.

I hope you're able to get out and enjoy the bush.  Meanwhile, here's a little about what we've been up to at Wildwalks.

 
At Wildwalks...

New feature - References
We have been including references in our tracknotes for over a year, and now you can access them too. The tiny numbers will link mainly to photos, showing you exactly what we mean, but also to websites and books with more information. For example, see Bullock's Hut. You'll find references in any new or updated walks.

New book
Our other big news is that our upcoming Kosciuszko book is at the printers, due for release late November. See a sneak preview. Stay tuned for details of the book launch, which should be in early December.

New walks and updates
  • Parts of Ku-ring-gai Chase, Blue Mountains & Kamay Botany Bay National Parks revised
  • Hunter Valley is under way
  • Great North Walks notes are under review
New and updated notes will be slow to appear for a few weeks due to an issue with our mapping server, sorry.

 
 

 
Upcoming Events...

The Bare Creek Trail Run is on 7th November, hosted by St Ives Park Primary School. Open to all ages, there are 2 challenges; a 6km walk and a 9km run. All the details are on the website at www.barecreektrailrun.com.

Don't forget the Walk of the Month! We have teamed up with the NPA to provide free guided walks, providing a great way to introduce your friends to bushwalking. In October, we are walking on the diverse Sphinx, Warrimoo and Bobbin Head tracks.

A Spotlight on...       Kosciuszko National Park

Summer is exciting in Kosciuszko NP. Mountains recently covered in snow are now alive with wildflowers.

Home to  Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko (2228m), the park also claims our highest restaurant and public toilet :)


You'll find
  • a vast wilderness of mountains and plains
  • the Snowy River, crystal clear
  • fragile bogs and fens
  • the Corroboree frog and other endangered species

Snow Gums dominate the Kosciuszko landscape, and higher up, vast alpine plains.  A highlight for many visitors is the chance to dip their toes in the famous Snowy River, or simply to walk down the tracks they recently skied.

Explore a living museum
  • Huts, homesteads, and a growing number of brumbies from early cattle grazing
  • Kiandra, a ghost town left behind by 19th century gold fossickers
  • The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, an engineering marvel
Walks in Kosciuszko are wonderfully diverse, offering many types of experiences. You'll find easy circuits, multi-day wilderness adventures and a chairlift ride to fantastic scenic views.

Kosciuszko offers excellent camping, and is popular for fishing and 4WD.

Alpine walking exposes you to a higher level of weather and UV, so be sure protect from the sun and carry plenty of water and food.

Be prepared for snow and sweltering on any one day, and check daily weather forecasts before setting off.


 
A little about...              Walking with Kids

Bushwalking is a great activity for children. They'll explore the natural world while burning energy, and it's cheap and enjoyable for grown-ups too.

This article offers practical advice on planning a great walk, including:
  • choosing a child-friendly walk
  • equipment to consider       (including baby backpacks)
  • tips for introducing kids to the bush
You'll also find ideas for keeping kids motivated, and sharing the wonder of nature with a new generation.

Read more about Walking with Kids

 
Thanks for reading.  Please e-mail me any news or other information that you think will go well in this newsletter. Until next edition, happy walking.

Sincerely,
Matt McClelland

Matt McClelland
www.wildwalks.com
matt@wildwalks.com
 

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