Links – Blog Roll

Here are Links to Various Useful Sites

Johnny Boy’s blog site by John Evans, Canberra Australia. John has a lot of useful stuff mainly for ACT. His information on walking and using a GPS are invaluable. He showed me how to get trip data onto topographic maps. John had been suffering from some form of blood cancer. I heard he is in remission and hope he recovers.

John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division on the Australia Day Awards of 2021 for his services to bushwalking and the community. Well done John.

The Walk ACT (Walks around Canberra and the surrounding region) They have some nice walks documented with large great photos

The Aussie Camino.  Its a picturesque pilgrimage inspired by Australia’s only saint, Mary MacKillop. Its a 160Km walk along the south west Victorian coast from Portland to Penola in South Australia. Penola is a town in the famous Coonawarra wine region. Its north of Mt Gambier.

Federation Track, NSW-ACT-Victoria-SA.

The Federation Track is a 3,000km bushwalking route from Circular Quay in Sydney to Adelaide, with a 200km spur to Canberra.

Federation Track

The track traverses coastal areas, native bushland, alpine plateaus, eucalyptus forests, open plains, rainforests, farmland and towns. The track caters for walkers doing day walks along shorter sections, walkers completing the entire route in a series of shortish walking holidays and experienced long-distance backpackers.

Two guides are available:

  • Bill Avery, Circular Quay to Stanwell Park, Kangaroo Press, 1996 (160 pages) AU$15, available from
  • Bill Avery, Melbourne to Twelve Apostles, Australian Ebook Publisher, 2013 (489 pages) US$4.99, available from Amazon, iTunes and Kobo.

You can also download GPS and waypoints for each of the four sections:

Federation Track South | Federation Track West | Federation Track Capital | Federation Track North.

Oztopo Australian Maps for Garmin GPS units  I have these on my Oregon 650

NSW Spatial Information Services Gives you access to Six maps on line as well as downloading 1:25000 maps as a pdf or buying a paper version

Books for Hikers and Backpackers (Revised & Updated 2019) by Cam Honan (an Australian now living in the US/Mexico)

Clever Hiker This is a site where two Americans provide lots of excellent advice on Backpacking Skills, Gear Advice & some Trip Reviews. Oviously they emphasise US equipment. They are keen on light weight backpacking

Bushwalking Australia  A peak body of clubs with access to lots of great information

John Chapman Bushwalking in Australia. Has written many great guides to various tracks including the Australian Alps Walking Track

Exploring the Jagungal Wilderness: A bushwalkers guide to Kosciusko National Park, by Robert Green

The link shows one a sample pdf of the book that gives you a sample of some of its text and maps and information on where to buy the book is This book was published in late 2015 providing useful insights & information about the middle and eastern part of the Jagungal wilderness area of the park. It covers the area from Tin Hut in the south to Mackays Hut in the north & Davey’s Hut in the east. It is generally east of the AAWT along the Valentine & Grey Mare Trails. It covers many of the tracks & routes I have walked since 1990 and Robert has drawn on some of my information as well as those of the older horsemen and graziers. It should be emphasised the area is rugged & on the Great Divide and associated ranges like the Kerries, Bulls Peak and Mt Jagungal. it can get to 2000m or higher. Conditions can change rapidly and walkers need to be properly equipped. Mobile phone reception is poor although there is some reception from Mt Jagungal, OKeefe’s Hut & near Tin Hut. In preparing for the book I took Robert for a walk across to the old Constance Hut site then up past Reid’s Hut site to the top then the Porcupine then to Tin Hut. I then showed him the right way from Mawson’s Hut to the route down to Kidman’s Hut and back to the Gungarlin River

Exploring GPS – A GPS Users Guide by NSW Department of Lands A comprehensive guide to the technology of GPS, purchasing a GPS receiver, and how to use it. Published Dec 2007 (might be a bit dated now)

The Bushwalkers Guide to the Galaxy – Alan Sheehan’s useful guide to Improvised Navigation How to navigate the Surface of the Earth with less than a GPS or Compass

Pretty Plain Hut Rebuilt and Opened Some great pictures of the rebuilding. The reopening of the hut with pictures from 2010 in Kosciuszko National Park