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 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.
The Federation Track is a 3,000km bushwalking route from Circular Quay in Sydney to Adelaide, with a 200km spur to Canberra.
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:
You can also download GPS and waypoints for each of the four sections:
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
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)