There’s nothing better than an empty to-do list, flat battery on the phone and a day of no ‘have-to’s’. But truth be told the chances of that happening are usually pretty slim! So when life gets busy, its time to head outside, get the walking shoes on, a day pack on your back and head for the clear air and blue skies of the great outdoors.
I’ve talked before about how I’d rather be outside, how being in nature brings out your creative and problem solving side … and it’s true, going for a walk over the weekend, or escaping the rat race during the week is one of the most grounding, mind awakening and mentally stimulating things to do.
Where to walk
EASY Kirra Hill – “The Eagle”
Where: Garrick Street Kirra
Why: Catch spectacular views to the east, over some of the best surf beaches in Australia. Turn your head a little and you’re looking back down south over Coolangatta, or north towards Currumbin, over the stretch of Kirra Beach. Turn your back to the ocean to see the westerly hinterland ranges that run behind the Gold Coast – Springbrook National Park and Mt Tambourine to name a few ‘speccy’ spots.
Virtual visit: Can’t get to Kirra? Virtually walk via Google - http://goo.gl/maps/5okS8 … you won’t be disappointed!
INTERMEDIATE Springbrook National Park – “Natural Bridge”
Where: Exit off the Pacific Motorway at Nerang (exit 69) and follow the Nerang–Murwillumbah Road
Why: The Natural Bridge is worth seeing, either by day to enjoy the unique waterfall or after dark to discover the park’s amazing glow-worms. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES
EASY Coffs Creek Walk and Botanic Garden
Where: Access via the Coffs Harbour CBD, about 1km east along Harbour Drive, turn left into Hardacre Street – the entrance and parking area is at the end of Hardacre Street.
Why: Take a quiet wander through the dappled shade of native trees along a meandering boardwalk, or sit and watch the birds on the estuary … this easy walk is a nice contrast to the sandy beaches of the Coffs coast!
Map: Have a peek at the Coffs Botanic Gardens and all its offers
INTERMEDIATE Dorrigo National Park
Where: The Dorrigo Plateau is about 60km west of Coffs Harbour. Access is via Dome Road of the Waterfall Way about 2 kilometres east of Dorrigo.
Why: I can’t tell you how much I love this part of the country. The waterfalls, towering tree’s, Bell Birds calling, Lyre Birds courting… the Bellingen Valley and Dorrigo National Park are must do day trips from Coffs Harbour. Take it easy and visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre – and be blown away on the Skywalk
SURF COAST VICTORIA
INTERMEDIATE The Surf Coast Walk – Torquay
Where: The Surf Coast Walk runs the length of the coastline from Point Impossible all the way down through Torquay, Bells Beach and Anglesea through to Fairhaven. The whole track is 30 kilometers long, but can easily be done in bits and pieces, as it winds itself around the coast line, not far from the coastal road in most cases.
Why: The Victorian Coastline is world renowned for its rugged beauty, winding around coastline, inlets, tucked away beaches and secret surfing spots – the Surf Coast Walk is the best way to see the gateway to the Great Ocean Road by foot.
Map: Check out the Great Ocean Road walks guide to plan your walk, from 20 mins to 20 hours!
So when life gets busy turn off, tune out and head bush