Tasmania SHORT NOTICE Navigation Training

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Wednesday, 3rd of April, 2024

Caro Ryan, author of 'How to Navigate' and longstanding bushwalking advocate with LotsaFreshAir, is bringing her popular ‘Intro to Navigation’ course to takayna/Tarkine, Tasmania on 24-27 April (inc. Anzac Day public holiday).

Staying in Corinna Wilderness Village, you will learn to navigate by traditional map and compass, read and interpret topographic maps with confidence and importantly, learn to read the landscape and how to walk with it, not against it. You’ll learn the essentials for on and off-track navigation, build your confidence in finding your way in the bush and for making wise decisions in an outdoor environment. This immersive, 4 day retreat includes all meals, accommodation and transfers from Launceston.

Qld and NSW National Parks & forests alerts, closures and more. Links regularly UPDATED

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Tuesday, 2nd of April, 2024

Be sure to check National Parks alerts and other sources before heading out on the tracks.

Qld National Parks alerts

NSW National Parks alerts

Queensland National Park of the Month - April

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Saturday, 30th of March, 2024

Byfield National Park, Conservation Park and State Forest

Outstanding coastal scenery, massive sand dunes, rugged pinnacles and remote camping opportunities are highlights of a visit to Byfield National Park and Byfield Conservation Park.

Picturesque recreation areas surrounded by rainforest-edged creeks, rugged mountains, pine plantations and ancient cycads are highlights of a visit to Byfield State Forest.


Approximately 70km north-east of Rockhampton


Light weight hiking recipes

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Sunday, 4th of February, 2024

Light weight hiking recipes

Some ideas for your through walking trips.

A few tips to make CAMPING prep easier!

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Monday, 8th of January, 2024

You want to get away from it all and spend a few days 'chillaxing' in nature, but packing can really take the enjoyment out of it. Nothing puts a dampener on your camping getaway more than forgetting a key accessory.

Queensland National Parks have put together Camping Packing Hacked to help out.

FREE CPR Awareness Sessions 2024

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Saturday, 6th of January, 2024

Link for dates, library locations and bookings

Are you interested in developing practical knowledge and skill in cardiopulmonary resuscitation?  This free workshop will give you the confidence to help keep someone alive using CPR while the ambulance is on its way.  Presented by qualified trainers from the Queensland Local Ambulance Committee, in partnership with the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Three Top Tips For New Bushwalkers

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Wednesday, 17th of August, 2022

Queensland National Parks have published an article to help prepare for a great day walk - Click here to read about the importance of boots, weather and track fitness.

Need to brush up on your bushwalking skills?

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Monday, 1st of February, 2021


There's nothing like going bush with reliable and experienced bushwalkers to brush up on your skills not to mention the social benefits!  To help you on the way here are two websites offering thorough guidelines to restart or start your bush adventures.


  • The Bushwalking Manual: Information and guidelines for safe and enjoyable bushwalking in Australia is published by Bushwalking Victoria, and provides one of the best guides to safe bushwalking in Australia. You can find it at: https://bushwalkingmanual.org.au/
  • If you are new to bushwalking, and indeed if you need a refresher or have relative novices in your group, the National Parks Association of NSW Bushwalking 101 website is also of great help. You can find this at: https://bushwalking101.org/