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JENJENS75 Posts: 6,897
10/31/11 2:10 P

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Good luck in your journey. I hope it goes well :)

Location: Malibu, California

Isaiah 40:31

But those who hope in the Lord
Will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary,
They will walk and not be faint.


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10/31/11 1:02 P

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That's very good to note. I'm not looking for a higher altitude hike - being from Iowa.... This will help with our decision on where to go. So many places.... so little time... (and money)....

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10/30/11 6:03 P

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I personally prefer New Zealand for hiking personally, but that is because I prefer hiking at altitude in the mountains, something Australia does not afford. I agree that trying to combine both locations into one visit may dilute both to the point of ineffectiveness. If you do not anticipate being able to return, and I do mean ever, it might be worth attempting to combine the two visits.

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Will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary,
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10/25/11 10:18 P

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Two schools of thought on this.

New Zealand is less than 3 hours flying time from the east coast of Australia, so if you are going to cross the Pacific Ocean just once in your life, it makes sense to include both countries.

On the other hand, distances are big (Australia is the same size as the continental US, and while New Zealand is smaller it is long and skinny and roads are not fast) and it takes time to get around. By rushing to cover both in just 2-3 weeks, you may end up doing justice to neither.

Don't get me wrong, New Zealand is a truly stunningly beautiful country (as far as I am concerned, the Lord of the Rings movies are just one big long New Zealand tourism video), and has some great hiking.

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10/25/11 2:13 P

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Thanks so much for these ideas! I know I have lots of research to do!!!

Would you recommend hiking in New Zealand on the same trip we come to Australia? We do want to do other things in addition to hiking.

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If you are going to Sydney (which is the normal entry point for trans-Pacific flights), then I would strongly recommend Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

The vistas are stunning, and there are many, many walks available, ranging from easy cliff-top walks, and to tougher hikes that descend into the valley. Try www.wildwalks.com/bushwalking-and-hi
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for a sample listing. (Sorry, distances are in kilometres - 1 mile = 1.6 km)

Katoomba is easily accessible on the suburban rail network from downtown Sydney as a day trip, or alternatively you may want to spend 2-3 nights there and explore a few more things.

If you are going to Melbourne, the Dandenong ranges are easily accessible. Further afield from Melbourne, if you are driving the Great Ocean Road (pretty much the equivalent of the Pacific Coast Highway), then there are some great walks in the Otway ranges.

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10/24/11 12:10 P

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I have a friend heading to New Zealand this winter. We may have to add that as well.

I'm not sure what area of Australia we are going to explore, but I am a day-hiker. We do not have very challenging hiking areas near us so, although I love hills and mountains, I don't have alot of experience with them. Definitely, nothing with caribiners required. Lovely vistas a must! Maybe some 3-5 mile trails with options for more.....

Thanks for any info you can recommend.

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10/23/11 1:46 A

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MOTIVATEE@LAST seems like an excellent resource.
Personally, I loved my days in the Blue Mountains so you might check that out.


Also as long as you are taking that incredibly long flight(s) to journey to the other side of the world, you might check out making a sidetrip to New Zealand as well. There are several awesome spots there with the most famous being the "Milford Trek".

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What a fun trip to plan.... emoticon

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Why yes, I am an Australian hiker. Tell me what areas/trails/length of time you were thinking of, and I'll try to point you towards some good resources.

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My husband and I are thinking - since we've been back from our vacation for a month now - that our next big trip should be to Australia. I went online to start studying this and saw there are various hiking trips recommended. Would love to hear from anyone who has actually experienced any of these.

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