What to Pack for Day Hike. Royal National Park (Australia's First National Park) South of Sydney

What to Pack for a Day Hike

There's nothing quite like that feeling you get from stepping off the pavement, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and venturing out into the wilderness. The fact is, we all lead busy … [Read More]

How hiking makes me feel! (Top of Mt Feathertop, Victorian High Country, Australia).

Welcome to the new look Lotsafreshair Hiking Blog

I know I've been teasing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that some big changes were coming to this hiking blog, so I'm stoked to finally be able to show you all! When I started the blog two … [Read More ]

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The Quintessential Australian Travel Bucket-list : Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP

How many times have you met tourists who've seen more of your country than you have? Even though I felt like I've done quite a bit of travelling around this vast ol' Aussie continent, much of it has been during roadtrips with my family in … [Read More]

Brian, not to be out foxed! (Pic: Brian Graetz)

How Places get their Names

I love maps. As a young kid, I used to lie on the lounge room floor and plan imaginary trips across the vast continent of Australia. In the internal conversation (that only makes sense to an 8 year old), I was an intrepid explorer, explaining the … [Read More]

One of my favourite sketch maps - the wonderful Dunphy Maps

Mt Paralyser and other names that inspire fear

When looking over the topographic maps for the southern parts of the Blue Mountains, especially the Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness area, a virgin navigator would be forgiven for never wanting to step foot in this part of the world, due to the array of fear … [Read More]

Easton Kilo 2P tent setup as Fly Only

How to Convert a Tent to Fly-only

I really wanted to call this post, 'How to Pimp Your Tent', but seeing as there's no fluffy dice, disco balls or shagpile carpet involved, I think How to Convert a Tent is slightly more appropriate. There are different kinds of lightweight hikers … [Read More]

Guess who on the bridge?

Six Foot Track Project Launch!

Ok, so you know how they always say, 'Never start with an apology - it's too negative.'? Well, here I am breaking with tradition because for the last couple of weeks, I've taken leave of my blogging senses to concentrate on a very exciting new … [Read More]

Easy to see/feel how much water you've got left with the Hydration pack hidden inside the harness

Gear Review – Macpac Tasman 45

Manufacturer:  Macpac Product:   Tasman 45 Link:  Macpac Product Info Empty Weight: 1.1kg (size 2) RRP: AUD$299 Test Packed Weight: 13kgs (incl 2 litres water) Test Date: 4-6 October 2013 Location: Ettrema Wilderness, Morton … [Read More]

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Missing Cessna VH-MDX : Where in Barrington Tops is it?

Do a search for "VH-MDX" in Google and you'll find all sorts of things. Unfortunately, what you won't find (yet) is the location of this missing Cessna aircraft, that disappeared over Barrington Tops National Park, north-west of Sydney in August … [Read More]

Never too old for roller coasters!

Hiking on the Gold Coast… Really?

It's fair to say that there are different types of hikers out there and that the outdoors is a very subjective place. What is one person's Everest, is another's anthill. For those of us who venture out weekly and find that the weight of an … [Read More]

Mechanically Separated Chicken

Hiking Food : Hidden in your Supermarket

Continuing the theme of trying to get inspired by lunch in the bush, I recently decided to spend some quality time browsing the shelves of my supermarket, to see if there were any hidden gems just itching to get out into the wilderness. I came to … [Read More]

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When did you stop playing?

Yesterday I found myself at the local kids playground with the excuse of having a 4 year old in tow. My local council have been kind enough to install outdoor exercise equipment (you know, things to help you do sit-ups, work your abs and test your … [Read More]