Here are summaries of the main regions in which I’ve done my hiking. In Australia I’ve walked most in the bushland around Sydney, but also in regional NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania. ‘Tramping’ in New Zealand’s South Island has been a delight, and I’ve done a smattering of walks in Korea and Japan.
See below for a brief overview of each region, and for thumbnails linked to more detail, including the scenery you’ll encounter when hiking, some ideas on where to get track notes, and a little on the weather conditions. There’s also a list of the walks in each region that I’ve posted on so far. I’ll gradually build on these by doggedly working through my old walks, and by posting on new ones as I do them.
Australia is an ancient and eroded continent containing a wide variety of unique plants and animals. The protected areas of the south-eastern corner are mostly forest or woodland dominated by eucalyptus trees, with areas of heath and a few pockets of alpine vegetation. The coast offers a seemingly endless supply of sandy beaches. It’s a pretty flat country, but there’s plenty of remote areas to get lost in, figuratively or literally.
I’ve become a little obsessed with New Zealand’s South Island. Pointy snow-capped mountains abound in the Southern Alps, with a number of glaciated mountains that I can only look at, not look from, because I’m not a crazed mountaineer (…not that there’s anything wrong with that). There’s azure rivers, beech forests, plains of golden tussock grass, and foreboding rocky summits.
We’ve only done a few walks in Korea and Japan, but both countries are mountainous, and with the population crammed into the flat lowlands, the mountains remain largely unspoilt.