Author: Neil Fahey

Brand spotlight: Crumpler’s 5 best bags for travel and outdoor adventure

Crumpler bags aren’t just good for travel and outdoor adventure. I’ve got one that I’ve used almost every day since I bought it. I’ve been a big fan of Crumpler since I was a teenager, and it’s not often I say I’m a fan of any brand. I’m certain that I’ve never been a fan of one for close to 20 years. Crumpler originated in Melbourne and I’d go as far as saying they’re a Melbourne icon. I don’t think I have a single friend or family member that doesn’t own at least one of their bags. There are...

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Grass Tree Walk – Brisbane Ranges National Park – Victoria (Bare Bones Bushwalking)

The most common feedback I get from readers of The Bushwalking Blog is that they “just want more hikes to do”. I get it – hiking is my passion too. I do more hikes than I’d ever have the time to write about, so that’s why I’ve decided Bare Bones Bushwalking is now a thing. Not every hike has a story I can attach to it and some I just don’t get around to writing up, so in an effort to share ALL of (or at least more of) the hikes with you I’m doing this. A more simplified...

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Lerderderg Gorge’s Southern Walk: A very thirsty hike with the boys

“BEER! BEER! BEER! BEEEEEEEER!” I’m not sure exactly what’s come over me, but I’m excitedly hopping my way from rock to rock across the dry bed of the Lerderderg River towards Mackenzie’s Flat picnic area, arms flailing. Granted, it has been a pretty tough hike (especially considering its moderate distance), but I think my excitedness is more about the fact that I’ve taken it on with my best mates (a rare occasion). Let’s face it, I’m obviously also very excited about the beer (and fried chicken) that we’re on the way to now that we’re nearly done. Life with...

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Skydiving the Great Ocean Road (that time I jumped out of a perfectly good plane)

“Neil, what are we gonna go and do?” my instructor asks. “We’re gonna jump out of a perfectly good plane.” “Man, that sounds like a stupid idea.” “It does, doesn’t it?” I laugh. Skydiving the Great Ocean Road has been a long time coming for me, and I still can’t quite fathom the fact that I’m doing this to myself. You see, not all that long ago, I really wasn’t a very adventurous person. I also had an absolutely crippling fear of heights. As in, I’d struggle to climb a ladder. But that all changed the day I jumped...

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Pool of Siloam – Blue Mountains: A walk and swim with the kids

“Muuuuummm, I’m tiiiiired.” This is never a good sign when we’re still in the car, on the way to start a bushwalk. Especially when it’s one that’s all steep steps, on a 32-degree day. The Fairy Princess can be a bit whingey at the best of times, but she’s been on the go non-stop since the start of school holidays. Long car trips, outings almost every day, and in bed late every night. We’re into week three now and she’s understandably exhausted. She’s not the only one. In our infinite wisdom, we’ve decided to head out with some friends...

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