Author: Neil Fahey

Review: Victorinox SwissTool Spirit – A lightweight and compact multi-tool

Although there are plenty of existing options on the market, Victorinox now has multi-tool offerings that rival the more established brands, with a solid set of features and the build quality you would expect from such an established knifemaker. The SwissTool Spirit is a classic multi tool design based around a set of pliers and boasting more than a dozen tools with more than two dozen applications. With a relatively lightweight and elegant form, there’s every reason a multi-tool such as this will become an “everyday carry” item. The SwissTool Spirit can be found from around $150 AUD, a...

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Sugarloaf Peak – Cathedral Range State 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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The Tunnel – Lerderderg State Park – Victoria (Bare Bones Bushwalking)

Lerderderg Gorge never ceases to amaze, especially in wildflower season. Every turn is like a new nature landscape painting on this short return trip, where the understorey of the open forest floor is decorated by every colour imaginable. Most of the trail follows an old water race, and some sections are cut into the rock high above the Lerderderg River. Despite the name, this landscape is the real attraction of the walk and not the tunnel itself. The Tunnel is a 150 to 200 year old river diversion tunnel, dug by hand during the gold mining era. Though it’s...

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Lerderderg Heritage River Walk – Wombat State Forest – Victoria (Bare Bones Bushwalking)

Lerderderg Heritage River Walk was a nice surprise. It’s a perfect bushwalk for kids, being relatively flat, not too long, and easy to follow. The European heritage that this trail is obviously focused on is an interesting feature, but the diverse forests rich with wildflowers and the enticing river are the real attraction. The trail begins and ends at Garden of St Erth, home to a sandstone cottage built in the 1860’s as part of the Simmons Reef gold mining township (visit here for the cafe, nursery and incredibly well-kept gardens – fees apply). Most of the trail follows...

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UpUnlimited Clip n Climb – Richmond (Victoria): Indoor climbing fun with kids

“I still feel like I’ve got the harness on and I could fall at any moment,” yells our Fairy Princess. “I wanna go back again tomorrow!” When they’re saying this a few hours after we’ve left the place (or two tantrums later if you prefer to measure school holiday time that way), you know you’re onto something. So it seems we have a budding rock climber in our midst. Two of them, in fact. Both kids are still talking about our indoor climbing adventure at UpUnlimited even days after our visit. It’s no wonder really, Lori and I would...

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