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Why I nearly stopped hiking

It’s confession time: I don’t go bush walking half as much as I could, and my fancy new boots are still not worn in. Once upon a time, I’d call myself a hiker (actually, I would have said, “I like bush walking” but not called myself a “bushwalker” – a subtle difference related to how […]

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MyLifeWithoutMatches

My Year Without Matches

When your whole world is centrifugal chaos and you’re being spun so fast your head is about to separate from your body, you think “I need to get away”. “I need a holiday”. Well, imagine that holiday is a year-long quest for survival on a bushland property miles away from anywhere. First, build a permanent […]

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Phil Ashley and Emma Topham with the message in a bottle at Bundeena

Message in a Bottle

It took nine months and 50km of rough ocean travelling before guests Phil and Emma found the message in a bottle. It was washed up on Bundeena’s Shelley Beach in Royal National Park during their Jibbon Aboriginal Carvings tour last week. The letter, dated June 2012, reads; Hello, My name is Lakelan and my brother’s […]

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