Seven of the best family-friendly hikes west of Melbourne

There are so many great family-friendly hikes around Melbourne. The Greater Melbourne area offers a lot of walking opportunities and the chance to disappear from the urban world for a short time. The kids will be super excited about their outdoor adventure. Most of these hikes are close to …

Serendip Sanctuary, Lara

Serendip Sanctuary is a little oasis in the Western Volcanic Plain, near Lara. The Sanctuary is well worth a trip with a young family with plenty to see and do. The kids will love it. On the popular Wildlife Walk, you can see a variety of native birds …

You Yangs Walk – Big Rock Kurrajong Circuit

You Yangs walk overview Distance: 8km Time: 2.5 hours (including a 20 min snack break) Grade: Easy – moderate. Well sign-posted until the Saddle turn off. Most of the elevation gained is in the first 4km. Elevation gain: 136m Elevation loss: 136m Starts and finishes: Park Office car park near the Park entry …

Osprey Porter 46 Carry-on Backpack

We’ve had two overseas trips with our Osprey Porter 46 litre backpacks and we love them. They’re durable and comfortable, they look good and have great storage. Importantly, they just meet the carry-on baggage dimensions for most (if not all) airlines. Giving carry-on a go During our trip …

Gear Review: O2Fit compression singlet

I’m not the thinnest girl climbing hills. Far, far from it. I also have the sort of chest that needs more than a sports bra or two to help keep things stable up top. I recently searched online for an alternative to Skins or 2XU compression gear. I …

Hydration bladder vs bottle

Ultimately, the hydration bladder vs bottle battle comes down to personal preference. I’ve used both and I usually hike with both but I’d choose the hydration bladder over bottles for the simple reason that I tend to drink more during a hike using the hydration bladder, taking small …

First aid kit for hiking

When you’re heading for the hills, don’t leave home without a first aid kit for hiking. Note! The information in this post is geared towards day hikes. I’ll take a look at the best first aid kits for overnight hikes another day. What to put in your first …