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Kosciuszko National Park: Thredbo

Before the snow hits Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia, we decided to get some camping in. This beautiful alpine region has many campgrounds, we stayed at Diggins and Ngarigo, which we had to ourselves. Guess not everyone likes the cold, but we love this area, summer or winter. It is so beautiful here and there is just so much to explore. 

From these campgrounds you can drive 10 minutes to Thredbo, a gorgeous alpine village. The weather was a bit rainy one morning so we drove up there, sat at a cafe overlooking the mountains and had a hot coffee. Such a peaceful way to start the day. There are also trail heads from these campgrounds, so you can start your day with a hike from there. If you like fishing, Diggings campground is one of the best spots to catch trout, we spied a few guys fly fishing.

Australia is such a beautiful country, we are so lucky to have such stunning alpine areas. There is something so special about spending time up in the mountains, with hardly anyone around. You are able to unplug from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with the real you.  

Jonny in Thredbo, looking at the snowless ski fields.

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Kosciuszko National Park: Main Range

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Kosciuszko National Park: Main Range

Today we drove to the end of Kosciuszko Road to reach the trail head of the Main Range track. This amazing hike takes you through a stunning alpine setting where you will see snow capped peaks, rivers, wildlife, alpine lakes, rainbow gum trees, wildflowers in summer and breathe in some of that fresh mountain air. 

It is a magical place that can get very crowed in the summer months but today we had it to ourselves, although this seems to happen to us often it is not by accident. The purpose of escaping to nature is to truly disconnect, we try to time our visits to popular places out of season, so we can avoid the crowds. Don't get us wrong, we love seeing other people enjoying nature and its always nice to stop and chat with someone on the trail, but there is something truly amazing about walking for hours through a mountain range and not seeing a single person. It somehow rejuvenates the soul, puts things into perspective, lets you think about life and if your truly living a purpose filled one. There's no where to hide your thoughts out here, no Facebook to distract you, no TV to tune out to, no work to bury yourself in, you are free to think for yourself and work out what makes you truly happy? Deep, we know but it is something we try to do regularly so that we keep making changes to keep living a purpose filled life. 

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Kosciuszko National Park

Snowshoeing through Kosciuszko National Park, one of our favourite places, was an amazing experience. Once we got the hang of it, which included a couple of face plants, we were off into a white wonderland. It was so cool setting out into the unknown, exploring a new environment. As the buildings and snow fields disappeared, we were surrounded by nothing but snowy mountains. It was the most beautiful day, highly recommend giving it a go!   

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Wilsons Promontory

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Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, Australia is one of our favourite National Parks. It has a little something for everyone, beaches to surf, a cafe to chill at, rivers to swim in, day hikes and multi day hikes. There's loads of wildlife, your pretty much guaranteed to see a wombat if not 50, plus we've seen deer, kangaroos, emus and seal's. Its a very special place indeed. On this occasion we did a multi day hike through Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove, Little Waterloo Bay and Oberon Bay. Nothing beats the feeling of being in a place that is only accessible by foot, looking around and thinking 'I earned these views'! It doesn't take long before you've completely switched off to the outside world. Any stresses are left behind along with your phone, computer and tv. You have to disconnect to reconnect with whats really important. Its amazing what a few days of peace out in nature can do for the soul, its our therapy! 

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Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park is one of our favourite destinations, whether its snowboarding in the winter or hiking in the summer there is always fun to be had. This time we decided to hike out to Blue Lake, which is a 28m deep glacial lake located within the Main Range of Kosciusko. You just drive to the end of Kosciuszko Road and you will come to the trailhead, from here its a 9km return trip through the Main Range out to Blue Lake. Look out for the beautiful horses on the drive up, they can be super friendly. We also spied an Emu and her chicks, so very lucky to see this elusive creature. After a beautiful day we headed back down into the town of Jindabyne, parked our van on the lake and let the good times roll on.

Hike to Blue Lake

Hike to Blue Lake

Taking a break in the Main Range

Taking a break in the Main Range

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Blue Lake

Lake Jindabyne

Lake Jindabyne

Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park

Lake Jindabyne 

Lake Jindabyne 

Looking over the Main Range

Looking over the Main Range

Kosciuszko National Park

Kosciuszko National Park

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Wollemi National Park

Wollemi National Park is only a few hours away from Sydney, but its wild and rugged landscape makes you feel days away from any city. With its 488,620 hectares of wilderness its hard to choose where to go. Our favourite spot to head is within the Wolgan Valley in a town called Newnes at a campground called Little Capertee. And its not really a town just one building, a pub slash museum slash accommodation, but definitely worth a look.

Little Capertee campground, which lays on the Wolgan River, is nothing short of amazing. As you drive in, a large grassy space opens up before you. This area is surrounded by sandstone cliffs that create a natural rock amphitheatre. You feel dwarfed by these majestic mountains, it really is such a unique place to camp. To explore the surrounding area there are several walks to choose from, some of which will take you to the top of a mountain, through ruins or into a glow worm tunnel, which we still have to explore. It is the perfect weekend get away and the best part, it's free!

We spent a couple of nights in the van, but decided we wanted to dive deeper into the wilderness. So we left our car behind and hit the trail. We followed the Wolgan river North, further into the heart of Wollemi. It is always an amazing feeling to carry what you need to survive on your back and walk to a place that cars can not reach. You feel totally free.

A section of this hike winds through the ruins from the historic shale oil factory from 1911. You can still see the ovens and tunnels that would have been used back then. It is amazing to picture all the workers as you walk through the site. These ruins really give you an insight into the past, it was a very cool experience. The whole time in Wollemi, was a very cool experience. Get there!

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Dorrigo National Park

Dorrigo National Park is a wonderful place full of lush rainforest, waterfalls, walks, wildlife and stunning views. At the entry of the park there is also a cafe and gift shop, in case you want a little rest or a treat after exploring. There is a great walk, about 6km long that winds through the parks most beautiful sights. You start on a walkway that takes you high above the trees, then through an area full of birds, followed by a swing bridge and path behind a waterfall. Further on you pass a few more beautiful waterfalls and stunning views of the parks endless mountain range, plus you'll see loads of bush turkeys that seem to have taken over the forest. Through out this walk we couldn't help but appreciate what a beautiful part of the world we live in, it really was a treat to spend the day here.

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Canada

Canada was the last stop on our travels. After seven weeks in the US we spent two more weeks in the town of Banff... and we didn't want to leave! We were lucky to have timed our trip to be there when two of our friends from Australia, Josh and Kobie, were living there. They are some of the best people, letting us stay with them and taking us on all sorts of adventures. Over the two weeks we went snowboarding, we ice skated for the first time on a frozen lake, petted a deer and hiked to the top of a snow covered mountain. Banff is such a magical place and it was so amazing to live like a local for two weeks and meet some very cool people. Canada is one of the most breathtaking alpine places we have been... paradise doesn't have to be tropical. 

The view of Banff from the top of Tunnel Mountain.

The view of Banff from the top of Tunnel Mountain.

The town of Canmore, just outside of Banff.

The town of Canmore, just outside of Banff.

Lake Louise. 

Lake Louise. 

Jonny petting a deer in the backyard.

Jonny petting a deer in the backyard.

Jonny snowboarding.

Jonny snowboarding.

It was minus 26 degrees at Lake Louise, just a bit chilly!

It was minus 26 degrees at Lake Louise, just a bit chilly!

Jonny ice skating.

Jonny ice skating.

Jess's first time skating on a frozen lake. 

Jess's first time skating on a frozen lake. 

The track up Tunnel Mountain.

The track up Tunnel Mountain.

Jess snowboarding.

Jess snowboarding.

Jess at Lake Louise. 

Jess at Lake Louise. 

Our beautiful friends Josh and kobie.

Our beautiful friends Josh and kobie.

Jonny and Josh.

Jonny and Josh.

Hiking to the top of Tunnel Mountain.

Hiking to the top of Tunnel Mountain.

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