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My Body is Attacking Itself

In an ideal world, my first article would be a gripping account about one of the many times I achieved a feat of athletic greatness, finding something deep inside that pushed me to overcome all odds, snatching victory from the snarling jaws of certain defeat and earning myself another fat paycheck (that meant nothing to me because I do i

Dave Lydiard thanks for sharing your story. Injuries are a killer and adjusting to a new norm of active can be hard. I fee you mate! Looking forward to that Lime soda!
Damien Dau . 4 months ago

Last week I hit the road to Mount Barney National Park for a hike to Cronin Creek Falls. It's a ~12km/7.5mi in and out track that follows a mostly flat, well-maintained fire trail.

It had been a bloody hot week, so I took off the night before to pitch my tent in nearby Rathdowney in order to get an early start. I'm glad I did because geez it was a stinker.

Unfortunately, there had been little rain in the weeks prior, meaning the falls weren't gushing. Nonetheless, the waterhole at the end of the trail was nice for a dip before turning back.

The trail wasn't as beautiful or varied as other walks I've done but it was a good challenge for my body. The farthest I'd walked in the previous months was 8kms/5mi so this was a good test on my feet and knees as I still have arthritic symptoms from my recent flare-up. I'm happy to say I made it in and out with only a little pain towards the end of the walk.

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This is awesome man. That second shot looking up the stream is beautiful. One day I shall join you! @Dave Lydiard 🙌
Troy Archer . 1 month ago

Hell Hole Falls is a ~5km out-and-back trail located in Mount Jerusalem National Park, Northern New South Wales. 

The trail begins in iconic Australian bush surroundings - crunchy ground underfoot, eucalyptus trees towering above and the sound of birds, bees and bugs zipping around. After a little time on the flat, the trail heads downhill and transitions into more tropical surrounds with palm trees and ferns in abundance. The final stretch of the trail follows a creek to a series of rock pools and small waterfalls before a plunge over the Tweed Valley. 

The track is a really easy walk and follows a well-maintained fire trail until the last couple of hundred meters. If you don’t mind a dip, pack some swimming gear. The rock pools are pretty crisp and a real treat on a hot day. 

It’s not a walk I’d do regularly due to the distance from home but certainly one I’ll do again when I stay nearby and want a bit of easy adventure time.

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Oh man, that looks like a whole bunch of wonderful to me. I've got trail shoes and a camera bag, next time you're thinking about going, hit me up!
Troy Archer . 2 months ago
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Will do Troy Archer!
Dave Lydiard . 2 months ago
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Awesome shots! 
Damien Dau . 2 months ago
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Looking forward to it Dave Lydiard ?
Troy Archer . 2 months ago
Cheers Damien Dau!
Dave Lydiard . 2 months ago
Great pics mate - let's run Hell Hole next time I'm up. 
Jay Woods . 2 months ago

Elabana Falls and Picnic Rock Trail is a ~7km out and back trail (closer to 8km if you scurry about, looking for blue crayfish like I did) located in Lamington National park Queensland. As with a number of other trails in the area, access is found via the Border Track located a short walk from O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat.


The morning I made the drive out wasn't particularly inviting - overcast with a high chance of rain - but I feel the weather added more than it detracted from the experience. Intermittent, light showers delicately misting through the rainforest canopy made for a calming stroll and I'd hazard a guess that the clouds kept a few people indoors and the trail quiet.


If you were on a mission, you could probably power through the trail in a couple of hours. The path is an easy walk with the only mildly tricky section being the scramble over boulders to reach the cascading waterfall. I was in no rush and took it really slow, stopping many times to admire ancient trees, search for birds and the aforementioned blue crayfish, and watch bugs do bug things.


I really enjoyed walking the trail and will be hitting it again, once I've checked out a few others in the area.

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Dave Lydiard love the shots. On my to do list for sure ?
Damien Dau . 3 months ago
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