When I say “itinerary” I use the word very loosely. One of the first big lessons I learnt during this ambitious endeavour was that no matter how carefully I plan it always changes. It is the nature of these things.
There are many reasons for changes and with a flexible plan there is far less stress when I need to stop or find an alternative path. If I am in a place of great beauty or amongst wonderful company it is good to be able to rest awhile without thinking of deadlines.
The path will meander between the coast and the Great Dividing Range following the beaches, bushwalking tracks, fire trails, 4WD tracks and quiet back roads.
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So, with that in mind, here is the itinerary with approximate dates, give or take.
Start 25th June Gladstone, Tannum Sands, Turkey Beach, Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy
July – Deep water, Rules Beach, Baffle Creek, Rocky Point (if I can catch a boat rideacross), Avondale, Bundaberg, Childers, Burrum Heads, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island (incl official Great Walk plus Sandy Cape Lighthouse via Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island village, Dundubara, Happy Valley, Eurong, Dili), Rainbow Beach,
August – Cooloola Great Walk (via Double Island Point), Noosa Heads walk, Mount Coolum, Nambour, Mapleton, Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk, Montville, Maleny, Glass House Mountains, (TBC route through Brisbane), Tambourine Mountain, Cunungra, O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat, Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk (via Lamington National Park, Binna Burra, Springbrook), Natural Arch
September – Tyalgum, Byrrill Creek, Terragon, Doon Doon, Huonbrook, Crystal Castle, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Broken Head, Lennox Head, Tuckombil, Bagotville, Evans Head, Bundjalung National Park, Black Rocks, Woody Head, Iluka, Yamba, Yuraygir Coast Track, Angourie, Red Cliff, Brooms Head, Sandon, Minnie Water, Diggers Camp, Wooli, Red Rock, Arrawarra, Woolgoolga, Moonee Beach, Coffs Harbour, Sawtell, Bellingen, Valla Beach, Nambucca Heads, Gaagal Wanggaan National Park, Scotts Head, Stuarts Point, South West Rocks, Hat Head, Crescent Head
October – Delicate Nobby, Port Macquarie, Bonny Hills, Dunbogan, Diamond Head, Crowdy Head, Harrington, Coopernook, Lansdowne, Taree, Old Bar, Hallidays Point, Darawank, Forster, Booti Booti National Park, Seal Rocks, Myall Lakes National Park, Mungo Brush, Hawks Nest, Nelson Bay, Tomaree National Park, Worimi National Park, Newcastle, Great North Walk (via Watagans, Dharug, Brisbane Waters, Ku-ring-gai Chase, Berowra and Lane Cove National Parks)
November – Sydney, Bundeena, Royal National Park Coastal Track, Wollongong, Nan Tien Temple, Kiama, Gerroa, Shoalhaven, Nowra, Currarong, Point Perpendicular Lightstation, Huskisson, Booderee National Park, Cape St George Lighthouse, Sussex Inlet, Conjola National Park, Narrawallee, Mollymook Beach, Ulladulla, Dolphin Point, Lake Tabourie, Termeil, Meroo, Bawley Point, Kioloa, Murramarang National Park, Depot Beach, North and South Durras, Maloneys Beach, Batemans Bay, Guerilla Bay, Broulee, Moruya, Deua River Valley, Araluen, Majors Creek, Captains Flat, Tinderry Range, Googong Foreshore Walk, Canberra
I might walk into December but will not know until closer to Canberra.