Issue 1: JULY 2003 


Welcome to the first issue of 'Kevin's Walk on the Wild Side,' the e-magazine of 'Kevin's Wilderness Journeys' website and 'Kevin's Wilderness Walkers Mailgroup.' Why the magazine? Well the magazine will bring you all the news from the website, including updates from the site. There will also be overviews of various trips taken, track notes, readers stories (should anyone send them in), photos and much more.

So let the journey begin... enjoy this first issue of the magazine.





One of the first pages I put up on my wilderness journeys site had to do with my first major trip in Australia, back in 1998. I called the trip Australia Trip 1, for I intended to have many other such trips in the years to come. Since that first trip I have been able to travel to many places within Australia, including another 2 of what I called Australia trips.

On this Australia 1 web page I have a journal from the trip I took and links to various photo albums from the trip. Below is the first day's journal entry. For the full journal of the trip, including all the links to the photos from the trip, go to .


Day One (Friday): May 1 - Newcastle to Warrumbungle National Park (434km)

My original intention was to travel to Gloucester the night before, then travel across the Barrington Tops to Gundy and Scone, join the New England Highway to Wingen, Murrundi and Willow Tree. From Willow Tree left to Blackville, Yarraman and Bundella, then right to Premer, left to Coonabarabran and onto the Warrumbungle National Park.

A change in my itinerary meant I went straight to the Warrumbungle National Park. The drive took about five hours of travelling, experiencing some horror roads from before Blackville to Purlewaugh. There were huge holes in the gravel section and great mounds between the tyre tracks. I collected a Top-Knot Pigeon, and saw many Hawks, Wallabies, a Fox and all manner of birds.

The country was great though, and obviously very drought affected.

I had to put my tent up in the dark, but it's very comfortable here in the Blackman Campsite (has modern ablutions block). I'm looking forward to a good sleep. Entry fee to the park was $7.50, with camp fees for two days being $20.00.



The images below are just six from a total of over 300 photos taken during the trip. All the images can be found by visiting the Australia Trip 1 web page. There are links to the photos throughout the account of the trip at .


ABOVE: Katherine Gorge

ABOVE: Kakadu Artwork


ABOVE: The Olgas


ABOVE: Litchfield National Park

ABOVE: Kakadu National Park



ABOVE: Ayers Rock



Associated with 'Kevin's Wilderness Journeys' web site is the 'Kevin's Wilderness Walkers Mail Group.' The mail group currently only has a few members and very little in the way of activity. One of the members (other than myself) has posted some photos in the photo album of her visits to the Colo and Wollemi wilderness area west of Sydney. Hopefully as more people join the group there will be an increase in activity.

Why join the mail group? A good question. The group gives an opportunity for those who love wilderness and the bush, especially in Australia, to share their experiences and perhaps pass on information about destinations, tack conditions, etc, to other group members. By doing so, there is an opportunity to assist others who are planning trips to the same area, etc. When you think about it the opportunities for the sharing of information are limitless.

Visit the group at:


Another feature of the 'Kevin's Wilderness Journeys' web site is the discussion board. As of yet there have been no comments or thoughts left in the forum. There are two comments/questions posted by me on the boards, but no responses have yet been received. This is another feature of the site that has the potential to be a real help to those travelling around Australia.

To visit the discussion board and perhaps leave a thought or two for further discussion among visitors to the forum, visit the forum:


I have created a number of screensavers of various trips I have taken. These can be downloaded for free from the web site. There are screensavers of the Australia 1 Trip, the Barrington Tops, Dangar Falls, Dorrigo National Park and the Great Ocean Road. Visit the screensavers page at:


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