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Australian Hiker is Australia’s premier hiking podcast as well as providing a southern hemisphere view on overseas hiking. We are Australia's most downloaded hiking podcast with regular episodes being released every two weeks covering gear and trail reviews, hiking practice, recipes and skills. Bonus episodes will be released at least once a month and include interviews from the trail as well as with relevant industry and allied professionals. Let us do all the research for you.

Australian Hiker Gill & Tim Savage

    • Wilderness
    • 4.7, 238 Ratings

Australian Hiker is Australia’s premier hiking podcast as well as providing a southern hemisphere view on overseas hiking. We are Australia's most downloaded hiking podcast with regular episodes being released every two weeks covering gear and trail reviews, hiking practice, recipes and skills. Bonus episodes will be released at least once a month and include interviews from the trail as well as with relevant industry and allied professionals. Let us do all the research for you.

    150-Donkeys on the Bicentennial National Trail

    150-Donkeys on the Bicentennial National Trail

    In 2004 Liz Byron undertook a 2,500 km journey on the 5,300 km Bicentennial National Trail. As Australia’s longest designated shared trail, her story would not be too unusual until you realise she did her trip with the assistance of two donkeys, Grace and Charley, who acted as her pack animals and her companions. In this podcast episode we catch up with Liz not long after the release of her book, The Only Way Home, that details her amazing journey.This is a great episode and one that provides an unique alternative on the traditional human powered hike. www.australianhiker.com.au

    • 1 hr 40 min
    149-Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail

    149-Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail

    In today’s episode we discuss the Japanese Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail. This trail, which was included on the World Heritage list in 2004, is a network of several ancient pilgrimage routes that converge on Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, in the mountainous heart of Wakayama Prefecture. Apart from the shrines, the landscape itself is one of the key highlights that everyone talks about.In today’s episode we combine a series of three interviews and each of our interviewees provide a different perspective on this amazing trail system. We hope you enjoy! www.australianhiker.com.au

    • 1 hr 47 min
    148-Australian Bush Legends and Myths

    148-Australian Bush Legends and Myths

    Australia like most countries, has a series of legends and myths that form part of our cultural identity. While some of these are based on fact, and others have at least some basis of truth, there are a number that are just downright fabrications. Whatever degree of truth is involved is doesn’t stop us from talking about them and where possible, having fun at the expense of gullible people, mainly overseas tourists  The following myths and legends are Australia’s best known although I’m sure there will be some that you may never have heard of. www.australianhiker.com.au

    • 19 min
    147-Things that go bump in the night: getting a good night's sleep

    147-Things that go bump in the night: getting a good night's sleep

    One of the most common complaints I hear from hikers who camp overnight is the inability to get a good night's sleep. And while some of this can be put down to gear related issues, more often than not it can be a state of mind. The first time you camp in the bush, in particular by yourself, every little sound is magnified. The slithering or crunching just outside your tent, the movement of your tent when there is no wind, can all combine to make hikers a bit agitated.In this episode we discuss those issues that impact on our sleep on the trail, focusing on the non equipment related ones, and look at what we can do to get a better nights sleep. www.australianhiker.com.au

    • 32 min
    146-An update in strange times

    146-An update in strange times

    It's mid April 2020 and already this has been the the strangest year that we have had in a long time and we still have most of the year to go. In this episode we just wanted to provide a bit of an update as Covid 19 is in full swing about how some of the people we have been following, along with the outdoor industry in general, is going. www.australianhiker.com.au

    • 26 min
    145-Things to do when you can't hike

    145-Things to do when you can't hike

    It’s early 2020 and Australia has had a hell of a start to the year. First we had a summer full of bushfires that have impacted much of the country, destroying large sections of the bushland that we as hikers spend so much of our time exploring. If that wasn’t enough just as the opportunity to return to the bush presented itself we have the Coronavirus and with it, the ability to access many of our walks has again been curtailed but clearly for a different reason.There are so many other more mundane reasons within our day to day lives that prevent us from hiking. So when you find yourself unable to hike, what can you do to keep yourself engaged with the outdoors? Let’s look at some options. www.australianhiker.com.au

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
238 Ratings

238 Ratings

Blueberry brad ,

Excellent

Thank you Tim and Gill for a fantastic podcast. Well researched, fun, informative and local content. Thank you and see you on the track.

Peter from here ,

Excellent information - Great Banter

This is a great podcast, one of my favourites. It is very well researched. Great balance between the two presenters. I love how Tim wants to be overly precise with distance, walking speed, weights, etc to be quickly followed up by a whimsical comment from Jill that reminds us that the bush doesn’t always allow such precision. For me it is this balance that really makes this a high quality podcast.

Matt852011 ,

A really enjoyable listen

This is definitely a great podcast for hikers. Full of great and well-researched information that caters to all abilities. What’s a standout is the hosts’ clear passion for hiking; it shines through each episode.

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