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Road & Rail Wrap: Seven new walking trips from UTracks, Destination NSW unveils Bondi-to-Manly trail + MORE!

After recently trialling the new Bondi-to-Manly trail, we can safely say that a pair of used Dunlop Volleys will not serve you in good stead.

Seven new walking trips from UTracks

UTracks has revealed seven of its the best new trips to explore on foot, and the best of the UK and Europe – from Spain’s Camino dos Faros to the Via Dinarica in the western Balkans:

  1. The Cotswald Way: Travels from Campden to Bath in the United Kingdom through a patchwork of rolling hills dotted with picture-postcard villages
  2. Via Degli Dei: A route steeped in history that connects two of Italy’s art cities
  3. Via Dinarica: Walking trail that spans 1,200 miles across seven Balkan countries, from Slovenia to Albania
  4. Magna Via Francigena: Travel on foot from Palermo to Agrigento and witness the legacies of the civilisations that have occupied Sicily over the years
  5. Camino Portugués – coastal route: The coastal route of the Camino Portugués ranks among the quieter Camino paths and travels through Galicia
  6. The Lighthouse Way (Camino Dos Faros): A trail created with the aim of connecting the lighthouses of the rugged Costa da Morte, between Malpica and Finisterre
  7. The Cumbria Way: From Ulverston to Carlisle, travellers will cross through the heart of the Lake District as they walk the full 74-mile length of the well-established path, providing a complete south-to-north crossing of the county.

Destination NSW: Walk from Bondi to Manly on new 80-kilometre trail

Travellers enjoying the view on the newly unveiled Bondi to Manly Coastal Walk (Desination NSW)

Walking between Bondi and Manly beaches has become a reality with the opening of a new 80-kilometre urban walking track around Sydney’s Harbour.

The track, which is rich in Indigenous heritage, passes through some of the city’s most spectacular coastal and Harbourside suburbs and features the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

“The Bondi to Manly Walk is a great project to open the Harbour and its foreshore for the people of Sydney to enjoy and share with the world,” Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said.

“Co-operation from all levels of government has created a cherished national asset which is arguably one of the most beautiful paths any keen walker can travel.”

Marked with over 350 distinctive “Aboriginal Whale Symbol” signs, the urban walkway is easy to follow with a digital walking App available for download.

Australian Walking Holidays launches two new South Australian adventures

“A stunning orange sunset at Wilpena Pound” (Adam Bruzzone/Australian Walking Holidays)

Australian Walking Holidays has launched a new 6-day ‘Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail’ walking adventure and a new 9-day ‘Flinders Ranges Artist Expedition’, escorted by experienced teacher and artist, Michael Herron.

Professionally guided, the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail walking adventure is a fully supported tour that allows walkers to carry only a day pack, with luggage transported between overnight stops. It departs Adelaide on 23 March 2020 and costs $2,595 per person.

For travellers looking for a different way to experience South Australia, the Art Expedition Flinders Ranges is an opportunity to be inspired by the peaks, rugged gorges and desert colours of the Flinders Ranges. It departs 20–28 May 2020 and costs $3,395 per person.

Like all Australian Walking Holiday itineraries, both trips are 100 per cent carbon offset.

Save more than $700 on a once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan ride

Travellers can expect to experience stunning views on the ‘Roof of India’ tour by Nomadic Knights (Lian Crockart/Nomadic Knights)

Australians can experience the journey of a lifetime on a motorbike ride that offers awesome views of the Indian Himalayas and the hair-raising, high-altitude track known as the Cliffhanger.

Nomadic Knights is offering a $US500 ($726) discount on its June 2020 ‘Roof of India’ tour if booked by 15 January 2020.

The 14-night journey will see travellers ride Royal Enfield motorbikes along some of the highest roads in the world, passing high altitude deserts, forests, glacier-gouged gorges and riding through a waterfall on the Cliffhanger track.

The exciting journey begins in Chandigrah, India, on 13 June 2020 where guests are transported to Narkanda to begin a 2100-kilometre circuit ride through the Indian Himalayas along some of India’s loneliest and the world’s most spectacular roads.

Guests will visit remote villages and temples in far northern India and ride over mountain passes up to 5.5 kilometres high. They will be riding in the land of wild snow leopards, bears, yak and ibex and stay in luxury Arabian-style tents with campfires at night, local hotels and a special stay in traditional Kashmiri houseboats on Dal lake.

Experience the newest walking challenge – Ranges to River

Approach the first signature swag camp on the Arkaba Walk (Richard Field/GTI Tourism)

Two of the best walking experiences in South Australia have teamed up to create Ranges to River, enabling guests to walk in the Flinders Ranges and along the Murray River, fully guided, over eight days and seven nights staying in outdoor comfort tailored to each landscape.

Ranges to River is a collaboration between two of South Australia’s Great Walks of Australia, Wild Bush Luxury’s Arkaba Walk in the Flinders Ranges and Murray River Walk.

Arkaba Walk offers three nights in spectacular eco-camps and at the Arkaba Luxury Lodge; while Murray River Walk offers three nights on a modern houseboat that moves to each daily walking destination.

Featured image: Bondi to Manly Coastal Walk (Destination NSW)

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