Hiking With Ben

Tales from the Wilderness

The Shadow of the Forest

Posted Sunday 17th March 2024

The ranges east of Melbourne contain many hidden treasures. This wonderful walk starts in a rainforest valley filled with ferns and moss, and ascends through beech and mountain ash forest to a lonely mountain peak.

Read the full story

Up and Down the Cobungra

Posted Thursday 1st June 2023

Hidden at the southern end of the Bogong High Plains are some beautiful grassy valleys with crystal clear streams, peaceful glades fringed with snow gums, and a magical campsite at the confluence of two rivers.

Read the full story

Wildflowers and Wild Peaks

Posted Sunday 16th January 2022

In the remote country around Mt Clear many peaks share a distinctive banded appearance caused by layers of red rock, while the arrival of summer sets the whole area ablaze with wildflowers.

Read the full story

Whiterock and the Western Rim

Posted Saturday 10th July 2021

A knoll in the Whiterock Creek valley provided the base for an exploration of the northern end of the Bogong High Plains and the surprisingly rugged waterfall-filled valleys on their western side.

Read the full story

Langi Ghiran’s Hidden Heart

Posted Sunday 3rd January 2021

Langi Ghiran rises out of the flat Wimmera like an island in an ocean of grassland, and enclosed within its horseshoe-shaped summit is a hidden forest filled with ferns and moss.

Read the full story

The Cliffs of Mt Stapylton

Posted Saturday 31st October 2020

One of the best daywalks in Victoria is in the Northern Grampians: a thrilling circuit through the rocky wilderness around Mt Stapylton that includes scrambling through caves, crossing ravines, and the spectacular Taipan Wall.

Read the full story

Yarra Ranges Road Trip

Posted Sunday 3rd March 2019

Something different this time with two short walks in the Yarra Ranges east of Melbourne. What these walks lack in length, they make up for with beautiful fern-filled forest.

Read the full story

Mt Gower

Posted Tuesday 11th October 2016

The climb up Mt Gower on Lord Howe Island is undoubtedly one of the greatest day walks in Australia. It’s hard to do justice to the amazing scenery, which includes the coast, cliffs, cloud forest, and incredible views.

Read the full story

Dove Canyon

Posted Sunday 19th June 2016

Our last day at Cradle Mountain gave us just enough time for a half-day walk, so we revisited our first walk and extended it through Dove Canyon.

Read the full story

King Billy Circuit

Posted Saturday 6th February 2016

After the Crater Peak walk we had enough time for a short walk and chose the King Billy Circuit, with a surprise waiting for us at the end…

Read the full story