This morning while I cycled in the Ross River Parkway, sleek, long-winged welcome swallows and richly-hued rainbow bee-eaters swooped and raced over the lawns, a long-tailed pheasant coucal flew to a perch in a tree, and a quail scurried into dense grasses. The parkway, with its expansive lawns, elegant shade trees, and well-maintained bitumen paths, has provided Vilis and me with a green, scenic conduit through Townsville.

On other of our explorations in Australia, less maintained paths have provided conduits through desert gorges near Alice Springs and over wet tropics uplands on Hinchinbrook Island. We’ve bushwalked on the coast and in the interior of Tasmania, as well as in many localities in North Queensland, both inland and coastal. Today’s post is a photo collection of Aussie tracks, from the sculpted path leading to the lookout above Wineglass Bay in Tassie’s Freycinet National Park, to the mist-shrouded rainforest trails of Paluma, Queensland. Bushwalking in Australia presents unlimited possibilities and, often, unexpected rewards. We have reaped many.

Here I am on Tasman Track, Tasman National Park,Tasmania (© Vilis Nams)

Gorge Walk, Trephina Gorge National Park, Northern Territory (© Vilis Nams)

Vilis and I on Rainforest Circuit, Licuala State Forest Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Janis in Old Bullockies Track, Herveys Range, Queensland (© Magi Nams)

Root ‘Steps’ on Shadow Lake Circuit, Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania (© Vilis Nams)

Vilis and Archer’s Knob Track, Narawntapu National Park, Tasmania (© Magi Nams)

Strangler Fig, Rock Pool Track, Girringun National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Ormiston Pound Walk, West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory (© Vilis Nams)

Wineglass Bay Track, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania (© Vilis Nams)

Here I am on Cloudy Creek Track, Paluma Range National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Donaghy’s Hill Wilderness Lookout Walk, Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania (© Vilis Nams)

Janis on Alligator Falls Track, Bowling Green Bay National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Vilis on Alligator Falls Track (© Magi Nams)

Here I am on Jourama Falls Track, Paluma Range National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Vilis at Banksia Creek, Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Queensland (© Magi Nams)

Ormiston Gorge Walk angles across rocky slope on left, West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory (© Vilis Nams) Photo taken from Ormiston Gorge Walk Lookout.

Donaghy’s Hill Wilderness Lookout Walk, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania (© Vilis Nams)

Vilis at George Point, southern trailhead of Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Southern Cassowaries on Jindalba Track, Daintree National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Here I am on Panorama Walk, Trephina Gorge National Park, Northern Territory (© Vilis Nams)

Here I am on Rainforest Track, Broken River, Eungella National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Chunda Bay Track, Bowling Green Bay National Park, Queensland (© Magi Nams)

Vilis on Seager’s Lookout Track, Mount Field National Park, Tasmania (© Magi Nams)

Nelson Falls Walk, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania (© Vilis Nams)

Jindalba Boardwalk, Daintree National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Vilis at Little Ramsay Bay, Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Queensland (© Magi Nams)

Panorama Walk, Trephina Gorge National Park, Northern Territory (© Vilis Nams)

Here I am en route to Ramsay Bay, Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island National Park, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Here I am on Wineglass Bay Track, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania (© Vilis Nams)

Arcadia Track, Magnetic Island, Queensland (© Vilis Nams)

Vilis on Thorsborne Trail (©Magi Nams)

Ormiston Pound Walk, West MacDonnell National Park, Northern Territory (© Vilis Nams)

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