Our motley crew of Explorers have made it to Sydney! After 195km of rambling across sandy beaches and traversing coastal cliffs they rolled into The Squire’s Landing at Circular Quay for a pint of The Wreck Survivors’ Ale.
Back in 1797, the merchant ship Sydney Cove was wrecked on the Australian south coast, and the survivors had to hike back to Sydney. Fast forward 200 or so years and James Squire have teamed up with us to recreate sections of the epic journey. The beer wizards have also crafted a mighty fine brew in celebration, using surviving yeast from the wreck itself.
In August three lucky Explorers packed their bags and recreated some beaut sections of the 740km route. They frothed on some speccy spots along the way and enjoyed the chance to kick back around the campfire with a beer at night.
We asked hiker Jason Reeve (@jaseinthewild) to share some thoughts on his experience.
‘We spent eight days exploring the insanely beautiful Australian East Coast in near-total isolation. This wasn’t a weekend wander with the typical Sydney crowds squeezing onto the same track.’
‘Instead, our days began at 5.00am and we’d be walking soon after – enjoying crisp mornings, unbelievable sunrises, dolphins playing in the surf – and placing the first footprints on untouched beaches.’
‘An excited energy filled us each day as we set out as Explorers – at times following known, yet isolated paths, but always forging a new path for ourselves. It’s hard to fully articulate the kind of feeling a trek like this stirs inside you.’
‘Taking the time to step out of the every day and go beyond the tourist tracks is an invaluable endeavour. Doing this with a group of like-minded, awesome people – even better!’
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And if you’re cracking a brew or two, remember to Drinkwise.
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