Welcome to the forests

The south eastern forests of Australia occupy the south eastern corner of the continent from about Canberra and the Shoalhaven River southwards to Cape Howe and the 90 Mile Beach of Eastern Gippsland. More particularly the South East Forests National Park takes in the coastal range and foothills south of the Brogo to the Victorian border. It is a biodiversity hotspot tucked between the Monaro and the coastal plains. This website follows John Blay as he explores its many features including some special Aboriginal places and unique wildlife and hopes to explain some of the wonders to be found there as well as the shared history of its peoples.

The region is a wonderland for walkers. Some parts are absolutely challenging but there is a variety to the walks, including the Bundian Way, that spark international interest. The qualities of the scenery include the great eucalypt forests of the world as well as alpine and coastal wilderness. The Bundian Way is a bushwalker’s dream come true.

From the coastline to the highest part of the continent, find the places to walk and its varied landscapes, their mysteries and expression…

Back Country, by John Blay



BREAKING NEWS – The Back Country rediscovered.

John Blay’s latest book, Back Country Trek through the Deua and Wadbilliga, is an extraordinary walk through the history and ways of Australia’s south-eastern escarpment ranges and their very special wildlife. See Books’ Page!

‘…an environmental classic…’

Canberra Times





On Track is the fascinating account of John Blay’s long-distance walking in search of the Aboriginal past and old ways of travelling between the high country and Twofold Bay near Eden on the New South Wales far south coast. The 360-kilometre route of the Bundian Way traverses some of the nation’s wildest, most remarkable landscapes from the highest part of the continent to the ocean. See Books’ Page!