The Oystercatcher Trail – In humanity’s footsteps

The Oystercatcher Trail has to be one of South Africa’s most gorgeous east coast hikes starting at Mossel Bay on the Garden Route. It’s more than just a four-day, four-night 55-kilometre guided, slackpacker walk along a unique coastline.

It is also way to learn about the area’s geological, botanical and cultural history, not to mention the lovely accommodation, delicious home-cooked food and wine and a massage for weary bodies! And there’s the visit to the remarkable archaeological wonder that are the caves at the Point of Human Origin.

You can read my story, which was published in The Sydney Morning Herald/Age Traveller on November 8-9 here:

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About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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3 Responses to The Oystercatcher Trail – In humanity’s footsteps

  1. iledevix says:

    Fantastic piece, thanks for sharing! South Africa is a must see on my list.


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