A few times a year, Planet Earth is treated to a close-up view of the moon when it reaches full moon phase at its closest point to earth – behold the Supermoon.
Because it is so close to Earth, it appears much bigger and brighter than a regular moon. The best time to enjoy the view of a Super full moon is just after moonrise, when the moon is low to the horizon. Urban legend says that full moons make dogs and children go crazy and cause generally weird human behaviour – 'LUNAcy', you might say!
For those night owls who like to get outside after dark, this is for you. One of Adelaide's great outdoor walking / hiking / trekking experience tour companies, Big Heart Adventures, is launching their new season of Full Moon Hikes following the clock change from Daylight Savings after Easter. The first Full Moon Hike happens to be a Supermoon, taking place on Tuesday 27 April.
Image: Big Heart Adventures website - night hike at Cleland
Full Moon Hikes start at twilight and finish well after dark. Torches are required to navigate your way along some of Adelaide's bush trails and forest reserves, giving you a completely unique experience after dark. Trail routes are chosen for their great views of the full moon glowing over picturesque Adelaide.
These night hikes are a great way to de-stress and to get a nature boost mid-week. By immersing yourself in nature, the focus is on wellbeing, fitness, confidence-building, and positive mental health outcomes. You'll walk with a mixed group where you can have a laugh, make new friends, and recharge mentally along the way.
All walks are guided by experienced Outdoor Leaders who are certified in remote area first aid and bushwalking leadership. All leaders carry a first-aid kit, emergency communications device, emergency documentation and equipment, so you're in completely safe hands when joining the hikes.
Check out the Big Heart Adventures website for all information & dates for their Full Moon Hikes once they become available, as well a huge range of other walking adventures locally, domestically and internationally. You'll need to register for each walk for a small fee or donation to their chosen charity, MOSH Australia ('Minimisation of Suicide Harm'). MOSH is a community support agency in Adelaide, dedicated to creating mentally healthy communities through a sense of belonging and connectedness.
Get some moon therapy this autumn and check out Adelaide after dark.