With more than 860 national parks and reserves covering more than seven million hectares, NSW certainly has no shortage of bushland escapes. And from the mountains and rainforests to outback deserts and coastal landscapes, there's a whole host of different experiences on offer.
Perhaps the first place many people think of when it comes to bushwalking is the Blue Mountains National Park. Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the park is home to some 140km of trails and walking tracks. Whether you're tackling the Dardenelles Pass Loop Walk or trekking along the more than 100-year-old Grand Canyon track, there's so much beautiful mountain scenery to explore.
But there's fantastic bushwalking to be found all around NSW. Kosciuszko National Park boasts a remarkable alpine landscape and the opportunity to climb Australia's highest mainland mountain draws in plenty of travellers.
Mungo National Park, located in the south-western corner of the state, offers the vivid colours of the outback and some rich Aboriginal history. Towards the north-west of the state, Warrumbungle National Park has the famous Grand High Tops and Breadknife walk, letting you get up close and personal with the ancient volcanic landscape.
Govetts leap to Evans look out in the Blue Mts.Its a long walk(maybe 5-6 hrs) and is almost all along water.Has some steep descents and ascents.Need to start early am-maybe 9-9.30 am latest to get in by 5 allowing for time to enjoy.
My all-time favourite is "Mermaids Cave" in Blackheath, Blue Mountains.
It's a short but steep walk into a sandstone cave, it's tucked away and can be easily missed while winding down Megalong Valley.
The glen is breathtaking and beautiful and the stairs are a great work out.