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Where is the Best Bushwalk in NSW?

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by Tim Falk (subscribe)
A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published January 14th 2013
There's something special about bushwalking which is hard to put your finger on. As wilderness preservationist John Muir once put it, "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

Right across Australia we're blessed with a huge number of natural areas and such a wide variety of terrain to explore. But where can you find the best bushwalk in NSW?



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.

Where is the Best Bushwalk in NSW?


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.



Closer to Sydney, both the Royal National Park, with walks like the Karloo track, and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, with several magnificent coastal trails, have plenty of admirers. Lane Cove National Park also has some decent bushwalking and the 250km Great North Walk between Sydney and Newcastle runs through the park.

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.

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park has the multi-day Green Gully walk, while Morton National Park down near Nowra plays host to a number of beautiful walks.



Or maybe NSW's best bushwalk is not in a national park at all, but hidden away somewhere where not many people know about it.

Whatever the case may be, I want to hear what you think. Where is the best bushwalk in NSW?
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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.
Gerald Abelsohn
by geral (score: 0|4) 1710 days ago
My favourite is the Berowra to Brooklyn walk, from Berowra Station to the pub at Brooklyn - then you get the train back. Believe me, you deserve that beer!
by jenni (score: 0|2) 1712 days ago
Any walk in royal national park. For the fit you can't beat otford to bundeena. 26 kms of great coastal walking. Can't beat it as a great walk all year round!
by di551 (score: 1|27) 1712 days ago
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.
by Jay (score: 0|2) 910 days ago

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