Looking for a little more adventure in your weekend? One of the best ways to unwind, keep fit and have fun with either friends or by yourself is to go bushwalking! In Sydney we are lucky to be surrounded by stunning National Parks in virtually all directions, but all too often they can go unappreciated.
There are fantastic tips on what to see and how to go about making it happen on the website WildWalks (www.wildwalks.com). Choose by location, difficulty or just evaluate which will make for the most interesting photos.
One that I recommend is Hanging Rock at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. It's quite a trip even if you live in the West, but it can be easily reached by car along the Great Western Highway or on the Blue Mountains train line. It is well worth the effort though, as the views are absolutely stunning.
Start the walk at the end of Ridgewell Road – there are signs pointing to Baltzer Lookout and Hanging Rock. The good thing about this walk is that while it is fairly long, it is along a fire trail so it's easy for beginners as well as groups, and you could even take a mountain bike. After a few kilometres you'll reach the beautiful Baltzer Lookout with views spanning out across the Grose Valley.
For the more adventurous, follow the bush trail down to your left and you'll be able to walk over to Hanging Rock – a precarious looking cliff that juts out into the valley. Take a picnic (and your camera) and enjoy the views.