If you are looking for an action packed busk walk in a totally un-chartered area – look no further than the Clover Hill Trail, Macquarie Pass National Park.
About 2 hours drive from Sydney Inner west area, I thought it was a little too far out for a day's bush walk. However if you're the type who enjoys climbing up hills without a path, climbing up big boulders and stones, waterfalls and water clearing, you will not regret going here.
My friends I first all met up at Bunyala St, Blakehurst. From here we packed ourselves into 3 cars (to save on petrol and there were 13 of us) and drove to Macquarie Pass. This took about 1.5 hours. It was a beautiful drive through some very scenic routes and past Wollongong, closer to the hilly area, the roads get really windy and if you're sitting in the back (like I did). The walk starts off from a small clearing just off the main road going up the hill, but the sign for Clover Hill is so small and the GPS went funny, that we completely missed it and had to turn back (so be vigilant).
The walk started off on a proper path. We walked past some small waterfalls and quite quickly the path disappeared into bushland and we had to make our own path through the area. We made our way past some really cool sceneries with tall hills (you feel like you're on a set in The Hobbit) and when we were on top of a waterfall, we could see the water drop down.
We climbed some rocks and eventually reached the balancing rock, which had a small river running past it. We had our packed lunch here. After that we tried to find another path up the mountain that would lead us back up where we came from, so we hiked up the hill. After a while of hiking around with no luck of finding a proper path (there were some ribbons which gave us hope) we decided to turn back as we didn't want to get too lost and be stranded there when it was dark. So we walked back the same way we walked in. We walked a total of 6.7k and it took us about 5 hours (which is quite slow).
For some after hike coffee and treats we stopped over at Three Chimneys in Wollongong, which was a pretty cool place - a converted factory with high ceiling with a very jazzy feel to it. The walls are covered in cool graffiti and its hidden in a back alley way, making it extra special and cool.