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Published May 19th 2016
Just what the doctor ordered
There is something spectacular about being out in nature and nothing makes a perfect weekend escape like the great outdoors.
Below is a list of some of the top bushwalks across New South Wales. From intriguing rainforests, mystical forests to breathtaking beach walks, you will definitely find that perfect walk with the list below!
1. Blue Gum Loop Trail
This charming, soothing and relaxing bushwalk takes you through patches of untouched forest with riverside walks. Located in the World-Heritage Listed Barrington Tops National Park, this medium 3.5km loop walk crosses the beauty of Williams River, winding past cascades, eucalyptus and rainforest, with the temptation of taking a dip at some of the secluded swimming holes. Click here for website. When: All year round Where: Barrington Tops National Park, From Dungog take Chichester Dam Rd, left into Salisbury Rd and continue approximately 30km till you reach the picnic area. Walk begins from the Williams River Picnic Area. Grade of walk: Grade 3- Medium walk with bridge crossings and some stairs. 3.5km (1½ - 2hrs loop).
Blue Gum Loop Trail Walk at Barrington Tops National Park
2. Bournda Walking Track turns into Kangarutha Walking Track This challenging, yet extremely rewarding rugged coastal walk is a spectacular walk which includes exploring the pebbly beaches, sandy bays, pockets of rainforests and cliff-tops as well as some of the most awe-inspiring ocean views. During migration season you can often witness the king of the sea, whales and plenty of birdwatching can be enjoyed here too, along with swimming and picnics at the secluded beaches. There are many access points to Kangarutha walking track, so it can be broken into smaller walks. Click here for website. When: All year round – not recommended to walk at night as there are uneven paths and passes close to cliffs. Where: Bournda National Park ($8 per vehicle day fee), There are 3 access points- see website. Grade of walk: Grade 3, Medium with beach walks, stairs, uneven paths and uphill walks. 9km (3 ½ - 4 hrs one-way) - can be broken up into small walks.
View of the beach at the Bournda Walking Track at Bournda National Park
This enchanting and mystical walk takes you through creaky trees with bright green grass moss which leaves a magical and hauntingly beautiful feel in the air,. At the end of the walk you are welcomed to the sounds of crashing waves and a coastline of endless rock formations that are truly spectacular. When: All year round Where: Ben Boyd National Park ($8 per vehicle entrance fee), Northern end entrance, near Green Cape Lighthouse, along Edrom Rd. Grade of walk: Grade 3, easy to medium with a few steps, mud and moss during raining season, cliff edges and rocks.
A very hauntingly beautiful bushwalk at City Rock, Ben Boyd National Park
4. The Mogo Bushwalk Tucked away and hidden behind the charming historic town of Mogo, this bushwalk meanders through wet and dry eucalyptus forests with majestic spotted gums and glimpses of swamp wallabies seen darting through the bush. Click here for website. When: All year round Where: James St, Mogo (eastern side of Princes Hwy, via Tomakin Rd) Grade of walk: Grade 2, easy, flat with some steps, 1.6km (20 minutes return).
Glimpses of the blue sky can be seen through the towering trees on The Mogo Bushwalk...
5. The Rainforest Walk Experience a lush littoral rainforest with a stunning white-sand beach awaiting you. The bushwalk takes you through towering green rainforest that is so lush, making it perfect for birdwatching. The tall trees make you feel so small as glimpses of the sun and sky can be seen through the canopy of the trees. Truly a remarkable walk with a beautiful treat of clear-waters to take a quick dip before heading back to continue the breathtaking loop walking track. Click here for website. When: All year round Where: Murramarang National Park ($8 per vehicle, per day entrance fee), Depot Beach, Depot Beach Rd, North Durras Grade of walk: Grade 2, easy with some uneven surfaces, 400m (15-45mins, loop).
Lush tropical plants at The Rainforest Walk, Depot Beach...
6. Mount Jellore Walk & Lookout This countryside lovely walk leads to breathtaking views of valleys and mountains with Mittagong-Bowral Road and the Main Southern Railway, as you look out further in the distance Nattai and Kanangra wilderness as well as the Blue Mountains can be seen, making this walk more of a treat. Farmland and Mount Jellore can also be seen on the walk. Click here for website. When: All year round Where: Mount Gibraltar Reserve, Bowral Grade of walk: Grade 1-2 , easy, wheelchair accessible most parts of the walk, short walk.
Breathtaking views from Jellore Lookout Walk, Bowral...