Explore the most popular birding trails in New South Wales with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

15 days ago

Loved this hike. I’ve hiked a lot and this trail is moderately hard. The rock scramble is by far the coolest part of the hike. It’s not technical but I recommend taking your time and go at a pace comfortable for you.

The hike took us about 5 hours with multiple stops. We could have done it in about 3.5-4 hours if we didn’t stop as much. Not a lot of views until you’re almost to the top.

Only negative: be aware of poisonous creatures along the way. Aka: don’t touch anything. We did see a small black red bellied snake on the ride of the trail and stayed far away from it. Highly poisonous.

Plan to hike it on a clear day so you get 360 degree views. We only had one day in our schedules for it and it was quite cloudy. We did wait for the clouds to break and were able to see all the way to Byron Bay.

If you’re using a GPS, the address for the hike is about 3-4 miles short. You will need to continue up the winding road to where it dead ends to start the hike.

Epic hike. I’d recommend adding it to your travel plans if you’re in the area.

23 days ago

Great hike, interesting change from up high to down in the rain forest. Not sure why but Strava says this was almost 2km longer and 145 m more elevation gain than All Trails says. Elevation gain isn’t always accurate but distance usually is so beware it’s a good 30-35% longer than then 5.5km listed here.

24 days ago

great hike with stunning views of the top of Mt Solitary however the loop is longer than the quoted 31 kms we started our hike at Scenic world and had already racked up 35kms by the time we finished at the top of the giant stairway at echo point so would've been at least another couple of kms it took us 12 hours total time so unless you really like a challenge I'd recommend spreading this one over 2 days

Great hike. Can be challenging coming up out of the canyon for those not used to it, but it’s worth it. Grand Canyon shows a very different side of the area once all the lookouts start to look the same.

Not for everyone. There are multiple compulsory wades up to thighs. You will get wet feet and shorts. Very slippery and a lot of scrambling over rocks and logs. Need good route finding ability.

7.8 km of beautiful nature. lots of stairs, but every one of them worth it. the end wasn’t easy for me

The perfect walk for a hot day in Summer... highly recommend doing this with a lilo. We walked / swam along the river and it was pretty exhausting. Also make sure you know where the exit point is.

Steep but not overly challenging walk - the last section involves a rock scramble aided by chains. Worth getting up early to catch sunrise from the top!

Nice. a bit sandy.

Tough but rewarding walk... would have been nicer on a warm day, rather than the hottest day on record for Sydney's west! Nice camping area by the Kowmung river.

Track details: https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/01/07/kanangra-walls-to-kowmung-river/

First off this is definitely doable in one day despite so many things I read that made it seem extremely difficult. Much of the trail is level and even on man made walkways in many spots. One if the most difficult portions was the detour to the Figure 8 pools, which for my money can be skipped.

What I will say is that if you start in Bundeena like I did because I was worried about catching the last ferry, be aware that the final 3-4 miles are all uphill. It's not terribly steep and there are steps for most of the way but after 13 miles it's tough enough. Also it's good to know that there's no ticket machine at the Otford station so make sure you have a full card or a ticket in advance.

Otherwise this is an incredible experience with some of the most beautiful coastlines and beaches you can ever hope to see. And it's not crowded in the slightest so at times you'll feel that you have it all to yourself.

We discovered Govetts leap. Approx 7km return from Evansookout carpark. lots of steps but well worth it for the veiws.

2 months ago

This is a nice track. Plenty of challenging hills (of the uphill and downhill variety). Nice scenery, also opportunities to see wildlife (saw some roos, sheep, horses and a snake). The campground at the Cox's River had water in the tank, but the other campsites not so lucky so be sure to take plenty of water.

2 months ago

Began 30/12/17 Boyd Tower
Completed 31/12/17 Greencape Lighthouse

Camped overnight at Saltwater.

Whole hike is 30km and a good way to see some beautiful beaches as well as a lot of wildlife.

There's no drinkable water at any stage so prepare to carry at least 8-10L or some sort of purification method for the creeks near Bittangabee Bay.

Had to give 5 stars. An iconic walk in the upper Blue Mountains. Great views of Mt Banks, highest cliff in the Blue Mountains and great views of the Grose Valley. The Grand Canyon walk is superb with extensive periods of cool temperate rainforest. There is a fair amount of stairs, overall 640 metres of ascent and all worth it. The last part is the Braeside walk beside a sandstone bottomed creek that passes through a lush Blue Mountains hanging swamp. Can get a bit crowded in the holiday season but one of the great walks in Blackheath.

A beautiful short loop through a pristine hanging swamp. The drive in could be tricky in wet weather with a 2wd. Requires some clearance. The only disappointing part is see the coal mining in the distance as you start the walk. This is near the Gardens of Stone National Park which is under threat from coal mining. See before it is despoiled by the mining industry.

Competed this walk in sections. It’s a nice walk.

4 months ago

Did this one back in 2006, gearing up to do it again in 2018. A difficult, but rewarding walk. watch out for tiger snakes!

4 months ago

Fantastic morning hike.

4 months ago

hard track. lot of stairs .

4 months ago

fantastic views coastal and mountains

This is a great trail for everyone it’s got everything to challenge lush forests to start with and coastal beaches. This is a great trail that I take friends from out of town on because it gives stunning views. Time your finish with a ferry ride back to Cronulla and a deserved beer and a feed.

Pretty tough and a part of track has been closed, almost can through it but there is a small bridge has been broken, that is about 1.5m, I jumped

Challenging. Prepare for lots of steps. But views are so worth it!

5 months ago

You need to be prepared for this one, appropriate well fitting shoes, plenty of water and snacks, this cannot be stressed enough. It took me 14 hours the first time I did this track. I’ve seen a lot of snakes and wildlife every time I do this walk. It’s very beautiful, although you may not think that after the first 10ks. There’s no huge payoff like a beautiful view at the end but you see some great country and if you can do the whole track in one day it will feel like you can do anything, although you won’t be able to climb stairs for a few days.

This is without a doubt my favourite trail so far in the Blue Mountains. It's accessible on foot from the Wentworth Falls train station (just over 2km), which is nice.

The Valley of the Waters is absolutely stunning. I had been hiking in very dry areas over the previous few days, so it was lovely to see so much water. I went down through it, but I imagine that coming up it and seeing the series of waterfalls and cascades is even more spectacular.

The walk on the valley floor is quite enjoyable. There are some nice little climbs and twists in the trail, and it's set in fairly heavy rain forest.

Wentworth Falls is absolutely spectacular. There's a pool beneath it in which you can swim, and there are a couple of sandbars which allow you to traverse the pool in fairly shallow water (about 1m deep). I spent quite a while here simply because it was so peaceful and beautiful. The waterfall is almost hypnotic.

The climb up the stairs on the way back up the cliff from Wentworth Falls is quite tough, but not as difficult as the Golden Staircase or the Furber Steps over in Katoomba.

The trail along the top of the cliffs back to the Conservation Hut (where you start) is decent as well. Nothing special, but some picturesque views out over the valley.

Including the journey to and from the train station, the hike overall took me about 4 hours. I was carrying 1.5L of water which was just enough given that there are water taps at the Conservation Hut. Definitely recommend wet weather gear here - it was a bright sunny day when I started but just as I finished up it was beginning to rain.

The only downside to the trail is that it seems to be very popular, so there are a lot of people on it. Combined with the fact it is very narrow (most of it is single file) and I like to move fast, I found it rather frustrating getting stuck behind people or while giving way to people coming the other way.

5 months ago

Started in Katoomba. Day one to cox's river is very short and easy but equally as beautiful. From there we hiked to jenolan caves on day 2. Makes for a long day with lots of elevation gain and nothing to look at. Just a boring dirt road that the snakes enjoy sunbathing on. The trail gets better looking after the last campsite, who's name eludes me.

5 months ago

Best on the coast most natural state of the whole coastline so let's keep it that way :)

This walk combines waterfalls, cascades, cliffs and spectacular views. For a fairly short walk it provides a beautiful cross section of blue mountains scenery.

It drops a bit further into the valley than the National Pass loop and then climbs up from the lower Wentworth falls via some ladders to the mid level of the falls and then up stairs cut in the cliff to the top. The first part of the walk and the section from mid Wentworth falls up can be quite busy but one of the nice things about going down to the lower Wentworth pass is that this section of the walk is normally very quite.

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