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Great track clearly marked and easy to follow. Tough set of stairs out of Bobbin Head!

Great walk. Nice scenery. Lots of ascents and descents though.

12 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.

20 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.

21 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

Last bit is less spectacular but a good hike otherwise

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.

This was a great track but keep your eyes peeled for the markers as some of the track is a little overgrown. There's lots of wildlife to see including a big goanna, kangaroos, lots of water dragons and some very eager birds at the cafe

Pigeon House Mountain: This was the first mountain I had ever climbed and is a great one for beginners. I've done this hike twice now and I find it a comfortable hike to work up a sweat but still enjoying the summit and sneaky jog back down. The drive in is fairly bumpy so make sure you have a 4WD or something to beat around. Lovely Australian orange ground starts to appear as you head closer to the track. There are toilets and a couple benches for a good day trip here so whether half a group decides to head up and the other stay at the base, its well protected with gumtrees to have a bit of shelter. The starting point will have a map of it and surrounding hikes. No need to warm up the legs, the beginning of the track will do that for you (being that it is straight up). I would avoid it after a big downpour due to there being only one clear path for everything (and everyone) to run down. On the way up there are a few trees to jump over, a nice bunch of flat areas and as you head to the top a range of stairs and ladders. Only once your close to the top can you see through the tall trees and pretty much see more tall trees but at a distance. The top is a great view of Australian bushland. At this altitude there are plenty of big flies and butterflies so don't freak out. The return is a lot easier than the way down so enjoy what you can :)
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Good walk. Mostly shady. Nice water features at some points. Last bit to Hornsby station is a stair master workout so be ready.

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

Great walk with lots of goannas and a fab lunch on the water at the Eatery at Bobbin Head.
Took the Bobbin Head trail down and Warimoo back.

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.

Easy walking on a 4WD trail, except for the last section which is on a steep foot trail. No view from the top, but the Aboriginal site is worth the short detour.

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!

A long but easy walk takes you to a lookout with some great views over Pittwater (the right fork): https://hikingtheworld.blog/2016/08/20/west-head/#Bairne

Or you can follow the Bairne Track to Soldiers Point (the left fork) and continue down a steep track to Coasters Retreat. From here, catch the ferry to the Basin to complete a circular walk: https://hikingtheworld.blog/2017/03/25/bairne-to-basin-circuit-west-head/

Definitely not a good walk choice if you want to avoid people... but a good choice on a warm day, as it's mostly shaded and passes by lots of bays and beaches.

This is one of my favourite walks in Sydney, with great views of the coast and a number of beautiful swimming beaches along the way. It can get fairly busy on weekends, especially at the Putty Beach end.

1 month ago

It’s just one of Sydney’s iconic walks with a bit of everything. Add on north head and it’s a good stroll. The views of the harbour are fantastic and you see lots of wildlife along the way, particularly water dragons.

Nice hike
Stiff steps
Nice walk in the Forest down in the canyon
Hithickîng to foresee to return to your car if needed (or stormy Weather !)

1 month ago

Great tracks, just watch out for the mountain bikes and stick to the trail directions (whether it's a downhill trail or a uphill trail)

Great walk to start early morning. We started from Cowan and finished at Hawkesbury River with few great cafes just over 04 hours 20 minutes .

1 month ago

The Figure 8 Pool has become incredibly popular and is one of the "most instagrammed" national park locations. I've picked a weekday for this walk to avoid the worst of the crowds, and the pool is not too busy when I get there. A nice walk with views over the coast, and the Figure 8 Pool and coast is beautiful. But avoid weekends!
Track notes: https://hikingtheworld.blog/2017/12/13/figure-eight-pools-royal-np/

Maitland Bay is one of my favourite hikes, and this circuit combines some of the best views in Bouddi National park with a swim at the beautiful Maitland Bay beach on the way back. Maitland Bay gets busier each year and the Coastal Track is quite popular, but you're unlikely to see anyone on the Bullimah Spur track.
Track notes: https://hikingtheworld.blog/2017/12/28/bullimah-spur-circuit-bouddi-np/

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/

1 month ago

A very beautiful beach - but expect a few people here in summer. The short walk to Governors Head is worth the effort, for some nice views. Hard to imagine this was the site of a proposed nuclear power station!

1 month ago

A pleasant and mostly shaded walk to a remote beach; you're unlikely to see many people at the beach. Surf was too rough to swim when we visited (but there was a coastal weather warning in place).

It’s an easy walk and is quite busy during school holidays. The raised grid track is easy to walk on and protects the vegetation from the hordes of people. All the same a beautiful walk showcasing the best of what Australia has to offer

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