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

10 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.

18 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.

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.

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.

Nice. a bit sandy.

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.

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/

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/

road biking
1 month ago

Glad I found this trail - perfect for young kids (starting at Belmont, there is a long, but gradual uphill section - but coming back is easy). Cafe near the end, and a few beaches are in relatively easy reach of the track. We had a swim at Nine Mile Beach on the way back. Rail tunnel is lots of fun!
More information and photos: https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/01/11/fernleigh-track-lake-macquarie/

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!

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.

Only did one way.. it’s ok but the path is on the street. The best part is the walk to the lighthouse

Beautiful trail with breathtaking views

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

2 months ago

For a hiker from the US, Lane Cove Loop was breath taking. First, the sounds are amazing. Birds, frogs, and other creatures greet you and serenade you throughought the trail. We saw a wallaby, lots of cockatoos, iguanas, lizards, and a snake. I couldn't identify the type of snake, and it dissapeared in the bush before I could get a picture. It was brown, with a light stripe along both sides. The aprox 8-mile trail is shady, well marked, and on the easy side of moderate. Most of it is flat, with occasional boulders and brief/mild climbs. You'll find a couple campgrounds and restrooms along the way.

This is great early morning walk, took us 2:33 minutes with medium pace !

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