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Paul Kurtyka reviewed Wodi Wodi Track
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HikingOver grownRocky

Hard and steep, dry weather so no mud, still quite slippery. Very enjoyable

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HikingGreat!

This was a truly fantastic hike. No for the feint-hearted or the unfit. Make sure if you start at Stanwell Park that you warm the limbs up first because that opening gradient does not fuck about. However, once you’re walking along the ridge, prepare your soul for the most epic view you’re likely to see in Australia. Be careful on some of the spots as there’s an opportunity for gravity to show you what it’s made of. The remainder of the walk is also fantastic (albeit a little easier on the legs) and your surroundings will change as quickly as your need to find a new adjective to describe what you come into contact with. You might be lucky enough to spot some black cockatoos or even a snake. Far from over, tale a moment to fill up water canteens and eat some billtong at Sublime Point and then enjoy the rapid decent down as you navigate the metal and wooden staircases (where were these at the start of the walk?). Would highly recommend.ea

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Trail Walker reviewed The Illawarra Escarpment Walk
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HikingGreat!

Loved this track. It was challenging as it was quite long and does get exhausting in a few uphill sections. Started the track at Stanwell park station, the entrance to Wodi Wodi is right on the station platform, this starting section of the walk is the least marked and can be hard to navigate in a few spots. I got lost a couple of times but found the main trail again easily. Once you reach the Y where the Forest walk starts it gets much easier. The track is very clear and there are markings throughout the way. Most of the stretch from here is flat. You will get excellent views of the coast in some spots as you walk along the edge of the escarpment. Some of these lookouts are hidden so you have to deviate a little. Most of the walk is within the forest, occasionally you will get a clearing for power lines where the directions are not clear you will have to look around to catch the track again. The walk eventually takes you to Sublime point lookout (415m ASL) and from there it goes straight down (ladders) to Austinmer. I did it on a weekday in Summer - wasn't busy at all, just came across 1 person in the whole 19km. It was dry, no Leaches but lots of Cicadas in the trees, the sound can be bothering and almost too loud at some spots - headphones recommended.

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Trail Walker reviewed Wodi Wodi Track
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HikingGreat!

Enjoyed this trail thoroughly. I'm not very experienced in hiking so wanted to do something by myself that was challenging just to test myself. Started at Stanwell Park station, the entrance to the track is right on the platform. Initial bit was uphill and was a little exhausting, once you go pass the sign that says "Rough Terrain Map" it gets real challenging. The path in this section is not very prominent and not marked well, inexperienced folks like me are likely to deviate a bit which i did. Eventually managed to get back on track. This goes on till you reach the Stanwell Creek after which the markings and the trail were much clearer and you are unlikely to get lost. Great views of the coast in the second half and then you have an option to continue on the Forest track or go down to Coalcliff. I did the Forest track and finished at Austinmer. Overall a great experience and is definitely recommended. Did it in January so it was dry - no leaches but extremely loud Cicadas throughout (almost deafening at some sections).

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Janusz Getta reviewed Wodi Wodi Track
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HikingGreat!

The views are incredible especially when you break out of the cabbage palm forest into grassland. Will recommend taking the right fork at the Werrong lookout when starting the hike from Otford end. The return via the Garawarra farm track is boring but welcome after a steep climb along Burgh ridge.

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Tim Fisher reviewed Wodi Wodi Track
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Sarah Fletcher reviewed Wodi Wodi Track
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

I am very fit but a relatively inexperienced bush hiker. This was an incredible experience. I only hiked from Stanwell Park station to Stanwell Creek. It took me about 45 minutes one way, allowing for photos. It was absolutely beautiful, but I got lost on the way back and ended up being there for four hours. I emerged covered in mud, wet through, bitten to death by mosquitoes and bleeding profusely from three leech bites. But it was amazing and I definitely want to do it again.

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HikingGreat!

Trail is well maintained. Very pleased to explore it. Totally worth every steps

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ravi Pradhan reviewed Wodi Wodi Track
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it was great views. we got lost initially and ended on top of wrong trail but still ended with great views. i was expecting some diverse views was well but over all a fantastic experience. Please make sure you have map downloaded just in case. just stick to the trail.

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HikingGreat!

Good mix of trail, canopy and open. Amazing views, not particularly hard going. A few ascents but nothing major (certainly not hard grade). One half of the loop is pretty mono track though, not much to engage with. Would recommend taking the right fork to start the loop, not the left, which will break up the pathing a bit more and make the walk more balanced.

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Hiking

Nice walk trough densed jungle, parallel to cliff, I would rate difficulty level as 4

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HikingGreat!

A tough track. We added the Wodi Wodi track to the beginning of this hike - and started at Stanwell Train Station. Finished it at Austimer down the Sublime Stairs. That added to the difficulty. It was a hot day - and further than what we thought. BUT up there with one of my most enjoyable hikes.

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Hiking

beautiful trail, did Otford to Bundeena in just over 6 hours. one of the best in NSW.

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Natalie Riddle reviewed The Illawarra Escarpment Walk
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HikingGreat!

Really enjoyed this walk. The first 3km were very challenging. Very easy to slip so use caution. This trail offers everything - rainforest, little creeks and waterholes, amazing lookouts to the coastline below. Track is hard to follow in some parts. Keep a lookout for the ribbons on the trees and have the map downloaded.

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Dane McAlister reviewed Sea Cliff Bridge
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Hiking

Went on a hot Sunday and made a pit stop at burning palms beach to cool off - it was pretty busy! The track becomes a little more challenging after the beach because of the steep elevation but after the elevation it’s a quick fire trail back to the beginning.

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Ian Wyard reviewed Sea Cliff Bridge
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Road biking

I might have been having a bad day but I feel it's stretch to call this a Trail; there is a lot of busy single lane road. It's also worth contemplating the elevation gain/loss then deciding yourself whether this is "easy". Unfortunately I didn't so lesson learnt. I had a better day today though, cycling the Lady Carrington Drive.

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Dean Ghidini reviewed The Illawarra Escarpment Walk
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Drove down from Sydney and parked at Austinmer Beach, took the train from Austinmer Station to Stanwell Park Station. The first section of the hike is quite steep and narrow so make sure to watch your footing and wear a good pair of hiking boots as it can get very muddy. Keep an eye out for arrows and red ribbons on trees when there are no signs. The track eventually flattens out and becomes relatively easy so I would suggest just pushing through the hard part at the start because you can rest at the lookouts along the way and when the path flattens out. It’s a challenging but rewarding hike. It took me 4hrs & 15 mins to complete 19km. Grab a feed at Shells Diner & take a recovery dip at Austinmer Beach. Don’t attempt this hike unless you are at least semi fit otherwise you’re gonna regret it.

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