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The Virtues of Walking Holidays in the Winter (NSW)

Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins (NSW)
While many Aussie travelers choose to chase the European sun during the Southern Hemisphere's Winter months, I've always chosen to stay put in my own home state of NSW. 

Apart from all the benefits of a walking holiday - it's economical, great for the health and naturally spectacular - NSW happens to be home to some of Australia’s most scenic walking trails. Incidentally, I'm not letting you in on any secret.... More than 4.3 million domestic and international overnight visitors last year choose to hike in NSW as part of a holiday experience, up 5.2 per cent on the previous year.

Whether you're after short treks, long day hikes or more challenging multi-day hikes, there are a plethora of hidden gems along NSW's stunning coastal and inland trails. Here are some of NSW’s great walks, as well as some hidden gems just waiting to be explored:
New tours: 
  • The Seven Peaks Walk is one of the newest walks to join the list of  Great Walks of Australia . This challenging hike on Lord Howe Island is for experienced hikers, with a few sections of the walk off-track and requiring a steady head for heights.
  • For a coastal trek, try the three-day  Light to Light walk  which hugs the coastline between Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation in Ben Boyd National Park on the Sapphire Coast. If hiking in luxury is more your style,  Light to Light Camps  can carry your gear, set up camp each night and cook your dinner, all while you enjoy the walk at your leisure.

Seven Peaks Walk (NSW)
Secluded and unspoilt: 
  •  Explore the secluded beaches and spectacular cliffs while hiking the rugged coastline of the  Kangarutha Walking Track  in Bournda National Park near Tathra on the South Coast. Suitable for most ages, this moderately challenging hike is 9km each way.
  • The  Murray Valley Regional and National Park s, near Mathoura on the Murray River, are home to part of the world’s largest stand of River Red Gums. The short walks in and around this park take you through stunning red gums and to an impressive Ramsar-listed wetlands,  Reed Beds Wetland .
  • Part of the  Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area ,  Washpool National Park , between Grafton and Glen Innes, offers wonderful undisturbed wilderness including the world’s largest stand of coachwood trees. With walks ranging from just a few hours to multiple days, the 45km  Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage walk  is the most challenging. This four-day walk takes you through eucalypt forests, rainforests, wetlands and granite tors in the rugged Northern Tablelands.
Song-lines and cultural tales:
  • Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness  runs a two-day tour that includes climbing Mount Gulaga, an extinct volcano rising 797 metres above sea level near Narooma on the South Coast.  Mount Gulaga  is culturally significant to the local Yuin people, particularly women.
  • Tri State Safaris  offers guided tours of Mutawintji National Park and through the  Mutawintji Historic Site . Boasting one of the best collections of Aboriginal art in NSW, a challenging two to four hour guided walk through rocky terrain visits Aboriginal rock engravings and ochre stencils, as well as the remains of fireplaces, stone flakes and grinding stones.
Close to Sydney, but feels like a million miles away:

Thunderbolts Lookout (NSW)
Epic adventures:
  • Stretching 426kms, The  Hume and Hovell Track  is an epic trail in the south east of NSW that traverses rugged and beautiful countryside following a mix of public roads, fire trails, purpose built single tracks and over 100 footbridges. For trip planning, check out the interactive map and photos showing 360 degree views of the campsites along the way on the  Hume and Hovell Track website .
  • Snow shoe Australia’s highest peak with K7 Adventures on the  Mount Kosciuszko Majestic Tour . Kosciuszko National Park is as compelling in the winter months as it is during the summer wildflower season and although the weather can be challenging, the experience is truly remarkable.
For more information visit  www.visitnsw.com

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Posted by Victoria Ugarte on 12th July, 2017 | Trackbacks
Categories: Australia
Tags: NSW, Walking holidays

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