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A guided or self-guided walking tour setting out from Sydney on one of the harbour’s delightful little ferries. The subsequent week of hiking journeys on the Great North Walk, between Sydney and Newcastle, and although close to the city it will feel like you are far away from the madding crowd as you travel though an area full of Australian beauty.
The main track of the Great North Walk runs some 250km between Sydney and Newcastle. Constructed in the late eighties, this trail attracts scores of avid hikers from around the world thanks to its endlessly fascinating terrain.
Starting out from the famous Sydney Harbour (make sure you get here at least a day early to check this out properly!) you’ll set out on a short ferry ride to begin your walking holiday in Lane Cove Valley. Much of the walk follows the Hawkesbury river, leading you through some unmissable gorges along the way, and onto some tucked-away locations only accessible by boat.
You’ll uncover many treasures during the walk which is one of the best planned routes in New South Wales. You can go it alone, or walk with the help of friendly guides who knows the Great North Walk like the back of their hands.
Many people undertake portions or all of the Great North Walk every year, and very few regret immersing themselves in this gorgeous corner of New South Wales. The appeal with this tour is that it is a perfect mix of both hiking and cruising, taking you to great locations such as Berowra Waters which is not accessible by foot alone. Galston Gorge is another striking highlight on the itinerary, as is the quaint village of Brooklyn where you’ll be able to sample freshly caught oysters.
Towards the end of the tour there are some peaceful coastal stretches across the beaches where you will have the opportunity to visit a local market and pick up some souvenirs for the unlucky folk back home.
This holiday is a mixture of river cruising and hiking, incorporating some spectacular views and visits to quaint country villages. Although this gives you a great flavour for the Australian countryside you are never too far away from civilisation.
The accommodation is comfortable and spacious and predominantly cabin style - this won’t suit all tastes if we’re being honest, as aside from the hotel, these are quite rustic.
The daily walks are not incredibly taxing, and people with only a minimal amount of fitness will get a lot out of this tour, not only the great outdoor types.
Flexibility is the key for this walking trip. You have three options, you can choose a self-guided version, where you walk independently and are provided with maps for the route. Alternatively, you can have a private guide for your party, or you can join a group.
If you choose to do the walk independently, you can choose whether you take 6 or 8 days. The 6 day trip is 4 days full walking, whilst the 8 days allows for a more leisurely pace, which leaves you with some additional time to explore.
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