Our Coaches Are Loving These Kick-Ass Trails In NSW
By The Wild Women On Top Team
We're buzzing at Wild Women HQ this week. The change of season has brought an extra spring to our step. The weather's getting warmer and the sun's out for longer, so it's the perfect time to get off the couch and ditch Netflix for the outdoors.
There are so many beautiful spots to explore in New South Wales and it can be hard to narrow down your options. Our coaches are sharing their favourite, kick-ass trails in New South Wales to make your decision a little bit easier.
It may not be a real castle, with moats, and turrets, and handsome princes, but it's where you'll find nature's riches.
The Castle is in the Morton National Park, in the South Coast hinterland. This hike is one of Di Westaway's all-time favourites in New South Wales. The Castle is a remote wilderness climb with some challenging elements and rock scrambling. When you get to the summit, you get expansive views of the Bundawangs and the National Park. It looks out over the iconic Pidgeon House Mountain and if you don't mind a sunrise start, it can be climbed in a day.
If you like the sound of being the Queen of The Castle, Di is taking a team of Wild Ones there in October. There are still a couple of spots left if you want to join us...
Mount Gower (Lord Howe Island)
Di Westaway calls this trek "one of the best day climbs in Australia" and if that doesn't tempt you, we don't know what will.
It's not only Di who loves this adventure. World-renowned natural historian David Attenborough called Lord Howe Island "so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable". And he's seen a LOT of extraordinary places.
"It's truly a magical natural wonderland, so put it on your bucket list," says Di.
The Blue Mountains is bursting with beautiful nature trails and hidden gems. Being close to Sydney, it's one of our favourite places in New South Wales to explore. For Trek Training Coach Jacq, the Blue Mountains holds a special place in her heart.
One of her favourite adventures is Mount Solitary, a full-day hike with the perfect balance of challenge and beauty. There's amazing views of the mountains, a great mix of wildlife, and some rock-scrambling that'll push you out of your comfort zone.
Dadder Cave and Jack Evans Track
Another great adventure in the Blue Mountains is the Dadder Cave and Jack Evans track, one of Coach Kel's recommendations. The trail takes you past quiet creeks, through jagged caves, and rewards you with stunning views of Erskine Creek Gorge.
The trail's challenging and just over 10km long. It can be done in one day, but Coach Kel recommends taking your time and walking over two days so you can really explore the caves in the area.
Mount Kosciuszko and Mount Townsend
With the challenge of climbing two of Australia's highest peaks, this adventure is hard to beat for Di Westaway. Mount Kosciuszko is in the stunning Snowy Mountains and is the highest mainland mountain in Australia. The mountain's got steep nature trails, open alpine fields, and gentle slopes to the summit. Along the path to Mount Townsend, you'll find some fun rock scrambles. You can do both mountains in one day if you're feeling ambitious, but you'll need an early start.
If you want to get super hard core, you can also do the trail with snowshoes in winter!
If you're Sydney-based and after a local adventure, the trail out to Cape Solander near Kurnell is a great day escape. Cape Solander is one of Sydney's best whale and dolphin-watching spots, so go during the migration season to catch a glimpse.
The trail in Kamay National Park explores Sydney's sparkling coastline and features hidden beaches and exposed sea cliffs.
If you fancy some whale watching and seaside adventures, join us on our Wild Whale Walk in Kamay National Park in October.
Girrakool to Patonga
Girrakool is on the Central Coast, and is a beautiful place to explore if you want to stay close to Sydney. The Girrakool to Patonga walk is stunning in wildflower season and is one of Coach Jacq's must-do hikes.
The hike is about 25km along and will take you to the top of Mount Wondabyne, where you'll get panoramic views of the National Park. Heaven.
Like the look of our Wild Whale Walk? Or does The Castle sound like your kind of challenge? Find the perfect adventure for you now!