See aboriginal art and volcanoes along New South Wales’ best hiking trails

Oct 11, 2017

Planning for a hiking holiday? New South Wales (NSW) is home to some of Australia’s most popular walking trails, from short day-hikes to a multi-day challenge along stunning coastal and inland trails. Here are some of NSW’s great walks, as well as a few hidden gems just waiting to be explored.

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 Parks, 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, to an impressive Ramsar-listed wetland, Reed Beds Wetland. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance is named after the Iranian town where the convention was first signed in 1971.

Duffer Creek walk, Gibraltar Range National Park

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 (above) is the most challenging. This four-day walk takes you through eucalypt forests, rainforests, wetlands and granite tors in the rugged Northern Tablelands.

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Song-lines and cultural tales


Ngaran Ngaran Cultural Awareness runs a two-day tour that includes climbing Mount Gulaga (above), an extinct volcano rising 797m above sea level near Narooma on the South Coast. Mount Gulaga is culturally significant to the local Yuin people, particularly women.

Mutawintji National Park, Outback

Tri State Safaris offers guided tours of Mutawintji National Park (above) 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.

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Close to Sydney, but feels like a million miles away

Pack your bags for a challenging two-day hike in the Hawkesbury along the Colo River. The Mountain Lagoon Loop via Colo Meroo and Tootie Creek is a challenging river walk along the lower reaches of the Colo River. The Hawkesbury hiking guide has details of 12 bush walks in the area.

Thunderbolts lookout Barrington Tops

Explore the more than 18 rainforest trails of the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park (above). The trails range from two-hour hikes through sub-alpine forests and wetlands, to the challenging 38km Gloucester Tops to Careys Peak trail that offers scenic views from the top.