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Six of the best bushwalks

Valley of the Waters National Pass Trail

This winding, slippery track in the greater Blue Mountains will take you through the six kilometres of beautiful, lush valley track to Wentworth Falls. Follow the historic route through dense rainforest and past majestic views, which you can catch at Empress pass, before plunging deep into the valley. Relax and cool off in the pool below Wentworth Falls before trekking back up to rejoin the National Pass Trail, which takes you to Wentworth picnic area. Wear sturdy footwear and drink plenty of water.

Berowra to Berowra Waters

Starting at the Berowra train station, this walk follows the mammoth Great North Walk down to Berowra Waters. You’ll spend much of the time on a ridge overlooking the scattered views of Berowra Creek Valley, with some especially good views from Naa Badu Lookout. Descend through misty valleys for a cool reprieve before making your way back out to rocky escarpments. Some of the climbs are steep, but all flatten out along Berowra Creek, where you can catch a ferry at the end of the walk to a cafe for an ice-cream or a well-earned bite.

Blue Gum Walk (Joe’s Mountain Circuit), Hornsby

Tucked away in Hornsby on Sydney’s northernmost edge is Blue Gum Walk circling Joe’s Mountain. Starting at the green fire trail gate at the end of Rosemead Road, Hornsby, the track will take you in a circuit trail ending up at Ginger Meggs Park, about 400 metres from the starting point.

Experience the largest remaining blue gum forest in Sydney on Blue Gum Walk. Photo: The Respondeks

Follow the signposted track along Waitara Creek, where you’ll get the observe a few waterfalls and the beautiful blue gums, the largest remaining blue gum forest in Sydney. There’s an abundance of pristine wildlife and flora along the way, as well as some small sandstone caves for exploring.

Fairfax Heritage Walking Track, Blackheath

If you’re looking for a track that’s ideal for the family, the Fairfax Heritage Walk is well worth exploring, with wheelchair and pram accessible paths running from the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre to Govett’s Leap carpark, which offers a spectacular views of Govetts Gorge, the Jungle and Horseshoe Falls. The track passes several other notable lookouts, such as George Phillips lookout, which offers magnificent views over the Grose Valley. Continue on to the pulpit walking track from Govett’s Leap to immerse yourself in beautiful Eucalypt forests and catch a glimpse of the wildflowers if you’re lucky.

Henry Head Circuit, La Perouse

Take in some of the most spectacular views across Botany Bay, Kurnell Peninsula, and the Pacific Ocean as Captain Cook did on his arrival more than 200 years ago. Wind your way through beach clifftops past World War I and II gun battlements as you complete the circuit. Make sure to bring your swimming and snorkel gear to explore the rocky reefs at Botany Bay’s entrance. To get there, drive down Anzac Parade until you reach La Perouse, and park near the entry gates on Anzac Parade, opposite Goorawahl Avenue.

The Forest Path, Royal National Park

Opened in 1886, the Forest Path is situated in one of the world’s oldest national parks and was originally part of a logging site that was stopped by protesters. The circular loop offers an easy hike through the lush rainforests.

The Forest Path walk takes you on an easy hike through lush rainforests.

Starting south of Bola Creek, near the southern end of Lady Carrington Drive​, you’ll walk past a variety of beautiful native plants and flowers shaded by ferns and eucalypts. The path circles Forest Island, a hill which is surrounded by the Hacking River and Bola Creek, both of which you can cool down in on hot summer’s days.

Georgia Bell

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