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Australia's Great North Walk: Lower End From Sydney Harbour to Woy Woy

Ending the Great North Walk at the World's Most Beautiful Harbour

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 56 miles / 90 km
Duration: Multiple days
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Overview: If you are thinking of walking all or part of the Australian “Great North Walk” this guide bundle is designed to help you make that goal a reality – as easily as possible. The Great North Walk is 250 kilometres. This bundle of guides is one part of a three-part set that cover the North, Centre and South sections of the Australian Great North Walk.

This final (if you walk north to south) section includes sites of historical importance for European colonisation of Australia as well as some great beauty and natural history. Full details about the Great North Walk can be found at http://www.thegreatnorthwalk.com
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The Great North Walk, Australia’s ‘most accessible bush-walk', connects New South Wales’ two largest cities from the obelisk in Australia’s first planned town square to the wharf from which its oldest home-built steamship still sails in over 250 kilometres of history, mystery and fascination. The trail only just turned 21 in 2009 although some paths, originally made by indigenous people, are many tens of thousands of years old; it has been completed in 66 hours (fastest time yet!) and is walked over decades; its story impinges on diverse faiths passing Australia’s largest provincial Anglican cathedral while the walk’s highest peak – Mt Warrawolong (641 m) – is the site of Aboriginal ceremonies; be amazed to walk right beside examples of the oldest rock engravings in the world and modern street art; cross dramatic and beautiful waterways by means as diverse as the world’s widest steel-arch bridge to its oldest operating river postman’s boat; be puzzled by en route mysteries including more than a dozen murders, disappearances and inexplicable deaths; wind past the southern hemisphere’s largest salt-water swimming pool, the park dedicated to our longest-lived cartoon character, the site of the first coal mine and see where the first Brooklyn Railway Bridge (1890) was erected on the deepest pier then in Australia (49.4 m). Most of all enjoy Australia's social history and natural environment on a bush-hike that is accessible to virtually everyone. Join the Ozzie Bushies for a best-ever life experience!


Tips: Hike and camp on track-based sites or walk in a series of day trips or weekend jaunts staying at local B&Bs, motels or hotels. Treasure Hunters: make the Great North Walk an obelisk odyssey, a quest for the world's oldest rock art or not quite a ‘bridge too far’. Some parts are included in guided walks by local tour operators but all can be followed using official map and following the well-marked signs.

You will meet wildlife as you walk. We’ve seen echidnas, wallabies, goannas, famous frogs and rare birds. Watch movie http://vimeo.com/1091

There are plenty of campsites along the track: all have fireplaces and a few have potable water. There are also plenty of hotels, motels and bed & breakfast homestays. There is reasonable public transport access to many parts of the walk but for some you will either need a car, a taxi or thoughtful planning. Much, but not all, of the route is in mobile phone range. Usually if you cannot access a signal you can climb higher and obtain one.

Although we strive to keep this web page up-to-date and also to update and upgrade the downloadable maps and notes, it is important to note that the official maps of the Great North Walk are held only as a set of paper pamphlets covering the whole walk. These can be cheaply obtained from the New South Wales Land and Property Management Authority who manage this bush trail for the state. Great North Walk’s changes route from time to time. The best advice is always to follow the official GNW signposts.
Guides in this Bundle
Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour to Historic Hunter's Hill
Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour to Historic Hunter's Hill
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
 
Easy: 5.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Beginning Australia's Great North Walk from the world's most beautiful harbour. Enjoy a magnificent ferry & easy stroll.
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Cowan to Crosslands Reserve along Great North Walk
Cowan to Crosslands Reserve along Great North Walk
Berowra Waters, New South Wales, Australia
 
Moderate: 9.4 miles, Full day
Walk downhill to enjoy Berowra Waters, find the hidden Aboriginal Engraving and then follow Berowra Creek to Crosslands
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Crosslands to Jungo Rest Area on Great North Walk
Crosslands to Jungo Rest Area on Great North Walk
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
 
Moderate: 9.3 miles, Full day
Lovely walk along hidden creeks and admiring Aboriginal and European cultural impacts.
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Jungo Rest Area to West Pymble on Aussie Great North Walk
Jungo Rest Area to West Pymble on Aussie Great North Walk
West Pymble, New South Wales, Australia
 
Easy: 6.1 miles, Half day
Enjoy the woodland aspect of the north shore suburbs of Sydney and learn some natural history and early settlement facts
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Sydney Harbour History & Obelisk Discovery around Australia's Great North Walk
Easy: 0.2 miles, 1 hour or less
A pleasant stroll introduces the Macquarie Obelisk (one end of Australia's Great North Walk) & some other Sydney history
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West Pymble to Hunter’s Hill: Lane Cove on Great North Walk
West Pymble to Hunter’s Hill: Lane Cove on Great North Walk
Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia
 
Easy: 9.8 miles, Half day
Walking Lane Cove River Valley: a Scenic and Historic Treasure-trove
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Woy Woy to Cowan: Hawkesbury on Great North Walk
Woy Woy to Cowan: Hawkesbury on Great North Walk
Patonga, New South Wales, Australia
 
Moderate: 14.8 miles, Full day
Woy Woy Bay to the coast at Patonga then on the Hawkesbury to Brooklyn and onward to Cowan
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