One thing’s for sure, NSW has some absolutely beautiful hiking trails—dotted with towering waterfalls and pristine creeks, and populated by precious wildlife and cool rainforests.
It’s been heartbreaking watching this summer’s bushfire season wreak havoc across so much of this beautiful bushland, but as dangerous conditions have eased in some areas—spending a weekend hiking (where it is safe to do so, of course) can be a nice way to reconnect with NSW’s natural beauty. Not to mention, you can also help bushfire affected communities get back on their feet by spending with them along the way.
Helping you achieve true hiking bliss in NSW is a brand new camping start-up called Overnight Adventures.
Basically, these guys have taken all the stress out of camping by creating super easy to use self-guided overnight adventures for you to follow along at your own pace. There are six trails to choose from—ranging from two to three nights in length and covering off Blue Mountains highlights (sweeping views, ancient trees, tranquil rivers and the breathtaking 180-metre high Govetts Leap waterfall) and Royal National Park highlights (Pools Lookout, palm jungles and the iconic Figure 8 Pools).
“Our trips go to some truly special places,” says Overnight Adventures founder Rob Fallon. “You can go to see glow-worms, swim in a river in the middle of the bush, sign your name in a logbook atop a remote mountain or visit ancient Aboriginal sites. Best of all you will be home in time for work on Monday morning.”
There’s also a hidden pools track with optional kayaking and stargazing involved, and a guide to the iconic Six Foot Track in the Blue Mountains, where you’ll likely spy friendly wombats, echidnas and roos.
Priced between $50 and $120, each self-guided tour includes transport, camping fees and a full tablet guidebook packed with maps, track notes and all the information you need for your hike.
If you’re short on camping gear—Overnight Adventures also have you covered with everything you could possibly need available to rent for the weekend (tents, packs, snacks, sleeping bags, head torches, beacons—even Aerogard and pawpaw ointment).
And if you’d prefer a bit more company, Overnight Adventures runs group hikes every month. Check out the schedule here.
Looking for a more pooch-friendly weekend getaway? Here are 13 of the best dog-friendly escapes near Sydney. And you can donate directly to bushfire relief right here.
And remember to be fire safe this summer. If you're heading into national parks, we recommend downloading the RFS Fires Near Me app and checking fire ban warnings and park closures here if you plan to camp.
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