The Great North Walk – Day 5 – Ridge Top Camp to Cowan

Feeling 95years old, with legs that simply refused to bend, I was starting to wonder when the ‘fun’ part of this ‘bushwalking for fun’ gig would actually kick in.

Instead, I just hoisted my backpack, pulled up my big girl panties and headed off for a decadently short day.

Is it my imagination? Or is it that Newcastle doesn’t seem to be getting closer?

Taking time to smell the flowers, it was Day 5 out on the Great North Walk.

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The Great North Walk – Day 4 – Calna Creek North to Ridge Top Camp

Isn’t it amazing how you think you can’t walk another step and then you wake up in the morning, ready to do it all over again?

I must be a slow learner.

Grab your hat, we are off on Day 4 of the Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle.

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The Great North Walk – Day 3 – Hornsby to Calna Creek North

Welcome back to the Great North Walk (GNW) Mach II.

It has taken a while to get back out onto the trail, but it has been worth the wait. It delivers equal parts physical challenge and outstanding beauty. It is also a bit unique for me in that I haven’t been able to walk the whole thing in one go – an approach that always appeals to my linear brain.

The wet weather on New South Wales’ East coast has meant damage to the trail continues to occur and parts are opened and closed with regular monotony. Maybe all these stops and starts are teaching me to be supremely flexible!

Fill up your water bottle, we are off on Day 3 of the Great North Walk, slowly working/walking our way from Sydney to Newcastle.

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The Great North Walk – Day 2 – Macquarie Park to Hornsby

The sun shone brightly and the thermometer topped out at 28°C. Autumn? What’s Autumn?

It was too hot for bushwalking for this happy wanderer, but once I commit to a path it is simply a matter of one foot in front of the other.

Fill up your water bottle, we are off on Day 2 of the Great North Walk.

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The Great North Walk – Day 1 – Sydney CBD to Macquarie Park

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? You do all the research, fill out the spreadsheets and lay out your gear all over the floor, weighing every item.

And then the perfectly planned plan falls over!

Yes, my 15-day Great North Walk adventure was turned on its head when, at the last minute as I was starting to stuff gear into my backpack, I thought I should check the National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) website for any alerts. And, you guessed it, wherever I looked and in letters writ large was ‘Great North Walk – CLOSED!

The endless excessive rain that the East coast of NSW has experienced the last couple of months has created landslips, felled trees and generally made the path impassable. Bugger! Back to the drawing board.

With a little more research, I found I could walk the early stages through Sydney’s suburbs and that became my much-shortened Plan B.

Enjoy Day 1 of the Great North Walk.

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Tackling the Great North Walk – 16 Days Walking Through the Aussie Bush and ‘Burbs.

A few weeks ago I shared an overview of the Great North Walk – a +260km path from Sydney to Newcastle on Australia’s East coast. After a fair bit of reading, researching and scheming, it’s time to share my plan of attack.

Do you have any tips or tricks? Wisdom to share?

Even if you haven’t walked this route before, I welcome any do’s and don’ts when it comes to long hikes through the bush.

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Going Bush in the City – Introducing the Great North Walk

To continue my Year of Adventure theme, I am delighted to share with you a little-known walk that delivers an amazing blend of city hustle, harbour views, and a dose of suburbia, before it launches off into wild and pristine Australian bush, past hidden rivers, then lurching back into suburbia and swamping you with glorious ocean views.

Phew! What is this walk that includes a bit of everything?

Welcome to…The Great North Walk.

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