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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