Hiking Sydney

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 19:57
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Hi All!

I have just returned home after a fantastic 150km hike along the Sydney Coast from Otford in the south of Royal National Park to Barrenjoey Lighthouse in the north in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

I highly recommend this hike or any parts of it, especially the Coastal Track to Bundeena, Cronulla to Kurnell around the headland, between Maroubra and Bondi and of course the steep hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse is well worth the effort because the views are simply spectacular.

Don't bother carrying a full hiking pack all the way (unlike dopey here), there is no need as there are plenty of YHAs, backpackers, a few caravan parks and lots of supermarkets, corner stores and cafes on the way.

Walking does wonders for your well-being.

Cheers
Terra



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Reply By: Rockape - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:19

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:19
Terra,
great to here you are out and about enjoying the country.

Only thing I don't like about hiking is it seems to take ages to clear the 60kph areas and get into the 100kph zones. Once there you can put your foot down and don't be worried about a ticket. LOL.

Have a great one,
RA.
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:26

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:26
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:24

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:24
Well now I know of one bloke ready for the 100k walk in a couple of weeks. My daughter is participating, keep an eye out for her,lol. Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:38

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:38
That 100km walk is going to be huge!
I wish your daughter all the best.
If she hasn't already, suggest she drops into Shoeologist at 505 Kent St Sydney and have a chat with the staff about endurance walking. I dropped in to talk about shoes for walking around Australia and across the Alps and they have fantastic advice. They are helping out the 100km walkers and it could mean the difference between 50km and 100km in 24hrs.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:57

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 20:57
Thanks for that. I have forwarded it on to her but she is in the Wollongong area.
Bob.
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 22:27

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 22:27
G'Day Terra Mar,

I can relate to your walk as I’m one of a group of 10-20 Seniors who are doing the Wollongong to Palm Beach walk over a series of non-summer weekends, usually @ 10-12kms per “leg” and with each leg always finishing near a suitable restaurant.

So far we have walked from W’gong to Bondi and we'll re-commence this coming “season” in late April with a walk from Bondi Icebergs to Watsons Bay (the Hotel, no doubt - this leg is my "recce" responsibility so I think I've just made the decision).

And from there, every second weekend or so through winter and spring, we’ll do a further 10-15 kms per leg around the southern foreshores of the Harbour, over the Bridge, around the northern foreshores and then up the coast to Palm Beach. Say two more “seasons”(?). We all live in the Northern Beaches (ie Bilgola, Bayview, Newport etc) and know, and LOVE this great area.

We have previously done the Great North Walk (225km from Sydney to Newcastle) in the same manner (except, when faced with the bush legs, we’d split into two groups with one group starting at point “A” and walking to point “B” while the other group would start at point “B” and walk towards point “A”, each group exchanging car keys when we passed – that way each of us had cars at the end of our legs and we’d then all drive to the closest restaurant to undo all the good we’d just done).

We’ve also done the H2H walk (Harbour to Hawkesbury) in the same way and when this W-PM walk is done (in 2014?) we’ll just have to go and find another worthy trek.

Such is life, I heartily endorse your efforts.



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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 05:06

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 05:06
All great walks, especially GNW which I do sections regularly, such a good walk, but so under utilised given its proximty to Sydney...

Here is an account of our trek to Newcastle... Great North Walk

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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:06

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:06
Yay! Another walk to do! Sounds wonderful.
Your walking group sounds awesome.
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Reply By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 05:13

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 05:13
Great work Terra...
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:13

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:13
Great Blog! Absolutely must do this track. Thanks for sharing :)
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Reply By: Member - Richard W (NSW) - Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 07:17

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 07:17
Terra,

Good stuff.
Thats a decent walk. How long did ir take/
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 14:18

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 14:18
Cheers Richard,

It took 7 days but the Coast Track between Otford and Bundeena would be better, more enjoyable, broken into 2 days.

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Reply By: Member - Richard W (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 17:56

Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 at 17:56
Thanks.

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