The iconic Great North Walk is 250km walk that begins in Sydney and winds it’s way north towards Newcastle, normally taking around 18 days to walk in its entirety. On our 5 day walk, we showcase the highlights of the Great North walk including sections of the trail near Berowra Waters, Wondabyne on the Central Coast, followed by a walk on the beautiful Watagan trail into the Hunter Valley where we finish with a celebratory winery. Explore high mountain ridges, forests of Blue Gum and Eucalypts, steep river gorges, meandering creeks and cascades. Enjoy the tranquillity of cute Hawkesbury towns and finish your journey with a celebration wine tasting in the world-famous wine region of the Hunter Valley.
Your 5-day walking holiday includes:
HOW TO GET TO YOUR WALK: Whether you live in Sydney or you’re visiting from afar, we have suggested a number of options to make your journey as easy as possible.
PICKUP: complementary pickup at 7.00am from Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney CBD
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: For those catching public transport, take the train or bus to Hornsby Station and walk to the Bunker Bean Café to meet with your group. Your guides will pick you up at 8.00am
DRIVING: If you choose to drive there is a car park at the Hornsby Station with 370 spaces available. From here you can walk just 5mins to the ‘Bunker Bean Café’ where the guides will pick you up at 8.00am
MEETING TIME HORNSBY: 8:00 am from the Bunker Bean Café, Hornsby
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 3-minute transfer to the beginning of the walk. Afternoon: 35-minute transfer from the end of the walk to the accommodation
WALK DETAILS: 16km. Medium to hard grade. 7-8hrs including breaks. Easier option: 9.6km. Medium to hard. 3-4hrs including breaks.
TERRAIN: The walk starts with a couple of short, steep descents and ascents. While the track is well-formed with a firm base, there are some rocky sections and some ladders to negotiate. Fallen trees and other obstacles may be likely but it is the ups and downs that make this track grade Medium to Hard. The cumulative ascent for the day is more than 900m, with the biggest rises at the start as the track becomes more lightly undulating towards the end of the day.
WALK ITINERARY: After meeting your guides and joining the rest of the group at Hornsby you’ll begin your journey along the Great North Track heading into the bush and down steep stone steps through the volcanic Old Mans Valley. You’ll follow the Blue Gum walk through one of Sydney’s rare Blue Gum Forest stands to then cross the Berowra Creek a few times at Fishponds waterhole. After exploring the edge of the valley the walk starts to lead steeply down enjoying more sandstone caves before arriving into Galston Gorge, a perfect spot for a rest and some lunch before following the eastern side of Berowra Creek valley from Galston Gorge to Crosslands. This enjoyable section of track travels through wide tidal creeks in deep valleys where there are many grass trees and more sandstone caves. Finishing today’s walk at Crosslands Reserve where we will be met and transferred to our waterfront accommodation at beautiful Berowra Waters. Enjoy time to relax in our waterfront property before walking to our nearby restaurant for a superb dinner by the water. Enjoy fresh local seafood and produce perfectly matched with regional wines. A wonderful way to finish the day.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 35 minute transfer to the beginning of the walk. Afternoon: 35 minute transfer from the end of the walk back to our accommodation.
WALK DETAILS: 14kms. Medium to hard grade. 8-9hrs with breaks. Easier option: 12.9km. Medium to hard grade. 5-6hrs with breaks.
TERRAIN: Some quite steep and rocky areas with a few ladders. A few easy creek crossings. The track is otherwise well-formed with a firm base.
ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast at the accommodation you will be transferred back to Crosslands. The trail starts off winding north alongside Berowra Creek passing mangroves, estuaries, sandstone overhangs and stunning lookouts. After passing through Berowra Waters the track meanders through some amazing remote bushland where you’ll experience some creek crossings, crazy rock formations & some steeper terrain, providing you with rewarding views looking back over Berowra Creek. Finishing up in Cowan your guides will drive the group back to the accommodation for some relaxation time in the comfortable penthouse accommodation that overlooks the wonderful Berowra Marina. Tonight enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with magnificent views as we enjoy fresh local produce with wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 35-minute transfer to Cowan. Afternoon: 25-minute transfer to Hornsby Station or 50-minutes to Sir Stamford Hotel in Sydney’s CBD
WALK GRADE: 14kms. Medium to Hard grade. 6-7hrs with breaks.
TERRAIN: Two steep and rocky climbs. The track is well-formed with a firm base, there are some uneven sections and the usual, occasional, obstacles such as fallen trees, overhanging branches and spiky and pokey scrub.
ITINERARY: After another enjoyable breakfast at the accommodation your guides will transfer the group back to Cowan to recommence our walk. This stunning section of the Great North Walk has some spectacular scenery ranging from foreshore to ridge top lookouts. Enjoy a steady descent into the picturesque Jerusalem Bay before climbing over a series of ridges into Brooklyn. Marvel at the wonderful diversity of flora throughout today’s walk while you experience numerous water views including a circumnavigation of Brooklyn Dam. Hiking can make you thirsty, so this walk finishing at the iconic pub in Brooklyn overlooking the Hawkesbury River. From here we cruise across the Hawkesbury to Patonga Beach and transfer to our accommodation in the waterfront town of Ettalong Beach. Tonight we spend the night at the superb Mantra Hotel, set right on the beachfront with sweeping views. This evening join the group for a fabulous dinner in a local restaurant featuring regional wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 15-minute transfer to Staples Lookout. Afternoon: 45 minute to your accommodation
WALK GRADE: 12.4km. Medium to Hard grade. 5 hrs with breaks. Elevation: 484m.
TERRAIN: Some steep uphill sections. Undulating walk along ridges. Some rock steps.
FLEXIBLE WALKING: Optional 8km walk also available. Medium to Hard grade.
ITINERARY: Enjoy a relaxing breakfast, before we make our way to Staples Lookout. Our walk starts from here, today the trails takes us through the beautiful Brisbane Waters National Park. About 2.7 km into the day we arrive at the bottom of a gully at Kariong Brook Falls. Afterwards, enjoy stunning views as you climb the ridges, pass pretty rocky gullies and cascading falls, and cross the Phil Houghton suspension bridge as you make your way to Mooney Mooney Creek trailhead. At the end of our trail, we will be met by our driver and transferred to your accommodation at Noonaweena Retreat set amongst the bushland with views of the valley. Tonight put your feet up and enjoy a relaxing dinner served with regional wines.
TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 55-minute transfer to Bimbadeen. Afternoon: 1 hour and 45 minute transfer to Hornsby ( or 2 hour transfer to Sydney CBD).
WALK GRADE: 13.1kms. Moderate grade. 4.5hrs with breaks.
TERRAIN: Compact, firm surface. Some fences to cross. Undulating terrain.
ITINERARY: After breakfast, we transfer to the final section of our walk. Today’s walk forms part of the extended section of the Great North walk as it makes its way into the Hunter Valley Wine region. We meander along the Mount View ridgeline with its sweeping views before descending into the Hunter Valley dry rainforest one of the last remaining of its kind. We make our way into Pokolbin enjoying vistas of rich vineyards along the way. Our walk ends at Tinklers Winery in Pokolbin where we enjoy wine tasting some of the estate. Afterwards, we head to a local winery restaurant for a celebratory lunch. After lunch, we transfer back to Hornsby and the Sydney CBD, the end of a remarkable journey.
We run this tour once a month all year round. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at email@example.com
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 people. (Note groups of 12 people can be accommodated – with the additional 2 people staying at a nearby property in Berowra Waters). Subject to availability. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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