NSW may soon have a new world-class walk in its midst, with the proposal of The Great Burragorang Valley Walk.
This week, the Wollondilly Shire Council proposed the development of a 300+ km loop walk to link the Blue Mountains, Wollondilly and Southern Highlands.
The Great Burragorang Valley Walk plans to connect a number of already existing trails throughout these three council areas, establish infrastructure and ensure the tracks are clearly marked.
The proposed track loops from Wentworth Falls in the Bluies, to Warragamba in Western Sydney, south to Tahmoor, further down to Mittagong in the Southern Highlands, before heading back up north-west to Yerranderie and completing the loop at Katoomba. Ooooft!
But don’t fret! You don’t have to take on the full 316km to enjoy the track. There’ll be plenty of single day and overnight hikes included in the loop too.
Plus, given the track’s wide coverage and its spread over multiple council areas, whether you’re in the Bluies, Sydney, Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Macarthur or even Canberra, there’s bound to be a trailhead to launch from near you. There are also access points from a tonne of major roads, making the walk super accessible.
A major highlight of the walk is the historic silver mining town of Yerranderie, which has been preciously preserved and unchanged since the 1920s. The walk passes through Nattai and Thirlmere Lakes National Parks and the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
There’ll be plenty of native flora and fauna to spot. Ahh man, there’s just nothing like being in the fair dinkum, true blue, Aussie bush. Can we get back out there yet?
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Feature photo by @finmatson