🌿Welcome to our Great North Walk Overnight Hike!
This trip is lead by CCWHC qualified outdoor guide Belinda Cook and qualified Womens Circle and Nature Connection facilitator Sophie Orwin.
Together we have designed a weekend to help you connect with nature and support you along the way as you learn the ropes for overnight hiking.
The Great North Walk (or GNW) is a 250 km path from central Sydney to downtown Newcastle in Australia. It is a truly wonderful trail following many tracks through a bewildering array of natural and urban environments.
The section we will be hiking form Thornleigh to Berowra is one of the most stunning parts of the Great North Walk.
For long stretches there is surprisingly little sign of suburbia. Much of the route traverses Berowra Valley Regional Park following the Benowie Track, named after a local tribe of the Dharug people. Although mostly well hidden, the park contains much evidence of its traditional owners’ time, including rock carvings, axe grinding marks, cave paintings and rock shelters. In the valleys the GNW generally follows Waitara and Berowra Creeks, and in the Hornsby area these creeks tumble down a series of cascades and through waterholes.
As we move further down the valley, Berowra Creek widens to a much larger tidal waterway, offering some stunning uninterrupted views along the steep gorges.
The trail offers many highlights along the way including remnants of a zigzag railway, cascades, waterfalls, waterholes, water dragons, grasstrees, rock engravings, Depression-era stone steps, steep gorges, a wide variety of bridges, picnic areas, campsites and sandstone overhangs.
There is also some steep rocky walking in this chapter that will help work up a sweat, but it is part of the charm of this wonderfully rugged section of bushland.
Stopping to set up camp halfway at crosslands we will cook up a hearty meal and enjoy some stargazing before falling asleep to the sounds of the bush.
• 2 day guided bushwalk with 2 experienced guides.
• Learn how to prepare for an overnight hike and set up camp
• How to be a responsible and conscious hiker
• Daily nature connection activities guided by an experienced and qualified womens circle and nature connection facilitator
• Delicious vegetarian meals provided, (vegetarians, gluten free, allergy options available)
Day 1- lunch and dinner and dessert
Day 2- Breakfast and lunch
• Tea and coffee
• Trail snacks
• Permits and licensing
• National Park fees
• Wilderness First aid
• First aid and PLB (emergency communication)
💛🧡💜 We are so excited to be offering this overnight hike.
I can't wait to share this with you..