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7 Wild Walks in Southern NSW

Pigeon House Mountain (Didthul), Morton National ParkCREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy superb views from the Pigeon House Mountain Didthul Track in Morton National Park.

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7 Wild Walks in
Southern NSW

Pigeon House Mountain (Didthul), Morton National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy superb views from the Pigeon House Mountain Didthul Track in Morton National Park.

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From craggy coastal tracks steeped in Aboriginal history to the red-earth plains of the desert, southern New South Wales offers lots of opportunities to lace up your boots and discover somewhere new. Whether you’re up for a multi-day adventure or have just a few hours to explore with the kids, get set to hit a trail.  

Climb Australia’s highest mountain  

At 2,228m, Mt Kosciuszko is Australia’s highest peak but it’s surprisingly accessible — even for intermediate hikers. The Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk starts near the village of Thredbo, a 5.5-hour drive southwest of Sydney. Take the chairlift to the trailhead then hotfoot it to the summit, keeping an eye out for wombats, echidnas and wedge-tailed eagles along the way. Take a breather beside Lake Cootapatamba, Australia’s highest lake. The 13km walk takes about five hours, but if you’d like a more challenging option, try the 18.6km track from Charlotte Pass

Spot whales while you wander  

For a challenging multi-day hike with jaw-dropping views and wildlife encounters, hit the Light to Light Walk near Eden, a six-hour drive south of Sydney on the Sapphire Coast. This three-day, 30km one-way hike weaves through Ben Boyd National Park from Boyds Tower to Green Cape Lighthouse, hugging the coastline where about 25,000 humpback whales migrate between April and November every year. Bring your tent and camp beachside along the way, or, if you prefer someone else to take care of everything, join a fully supported hike with the Sapphire Coast Guiding Co

Enjoy a never-ending view  

Sprawling over almost 200,000 hectares, Morton National Park’s vast wilderness is filled with waterfalls, rivers, rainforests and sweeping escarpments ranging from the Southern Highlands to the Shoalhaven region of the NSW South Coast. Take it all in on the Pigeon House Mountain Didthul Track, which begins in the park’s south, an hour’s drive west of the coastal town of Ulladulla or 3.5 hours south of Sydney. Weaving through stately Pigeon House ash, heathland and lush forest, the trail is relatively short but challengingly steep in parts — it’s just 5km long, but you’ll gain 455m in elevation via slopes, steps and a series of ladders — and the views across the Budawang Ranges to the coast will stop you in your tracks. For experienced walkers only. 

Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko CREDIT: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Couple watching the sun set at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in Kosciuszko National Park.

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Kosciuszko National Park, Kosciuszko CREDIT: Tourism Snowy Mountains

Couple watching the sun set at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in Kosciuszko National Park.

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Light to Light Walk, Ben Boyd National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a day section of the multi-day Light to Light Walk.

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Light to Light Walk, Ben Boyd National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a day section of the multi-day Light to Light Walk.

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Step out of this world  

For an intriguing walk in the NSW outback, head to Mungo National Park in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Willandra Lakes Region. The park — in the state’s southwest, a 10.5-hour drive from Sydney — is famous for its archaeological wonders (including the 42,000-year-old remains of the Mungo Man and Mungo Lady) and the Walls of China, an impressive geological formation. This otherworldly landscape is significant to the Ngiyampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Paakantyi/Barkindji people, and the best way to discover its rich cultural history is on a two-hour NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service walking tour with an Aboriginal ranger. 

Roll on riverside trails  

Ready for a ramble in the Riverina region? The Murrumbidgee Trails are a network of walks around Riverina towns including Jerilderie, Leeton, Lockhart and Narrandera, all easily reached from Wagga Wagga (a 75-minute flight or five-hour drive southwest of Sydney). Six themed itineraries show off the area’s highlights, from peaceful picnic grounds alongside the mighty Murrumbidgee River to a thriving arts scene, heritage architecture, wild koalas in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and some of the best country hospitality Down Under. 

Take the family to the falls  

Immerse yourself in the Minnamurra Rainforest and its stunning waterfall at Budderoo National Park, a 15-minute drive from Kiama on the South Coast, less than two hours’ drive from Sydney. There are trails to suit everyone. Travelling with little ones? Opt for the Rainforest Loop Walk, on which you’ll cross bridges over sparkling streams and weave through rainforests filled with giant ferns and birdsong. The walk starts at the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in the village of Jamberoo and offers 1.6km of paved trails linked by suspension bridges. For something more challenging, try The Falls Walk, a 4.2km trek with stunning views over the rainforest canopy and of upper and lower Minnamurra Falls. 

Explore a sacred volcano  

Soaring above the heritage village of Central Tilba, about a five-hour drive south of Sydney on the South Coast, is Gulaga (Mt Dromedary), a lushly forested extinct volcano. It’s a significant site for the local Yuin Aboriginal people, who regard it as a sacred place. A self-guided hike to the summit is well worth the challenging 14km trek, but to truly discover Gulaga’s ancient heart, try a guided walk with Aboriginal tour operator Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness — a full-day hike here is included in the Yuin Retreat on-Country experience. 

Walls of China, Mungo National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Spectacular outback landscapes showcasing the Walls of China in the World Heritage Mungo National Park.

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Walls of China, Mungo National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Spectacular outback landscapes showcasing the Walls of China in the World Heritage Mungo National Park.

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Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Narooma CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aboriginal guide Dwayne Bannon-Harrison performing a smoking ceremony during a traditional welcome on a Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness tour.

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Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Narooma CREDIT: Destination NSW

Aboriginal guide Dwayne Bannon-Harrison performing a smoking ceremony during a traditional welcome on a Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness tour.

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