Adventures in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

This afternoon I went with a mate for an adventure through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park which is north of Sydney. Below is a selection of photos from the adventure. The afternoon was spent randomly stopping on the sides of roads to take photos, racing down small hiking trails, and a bit of bush whacking. The highlight of the trip was coming across a wallaby.

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Photos: Hiking Berowra Valley Regional Park

I spent today hiking from Mt Ku-ring-gai to Berowra with friends from my university. The highlight of the walk was seeing a number of lace monitors (goanna lizards) and a water dragon. At one point I almost stepped onto the top of one of the goannas as I came over a small ridge.

Overall, the day was brilliant and I am absolutely spent now as the heat really sucked energy out of me.

Unfortunately, despite the beautiful weather this will probably be the last hike I do this year as it is getting too hot in Sydney which brings out the snakes and raises the fire danger.

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Photos: Hiking Berowra to Mt Ku-ring-gai

I have just got back from a half-day hike from Berowra to Mt Ku-ring-gai. The 9.5km track took three of us 3 hours 30 minutes to complete. During that time one of my mates got managed to fall into a stream we were crossing, and then attacked by a leach, while the other grazed his knee crossing another stream. However, I managed to survive with no damage.

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Photos: Hiking Berowra Waters

I have just got back from spending the day hiking from Berowra to Cowan via Berowra Waters.

The 13km walk took five of us about seven hours to complete but that included a long lunch stop at the cafe at Berowra Waters. Overall, despite three steep climbs, the day was brilliant and the walk proved to be a good challenge without too much pain.

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Photos: Hiking Cowan to Brooklyn via Jerusalem Bay

I spent today hiking with friends on the Jerusalem Bay Track in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (about 70km north of Sydney).

Despite the dire weather forecasts the day turned out to be absolutely perfect, not too cold, not too hot, and absolutely no rain. The track is only 13km long, however, it has some quite steep climbs and took us about six and a half hours to complete.

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Photos: Hiking Wentworth Falls

Yesterday, I hiked Wentworth Falls and the Valley of the Waters for the second time. It is pretty quickly becoming my favourite one day Blue Mountains hiking track.

This time through we started on the Charles Darwin Walk, down the falls, then down the Slack Stairs, through Valley of Wentworth Pass, up the Empress Falls along the Overcliff Walk and then back along Charles Darwin. Finally, we caught a train to Katoomba walked down to Echo Point at sunset and ended up having dinner at a Pub before getting back into Sydney just before 11pm. A very long but awesome day.

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Photos: Wentworth Falls and the Valley of the Waters

Today I had time to spend hiking in the Blue Mountains at Wentworth Falls and the Valley of the Rivers. If you like waterfalls this is waterfall paradise. To add even more drama to the day we had a sudden rain storm come up the valley bringing massive winds and then we lost one of our party for about 15 minutes (they had walked ahead and failed to stop at a track junction).

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A Relaxing Day Out – Pindar Cave Hike

On Sunday I went with the University Outdoor’s Club on a hike to Pindar Cave in the Brisbane Water National Park just south of Gosford.

Overall the walk was not too challenging, it is 14km and we completed the hike in 5 hours 40 minutes which included three stops for morning tea, an extra long lunch, and me being smacked in the eye by a swinging tree branch. With the exception of a 100 vertical metre climb at the start of the track the route is relatively flat and easy going. The only caveat to this is in places the track is very narrow and almost overgrown which just adds to the fun.

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