Far northern NSW overnight walk suggestions please

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Far northern NSW overnight walk suggestions please

Postby Pink Cap » Mon 06 Jul, 2020 9:10 am

I’m heading to northern NSW to do some solo walking and camping. I’m keen to hear suggestions for overnight hikes, 30km to 80km in distance in areas that are currently open and not bushfire affected. I prefer to walk 20km to 25 km per day and I’m not keen to be going off track, and I do have a great deal of hiking experience. My car is only 2WD. I have considered Yuraygir (the parts I can reach without a car shuffle or river crossings) and I’ve done the Solitary Islands track but I am not finding possibilities inland that are currently open, and really I want to head much further north. I’m keen to do the Washpool world heritage walk but unclear if it is fire damaged. How is Border Ranges looking now? There are a myriad of national parks up near the Qld border that I know nothing about and would like to explore, but my random searching gave me closed areas.
Failing the availability of overnight hikes I’d also like suggestions for longish day walks (like more than 8km as an arbitrary number).
Thanks!
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Re: Far northern NSW overnight walk suggestions please

Postby Neo » Mon 06 Jul, 2020 11:38 am

There is an end to end about 10km one way at Cathedral Rock NP. Also check out New England NP under the "things to do, walking" section.
Also some opportunity in Gibraltar-Washpool areas, a 45km loop.

Note: not quite as far north as you were looking, I haven't done these, there were fires around.
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Re: Far northern NSW overnight walk suggestions please

Postby ofuros » Mon 06 Jul, 2020 12:52 pm

With so many NP's in Northern Nsw still closed, all I have is a Nightcap NP overnighter with Turntable falls as a side trip.
Lots of shorter walks to waterfalls in the area too.
https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/th ... king-track

You've already mentioned the Gibraltar Washpool Heritage walk & Yuraygir coastal walk.

Border Ranges NP seem be in upgrade mode at the moment with Sheepstation camp still closed as well as the walks around it.
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Re: Far northern NSW overnight walk suggestions please

Postby Moocattle » Thu 09 Jul, 2020 10:13 am

You'll be hard pressed to find anywhere that hasn't been affected by fire here. Lots of track damage, downed trees and the water quality still isn't great.

I was up at Gibraltar/Washpool two weeks ago and rode the heritage trail along with some off-track wandering. There was a serious lack of wildlife, all the trees outside of the gullies were crowned and next to nothing was flowering. I'm not sure how great the wildlfowers will be this year given all the energy is going into regrowth and most of the nice shrubby heath was flattened. The water isn't the lovely crystal clear it once was, and while the creeks are flowing, it's still at about the same height as before the fires. Having said that, it was still a nice couple of days. All the trees are showing epicormic growth (outside some of the coachwood in Washpool) and the swampy heath is looking lovely already. It'll be a good year for terrestrial orchids given the rain. Off track walking has been made super easy without the shrubby understory present, so climbing a rock and finding a view is pretty easy. I'd still say it's worth a visit even with all the damage.

As for Yuraygir, it's all looking fantastic again. You can easily put together an 80km loop along trails without crossing a river in the Northern section. The area inland up in the heath is far better than the coastal walk in my opinion; good views, easy walking. All the gully lines have clean, fresh flowing water at the moment so water isn't much of an issue like it was in the past few years.

There is quite a lack of official longer hikes in the Northern rivers outside of these two places. If you had a kayak, the options are limitless.
Nightcap's offering's aren't bad, with some incredibly nice rainforest (I'm yet to see the fire damage though). Border ranges should definitely be on your list, that place is magical. Forest Tops campground isn't bad if Sheepstation is closed. Jumping over the border into SEQ, there are a lot more options, but that might not be possible given Covid developments.

Another favourite of mine is in Banyabba (from Fortis Ck NP). Just make a loop from Fortis ck making sure to do Morgans Trail. Some nice low sandstone country with lots of endemic flora that'll be in flower late July. Creeks are all flowing too. Really, there are a lot of fire trails throughout all the forest here that make for nice long loops, but pretty much anywhere along the Great Divide is pretty trashed at the moment.
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