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Hike and Wild Camp in the Blue Mountains

Hike through the UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains and wild camp in Blue Gum Forest with Australia's first 100% non-profit trekking operator. 2 days.

  • Australia
  • October—February

This guided two-day hiking trip will take you through the heart of the Blue Mountains. Witness the wonder of the World UNESCO site, scale steep rock faces, see cascading waterfalls and camp in the quiet magic of the Blue Gum Forest – all while supporting a great cause.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Two-day guided hike
  • All Camping equipment
  • All meals
  • National Park entrance and camp fees
  • Purified water

Perfect for: Intrepid explorers with a good level of physical fitness who want to immerse themselves in the challenging but rewarding wilderness of the Blue Mountains.

Adventures for Good: Your host is Australia’s first 100% not-for-profit, outdoor adventure tour operator run entirely by volunteers. Among their volunteer guides, they have doctors, engineers, historians, scientists, business people, retirees, students, lawyers each with a unique story to tell. It uses funds raised through their hikes to help local children, and raise awareness of social issues facing Australia. Their 2018 partner is the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. See all of our ‘Adventures for Good’ here.

Need To Know

You will have to arrange your own transport to and from the Heritage Centre. The area has strong transport links with the rest of New South Wales and the nearest airport is Sydney. Free pick-up from Blackheath Station can also be provided for those who want to take the train from Sydney.

You will have to arrange your own transport to and from the Heritage Centre. The area has strong transport links with the rest of New South Wales and the nearest airport is Sydney. Free pick-up from Blackheath Station can also be provided for those who want to take the train from Sydney

Sydney airport has extensive connections to cities all over the world. Choose whichever flights you like so long as they align with the designated meeting and departure times.

Yes, of course. Everyone is welcome! Plenty of people join our treks as solo travellers.

Food is basic as it must be carried. Most dietary requirements are met; vegetarians are catered for.

General camping gear should suffice, but the hosts kindly ask that you bring:

  • Closed walking shoes with good grip
  • Lightweight clothing for the day and warm clothing for night
  • Swimming gear (optional)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Camera

Location

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Found on the rugged southwestern coast, the remote Blue Mountains National Park is world-renowned for its vibrancy and beauty – and for good reason. It’s a UNESCO World-Heritage area that’s comprised of stacked sandstone pillars, rich rainforests and tumbling waterfalls. Often inaccessible, the region has retained its wilderness and as such, is a magnet for adventure-seeking folks.

Prior to the arrival of colonial settlers, the Blue Mountains had already been inhabited for several millennia by the Gundungurra people. For history buffs, there’s a bounty of early cave art; most notably the Red Hands Cave near Glenbrook and the Kings Tableland Aboriginal Site.

Start point? Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Saturday at 09:00.

Endpoint? Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Sunday at 15:00.

Getting there and away? You will have to arrange your own transport to and from the Heritage Centre. The area has strong transport links with the rest of New South Wales and the nearest airport is Sydney. Free pick-up from Blackheath Station can also be provided for those who want to take the train from Sydney

What to Expect

Saturday: Hike from Govetts Leap to Acacia flat

Arrive in Blackheath and meet your guides at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre at 09:00. Get acquainted with your fellow explorers, share out hiking supplies and set off for the famous Govetts Leap lookout.

From Govetts Leap, you’ll hear the rumble of the Bridal Veil Falls as you make your way into the valley. Traverse luscious rainforests and maybe stop for a swim in one of the many passing waterfalls.

After lunch, it’s time to hike through native Australian bush and into Acacia flat, where you’ll set up camp for the night. Once you’re settled in, take a stroll to the untouched Blue Gum forest where you can encounter 600-year old trees. Learn about their cultural significance as well as ways you can aid in their conservation.

Back at camp, your guides will show you how to rustle up a small feast. They’ll exchange hiking tips and maybe even tell a campfire tale or two. The exploration doesn’t stop when the sun sets – grab your headlamp and take to the creek to meet its nocturnal inhabitants like frogs, eels, water dragons and perhaps even the slightly absurd duckbill-platypus.

Sunday: Hike back out of the valley

There’s a saying in the Blue Mountains: “what goes down must come up.” So, we hope you had enough sleep because today you’ll be making the hike back out of the valley. Kickstart the day with breakfast and body-loosening yoga stretches to get your head ready for the climb.

Pack up the gear, ensuring nothing’s left behind, then embark on the upwards journey. Suck in the serenity and mountain air as you make your way back to Govetts Leap. Once you’re at the top (and your knees stop shaking), you can feel proud that you not only conquered one of Oz’s toughest trails, you also helped indigenous kids in the process.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

The campsite is basic, but it’s not often you get to camp under the stars in one Australia’s richest areas of biodiversity. All the camping equipment is provided for and there is a single, eco-pit toilet. Note that there are no other facilities here, nor is there road access.

You get to immerse yourself in a secluded slice of nature far away from phone signal and social media. Instead, you get to rest under the branches of ancient trees, fall asleep to the symphony of critters croaking outside your tent and meet likeminded people, all while doing your part to protect the environment.

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