The Illawarra Region provides a myriad of wonderful vistas, watering holes and forests that provide beautiful experiences and opportunities to enjoy the wonderful ‘greenscapes’ of the area. For those that are in the area visiting or locals that may not be up to speed on the bush walking trails available, here is a quick guide to get you on a trail in no time to enjoy a jaunt in the Illawarra Escarpment!
Want to have a taste of a bush walk but with the security of solid paths and trails, people with young children or limited mobility will enjoy the comfort of this trail.
Maddens Falls – Dharawal National Park (1.5km return walk)
The loop trail starts on a wide dirt path and transitions onto a boardwalk, weaving throughout heath, woodland and swamp filled with wildflowers and local birdlife. Further along you reach the viewing platform of the spectacular Madden’s Falls. This is a great child friendly location to look at the view of the falls and down the valley, as well as have a seat and a snack.
Looking for adventure, adrenaline and testing your fitness? Intrepid walkers need only apply on this advanced wild trails
Wodi Wodi – Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area (6km return walk)
The Wodi Wodi track will put your fitness and stamina to the test as you meander through woodlands, creek beds and rainforest then joining into the Forest Trail to ponder your eyes across epic views of the Northern Illawarra Coastline.
The bush walking trail is rough, steep and slippery giving adventurers plenty of challenges. The path gradually becomes rougher and rougher as you cross side tributaries of Stanwell Creek and start the descent down to the main creek. The peak of your walk, Mount Mitchell, has a distinctive large rock platform and on a clear day you can easily see Sydney Tower.
Never been on a bushwalk before or low in fitness? This is the walk for you!
Cascade Walk – Macquarie Pass National Park (2km return walk)
A great walk any time of year, enjoying plenty of wildlife and a short walk to one of Wollongong’s most gorgeous waterfall sites. With National Parks signage clearly marked, making the trail especially suitable for beginners with the added security of signage and comfort “that you are on the right trail”.
Macquarie Pass National Park is spectacular by showing a diverse range of flora and fauna. Your pathway is often crossed by a curious Lyrebird or two and lazy dragons can often be seen on a sunny rock closer to the creek. Although only a short walk, this trail should be taken slowly, quietly – to really take in all of the surrounds and the treasures it provides. It is especially exciting for children, the sensory journey it provides is exceptional, whilst the small time it takes keeps them focused and interested.
Looking for a challenge that keeps up with your fitness level? Summits and rough paths deliver the goods…but still comfortable for newbie walkers!
Mt Kembla Summit – Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area (3.5km return walk)
One of Wollongong’s most beautiful and unique walks. Depending on the weather; a plethora of fungi, an eerie walk in the clouds or simply a great walk to absorb the iconic Wollongong coastline and Lake Illawarra views. A great walk any time of year, enjoying plenty of wildlife with a short challenging walk.
Make sure you have a good look around on this trail, there are beautiful ferns, fungi, lizards and lots of birdlife including the cheeky Lyrebird. Enjoy the summit walk up through various forest types, rocky sections and a staircase with the final reward of beautiful views to Wollongong’s South. A great walk to get the heart pumping, or take your time and enjoy the beautiful forests along the way.
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