Garrawarra Farm car park to Garie North Head, Royal NP, Sydney

Great coastal views for almost the whole length of this walk, taking in a section of the famous Coast Track, in the Royal National Park south of Sydney.

There are a number of walking options in the Royal National Park that take in a section of the classic 30km Coast Track. One good option is to start at the Garrawarra Farm car park on top of the escarpment, walk east down Burgh Ridge towards the sea, then walk north as far as Garie North Head for excellent views back down the coast. And in the summer holidays Garie Beach is patrolled so you can safely have a swim before heading back. Continue reading “Garrawarra Farm car park to Garie North Head, Royal NP, Sydney”

Wentworth Falls via National Pass, Blue Mountains NP, NSW

Get up close and personal with cliffs and waterfalls on a spectacular walk to Wentworth Falls in the Upper Blue Mountains.

This walk to Wentworth Falls is one of my favourites in the Blue Mountains, with numerous cliffs and waterfalls up close and personal. The proximity of the scenery makes it quite spectacular, but rather hard to photograph. Nevertheless, you’ll hopefully get a reasonable impression from the photos that follow. One of the classics in the region. Continue reading “Wentworth Falls via National Pass, Blue Mountains NP, NSW”

Pipeline Track from the Wolgan Valley, NSW

The Pipeline Track runs between two of the most spectacular valleys in NSW: Wolgan Valley to the east, and the more remote Capertee Valley to the west. In between, the excellent Pagoda Lookout provides views over the Wolgan Valley, and this was our turnaround point for the walk depicted here.

This walk on the Pipeline Track climbs out of the spectacular Wolgan Valley to a high point at Pagoda Lookout. It starts in Newnes Campground surrounded by high cliffs, and at first passes through mining relics from the early twentieth century. The track then climbs up through an attractive gully to excellent views back down into the valley.  Continue reading “Pipeline Track from the Wolgan Valley, NSW”

Bundeena Drive to Marley Beach Circuit, Royal National Park, Sydney

This walk is an alternative way to take in part of the Royal National Park Coast Track south of Marley Beach, starting inland and passing by Deer Pool on the way. Expect eucalypt forest, heath, beaches, bays, rocks and cliffs.

This walk is an alternative way to experience one of the more impressive stretches of the Royal National Park Coast Track. (The Wattamolla to Marley Beach Circuit is the other that I’ve done; lots more photos in that post). The walk starts inland in eucalypt forest, and then moves into heathland until it drops to the coast, where there are windswept bays and beaches, various interesting rock formations, and rugged coastal cliffs.

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Curra Moors Circuit, Royal National Park, Sydney

This is a nice walk through heathland in the Royal National Park, with views of the famous Eagle Rock at halfway, and with a little bit of exploring, views of two waterfalls that enter the sea. 

The Curra Moors Circuit passes through heathland in the Royal National Park. There are views of Eagle Rock at the halfway point, and with just a little bit of exploring, views of two waterfalls that enter the sea. Continue reading “Curra Moors Circuit, Royal National Park, Sydney”

Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang National Park, NSW

Snapper Point is a headland with impressive cliffs and rock platforms. We then returned to Merry Beach and set off up Durras Mountain for partial views over the coast.

We originally intended to do the Pretty Beach to Pebbly Beach circuit, but set off from the wrong beach (Merry Beach), and came across the rather impressive headland called Snapper Point. This has tall striated cliffs and large rock platforms, and is worth a visit. You can’t continue around the headland though, so we returned to Merry Beach and climbed Durras Mountain to the large water tank at the summit. Although somewhat obscured by rejuvenating native vegetation, there are still partial views of the coast.  Continue reading “Snapper Point & Durras Mountain, Murramarang National Park, NSW”

Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park, NSW

Climbing through Byangee Walls to the summit plateau of Byangee Mountain in the Budawangs makes for an excellent day walk, and is a bit easier than the nearby ascent of the Castle, which looms overhead for part of the walk. Lots of cliffs along the route and great views from the top.

The Budawangs Range in Morton National Park offers some of the NSW’s best hiking, and Byangee Walls is one of the classic day walks. There are spectacular sections as you walk along the base of the walls, and also under the most significant landmark in the area, the Castle. (Climbing the Castle is an even more spectacular walk, partially because of the views of Byangee Mountain itself, which is very attractive from above).  The views from the top are extensive, and include nearby Pigeon House Mountain, the Clyde Valley, and looking up at the 840m high Castle.  Continue reading “Byangee Walls Track, Morton National Park, NSW”

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park near Wanaka

Access to close up views of the spectacular Rob Roy Glacier for only moderate effort on this popular walk in Mt Aspiring National Park near Wanaka.

The Rob Roy Glacier Track was one of the first walks we did in New Zealand, and provides access to excellent views of the Roy Roy Glacier. There are impressive waterfalls along the way, as well as picturesque scenes in the West Matukituki Valley. The drive in is also nice, so there’s lots to recommend this walk. 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
On the drive in.

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Matukituki River West Branch on the drive in.

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Nevertheless, friends who walked this with us in 2014 preferred the Routeburn Track to Flats Hut. But the views at the end of this walk are pretty spectacular, so I think it’s worth doing for those alone. It’s a fairly popular track so consider doing it on a weekday or out of season.  Track notes at the end.

Rob Roy Glacier Track: The Scenery

We did this walk in 2008, 2012 and 2014, so I’ve included pictures from each of those occasions. Don’t be confused by the apparent change of weather conditions.

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
The trusty Landcruiser at the start. Apparently there have been thefts at this car park, so they recommend you take your valuables with you.

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Crossing the Matukituki River West Branch.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Matukituki River West Branch

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Matukituki River West Branch

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
We had friends with us in 2014.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Sophia having a rest.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
West Matukituki Valley.

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Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Some sense of scale in this shot.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
A 261m drop on this waterfall.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
The 261m high waterfall unofficially named Bridal Veil Falls. (A lot of waterfalls have that name it seems).

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Bridal Veil Falls (in 2008).

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Rob Roy Glacier

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
A close up of the glacier.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Sophia backed by the glacier.

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Lots of waterfalls running off the glacier.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
This kea looks like it is posing for a portrait painting.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Kea close up.

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
I want what you’re having.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Warm, lush colours.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
Different colours in 2008.

 

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
On the way back.

Track Notes

Rob Roy Glacier Track, Mt Aspiring National Park
An obvious track the whole way.

The DOC website has basic information on the walk. It’s about an hour from Wanaka, and over 2 hours from Queenstown. There’s a few streams to ford on the drive in so they recommend a four wheel drive if there’s been heavy rain (or maybe glacier melt?).

Cape Raoul Track, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

One of Tasmania’s classic coastal walks to the tip of the Tasman Peninsula. There are spectacular dolerite cliffs and great coastal views.

We did the Cape Raoul Track on our first trip to Tasmania in 2008, and I remember it being a great walk. The deeply textured cliffs are a highlight, made up largely of dolerite columns. I lacked a wide angled lens or panorama function at the time, which would have been handy to fit these cliffs into frame. But I think the drama of the landscape comes across well enough in my photos to inspire a trip out there. I’ll certainly go again on my next trip out that way. Continue reading “Cape Raoul Track, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania”

Baegunbong/Baekundae ascent, Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, South Korea

Located within the Seoul City boundary, Baegunbong (or Beakundae, 836m), the highest peak in Bukhansan National Park, is a spectacular lump of granite, and climbing it makes for an excellent and easily accessed day-hike. Just expect many others to join you if it’s the weekend or a holiday.

Bukhansan National Park (Dobong Section) is located in the northern suburbs of Seoul. The highest peak, Daegunbong (or Daekundae, 836m), is an enormous granite summit that provides excellent views of the surrounding area (subject to weather and pollution levels). The walk to the top gets quite adventurous as you walk steeply up the smooth granite summit, inevitably queuing with many others on the narrow and precipitous sections if you do it on a weekend or holiday (as I did). But despite the crowds it was an excellent walk. Continue reading “Baegunbong/Baekundae ascent, Bukhansan National Park, Seoul, South Korea”