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Find freedom and adventure by getting out of Sydney and discovering the rugged terrain of New South wales.
1. Go Walkabout in Wolgan Valley
If you watch movies such as ‘Wild’ with a sense of awe and mild jealousy then you’ll fall in love with Wolgan Valley. Notoriously remote, this rugged and mountainous region of New South Wales is sandwiched between Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park; two incredibly off-the-beaten-track Aussie hinterlands.
For breath taking scenic views and an utter sense of freedom, the Crown Creek Fire Trail in the Gardens of Stone National Park is an 8km stretch of beautiful rocky wilderness. Not for the faint-hearted, Crown Creek is part of the iconic Bicentennial trail; famed for its challenging terrain and distinct lack of visitor facilities. With sheer cliff faces swathed in precariously perched trees and striking sandstone rock, it’s hard to tear your eyes away from the scenery.
Hot tip: Mind your step. Unless you’re 100% self-reliant and a confident hiker, Crown Creek won’t be an easy walk.
Stay: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is conveniently nestled between Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park. Offering premium luxury in the Australian bush, 40 free-standing villas boast the utmost in amenities, including a swimming pool, double-sided fireplace and private veranda.
Absorb panoramic valley views in the dining room, relax in the resort spa or partake in one of the multiple activities, from wildlife safaris to horseback riding. The all-inclusive pricing means you needn’t pay for any expensive extras; from spa treatments to WiFi, it’s all included.
2. Find a Head for Heights in The Blue Mountains
Don’t look down. Or do! Depends if your stomach can handle the un-fenced 70 metre plunge to the bottom. Nestled in the heartland of the Blue Mountains and jutting out from between deep canyons and lush green escarpments, the Blue Mountains' Kanangra-Boyd lookout challenges even the most hardened height-lovers.
Peer-out over Kanangra Deep to Kanangra Walls and scour for wedge-tail eagles soaring a hundred metres above the floor. Or for those who prefer to keep a steady gaze, the awesome Mount Cloudmaker is sitting on the horizon, probably making clouds, or at the very least sitting in them. Accessible for all, including wheelchair users, the platform is a mere 10-minutes from the car park but we don’t recommend it for children and we can’t reiterate enough that there is no fence or railing.
Hot tip: Katoomba's Scenic World offers 4 fantastic attractions and unparalleled views across the Three Sisters. Visitors can hike the surrounding cliffs themselves, or jump on the gondola or scenic railway (also the steepest cable-driven funicular railway in the world).
Stay: Only 90-minutes from Sydney, The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains overlooks the bush land of Jamison Valley in The Blue Mountains National Park. All 221 rooms and suits have been tastefully decorated to sympathise with the surrounding natural landscape, incorporating earthy hues of olive, chestnut and red. Enjoy five on-site dining venues, an adjoining Golf Club, spa and of course, the stunning Blue Mountains on the doorstep.
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