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A network of 13 magnificent Great Walks is being established in NSW national parks as part of a plan to transform our State into a bushwalking mecca, ready to rival other multi-day walks in Australia and beyond.


Launching the NSW Great Walks Strategy, Minister for Environment James Griffin said NSW is the best State in Australia to explore nature on foot.


“These 13 NSW Great Walks cover more than 630 kilometres, from our sun kissed shorelines, highest summits, and rainforests millions of years in the making.

Tomaree Head walking track, Tomaree National Park.

“Our magnificent multi-day walks shouldn’t just be for the more hardcore hikers, which is why we’re offering many styles of walk and accommodation so visitors from far and wide can enjoy the diverse landscapes in our nearly 900 national parks and reserves.

“Hiking in nature is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the world, and our Great Walks will help bring more visitors to our rural and regional areas where they boost local economies.


“NSW national parks already contribute about $18 billion and 74,000 jobs to the State’s economy every year, and three quarters of the economic benefits of national parks are delivered in rural and regional areas.”

Visiting national parks is one of the top three things visitors do when travelling to a rural or regional destination, and more than 90 per cent of people in NSW are interested in walking in national parks.


NSW national parks welcomed more than 60 million visitors annually prior to the pandemic, and visitation levels are growing.


The NSW Great Walks Strategy will help deliver durable walking tracks, protect environmentally sensitive areas, withstand severe weather, and provide infrastructure to meet future population growth.

The NSW Liberal and National Government is currently delivering the largest investment in national parks history, with $450 million dollars for more than 200 visitor infrastructure projects across the state over four years.

Since 2019, the NSW Government has secured more than 600,000 hectares for addition to the national park estate to protect threatened habitats, wildlife and cultural heritage in perpetuity.


For more information and to read the Great Walks Strategy, visit



Great Walk name and National Park Region Distance Days/nights Status
Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk – Dorrigo National Park North Coast 46 km 4 days/3 nights In development
Great Southern Walk – Royal National Park, Kamay Botany National Park and Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area Greater Sydney and South Coast 67 km 5 days/4 nights In development
Light to Light Walk – Beowa National Park South Coast 34 km 3 days/2 nights In development
Murramarang South Coast Walk – Murramarang National Park South Coast 34 km 3 days/2 nights In development
Snowies Alpine Walk – Kosciuszko National Park Snowy Mountains 55 km 4 days/3 nights In development
Tomaree Coastal Walk – Tomaree National Park Hunter Valley 20 km 2 days/1 night In development
Tweed Byron Hinterland Walk – Mt Jerusalem National Park and Nightcap National Park North Coast 36 km 4 days/3 nights In development
Wollemi Great Walk – Wollemi National Park and Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area Blue Mountains and Central West 90 km (approx) 5 days/4 nights In development
Gibraltar-Washpool World Heritage Walk – Gibraltar Range National Park and Washpool National Park North Coast 45 km 4 days/3 nights Operating
Grand Cliff Top Walk – Blue Mountains National Park Blue Mountains 20 km 2 days/1 night Operating
Green Gully Track – Oxley Wild Rivers National Park New England 65 km 4 days/5 nights Operating
Nadgee Wilderness Walk – Nadgee Nature Reserve South Coast 55 km 4 days/3 nights Operating
Yuraygir Coastal Walk – Yuragir National Park North Coast 65 km 5 days/4 nights Operating



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