WALK THE WHOLE WALK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKENDS 

For those people who want to put on a full pack and undertake the GNW as a series of overnight hikes, these itineraries suggest places to camp, and one night suggests using a motel as there are no formal campsites in the area. The campsites are suitable for tents or bivi bags. Camping hammocks work well except in the caravan parks. Where public transport is not available, you will need to organise a car shuffle or have a friend help with the driving.

A list of 15 shorter weekend walks that will get you from Sydney to Newcastle for those who like shorter walking days and more time to unwind in camp
Walk NumberWalk NameHoursKilometresComment
1Sydney to Macquarie Park16.5
8.3
6
3.5
Sydney to Boronia Park & Boronia Park to North Ryde & North Ryde Fairyland circuit & Roseville to Macquarie Park
2Macquarie Park to Hornsby10.9
12.1
4
4.75
Macquarie Park to Thornleigh & Thornleigh to Hornsby
3Hornsby to Mt Kuring-gai12.9
7.9
5.75
3.25
Hornsby to Galston Gorge & Galston Gorge to Mt Kuring-gai
4Mt Kuring-gai to Berowra4.6
5.1
1.75
2.5
Mt Kuring-gai Track to Berowra station
5Berowra to Cowan8.4
4.6
4.25
2
Berowra to Berowra Waters & Berowra Waters to Cowan Station
6Cowan to Brooklyn9.6
3.7
4
1.5
Jerusalem Bay Track (Cowan to Brooklyn)
7Patonga to Wondabyne6.6
13.3
2.5
5
Patonga to Wondabyne station via Mt Wondabyne
8Wondabyne to Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead9.4
4.4
4
2
9Mooney Mooney Creek Trackhead to Somersby Store8.9
7.2
3.5
2.5
10Somersby Store to Yarramalong11.7
15
4.5
6.25
Somersby Store to Ourimbah Valley Trackhead & Ourimbah Valley Trackhead to Greta Road & Bumble Hill Dray track (Greta Rd to Forest Road to Yarramalong)
11Yarramalong to Basin Campsite13
7.6
4.5
3.5
Yarramalong to Cedar Brush & Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite
12Basin to Congewai Valley West Trackhead12.9
12.6
6
5
Basin campsite to Watagan Valley & Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock & Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head
13Congewai Valley West Trackhead to Watagan HQ9.6
12.7
3.5
5
14Watagan HQ to Teralba12.4
14.8
6
6
Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout & Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap & Heaton Gap to Teralba station
15Teralba to Newcastle19.5
7.5
6.5
2.75
Teralba to Newcastle via Glenrock Scout Camp
A list of 8 weekend walks that will get you from Sydney to Newcastle for those who like a faster pace and don’t mind some long days
Walk NumberWalk NameHoursKilometresComment
1Sydney to Thornleigh16.5
16.5
6
6
2Thornleigh to Cowan18.3
15.8
7.5
7
3Cowan to Wondabyne17.4
15.9
7.5
6
4Wondabyne to Yarramalong18.9
25.7
8
12.5
Wondabyne station to Somersby Store & Somersby to Yarramalong via Stringy Bark Point
5Yarramalong to Basin Campsite20.7 8Yarramalong to Cedar Brush & Cedar Brush to Basin Campsite
6Basin Campsite to Congewai Valley East12.9
17.9
6
7
Basin campsite to Watagan Valley & Watagan Creek Road to Flat Rock & Flat Rock to Congewai Valley East Track Head
7Congewai Valley East Trackhead to Heaton Gap17.1
12.4
7
6
Congewai Track Head (East) to Watagan Headquarters & Watagan Headquarters to Heaton Lookout & Heaton Lookout to Heaton Gap
8Heaton Gap to Newcastle15.2
25.3
6
8.75
Heaton Gap to Teralba station & Teralba to Newcastle via Glenrock Scout Camp