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No journey is risk free; the better prepared you are, the safer and more fun your journey is likely to be.


Do spend time getting your body and mind ready. Start by reading and chatting with other people and exploring some of the smaller, easier walks. The book has been written to help you prepare, but there is so much that this book can’t cover. You will need to think through food, fitness, equipment, risks and skills. If you do not have the skills required, join a walking club or undertake a course; there are always people happy to help you learn.

How to get there

How to get there

[aesop_content color="#000000" background="#ffffff" columns="1" position="none" imgrepeat="no-repeat" floaterposition="left" floaterdirection="up"]There is public transport available for the first half and last few section of the GNW. But for Galston Gorge and the...


Linking Sydney to Newcastle via 260km bushwalk. Get a feel for the amazing places you will visit.Take your time and enjoy the whole walk in 30 short day walks. Find details on each short walk. The luxury approach, walk the track at day and enjoy a warm shower and...


Track updates


TRACK'S DOWNLOADSWildwalks app An app for on-hand tracknotes on the track.Emergency+ app This is a national app developed by Australia's emergency services and their Government and industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere...


THE GREAT NORTH WALK BOOK For those who want to have all the information in one place to take with them on track, order The Great North Walk book online.  


THE GREAT NORTH WALK OVERVIEW The Great North Walk (or GNW) is a 250 km path from central Sydney to downtown Newcastle in Australia. It is a truly wonderful trail following many tracks through a bewildering array of natural and urban environments. Formally, the Great...

Short walks

CHOOSE A SECTION FOR YOUR SHORT WALK The walks here have been arranged into reasonably small chunks. It is possible to break some of the longer walks into even smaller sections — read through the notes to see where the road access points are. In most cases, if the...

Thru hike

A THRU HIKE IS WHERE PEOPLE UNDERTAKE THE GNW AS A SINGLE JOURNEY END TO END Some people will organise food and water drops and use local shops to help keep their pack weight down. The campsites are suitable for tents or bivi bags. Camping hammocks work well except in...