A track winding back
When is a wilderness not a wilderness? The simple answer is when the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) changes the definition.
In days of yore, “wilderness” was an area of bush that was not signposted and with tracks not maintained so that those hearing the call of the wild could test themselves unaccompanied by trail bikes or without access to kiosks serving cappuccinos. But the NPWS has ever more to think of ways of making money and having bought the extremely rugged cattle properties of the O’Keefe and Colwell families in the Apsley Macleay Gorges of mid-NSW (with money from the Dunphy Wilderness Fund), it saw every reason to offer the more cautious bushwalker a near-wilderness experience on the Green Gully track with signposts, tracks, beds and even a hot shower.
So you don’t have to carry a tent or cooking equipment — just food for three of the four nights you are out tramping 65km through wild country. And you’ll need fairly sturdy legs as the tracks — replaced by signposts in a couple of places — are not necessarily flat. While most of the first day, from the luxury of Cedar Creek Cottage at the starting point to the first of three restored stockmen’s huts at Birds Nest, is at about 1000m, with great views in all directions, day two involves a toe-bruising descent from the even better vantage point of The Rocks at 1200m down to 300m, and the killer last day demands you climb back up very steeply from 400m to about 1000m.
Day three should be the fun one, following Green