A track wind­ing back

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - JEREMY EC­CLES

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

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