Over­seas Walks: New lux­ury walk­ing hol­i­day in Blue Moun­tains

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Great Walks of Aus­tralia, the col­lec­tive brand that mar­kets Aus­tralia as a key guided walk­ing des­ti­na­tion, is proud to an­nounce the ad­di­tion of a new walk for NSW, the Blue Moun­tains Grand Tra­verse by Auswalk.

This brings the num­ber of walks in the pro­gram to 12, with 10 of those show­cased in the new Sig­na­ture Col­lec­tion. Lo­cated in one of Aus­tralia’s many unique and spec­tac­u­lar walk­ing des­ti­na­tions, this walk is the 2nd in the col­lec­tion for NSW, hav­ing re­cently adding the Seven Peaks Walk by Pine­trees on Lord Howe Is­land in April 2017.

The Blue Moun­tains walk of­fers a fully sup­ported op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore this im­por­tant nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, only 90 min­utes from Syd­ney, which fea­tures stun­ning cliffs, canyons rain­forests and wa­ter­falls. It is lo­cated in a UNESCO World Her­itage listed area, as are the Great Walks prod­ucts on Lord Howe and on Maria Is­land, Tas­ma­nia.

“This walk is an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the col­lec­tive given its prox­im­ity to Syd­ney, the im­por­tant his­tory of the area in­clud­ing walk­ing tracks that are in some cases more than 100 years old, plus the de­mand we have from var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional mar­kets for a lux­ury guided walk in this area. It should be a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion,” said Gina Wood­ward, Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the col­lec­tion.

The Blue Moun­tains Grand Tra­verse is a new 3 day/2 night walk­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing trans­port to and from Syd­ney. It’s a lux­ury ver­sion of Auswalk’s al­ready pop­u­lar Blue Moun­tains Tra­verse walk­ing hol­i­day. Walk­ers are ‘lodge

Op­po­site page above: The im­pres­sive Blue Moun­tains with the “Three Sis­ters” to the left. Be­low left: An invit­ing wa­ter­fall. Be­low right top; What a view at din­ner time. Be­low right bot­tom: A night view of the Echoes prop­erty. Above right: Walk­ing on a well formed track. based’ at the el­e­gant Echoes prop­erty and each day walk in ar­eas that take in the key high­lights of this spec­tac­u­lar re­gion.

This five star bou­tique ho­tel, with pri­vate rooms and en­suites, of­fers a pam­pered end to each hik­ing day with walk­ers en­joy­ing fine din­ing and un­in­ter­rupted views of the ma­jes­tic Jami­son Val­ley.

Walk days take in the Grand Canyon, Ru­ined Cas­tle and Val­ley of the Wa­ters, as well as fa­mous view­points such as those of Govetts Leap, the Three Sis­ters, Went­worth and Ka­toomba Falls.

Auswalk owner, Brett Nea­gle, said “We’re ex­tremely ex­cited about this walk as it’s a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion for Auswalk to work with Great Walks. We have been of­fer­ing this walk­ing hol­i­day, and other su­perb walk­ing itin­er­ar­ies across Aus­tralia for the past 20 years. Our ex­per­tise is now go­ing to be shared across Great Walks of Aus­tralia and we look for­ward to wel­com­ing guests on this per­son­alised ex­pe­ri­ence with our fully ac­cred­ited ex­pert guides.”

www.auswalk.com.au

Fact file

Blue Moun­tains Grand Tra­verse by Auswalk

Ac­cessed from: Syd­ney (pick­ups from air­port or city ho­tels)

Ac­com­mo­da­tion: lodge based walk stay­ing at Echoes,

Op­er­at­ing sea­son: year round ex­cept Christ­mas, Easter and NSW School Hol­i­days

De­par­tures: de­parts on Mon­days at 8am from Syd­ney each week Du­ra­tion: 3 days/2nights Dis­tance: ap­prox.38 – 48kmGrade: mod­er­ate

Group size: 16 guests max­i­mum Price: from $1595pp (twin share) – sin­gle sup­ple­ment ad­di­tional $335 per per­son Op­tional ex­tras: spa treat­ments, in­clud­ing mas­sage, at Lil­ian­fels In­clu­sions: lo­cal guides, two nights ac­com­mo­da­tion, two din­ners/break­fasts, three lunches, re­turn trans­port ex Syd­ney, walker notes and map/books, lug­gage tags, in­su­lated lunch bag plus con­tainer. Does not in­clude al­co­holic bev­er­ages. Guests may utilise the swim­ming pools, ten­nis courts and gym at Lil­ian­fels (in­cluded)

Day 1 - Trans­fer from Syd­ney. Grand Canyon Walk. Dis­tance: 12 – 16km, ap­prox. 4- 6hrs walk­ing time in­clud­ing some steep, un­even ter­rain and some river cross­ings on boul­ders

Day 2 - Ru­ined Cas­tle walk. Dis­tance: 16 – 17.5km ap­prox. 5 – 6.5hrs walk­ing time, mostly easy walk­ing ex­cept for cross­ing an old land­slide (mod­er­ate)

Day 3 - Val­ley of the Wa­ters/ Na­tional Pass Walk. Trans­fer to Syd­ney. Dis­tance: 10-15km

Walk­ing time ap­prox. 3- 4 hrs (rea­son­ably easy and well graded for 50% of walk, the rest in­volves steep ups and downs in­clud­ing stairs and lad­ders)

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