29. August 2020 - 8:30
Hornsby, New South Wales, Dural
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Women's Overnight Hike // Great North Walk - August | Saturday, 29. August 2020

This trip is suitable for women who have some hiking experience. You can still be a first timer to overnight hiking. Be prepared for hiking up to 6 hours each day with a pack weight between 15-17kg. This hike involves longer distances with day one at 14.5km.

The Great North Walk:

The Great North Walk runs from Sydney to Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. The main track, 250 kilometres in length, runs between the Obelisk in Macquarie Place in Sydney to Queens Wharf Tower in Bicentennial Park in Newcastle and is well sign-posted. On this weekend we are walking the section from Hornsby to Cowan, a total distance of 27.5km. The walk includes a huge variety of wildlife and scenery and is a fabulous overnight experience!

Click here to book: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/womens-overnight-hike-great-north-walk-tickets-101447355772


How to prepare for an overnight hike

Packing tips and tricks

Outdoor cooking (prepared for you)

Responsibilities and safety

Setting up camp


This two-day walk follows the Great North Walk from Hornsby Station to Cowra Station, staying overnight at Crosslands Reserve. You’ll pass sandstone cliffs, creeks and Shady eucalyptus trees.

On Saturday you will explore Fishponds waterhole lined with tall cliffs and a few sandstone caves. A great spot for a rest and a cuppa tea. Tonight’s camp is at Crosslands Reserve with a toilet block. There is water here so you don’t need to carry a heavier load. Sit back and rest your legs after at 14.5km day. Your guide will prepare your dinner.

On Sunday we wake early to pack up camp and continue hiking towards Berowara Creek and the stunning Esuarie lookout. There’s also a local café we can stop buy for coffee! Today we have 13km to reach Cowan Station. We allow over 6 hours of slow and steady hiking.


Date: 29th -30th August 2020

Meeting location: https://goo.gl/maps/sq332qrt5n2dJzuPA

Corner of Peats Ferry Rd and Station St Hornsby, just outside Hornsby Train Station

Meeting time: Saturday 8.00am sharp

Finish time: Sunday between 4-4.30pm

Grade: Hard. There are hills and steps and longer walking distances

Fitness: Women should feel confident to be on their feet for a minimum of 6 hours on both days. We suggest you are someone who is a regular walker with a good level of fitness

Pack weight: Between 15-17kg

Distance: 14.5km (day one) 13km (day two)

Style: Mix of flat footpath, fire trail and single track. The track is a mix of sandstone rock platform, boardwalk, rainforest creek lines, sandy trail and steeps steps.

Numbers: Only 9 places available

Pace: Slow and steady. We will be taking our time and factor in rest breaks

Age: Women over 18 years only

Cost: $370pp


Tents (sharing with another lady). You can bring your own tent if you choose

Waterproof pack liners

First Aid

Snacks for Saturday and Sunday

Saturday lunch/dinner/dessert and Sunday breakfast

Tea and Coffee

All eating utensils

MSR Cooking gear and pots

Camp light

Group tarp

Group ground mat

Emergency communication (PLB and Sat Phone)

First aid

Toilet gear

NSW National Park Eco Pass Licensing and permits

Photos of your trip posted in a private Facebook Page


Travel on trains (bring your Opal card)

Coffee purchases at cafés

Gear we have asked you to bring with you on the packing list


Hiking pack (60-70L capacity). We have additional limited packs available for $15 hire. Please email Monique at email before booking if you need to hire

Sleeping bag

Sleeping mat

Transport to location

Lunch on Sunday (we stop by Megalong Valley Tea Rooms to support local business after the bushfires)

Water — we will each be carrying 2L. A bladder is excellent with an additional water bottle

Head torch with spare batteries

Wet weather (waterproof jacket with a hood)

Fleece jumper

1x shirt (don’t worry if it gets smelly)

Long sleeve shirt

Gaiters (optional)

Thermal top/bottoms

Camp trousers

Walking boots

Hiking socks x 2 Merino material is best


Personal medication



Bug spray

Warm clothes for the night

Waterproof and wind jacket


Swimmers if brave enough for the chilly *** river

Small towel

Personal blister pack

Ear plugs

Rubbish bag

Hiking poles (optional - very useful up the hills and steps)

Thongs or camp shoes

Good book

Notebook and pencil if you would like to take notes


We don’t give away all our secrets. Expect to be eating wholesome and fresh wraps + delicious snacks. Our home made Anzac biscuits are famous along with afternoon delights. We love healthy food and veggies. Your guide will show you how food is best prepared for light weight packing so you can go home with helpful tips. Of course, soup, coffee and tea is plentiful.

We cater for most dietary requirements, please inform us when booking.

Please contact us at email if you have any questions about this trip. We hope you will be able to join us.

Website: www.womenwantadventure.com.au

Contact: email


How old do I need to be to attend this trip? Women Want Adventure Trips are for women only, and over the age of 18 years.

How physically fit do I need to be to attend this trip, I'm afraid I'll hold the group back. This trip is suited for women who are comfortable walking up steps and hills. The pace is still slow and we stop for rest breaks on the way. It's not a good idea to attend if you have an injury or not comfortable curry a heavier pack for over 4-5 hours.

What is the average age of women attending? Women between 25-65 years.

Can I bring my own snacks? Yes of course, however we have plenty of food for everyone.

What type of toilet facilities will there be? There are bathrooms at the train station and at camp.

I didn't get a spot on this trip as it sold out. Will there be another one and when? Yes. Make sure you are on our Newsletter list for the latest updates via our website.