The Great Southern Walk: NSW’s First Multi-Day Hiking Path

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If you’ve ever fancied walking from Botany Bay to Illawara, you’ll soon be able to with the creation of the Great Southern Walk.

As part of a new $80 million push to create multi-day walks in our region, the Great Southern Walk will be the first of its kind.

The five-day 59-kilometre stretch will link up Kamay Botany Bay National Parks in Sydney to the Illawara Escarpment State Conservation.

Work on the Great Southern Walk is already underway and is expected to be completed by 2024.

And it’s not just a walking trail either, but there’s plans for the developments of cabins and glamping spotted along the bush-to-beach walk.

“This $80 million budget injection will enable us to add new iconic experiences to our tourism arsenal, drawing keen hikers from around Australia and, when borders reopen to the world, to our spectacular regions,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

Great Southern Walk
Great Southern Walk. Image by Destination NSW

The Great Southern Walk
The Illawarra trek will also see the arrival of a new mountain biking network stretching more than 44 kilometres between Mt Keira and Mt Kembla.

The government hope that the trek will increase tourism in the same way as the Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk and Great South West Walk, and Tasmania’s Three Capes Walk have.

NSW’s Great Southern Walk is likely to be completed by 2024. And a second multi-day walk is expected to be announced in the coming months by the NSW Government.

NSW National Parks currently generate $18 billion to our economy, attracting a whopping 60 million visitors every year.


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