Fun fact: I love hiking! By no means am I an expert (I probably take baby steps compared to some), however I do love getting out there in nature whenever I can. In saying that, let’s talk about one of my favourite (if not my favourite) tracks at the Blue Mountains.
The Grand Canyon Track (not to be confused with the Grand Canyon in Arizona) is one of the many hiking trails at the Blue Mountains National Park. The track starts off at Blackheath, which is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes drive from Sydney. Your trustworthy Google Maps will take you there with no problems! It is appropriately a 7km loop and is considered a Grade 3, which means it can be suitable for all ages and fitness levels. However, to be honest if you’re a bit unfit you might struggle. Give yourself 3 to 4 hours to complete the track (I think I did it in 3.5 hours). A bit of that time will be spent taking photos.
We parked our car and we were greeted with a view of Evans Lookout. After a few photo sessions there, we headed off to the walking track.
The first thing I noticed about the track is how well maintained it is. Apparently this has been opened in 1907, so it’s obvious that they’ve kept the place well. When you’re walking you need to watch your step. You wouldn’t want to fall because there is a steep decline from the start. Also, you need to be aware that there are a lot of stairs going downhill. By a lot of stairs, I mean A LOT of stairs. More on this later. The track can also be quite slippery, especially if it has been raining previously. Some areas that you step on can also be covered by moss. Hmmm… I’m probably not making this track sound appealing but just trust me, the stunning views will make it all worth it!
The further you go down the track, you will become immersed in a rainforest. You’ll also find a few small waterfalls and rivers along the way. It felt magical to be in there, as if I was in a fairytale! By the way, don’t forget to bring a jumper because it gets quite cold.
So you know those descending stairs i mentioned earlier? Well, what goes up must come down, right? And vice versa. After continuously walking downhill, you’ll now have to walk uphill to finish the loop. I huffed and puffed on my way back up but it was undoubtedly one of the best walks I’ve done. I can’t recommend this enough to my friends who ask for places to hike.
Comment below and let me know where you like to hike! It can be in Australia or anywhere else in the world 🙂