The Walk of the Month (WOM) is a joint initiative with Wildwalks.com aimed at introducing people to the joys of bushwalking. Open to everyone - members and non-members alike - each month we choose a walk that can be considered both iconic and introductory. Guided by one of NPA’s volunteer leaders, these walks enable participants to try bushwalking or simply revisit an old favourite.
To view current Walks of the Month and to book on to one of them, go to the Walk of the Month registration site.
Current Walks of the Month are also listed in each edition of Nature NSW.
Examples of popular WOMs
Spit Bridge to Manly
Length: 9.6km Duration: 4hrs
Description: The Spit to Manly walk is a classic bushwalk on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The walk follows a well-maintained track and provides beautiful views over Middle Harbour. This walk is great for those looking for exercise or just a stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour. If you have time, the side trips down to Grotto Point and up to Arabanoo Lookout are definitely worth the effort. There are also a few places to get a bite to eat along the way.
General information: We will meet at the End of Battle Bvd, Seaforth. This is the north west corner of the Spit Bridge. There are a few chances to have a quick dip if the weather is good for it. There are also a few places to buy an ice-cream or coffee along the way, so bring a few extra dollars if you can. Getting back to the start of the walk: The walk ends at Manly. You can walk back to the start via the roads. There are also buses, taxis and ferries from Manly. We plan to finish the walk by 4pm.
Bundeena to Jibbon Head Circuit
Length: 6.8km Duration: 2.5hrs
Description: On this loop walk you will enjoy some grand ocean views, a few secluded beaches, rock shelves and some Aboriginal engravings. The walk starts in the community of Bundeena and follows the roads to Jibbon Beach then along the track to Jibbon Head and Shelley Beach, then a long stretch of sandy management trail through the heath. The walk also describes a side trip to Bundeena Lookout.
General information: We will meet at Bundeena Ferry Wharf at the intersection of Loftus and Brighton Streets in Bundeena. Please meet at 10am (either drive or catch ferry from Cronulla departing at about 9:30). Getting back to the start of the walk: This is a circuit walk, so we will finish back at the ferry wharf by about 1pm.
Macquarie Park to Thornleigh
Length: 11.5km Duration: 4.5hrs
Description: Starting from the Macquarie Park train station, you wander down Lane Cove Rd and over De Burghs Bridge to join the main spine of the Great North Walk in the Lane Cove Valley. Here the walk heads under De Burghs Bridge then explores the dry grass tree and eucalypt forest along the side of the ridge. Near the top of the valley, you walk up some stone steps built during the depression to find some rock engravings with 1930s style political satire.
General information: We will meet beside the Shell Service Station opposite Macquarie Park Train Station. (There is another service station nearby, look for the “Coles express” sign.) Please meet at 10am. Getting back to the start of the walk: The walk will end at Thornleigh Train Station so you can catch the train back home or back to Macquarie Park. We should be at Thornleigh Station around 3pm.