NSW's best Mountain Escapes
Wollumbin (Mount Warning,) Murwillumbah
Known as Wollumbin to the the local Bundjalung people, the name for this mountain means 'cloud catcher,' and you can see why! Once a volcano, this ancient mountain is not only part of the world heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest, but is a sacred men's site for the Aboriginal community as well.
Visitors are advised not to hike the mountain out of respect for the traditional owners of Wollumbin, and with so many great things to do locally, you won't feel like you're missing out! There's the Pinnacle walk and lookout nearby in the border ranges, and right at the foot of Wollumbin you'll find some of the most delicious organic and locally grown food around. Take it easy down on the Tweed River, and wrap up however you spend your day at our Murwillumbah YHA.
Blue Mountains, Katoomba
When you think of mountains in NSW, you can't go past the classic Blue Mountains. Surrounding Sydney to the west, the stunning mountain ranges are blue due to the eucalypt trees filling the hills and valleys.
If you're into hiking, mountain biking, canyoning or abseiling, you can't pass up the Blue Mountains to get your adrenaline pumping. Prefer to take a slower pace? You can drive right up to the edge of the mountains at Echo Point - a short wander from Blue Mountains YHA - and Govett's Leap, or head further to Leura and Wentworth Falls for stunning cliffside horizons.
Bimbadeen (Mount Bright) and the Greater Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley
The Blue Mountains are awfully large, stretching out over 94 kilometres across NSW and circling around the Hunter Valley. You don't need to be hiking a mountain to enjoy its splendour, and you can get plenty cosy sipping on quality homegrown vino with a mountain view that any cityslicker would envy.
Take a hike up the Great North Walk to Bimbadeen (Mount Bright.) for a walk goes encompassing the ridgeline and across to the Polkolbin wineries with over 13.1 km of stunning outlooks. What better way to finish a hike than with a glass of wine?
Tomaree Mountain, Port Stephens
Experience ocean views for days when you head up the Tomaree Mountain! Situated right on the coastline and a short drive from Port Stephens YHA, start your walk down on the stunning sands of the secluded Zenith Beach and head up to the summit!
There are guided tours available so you can learn more about the natural history of the mountain, including the Aboriginal history of the area, all while supporting local guides share their knowledge and passion. If a gentler option is more your style, head up Gan Gan Hill either by bike or by car and get some stellar views from one of the area's highest points.
Mount Kosciusko, Thredbo
You can climb to the highest peak of Australia here at Mt Kozzie and soak up the stunning views of the Snowy Mountains. Whether you're into cycling your way up the mountain, hiking, or catching the chairlift to get a bit of a head start, you can walk from Thredbo to Charlotte Pass, or vice versa, and cosy up at our Thredbo YHA after a long day out in the wonder of the snowies. May we suggest catching a sunrise or sunset on your hike? It's quite possibly life changing.
The hikes range from 4-8 hours, so make sure you're well prepared for a day out in the mountains; snacks, water and suncream all included!
Mount Ainslie, Canberra
Alrighty, this one may not be in NSW, but it's a bonus that's too great to miss!
Located right in the heart of Canberra, it's said that Mount Ainslie was where Walter Burley Griffin's vision for Canberra was inspired, and looking out down the city, you can see how his plans came to life.
The hike to the summit takes about 40 minutes winding up the mountain, or if a hike ain't your style, you can cycle or drive along the road to the summit. When you head back down, you're just moments from the famous Lonsdale Street, filled with delicious eats and coffees to reward your efforts.