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Budawangs Overnight Hike // 21-22 August 2021

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Summary

If you haven’t heard of the Budawang National Park in NSW, you’re probably not alone.

Since the bushfires, our team have been back to exploring re-growth and untamed wilderness (it’s made for mountain lovers). Now it’s your turn to visit.

Our Women’s Budawang adventures are starting with an overnight adventure. A 26km (13km each day) taking you deep into the Budawang wilderness, you will not find a tourist here! The hike is challenging, but the scenery is worth the effort.

Any trip in the Budawangs is not for the feint hearted. A truly wild adventure, this hike will have you scrambling up mountains and crossing uneven terrain while carring your overnight pack. 

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Details

  • Traditional Land Owners: Wandandian & Walbanja People
  • Location: Budawang National Park
  • Meeting Location: Wog Wog Campground. View link and map
  • Meeting Time: 8.30am, please be on time
  • Duration: Overnight Hike
  • Distance: 13km each day (total 26km return)
  • Price pp: $500 inc booking fee and GST
  • Group Size: 7 women only + female guide
  • Age: Women over 18 years
  • Grading: Challenging - for confident bushwalkers

WHAT YOU NEED TO PACK

  • Hiking pack (55-65L capacity). Unless you are hiring from us $30
  • Sleeping bag (-5 or more) 
  • Sleeping mat (insulated) Please do not pack a yoga mat
  • Water (You need to carry minimum 3L). We suggest a 2L bladder + and a 1L water bottle for two separate carriers. There is ability to re-fill at the streams at camp. We will have purifying methods
  • Head torch with spare batteries 
  • Waterproof jacket with hood 
  • Waterproof pants (check weather forecasts)
  • Fleece jumper
  • 1x hiking shirt (merino material is best. Cotton is not great to walk in)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Thermal top and thermal bottoms
  • Lightweight camp trousers
  • Walking boots 
  • 2x pair of hiking socks (merino material is best) 
  • Camera or phone to take photos 
  • Phone power bank and cords (optional)
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Warm clothes for the night (you can wear your thermal top)
  • Beanie and gloves for cooler nights
  • Lip balm & Small packet of tissue
  • Small travel and quick dry towel 
  • Personal blister pack
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Toiletries + ear plugs
  • Rubbish bag (for dirty or wet items)
  • Hiking poles (optional - very useful up the hills and steps). We also hire for $20
  • Camp shoes/crocs or Tevas

GETTING THERE

The Budawangs are located between Canberra and the beautiful Shoalhaven Coast of NSW and are virtually untouched. Almost all sections can only be accessed by foot. You’ll want to allow plenty of driving time to reach Wog Wog Campground and put the location into your GPS prior to leaving. If driving from Sydney, allow 3.5 hours driving time.

As with any of our trips, if you have any questions, concerns, or queries, get in touch.

Our team are qualified outdoor female guides and love helping you get out there. Plus we love a chat!

FAQS

For answers to common questions, please visit our FAQs Page Here.

  • So, what exactly is Women Want Adventure? Do I have to be a young, super fit, experienced adventurer to attend? Nope, you certainly do not. You can be a beginner to advanced (or anywhere in-between) Just check the grading for each trip. Women Want Adventure is all about women coming together to try something new, make friendships, experience challenges, surprises and enjoyment of adventure.
  • Do you cater for dietary requiremenrts on this trip? We only cater for vegetarian and gluten free on this trip. We do not cater for FODMAP or low carb diets on this adventure. We can provide dairy free options also. Please check with us before making your booking. 
  • What if it’s raining? Women Want Adventure trips still go ahead in many types of weather, unless electric storms. We will be in contact with you regarding any cancellation due to weather via email and phone. 
  • Do I need hiking poles? Hiking poles are a personal choice. They can assist with balance and reducing weight on your hips and knees as well as supporting you going up and down steps and hills. If you don’t like them, you can easily store them in your pack when they’re not needed. If you would like to hire poles, please contact us to check $20 hire availability.
  • What is the weight of the packs? Between 15-17kg
  • I have been on some overnight hikes before, would this be okay for me? If you have good mobility and physical fitness this hike will be suitable for you. 
  • What if I book and can't attend? Please view our Terms and Conditions here.

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

We’ll start the day meeting at Wog Wog Campground at 8.30am sharp. After getting to know your fellow hikers and a trip briefing to go over gear and allocate items, you’ll head off, meandering through open forest, then onto an old 4WD track before entering a single foot track. 

After an hour you’ll start to reach conglomerate outcrops in the bush. There is a large one on the right hand side of the track called Tinderry Lookout, and can easily be climbed, with extensive views to the west. You will be be amazed by the re-growth post fires and in awe of the resilience of the bush in this section.

From here, we head further into the Budawangs, rewarded with views of the south coast as we begin to reach Corang Arch where we will stop for lunch. Corang Arch is an incredible rock formation. You won’t believe it’s structure until you see it in person! 

After lunch, we continue north, scrambling down rocks to reach the base of the valley. Huge rock formations tower above us as we begin are hike further into the valley to find camp. 

Once at camp, you will have the chance to explore the magnificent caves and surrounding area without carrying your overnight pack. Our group will set up base, enjoy afternoon tea and a warm cuppa before setting up our tents for the night. Your guide will prepare a warm meal as you watch the sun set over the bushland and sit in awe at the magnificence of this place.

 

On day two, you’ll be in love with the area and won’t want to leave. Trust us, it happened every time! As you drink a hot cuppa and watch the sun peak over the ocean in the far distance, you will have your chance to soak it all in before packing up camp and returning via the same trail to Wog Wog.

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Qualified and knowledgeable female guide
  • Tents. You can bring your own only if it is compact and lightweight 
  • Hiking 75L Wilderness Equipment packs ($30 hire fee)
  • Waterproof pack liners
  • Meals: L, D (day one) B, L (day two)
  • Snacks, tea and coffee on the trail
  • All eating utensils 
  • Cooking gear and pots 
  • Camp lights
  • Group tarp
  • Emergency communications and first aid kit
  • Toilet gear
  • NSW National Park Eco Pass Licensing and permits 
  • Photos of your trip posted in a private Facebook Page 
EXCLUDED:
  • Transport to Wog Wog Campground
  • Travel insurance
  • Pre/post hike accommodation

Grading

Grading: Challenging

Women Want Adventure is taking intermediate to experienced hikers on this trip. This means women should feel confident to be on their feet hiking between 6-8 hours,prepared for off track sections and have the ability to carry an overnight pack. We advise this to not be your first overnight hike experience with us. 

The trip is graded challenging due to uneven terrain, steep gullies descents and rock scrambling; and in some cases navigating without a track for longer periods. It’s  important women understand that a good level of fitness if required to successfully complete this walk. Please note, parts of the track may be wet underfoot.

View our trip grading here.

Reviews

Monique Farmer 17/04/2021
    5 / 5 rating

Budawangs Testimonial

I know this is TOTALLY bias. Jumping into a testimonial from a guides perspective. Too bad, here is what I have to say. We have been waiting (a long time) for the fires, floods and Covid-19 to settle to announce these trips. It feels like you go back in time in the Budawangs. It is rich with cultural, geological and natural history, it is no wonder it is declared a wilderness area. It is safe to say I have hiked (a lot), and the Budawangs would have to be up there with the most incredible hiking I have ever done. You will get what I mean when you experience this special land on Yuin country. I encourage women who have been waiting for these hikes to jump in an give themselves a chance to discover not only something new, but push themselves into a place they would have never ventured alone. Honestly? Just do it!!!! PS - I give it 6 stars. Not kidding.

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