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Women's Budawangs 2-Night Hike // 7th - 9th October

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Summary

This 2-night hike is sure to captivate the adventurer within and offers the opportunity to explore deep into the Budawangs Ranges, travelling across ridge lines, through cool forrest gorges and caves. It’s one of the most captivating and untouched national parks in the region and beaming with new life post 2019 fires. 

We begin at our meeting location at Wog Wog Campground where your guide will help prepare your gear and allocate group items. We’re here to help you learn and develop new skills, so don’t worry if you’re feeling unsure. 

Our journey takes us from Wog Wog via peaks and arches, into a tucked away camp location deep in the Budawangs wilderness. Of course our trip does not end there. We’ll be setting up a 2-night base camp and setting off the following day to Monolith Valley, home to a stunning array of granite rock formations that are one of the most unforgettable views on the whole south coast of NSW. 

Of course no trip to the Budawangs is complete without delicious meals. We’ll be stopping along the way for rest breaks and enjoying time at camp to take in the surrounds. The pace of walking will be steady and there are small sections of rock scrambling. It’s a good idea you’re someone who is comfortable to carry supplies on your back while walking up to 7.5hrs each day. Good mobility and fitness is a must.

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Details

  • Traditional land owners: Wandandian & Walbanja People on Yuin Country 
  • Location: Budawang National Park // NSW
  • Meeting location: Wog Wog Campground. View link and map
  • Meeting time: 8.30am
  • Duration: 2-night hike
  • Distance: Total 38km over 3 days 
  • Group Size: 7 women 
  • Age: Women over 18 years
  • Grading: Moderate to challenging 

WHAT YOU NEED TO PACK

  • Hiking pack (65L capacity is ideal ). Unless you are hiring from us $40
  • Light-weight day pack. View example
  • Sleeping bag (-5 or more) 
  • Sleeping mat (insulated). View example and a great mat!
  • Water (You need to carry minimum 2.5-3L). We suggest a 2L bladder + and a 1L water bottle for two separate carriers
  • 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 
  • Hiking poles (very handy)
  • Camp shoes/crocs 

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. There are no shops on the way out to Wog Wog. Please ensure you eat breakfast prior to arriving at Wog Wog campground. 

 

* 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. 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, the group will set up base camp and enjoy afternoon tea and a warm cuppa. Your guide will prepare a delicious meal as you watch the sun set over the bushland and towering caves. 

Walking distance: 13km

From our Base Camp set up, we leave our tents set up and continue north on the trail with magnificent, towering caves either side. As we approach higher ground toward Mt Cole, we may catch sight of The Castle in the distance and the beginning of the formations of the Monolith Valley. Today’s highlight is reaching the Monoilith Valley and exploring the cool forested gorges.

There is a small section of rock scrambling required today (with only day packs), and we’ll take it steady. We’ll stop along the way and for a delicious picnic lunch and walk around the incredible rock formations. From Monolith Valley, we’ll make our way back to our tents for a cuppa and dinner. 

Walking distance: 12km

This morning we enjoy a hearty camp breakfast before packing up our gear and returning on the trail toward Wog Wog Campground. Today we will spend time exploring Corang Arch and the peak for expansive views over Morton National Park and the Budawangs. We will stop for rest breaks on the return journey and be back at our cars between 2-3pm. 

Congratulations on all you have achieved over the last few days! 

Walking distance: 13km

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Qualified and knowledgeable female guide
  • Tents. You can bring your own only if it is compact and lightweight (single tent)
  • Hiking 75L Wilderness Equipment packs ($40 hire fee)
  • Waterproof pack liners
  • All meals
  • Snacks, tea and coffee 
  • All eating utensils 
  • Cooking gear and pots 
  • Camp lights
  • Group tarp
  • Emergency communications
  • 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, optional yet highly recommended 
  • Pre/post hike accommodation
  • Sleeping mats
  • Sleeping bags

Grading

Grading: Challenging

This trip is a moderate to challenging hike and suitable for women with a good level of fitness who walk often and comfortable carrying overnight items. This means women should feel confident to be on their feet hiking between 6-8 hours and be comfortable with long days hiking. We advise this to not be your first multi-day hike experience with us, however if it is your first and you're fit and ready for the adventure, more than okay!

The trip is graded challenging due to uneven terrain, steep gullies descents and small sections of rock scrambling. 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.

FAQ

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. 

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 and will not run this trip if unsfafe to do so. 

Of course! Most women turn up individually! Great way to meet like-minded friends who enjoy hiking and camping. 

Between 15-17kg. This also depends on the size of the group and how we share some food and camp items. We try and keep our packs as light as possible. 

If you have good mobility and physical fitness this hike will be suitable for you. Women have attended this overnight trip before when it was their first overnight hike, that's okay! You will need to be prepared to walk a longer distance while carrying your gear. 

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.
Willa Huston 03/05/2022
    5 / 5 rating

Best overnight hike in NSW!!!

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