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If you love getting outdoors, and want to put your hiking training to the test, this Women Want Adventure overnight trip the Blue Mountains is for you.
Ruined Castle walking track is an absolute jewel that can be found in the spectacular Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Beginning at Katoomba Falls Reserve, we ll make our way down the Furber steps into the Jamison Valley.
Descending deep into the valley, we ll enter the cool, lush rainforest with towering coachwood and sassafrass, and a chance to spot a lyrebird while we sit and have morning tea.
The track is a historic mining route with tell-tale embankments, so you can be sure that your guides will be sharing lots of fun facts!
After the stretch to camp, we ll explore the beautiful rock formations of Ruined Castle (it actually looks like one!) which offers great views over valleys as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba.
At night, we ll relax, watch the sun settle into the distance and enjoy the wilderness camp set-up.
On day two, rise to the smell of coffee and breakfast before packing up and heading back out the same trail. If you re feeling tired or don t wish to make the journey up the steps, you can catch the Scenic World Railway and meet the group at the top, but we ll be challenging you to take those steps if you can.
This trip will appeal to women who want to push themselves a little further after all, it s called challenging for a reason! A good to high level of fitness is required as well as an open mind and a willingness to tackle a challenge when it comes up (the steps!). You can expect to spend 4.5 hours on the trail to each camp (including the stops). Some previous bushwalking experience is recommended, but it s not essential if you have never been overnight hiking before.
This trip varies between moderate and challenging. If women book and choose to catch the Scenic World Train to not complete the steps, the trip is more moderate.
Fitness and Preparation You should be participating in cardio/aerobic sessions three- four times a week. This should be combined with some long distance hikes over steep and uneven terrain. You must be comfortable pitching a tent and carrying your items on your back.
* If you have completed the Great North Walk Overnight Hike with us OR The Six Foot Track hikes, this hike will be more suited to you.
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Expect to be eating wholesome and fresh wraps & delicious snacks. Our home-made Anzac biscuits are famous along with afternoon delights. We love healthy food and veggies. Your guide will show you how food is best prepared for light weight packing so you can go home with helpful tips. Of course, soup, coffee and tea is plentiful.
We cater for most dietary requirements (not preferences), please inform us when booking as we need to check if we cater for you. We do cater for vegetarians, vegan s and gluten free.
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Can I bring my own snacks? Yes of course, however we have plenty of food for everyone.
What type of toilet facilities will there be? There are drop toilets at camp.
I ve been on a few day hikes with Women Want Adventure but never overnight, would this trip be suited for me? As long as you feel comfortable to walk up and down steps carrying your pack of 12-15kg. Having experience bushwalking is great and you will be more suited for this trip.
Because the trip is graded challenging, does this mean first timers to overnight hiking can t attend? Not at all. We want to make sure women who book don t get a surprise of what it s like to walk down steps! If you find you don t want to walk back up on day 2, catch the train at your own expense for $25. It s actually a really fun trip if it s your first time camping overnight!
Should I bring my own Jet Boil for boiling water? No need. Your guide will have water boiled for you.
Can I bring my daughter, she s 17? Sorry, this trip is over 18 years only.
Is it steep the whole way? No. Only the first section down into the valley is steep, then it s a flat walk beneath the rain forest canopy to camp.
What if it s raining, does the trip still go ahead? Yes. We walk in the rain and will set up additional tarps at camp. There are also shelters at camp to keep dry. If it s pouring an unsafe to walk we will set a new date.
* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.