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Women's Ruin Castle Overnight Hike // 25th - 26th June 2022

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Summary

  • Climbing Ruined Castle for sunrise coffee/tea
  • Camping in the wilderness
  • Exploring valley views of the Blue Mountains
  • Enjoying delicious camp meals
  • Hiking with a group of like-minded women 

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. 

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Details

  • Traditional Land Owners: Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Tharawal Nations
  • Location: Blue Mountains National Park
  • Meeting Location: Katoomba Falls Reserve Park Katoomba Falls Reserve Parking Area, Katoomba Falls Road // NSW
  • Meeting Time: 8.30am, please be on time
  • Finish Time: Between 1-1.30pm day two
  • Duration: Overnight Hike
  • Distance: 10km each day 
  • Group Size: 7 women + female guide
  • Age: Women over 18 years

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU

  • 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 2L). We suggest a 2L bladder. There is ability to re-fill at camp
  • 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
  • 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

Katoomba Falls Reserve is located just before Scenic World at Katoomba. It takes between 2.5 - 3 hours if driving from Sydney. There are public bathrooms at the meeting location.

COVID - 19 QUESTIONS

Adventure, travel and Covid-19 is one of those things that naturally gives rise to queries, concerns and doubts, so we’re here to put your mind at ease.

To attend any trip with us, all women are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination

These new safety measures that apply on all of our trips.  

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

View our Covid-19 Information Page Here.

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 14-16kg
  • 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 Katoomba Falls Reserve at 8.30am.

After getting to know your fellow hikers and a trip briefing to go over gear and allocate items, you’ll head off, descending down into the Jamison 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. 

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 ($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 meeting location
  • Travel insurance, optional yet highly recommended 
  • Pre/post hike accommodation

Grading

Grading: Moderate

This is a moderate trip - because... there are steps involved! What a bum burner they are. Ready?

This means women should feel confident to be on their feet hiking between 4-5 hours and some sexy legs post trip. 

The trip is graded moderate due to uneven terrain, steep descents and rock scrambling up Ruin Castle. We take off our packs for any amazing view attempts. It’s  important women understand that a good level of fitness and mobility is required to successfully complete this hike. Please note, parts of the track may be wet underfoot.

View our trip grading here.

Reviews

Stephanie Angel 17/04/2021
    5 / 5 rating

Ruin CastleTestimonial

Thank you SO much to guide Bindi! This trip was AMAZING!

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