Hikers, hikers everywhere, this is the post for you!

Because we have found the FIVE BEST Hikes in and around the Cenny Coast/Sydney region. BUT, not only that. We took into account that summer is HERE (and the day this post is being written its 35 degrees and we are sitting in the office needing an escape!) and you will therefore when you hike get hot, sweaty and tired (we are really selling this hiking business to you aren’t we?) and hence why we have given you hikes with a cool escape on the walk.

Yes, that’s right we have (once again) come to the party and delivered our Six Best Hiking and Swimming Hole Escapes to put on your summer bucker list, nifty huh! All these hikes are about an hour or less from Sydney and even closer if you’re from the sunny central coast!

Emerald Pools

Location – Glenworth Valley

Track – 7.5km Round Loop

Difficulty –Moderate

Crystal Clear Emerald waters, it is not hard to see how this pool got its name.

The pool is lined with wildflowers, lush green ferns and overhanging eucalypts.

This spot is a good hike in which means not only is it worth the hike, but this pool is almost always deserted which makes it the perfect peaceful spot to float on the water and pretend you’re the only person in the world.

Kariong Brooke falls

Location – Kariong

Track – 6km Return

Difficulty – Moderate to Hard

A lush eucalypt filled bush track leading to overflowing cascades into a crystal swimming hole.

Kariong Brooke Waterfalls is a hidden gem just off the Gosford exit on the M1. You can access the trail to the waterfalls from Woy Woy road for a 6km return. If you are really keen you can even camp in a small remote campground halfway on the walk set up some tents and a fire pit and you will be set. We know that Dom will be taking (dragging) Meghan here for a weekend of fun-filled action and camping very soon…



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Strickland State Forest

Location – Somersby

Track – Multiple 1-3km loop tracks

Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

The Strickland State forest has a multitude of walks, the most famous being their suspension bridge loop track and their Strickland Falls hike. On these walks there is no swimming holes per say, however you can totally stand under the waterfalls and cool down by them on your hikes.

Lush rainforest and easy short walks, this is the perfect family weekend adventure.



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Somersby Falls

Location – Somersby

Track – 1km – 5km Walks

Difficulty – Easy to Moderate

These falls are the most impressive and easiest to get to fall out of the bunch. A 500m walk down to the bottom of the first falls where you can cool off and explore the surrounding are. Keep walking 2km down the wide rocky rainforest and you will find yourself at a second set of falls which are great for standing under and cooling off.



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Mooney Ponds

Location – Hawkesbury River

Track – 10-78km

Difficulty – Moderate to Hard

This track is not one for the faint hearted, however we didn’t make this a wild blog post for nothing. A 10km return from the Hawkesbury River Track the Mooney Mooney Ponds are a beautiful swimming spot with a cascading waterfall.

If you are feeling really adventurous you can take on the entire 78km Hawkesbury track from Berowra Waters to Somersby.

With 7 camp spots along the way this track is for the truly wild-hearted among us.

Meg & Dom

Tags: Australia, Central Coast, forest, Hiking, NSW, Sydney, Waterfalls, Wild

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