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Take A Virtual Hike Around NSW’s National Parks (Without Leaving Your Couch)

Play / May 11, 2020

Get exploring from the comfort of home and take part in this new virtual hike experience around NSW’s top national parks.

Overseas holidays and jet setting might be off the cards, but we can daydream about heading off for an adventure. Whether than means exploring coastal escarpments or alpine peaks, now you can see it all thanks to the new virtual hike experience.

In collaboration with Google, the team from NSW National Park is giving you the chance to explore parks and places you’ve never visited before via Google Trekker. This new immersive technology enables online viewers to get 360-degree views of incredible natural landscapes from the comfort of their couch. Using special backpack-mounted trekker gear, the staff had hit the tracks, gathering over 1350km of images and footage from 50 of NSW’s national parks.

For avid hikers or nature lovers missing the great outdoors, this footage will be a welcome dose of inspiration for your next post-Corona hike. From mountains to coastlines and everything in better, get ready to explore it all thanks to Google Trekker.

Although there are hundreds of tracks and places to explore, we’ve scouted out our favourites to help get you started.

For the alpine enthusiasts: check out the Thredbo to Mount Kosciuszko trail, taking you all the way to the top of Australia’s highest peak in the Kosciuszko National Park.

For the mountain lover: don’t miss the Cliff Top walking track in the Blue Mountain’s national park for sweeping views of these spectacular vistas.

For the night owls: check out the Jillabenan Cave in the Yarrangobilly Caves of the Kosciuszko National Park as you explore a hidden world of caves and jaw-dropped formations.

For the wilderness seeker: make sure to explore the Breadknife and Grand High Tops walking track in the Warrumbungle National Park, a rugged track across volcanic landscapes (often regarded as one of the best challenging hikes in NSW).  

Ready to get exploring? Check out the full library of hikes and tracks here.

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