Cool days and long, chilly winter nights have arrived. The weather is ideal for an energetic walk in mountain forests, followed by quiet, restful evenings by the fire and long sleeps.
Regular rains have brought the forest to life, with much fungi, mosses and native animal activity evident. This year’s rain has also damaged roads in Mount Royal National Park near us and they are closed to public traffic for the foreseeable future.
Road closures mean that the world class attractions of Mount Royal National Park can currently only be accessed on foot or by mountain bike. Half a day and a walk of about 15 km will allow you enjoy the Pieries Peak walking track and see stunning views over the Hunter Valley. An 8 km walk each way is required to reach the base of Mount Royal.
The roads are perfect for walking. No traffic interferes with the peace and fresh air of the mountain forest. Roads can also be used by mountain bikes, and the 30 km Mount Royal loop ride is a favourite for keen cyclists.
Staying at Callicoma Hill eco-cabins and walking from Callicoma Hill to Pieries Peak makes an excellent weekend in nature.
Walking in nature is a perfect antidote to busy lives and urban stress. Pack up your warm clothes and boots, and enjoy a winter break away!