Monday, June 24, 2024

NSW walks out great hiking plan

A network of 13 ‘Great Walks’ is being established in NSW national parks as part of a Government plan to transform the State into a bushwalking mecca to rival other multi-day walks in Australia and beyond.

Launching the NSW Great Walks Strategy, Minister for Environment, James Griffin (pictured) heralded NSW as the best state in Australia to explore nature on foot.

“These 13 NSW Great Walks cover more than 630 kilometres, from our sun kissed shorelines, highest summits, and rainforests millions of years in the making,” the Minister said.

“Our magnificent multi-day walks shouldn’t just be for the more hardcore hikers, which is why we’re offering many styles of walk and accommodation so visitors from far and wide can enjoy the diverse landscapes in our nearly 900 national parks and reserves.

“Hiking in nature is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the world, and our Great Walks will help bring more visitors to our rural and regional areas where they boost local economies.

“NSW national parks already contribute about $18 billion and 74,000 jobs to the state’s economy every year, and three quarters of the economic benefits of national parks are delivered in rural and regional areas.”

Visiting national parks is one of the top three things visitors do when travelling to a rural or regional destination, and more than 90% of people in NSW are interested in walking in national parks.

NSW national parks welcomed more than 60 million visitors annually prior to the pandemic, and visitation levels are growing, the Minister said.

“The NSW Great Walks Strategy will help deliver durable walking tracks, protect environmentally sensitive areas, withstand severe weather, and provide infrastructure to meet future population growth,” he said.

For more information and to read the Great Walks Strategy, visit NSW Great Walks.

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