NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Are we really getting anywhere?

When you discover something old and precious, it asks you questions.

In the Blue Mountains, you can discover some of the oldest and most precious walking tracks in Australia. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, with financial support from the Federal Government, has recently been busy restoring one of the jewels-the Grand Canyon Walking Track at Blackheath.

For over 100 years, this has been a popular 4.5km walking track for visitors from around the world to see the unique environment of a Blue Mountains Canyon. Before terms like ?product development' and ?destination development' permeated the lexicon of the park manager, indeed before there even was a park manager, this difficult track was conceived in simplicity. One business man wanted more people in his hotel, than another in his.

So now when we look to the future and talk about the so-called 'business' of trails, we can begin by walking this historic track through this breathtaking canyon and wonder has anything really changed that much?

The approach of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to the restoration of the historic Grand Canyon Walking Track is one answer to some of the wider current questions of investment in walking tracks and the protection of things that should remain precious.

This half day walk through the Grand Canyon Walking Track in Blue Mountains National Park will be held on Tuesday 12 April 2011. Departmental staff who worked on the track upgrade will be available to lead the workshop.

The recommended max number for the activity is 30 and be aware that it will involve a moderate walk with steep sections (equivalent to Class 3 track)

The track, an old favourite in the Blue Mountains, has state heritage significance and is within a World Heritage Area.

Issues for discussion along the way...

Cost per person is $50 and includes bus transport departing Novotel at 10.30am. Approximate return will be 6.30pm. To register, please email your expression of interest HERE