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Pierces Pass | Image via: National Parks | Photographer: Steve Alton/NSW Government

Get out of town and start the new year with an escape to one of these best overnight hikes in NSW.

The 6 Best Overnight hikes in NSW

Dust off the old hiking boots and apply the sunscreen, time to welcome 2018 and work off that Christmas feast with a hike through some of the country’s more beautiful landscapes. These best overnight hikes in NSW will take you through dense bushland and along spectacular coastlines.

1. Pierces Pass, Blue Mountains National Park

Pierces Pass through to Blue Gum Forest is a challenging, yet rewarding, bush walk.  On the 16-kilometre looped trek you’ll hike through dense rainforest, skirt along the cliff’s edge and puff your way up some hills. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views and an opportunity to swim in the refreshing Grose River. Pitch your tent at the Acacia Flat campground amongst the stringybarks and plenty of wildlife.

2.  Mount Solitary, Blue Mountains National Park

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Mount Solitary Walking Track | Image via: National Parks | Photographer: Aine Gliddon/NSW Government

Experienced bushwalks will love the Mount Solitary overnight hike steeped in history through the Blue Mountains National Park. Be warned, Mount Solitary is not an easy stroll and you’ll be required to navigate the dense woodlands and rainforest and scramble up some pretty steep rocks. Set up camp at Chinaman’s Gully where you’ll be able to rest your tired feet while taking in the spectacular scenery and views.

3. The Coast Track, Royal National Park

Mount Solitary Walking Track | Image via: National Parks | Photographer: Aine Gliddon/NSW Government

If you’re wanting coastal scenery, it’s hard to go past The Coast Track through the Royal National Park running between Bundeena and Otford. This multi-day trek has it all from sea view lookouts and whale watching to swimming holes and rugged rainforest. North Era Campground facing the beach is the place to settle in for the night, but you do need to book in advance.

4. Waterfall to Engadine, Royal National Park

Just south of Syndey is Royal National Park which is filled with great walking trails like this one. Following a bush trail, you’ll enjoy native flora and fauna and tranquil waterfalls before spending the rest of the first day’s walk bush bashing. One of the highlights of this walk is the pristine Karloo Pools where you can take a refreshing dip. Uloola Falls is the nearest camping spot, about 30-90 minutes from the falls.

5. Alpine Trek, Kosciuszko National Park

Beginning at Dead Horse Gap is the 22 kilometre Alpine Trek through the picturesque Kosciusko National Park in the Snowy Mountains. You’ll camp under under the stars in the mountains centre before walking along the Great Divide’s spine, past Lake Albina and over the Snowy river before arriving at the lookout of Charlotte’s Pass.

6.  Bouddi Ridge Coastal Walk, Bouddi National Park

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Bouddi Coastal Walk, Bouddi National Park

We complete our list of the best overnight hikes in NSW with the Bouddi Ridge Coastal Walk. It’s a relatively easy trek with along the ridge with sweeping views of pristine beaches and shady rainforests. Take the 27-kilometre coastal circuit from Putty Beach campsite to Little Beach and further along the coast. On day 2 you’ll explore Box Head and Lobster Beach. Be on the lookout for whales!