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A proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall threatens to flood 65 kilometres of Blue Mountains' wild rivers and 4,700 hectares of National Park — but there are other alternatives.
Narrow Neck Plateau separates the Megalong and Jamison Valleys and offers sweeping views across the Blue Mountains at Katoomba, and runs a little over 30km return from train station.
Walking Burramoko Ridge trail can easily be done in half a day or less. The showstopper scene on this Blue Mountain's hike is the awe-inspiring Hanging Rock at the trail's end.
Walking Berowra Valley is rewarding with its soft morning light, deafening cicada sounds of summer, and tiny cascades and rock pools under the shade of tall trees in the gully.
For a moderate to challenging walk you can tackle in an afternoon (with a train station at either end), try Royal National Park's Karloo and Uloola trails from Heathcote to Waterfall.
Head out of Cairns and take the Wheelbarrow Way to Chillagoe — a different kind of far north Queensland day trip — red dirt, big skies, and bushland as far as the eye can see.
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