Bushwalks in the Sydney Region Vol 2 (Edition 3)
Bushwalks in the Sydney Region, Volume 2 is the companion to Volume 1, and like its companion covers a wide range of areas within easy reach of Sydney.
It starts with a summary of all eighty walks, which is a benefit for planning. You can scan through and quickly find walks which meet your time, distance or difficulty criteria.
There is a very brief introduction, which is also good as this information tends to be duplicated in every book of track notes that you buy. In this case, the book states that "first aid, safety, food, hygiene, equipment and navigation have not been covered in this book, as there are several books devoted to these subjects". It also gives some references.
The walk information follows, and includes an introduction, description, summary info and a map. The descriptions are of reasonable quality and fairly detailed. They are written by a number of different people, so styles vary, but they in general tend to be fairly matter of fact. Occasionally they point out alternative routes and points of interest, but could do so more often. The summary information follows, although I would prefer to see it at the start rather than the end. Public transport options are noted, which is good
The maps are two-colour (blue and black), are of high quality and are almost all at the same scale (1:25000) as the standard NSW topographic maps. In the case of the majority of walks in the book, these maps will suffice. Only for the remoter walks are likely to require separate topographic maps.
Of the eighty walks, there are sixty-two one-day walks, fourteen two-day walks, three three-day walks and one six-day walk. This is quite a good variety of lengths, although there are a few less overnight walks than the first volume. The majority of the walks are rated medium or easier which tends to make this book of more interest to the novice walker.
Geographically the book has a very wide spread of walks, with most of the major national parks and many of the lesser parks near Sydney being represented. Obviously there is somewhat of a bias to the Blue Mountains due to its size and number of tracks, but this is to be expected. Wollemi National Park is underrepresented, although the first volume has a few walks in this area.
Overall, the variety of walks and the quality of the maps make this a worthwhile purchase for inexperienced walkers, and it is also a useful resource for more experienced walkers looking for introductory walks in areas they may not have visited much before.