Spectacular lookouts, lush rainforests, native and exotic flora and forests, gushing waterfalls, quiet river banks, wildlife and man-made attractions, the Southern Highlands is a nature lover's timeless playground ready to be explored.
Certainly a "best kept secret" of the Robertson area.
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, in October, is a mass of flowering heath, including Banksias, hakea, epacris, melaleuca, isopogon and baeckea. Easy tableland walks lead through spectacular wildflowers to lookouts with sweeping coastal views.
The reserve is open to visitors every day. Entry is free.
The heathland plateau of Barren Grounds is loved by both walkers and birdwatchers - particularly in spring, when it is a mass of wildflowers. A range of walks offer magnificent views of the Illawarra coastline and surrounding countryside.
The reserve is between Robertson and Kiama, on the Jamberoo Pass Road. It's 16km south-east of Robertson and 8km east of the Carrington Falls turn-off.
There are a number of walking tracks in the reserve, ranging from an easy 1.5km to a more demanding 20km.
The Illawarra Lookout offers spectacular views of the coastline.
1.5 km, 45 minutes, easy walking track
The walk commences at the Hindmarsh Lookout carpark, with a magnificent view of Kangaroo Valley. Follow the signs around the escarpment to several lookouts, the last of which provides views of the waterfall.
Typical sandstone flora is a special feature of this walk, including flowers such as honey flower, banksia, wattle and tea-tree.
Plant communities on this walk: Eucalypt forests, Woodlands, Rainforests, Heathlands.
Other features: Lookouts, Waterfalls and Wildflowers.
Box Vale Walking Track follows the formation of an historic railway line and passes through cuttings, along embankments and through a tunnel 84 metres is length.
There are picnic tables located at the beginning of the track carpark.
The trackhead is located about 250 metres off the Hume Highway. The turn off is located 3.7 km west of Mittagong and 0.8 km east of the Wombeyan Caves Road.
Including Minnamurra Rainforest, Carrington Falls & Gerringong Creek.
The national park covers most of a sandstone plateau isolated by steep cliffs of the Kangaroo Valley and coastal escarpment.
Covering an area of 5 700ha, the park is located 110km south of Sydney, 25km south-east of Mittagong, on the eastern edge of the Southern Highlands Escarpment.
Bundanoon's spectacular scenery! Walk, ride and camp.
Since settlement Bundanoon has had various sources for its economic lifeblood: coal, gold, timber, farms, orchards, the railway and always and importantly, visitors to the national park.
Many of the walking tracks in the park were originally made and maintained by community members and the Trust caring for and preserving the "Bundanoon Gullies"
PARKING FEE $8.00 PER VEHICLE
CAMPING SITES ARE AVAILABLE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR AVAILABILITY AND PRICING, OR CONTACT FITZROY FALLS INFORMATION CENTRE 02 4887 7270.
Easy to moderate rides around this cyclist village on the edge of the stunning National Park and State Forests.
The routes shown here a just a sample of the wealth of cycling opportunities available close to Bundanoon. Link these routes to make your own!
CARRINGTON FALLS HAS RE-OPENED.
The main walkways and lookout are complete. Temporary closure still in place at the metal staircases.
This striking waterfall is one of Budderoo's most popular attractions, wheelchair-accessible, and many walking tracks.
Up on the plateau above the rainforest, the park offers excellent walking tracks with views across sandstone heaths and woodlands and towards the Illawarra coast. The lookouts and picnic areas at Carrington Falls, where the Kangaroo River plunges over the escarpment, are well worth a visit.
Carrington Falls where the Kangaroo River tumbles off the sandstone escarpment. This striking waterfall is one of Budderoo's most popular attractions, and you can view it from three lookouts, one of which is wheelchair-accessible.
You'll find picnic facilities and toilets at Thomas' Place and Nellies Glen. Thomas' Place also offers excellent views of Carrington Falls from three nearby lookouts.
Low Cost camping area located close to Nellies Glen can be booked at the National Parks office at Fitzroy Falls on online.
Temporary closures may occur during 2019 to finish all other works.
The Cave Creek walking track is one of a network of tracks being established by the Department of Lands throughout NSW.
The track is 14km north of Mittagong. The entrance to the track (or track head) is off Wilson Drive, Hill Top.
A carpack and picnic area have been provided at the track head. This area contains BBQs, picnic tables and toilets. Water is NOT available at the track head.
The track provides a leisurely walk of 2.6 km and takes about 1.5 hrs to complete the return journey. There are a number of short steep sections, steps and a ladder have been constructed to assist walkers.
2 Electric BBQ's
Dogs are not permitted on this track.
Cecil Hoskins is a birdwatcher's paradise. You can see over 90 bird species in this tranquil wetland, of which about a third are waterfowl.
There's a walkway that follows the high bank along the north-west boundary of the reserve, from which you'll have excellent views of the wetland. A second loop walkway across the floodplain beside the river will show you another aspect of the reserve's natural environment.
Picnics and barbecues.
You will find a picnic area with tables and barbecues as you enter the reserve. There are also toilets and a shelter containing information.
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