Whether you're a bushwalker, trekker, hiker, power walker, or someone who just likes to walk, the Southern Highlands is the perfect backdrop for your next 'wander'. Unspoilt bushland provides bushwalkers and the like with a literally blank canvas to explore, whilst walking tracks, towns and villages are heaven for those who like a stroll closer to 'home'.
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.
A historic walking guide to Berrima is proudly supported by the Berrima District Historical & Family History Society. Berrima District Museum.
Copies of the map can be purchased for a small fee from the museum or download below.
To make this walking tour around present day Berrima:
Commence at Berrima District Museum
Follow the numbers on the map.
Enhance your experience by matching the sketches and descriptions of each feature to its present form. Re-live the history in your own mind as you follow the pathways around the village.
Linger and enjoy the glimpses of a past time in Australia's history.
Discover what the German merchant seamen built along the Wingecarribee River while interned in Berrima for four years during during WW1.
Berrima is situated on the Old Hume Highway and is about 90 minutes drive from Sydney and on the way to Canberra.
The signed walk commences in the Berrima Picnic and Camping ground. Access by car is via Oxley Street, Berrima.
Length: 1.8 km allow 1 hour return.
SURFACE: Reasonably level, slight grades. Path is through bushland, is uneven and can be slippery in wet conditions.
THE WALK IS ON THE TRADITIONAL LANDS OF THE GUNDUNGURRA PEOPLE.
Your respect for this traditional land is appreciated by the aboriginal elders.
A self-guided walking tour of the historic town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
The walk is 3km (approx) 4.5km with the Bradman extension.
Duration: 1.5 hours (approx) 2 hours with Bradman extension.
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.
This walk takes you on a self-guided tour of Bowral, visiting some of the historic sites associated with Sir Donald Bradman AC. The walk is 1.7km and takes about 45min.
The walk commences at the Home of Cricket, Bradman Museum and takes you on a journey through the beautiful streets of Bowral highlighting places where "The Don" lived, played and worked.
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.
PARKING FEE $8.00 PER VEHICLE
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"
CAMPING SITES ARE AVAILABLE
CONTACT FITZROY FALLS INFORMATION CENTRE FOR ALL BOOKINGS 02 4887 7270
PLEASE NOTE CLOSURES IN PLACE FOR FALLS AREA
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.
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
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.
Bowral is the home of the Vietnam War Memorial and Cherry Tree Walk.
The memorial consists of a series of upright granite faced panels inscribed with the names of each Australian soldier who lost their life in the Vietnam War. The purpose of the memorial was to create an environmental memorial that expressed the nation?s respect for Vietnam Veterans and to honour their service.
The Cherry Tree Walk consists of a walking/bike track beside the Mittagong Rivulet and 526 cherry trees have been planted, dedicated to each and every soldier who died during the war. The walk is particularly attractive in spring when the cherry trees are in flower.Incorporated into the design of the Memorial has been a Monument, inscribed with the names of the Australians who gave their lives in the service of their country.
A lovely spot to picnic or stroll along the pathway for 5 km.
This short walk is steep in parts with steps and ladders. You'll see woodland, heath and rainforest along the way. Approx 1.5 km, 1 hour, easy
Helpful signs describe the types of vegetation and their changes as well as the history of the old coal mines. Scribbly gums, rainforest and the waterfall are special features of this area.
Return the same way.
Plant communities on this walk: Eucalypt forests, Woodlands, Rainforests Other features: Lookouts, Waterfalls, Wildflowers, Aboriginal/historic sites
You can visit this historic site. Located in the lower carpark at the Northern end of Highlands Market Place Big W on the Old Hume Highway in Mittagong.
The Fitz Roy Iron Works was the first iron works in Australia, which operated between 1848 to the 1890s and established the industry in this country. The enterprise struggled to be successful over the subsequent decades, but assisted in establishing the iron industry in Australia.
The exposed remains of the protected site are located in the underground car park of Highlands Marketplace, 197 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW. These remains have been conserved, maintained and displayed with permanent public access provided as part of the interpretation, communication and celebration of the history of the significant place.
The NEW Historic Walk is a self guided walk focussing on the Ironworks that helped shape the town of Mittagong
Stunning waterfalls, bushwalks, picnic areas, cafe and Visitor Centre. Fitzroy Falls has it all.
Parking Fee $4.00 per vehicle.
Located in the northern section of Morton National Park, the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is a vibrant National Parks and Wildlife Service Centre designed on Eco-Tourism principles, providing information on walks, camping, educational tours, wildlife displays and much more. This award-winning visitor centre is the starting point for parks on the South Coast and in the Southern Highlands.
Timber boardwalks, spectacular lookouts over sandstone escarpment with waterfalls cascading into rainforest valleys below are the special features of this centre. There are 15 lookouts to view the falls, 6km of constructed walking tracks with interpretive signs and environmental and cultural heritage displays.
You'll find a shop with souvenirs, maps, postcards, brochures and local craft. An education room has interactive displays for children and an exhibition on plants and animals of the region.
NPWS Visitor Centre Picnic Area
Located a short walking distance from the NPWS Visitor Information Centre.
2 electric BBQ facilities.
10 Picnic Huts with tables and benches
The Falls Caf has an excellent menu all served inside or outside on the deck in a natural environment. There's disabled access, picnic and barbecue areas and walks ranging from 10 minutes to 3 hours.Disable facilities and disable access.
The Fitzroy Inn was opened in 1836 as a Travellers Inn and today the restored building offers Southern Highlands luxury accommodation, and remains operational after almost 170 years providing visitors a unique window into Australia's colonial past. Experience the new History Walk $15 pp, or why nor organise a guided tour (min 6).
Please visit the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre for your free copy of the walking trails.
Gibbergunyah Reserve is one of contrasts with secluded, shady walking trails and sunny, rocky outcrops to picnic on - a calm respite from the hurly burly of town. At over 800 metres Ninety Acre Hill Lookout has sweeping views of the distant Blue Mountains from its lichen clad boulders. Wombats and echidnas make their lairs in the crevices of the rocks below. There is a view of Mount Gibraltar from the Gib Lookout.
The bushland ranges from open woodland on the drier edges to tall moist fern-carpeted forest in the deeper gullies and is typical of sandstone ridges in the area. A variety of brightly coloured flowers bloom according to the season and tall banksia await fire to open their spiky, rock-hard seed-pods.
The 200ha Reserve which is roughly 1.5km square links Mittagong and Bowral. It may be entered from either. From Mittagong the northern access is at the end of Howards Lane, Welby. Access from Bowral is via a walking track beside a fairway of the Gibraltar Bowral Country Club. Trail Maps are located at both entrances.
Located in the Bundanoon section of the Morton National Park. A great evening activity for the whole family!
One of the great evening activities for visitors is a trip down to glow worm glen.
With a bit of care you can ensure to see a great light show while minimising impact on these luminescent locals.
A good idea is to start the walk down to the glen at sunset and this way it will be dark by time you reach the glen.
CLICK HERE to view the fact sheet on the Glow Worms at Bundanoon
Go to the Edge! The springboard cantilevers bounces gently, high over the picturesque Illawarra Escarpment.
Tree Top Walk & Cafe
Enjoy the unique views from the edge of the Illawarra Escarpement amongst the rainforest canopy, 25 metres above the ground. Walk out on the two springboard cantilevers and dare to climb the spiral stairs to the top of the 45 metre lookout tower - Knights Tower.
Back on solid ground, the Illawarra Fly's Cafe offers a range of food, refreshments and snacks, and the opportunity to browse our range of gifts and souvenirs or simply relax in our visitor centre.
The Treetop Walk
500m long Elevated Steel Canopy Walk, 25m -30m high above forest floor, 45m high spiraling lookout tower (Knight's Tower), Two cantilevered walkways 30m high that take you to the edge, 360 degree panoramic views of the forest & coastline and spectacular views from the Illawarra Escarpment.
The Illawarra Fly offers self guided 1.5km walk with interpretive signage, food & beverage with indoor seating for 110, outdoor seating for 100 and school excursion trips.
Children $15.00 (4-15Yrs)
Family $64.00 ( 2 adults and 2 children)
We cater for all visitors with our walking trails and tracks and the main Treetop Walk all accessible for the disabled. A courtesy cart is also onsite to make getting around easier, and our carpark has four disabled parking spaces available. Disabled toilets are located at the Visitor Centre..
Head down to Lake Alexandra for a perfect family get together.
Stock up on your picnic hamper and head down to the Lake, well signposted as you take the road towards Berrima.
The park and lake area are perfect for families to enjoy a barbeque, picnic, feed ducks or just throw a ball around.
A cycle/walking track surrounding the beautiful lake is just the place to take off those trainer wheels for the first time!
Toilets including disabled
2 Electric BBQ's
Shelter Sheds - 4 Small, 1 Large
Liberty swing for the disabled - key required Concrete walk/cycleway around lake.
*Insider tip - Bring some bread along to feed the ducks!
Macquarie Pass National Park is part of the Illawarra escarpment south of Sydney. It contains a diverse range of habitats and wildlife including several rare and threatened plant and animal species.
The steep sandstone ridges and gullies are topped by cliffs, and the park supports heathland, woodland, tall open forest and significant rainforest areas. It is an excellent bushwalking and picnicking area, with spectacular scenery and waterfalls.
Walking tracks. The two kilometre return Cascades Walk starts at the carpark on the northern side of the Illawarra Highway at the foot of Macquarie Pass. It follows the creek for about one kilometre to the Cascades where the water falls 20 metres. It is a delightful easy walk on a fine day and features signs along the way providing information about the park.
For a longer walk, about six kilometres return, try the Clover Hill Road, an old logging trail leading to Rainbow Falls and three smaller falls upstream on the Macquarie Rivulet. This track, unlike the Cascades Walk, is overgrown in places and is only recommended for experienced bushwalkers equipped with a compass.
The Glenview Track leads off Glenview Road, a left-hand turn-off in the middle section of Macquarie Pass when descending. This track is open to walkers only and has several branches which give you the chance to explore other parts of the tall open forest. It crosses a creek that plunges over the Cascades, and you return the way you came.
Picnics and barbecues.
A picnic area is provided at the foot of Macquarie Pass on the northern side of the road. There are barbecues at the Cascades and Rivulet picnic areas, which are on opposite sides of the Illawarra highway.
The sheer cliffs and waterfalls of the escarpment provide spectacular scenery. There are panoramic views from a number of locations.
Management tracks in Macquarie Pass are suitable for bicycle riding.
A walking guide to Mittagong is proudly supported by the Berrima District Historical & Family History Society.
The name Mittagong is an Aboriginal word said to mean 'High Mountain', and in 1816 Surveyor Meehan applied it to the range that the South (Argyle) Road had to cross - and it is still known as Mittagong Range. When a new line of road to the south was being built through to Berrima in the 1830's, a rich deposit of iron ore was struck in the vicinity near where the Mittagong RSL Club stands today.
A self guided walking tours of the historic town of Moss Vale.
This walk was developed by Wingecarribee Shire Council in the year if Moss Vale's sesquicentenary in 2013. It focuses n the historic central commercial, residential and civic areas of the town and its history. Distance 3.5km Duration 1.5 hrs (approx).
Bushwalking, Picnic Areas, Lookouts and History.
Mount Gibraltar (864m) is a collapsed volcanic core composed of very hard rock called Mount Gibraltar Trachyte or micro-syenite. 150 million years ago it pushed through the Hawkesbury Sandstone to form a high mountain now largely eroded away by wind and water. Please contact the Southern Highlands Information Centre in Mittagong on 02 4871 2888 for maps.
Coming from Mittagong, follow the road towards Bowral. At McDonalds, turn left and follow the signs to Mt Gibraltar Lookouts. Oxley Drive will take you up the mountain, around to Mittagong Lookout, Jellore Lookout and Bowral Lookout, before continuing down the other side of the mountain towards Bowral.
Coming from Bowral travelling towards Mittagong on Mittagong Road, turn right at Oxley Drive at the Swimming Pool and follow up into the Reserve Area.
Located in South Street in the rural town of Robertson this Reserve protects 5 hectares of temperate rainforest. The Reserve is an important conservation area as it is one of the few remnants of the Yarrawa Brush which, prior to European settlement, covered 2 500 hectares around what is now Robertson township.
There is a 700 metre loop walk suitable for wheelchairs. Signs along the walk describe the different rainforest plants and wildlife of the Reserve.
The Best of Bowral and The Bong Bong Track is approximately 26 kms of on road and off road cycling and or shared walking track. The map will direct you along this fascinating and beautiful area of the Southern Highlands.
Wombeyan Caves is an extensive series of beautiful limestone caves, situated in a 417 hectare reserve. Accommodation ranges from unpowered camping sites to cabins and self-contained cottages.
Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime, exploring one or more of the caves located at Wombeyan. Either guided or self guided tours are available between 1 to 1.5 hours duration.