Our great outdoors provides a wide range of nature experiences from a bird lovers paradise to Aboriginal rock art, from picturesque picnic areas to rewarding bush walks.
Lap it up and enjoy it all.
PUTTA BUCCA WETLANDS
HANDS ON ROCK
This reserve protects an area of unique rainforest and western plant communities. The track to Ferntree Gully turns off from Bylong Valley Way 17km from Rylstone. It is a further 3 km on an unsealed track to the picnic area and start of walk.
There are a number of walking tracks at Ferntree Gully that take you down into the cool narrow ferntree-studded valley floor, and/or around the top edge of the rocks where you can get an overview of the valley and the unusual rock formations on either side.
Allow a minimum of one hour to do the loop walk and longer if you linger to enjoy the rock formations, ferns and orchids along the way. Take food and water. The walk through the gully, returning via the top track system, requires a reasonable degree of fitness.
There is some scrambling over rocks and some quite steep ascents and descents on the steps leading into and out of the gully.
A damp section of the gully containing many tree ferns is accessible via a short boardwalk which allows comfortable access while protecting this sensitive part of the Reserve.
Just 19 km south-west of Rylstone on the Cudgegong River in the Cudgegong Valley, and worth a visit for fishing, watersports, camping and caravanning. Fun Fact: Windamere Dam offers some heart-stopping moments for anglers seeking Murray cod, silver perch and catfish. However, it’s the thrill of catching Windamere’s golden perch that have the fishing fanatics excited.
Mudgee to Windamere Dam = 38km
Get in touch with our friendly tourism specialists at one of our Visitor Information Centres to learn more.
WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK
World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park offers a dramatic setting for scenic walks, swimming, canoeing and camping. From scenic canyons, towering cliffs, wild rivers and serene forests, there are ample opportunities to be immersed in the beauty of the largest wilderness area in NSW.
Camp at the stunning Coorongooba, a short drive east of Glen Davis, where you can camp by the river, surrounded by the soaring sandstone escarpment or beside the water at Gunguddy-Dunns Swamp.
GANGUDDY - DUNNS SWAMP
Dunns swamp, or Ganguddy as it is known to local Aboriginal people, is a beautiful, serene waterway on the Cudgegong river in Wollemi National Park. Ganguddy is perfect for a range of low-key recreational activities, from birdwatching and fishing to canoeing and swimming.
You’ll also find a network of easy walks offering expansive views over the Cudgegong river or hire a kayak with Southern Cross Kayaking.
CAPERTEE NATIONAL PARK
For a unique wilderness holiday, head to Capertee National Park which offers spectacular birdwatching, walking, camping as well as heritage homestead accommodation.
Capertee protects a range of wildlife and plants found nowhere else on earth. Independent campers and adventurous families enjoy walking and mountain biking through this unique region while discovering both Aboriginal and European heritage. Choose from a night under the stars at Capertee campground, or enjoy the heritage charms of Capertee Homestead or Cottage.
MUNGHORN GAP NATURE RESERVE
GOULBURN RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Camping opportunities don’t come any more spectacular than at Goulburn River National Park. The park stretches along 90km of the river, and its wide, sandy banks and forest landscape offer easy walking and good swimming – particularly in summer – as well as some amazing birdwatching.
It’s an area of significant Aboriginal heritage, too. With more than 300 known sites, located mostly along the river, the area is very important to the local Aboriginal people.
If you’re looking for a picturesque place to pitch a tent, get away from it all at either of two campgrounds, both situated on the banks of Goulburn River and surrounded by shady trees.
Located in Goulburn River National Park, the Drip Gorge is a significant place for the local Wiradjuri People. The best time to experience it is after a few days of rain, when you’ll see the sandstone walls dripping clear spring water. During a hot summer you’ll love its natural air-conditioning which can be 10 to 15° cooler than the surrounding region. It usually has a light fall of rain from water percolating through the rock. The return track starts and ends at the carpark. Pack a picnic then take off on a bushwalk.
If you’re not feeling energetic, rest in the shade on a seat along the track or dip your feet in the quiet rockpools. After your walk, splash around in the Goulburn River or stop off at Hands on the Rock, an important Aboriginal rock art site at Ulan. It’s only 2km north of the Drip and well worth a visit.
HILL END HISTORIC SITE
See www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au for further information on NPWS parks and accommodation.