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Sydney Accessible Day Trips
  • Tulip Festival, Bowral
  • Skywalk, Dorrigo National Park
  • Walks and views, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Northern Beaches
  • Wollongong Harbour
  • Vineyard, Hunter Valley

We’ve made planning your accessible day trips easy. We have highlighted a variety of wonderful day trips with specific information about the many accessible options that can assist in making touring easier for people with disabilities. Whether it is marvelling at the landscape, visiting the vibrant cities, trying the local produce, or meeting the characters and experiencing the unique Australian way of life en route – these trips will leave you feeling inspired. And no matter whether you pack up a car, board a plane, jump on a train or float on a boat, the stories you’ll bring back will stay with you forever.

The Hunter Valley
The town of Cessnock is gateway to the wine-growing region of the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest commercial wine-growing district, with a history covering 150 years. It is very scenic, nestled at the foot of the Brokenback Range. About two hours north from Sydney on the F1 freeway. The Hunter Valley is also popular as a weekend away for Sydneysiders at one of the many luxury resorts and B&Bs available. Big names in the Australian wine industry have substantial wine tasting, cafe/restaurant complexes in the Hunter: McWilliams, Lindemans, Tyrrells and Hardy’s. However, a great deal of fun can be had exploring some of the smaller family wineries.
INFORMATION - Vintage Hunter Wine & Visitors Centre
Contact the centre for a list of accessible accommodation and wineries, titled Disabled Facilities.
Address: 455 Wine Country Drive, Pokolbin NSW 2325
Phone: 61 2 4990 0900  Web: www.winecountry.com.au

ATTRACTIONS
A sample of wineries worth visiting includes:
»»Tower Estate
This estate provides dedicated car parking and accessible toilet.
Address: Corner Halls & Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
Phone: 61 2 4998 7989  Web: www.towerestatewines.com.au
»»Hungerford Hill
Hungerford Hill Wines offers easy access and an accessible unisex toilet. Terroir Restaurant
and Wine Bar opens as a cafe and restaurant.
Address: 1 Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
Phone: 61 2 4998 7666  Web: www.hungerfordhill.com.au
»»Golden Grape Estate
Golden Grape Estate Winery and Restaurant, produces the delicious Golden Tango Creme. The tasting room and restaurant are up one step but there is a lovely outdoor eating area with wonderful views down the valley and an accessible toilet. A museum and gift shop is also available.
Address: 310 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
Phone: 61 2 4998 7588 (Cellar Door) or 61 2 4998 7568 (Restaurant)
Web: www.goldengrape.com.au
»»Gartelmann Hunter Estate
The car park has a dedicated car space, on a compacted dirt/gravel surface, cobbled path and flat entry to the tasting room and unisex accessible toilet.
Address: 701 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, NSW 2321
Phone: 61 2 4930 7113
Web: www.gartelmann.com.au

»»Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Valley Gardens are nestled amongst the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges in the heart of the Hunter vineyards. 25 hectares of spectacular international display Gardens will amaze you with sensational sights, colours, fragrances and adventures. The car park has dedicated car spaces, there are accessible toilets and a path provides wheelchair access around the gardens.
Address: Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW 2320
Phone: 61 2 4998 4000  Web: www.hvg.com.au

Newcastle
Newcastle, at the mouth of the Hunter River, was principally a coal port and steel city. Today, it remains a commercial centre for transport, manufacturing and heavy industry, and is a busy port for coal exports, mined in the Hunter Valley. Newcastle has experienced major urban renewal, and is also a base for touring the wineries.
INFORMATION - Newcastle City Council
(Newcastle Visitor Centre)
Pick up a copy of Newcastle’s Access Directory and Mobility Maps, or download from:
www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/services/community/info/access_directory.cfm
Address: 361 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Phone: 61 2 4974 2999  Web: www.visitnewcastle.com.au

ATTRACTIONS
»»Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
Main entry has automatic doors, spacious gallery with lift access to the second floor. An accessible unisex toilet is available and a wheelchair is available for borrowing. The gallery exhibits permanent displays for example, Joseph Lysaght’s early views of Newcastle, as well as works by William Dobell, Russell Drysdale and changing exhibitions.
Address: Laman Street, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Phone: 61 2 4974 5100  Web: www.ncc.nsw.gov.au/discover_newcastle/region_art_gallery

»»Newcastle Regional Museum & Supernova
The museum features stimulating exhibits about the region’s industrial and technological heritage, social history, lifestyles and environment. A highlight is Supernova, an exciting science and technology centre where visitors are encouraged to touch the exhibits and be as interactive as possible – great for kids! There are designated car spaces in the museum’s car park. The main entry is flat, and an accessible toilet is on ground floor level.
Address: Corner of Hunter & Wood Streets, Newcastle West, NSW 2302
Phone: 61 2 4974 1400 
Web: www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/discover_newcastle/regional_museum

»»Queens Wharf
Queen’s Wharf is the departure point for harbour cruises, check for your access needs. The Wharf is also a key eating/dining precinct. An accessible unisex toilet is available, but may be locked – the key will be held at the nearest restaurant/bar.

»»Nobby’s Breakwater and Beach
A concrete pathway leads from Nobby’s Beach Pavilion along the cliffs following the line of the shore to beyond the Ocean Baths. The path climbs the headland and the views across the ocean are worth the effort.

Newcastle Ocean Baths (Phone: 61 2 4929 1500) offers three designated car spaces and flat main entry. There is a ramp down to the pool and a swim chair is available. A purpose-built toilet, shower and change room is provided.

»»Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens features over 3000 living specimens and extensive walking
trails. The car park has a couple of designated spaces and a fine gravel pathway leads to
the visitors centre (and an accessible unisex toilet). Pick up a map at the visitors centre showing the gardens layout and paths.
Address: Pacific Highway, over the Hexham Bridge for 4kms
Phone: 61 2 4987 1655  Web: www.huntergardens.org.au

»»Black Butt Reserve
Blackbutt Reserve offers walking tracks, picnic areas and wildlife exhibits. Download a map from the website. The Lookout Road entry takes you into the rainforest area with aviaries, a koala house, wombat and kangaroo enclosures, a pond and barbeques. There is a sensory trail, but it may be a little steep and rough in patches. An accessible toilet is available.
Address: Carnley Avenue, Newcastle, NSW 2300
Phone: 61 2 4904 3344  Web: http://www.ncc.nsw.gov.au/environment/blackbutt_reserve

»»Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia
Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia is a haven for wildlife and people, situated on the doorstep to Newcastle. Ramped entry from a gravel surfaced car park. There is a unisex accessible toilet, cafe and information centre. Boardwalks convey visitors around the site and to a Sensory Trail.
Address: 412 Sandgate Road, Wallsend, NSW 2287
Phone: 61 2 4951 6466  Web: www.wetlands.org.au

»»Maitland Gaol
Just a short distance from Newcastle is Maitland Gaol, which housed some of Australia’s most hardened and notorious criminals over a period of more than 150 years. The gaol closed in 1998 but has reopened to inform and educate visitors. There is access to ground level buildings via threshold ramps which vary in gradient. An accessible toilet is available. Call management ahead of your visit.
Address: 6-18 John Street, East Maitland, NSW 2323
Phone: 61 2 4936 6482  Web: www.maitlandgaol.com.au

The Central Coast
The Central Coast extends from the north shore of the Hawkesbury River to the southern shores of Lake Macquarie, including the towns of Gosford, Terrigal, Woy Woy and The Entrance. The Central Coast has 210,000 ha of natural bushland in National Parks comprising
lush mountainous rainforests, coastal dunes and glorious beaches. The southern end of the coast is typified by rugged tree covered mountains at the mouth of the Hawkesbury and
Brisbane Waters National Park.

INFORMATION - Central Coast Gateway Visitor Information Centre
Address: 52 The Avenue, Mount Penang Parklands, Kariong, NSW 2250
Phone: 61 2 4343 4444 or 1300 130 708  Web: www.visitcentralcoast.com.au

The Entrance
Address: Marine Parade, The Entrance NSW 2261
Phone: 61 2 4385 4430 or 1300 130 708  Web: www.visitcentralcoast.com.au

ATTRACTIONS
»»Australian Reptile Park
Here you’ll see friendly kangaroos and wallabies which may follow you seeking food (purchased from the kiosk) as you view the Galapagos tortoise, Tassie devil, goannas, dingoes and wombats. The car park offers dedicated spaces. Visitors enter through gates guarded by a large frill-necked lizard and a pathway to the formal entry, watched over by a crocodile! The park map identifies the unisex accessible toilet (behind the cafe) and the day’s presentations. The park is a major provider of snake and spider venom for ongoing production of anti-venoms. The park is on the side of a gentle hill and set out on basically three levels. The first level consists of the main building contains entry and gift shop, the Reptile Display (entered via the crocodile’s mouth), Education Centre, cafe and toilets.
Address: Pacific Highway, Somersby, NSW 2250
Phone: 61 2 4340 1022  Web: www.reptilepark.com.au

»»Brisbane Waters National Park
The park’s southern boundary is the Hawkesbury River to the north of Sydney. The river carved its way through rugged sandstone country. It’s great for wildflowers, Aboriginal engravings, bushwalking, sightseeing and fishing. At Somersby Falls Picnic Area there are wheelchair accessible toilets. There is an accessible boardwalk to Bulgandry Aboriginal engraving site.
Address: Suite 36-38, 207 Albany Street North, Gosford, NSW 2250
Phone: 61 2 4320 4200  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

»»Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
The car park offers several dedicated spaces. The entry is via automatic doors and a unisex
accessible toilet is provided. The centre houses Gosford’s art collection and works by local artists, an excellent restaurant and a Japanese garden, The Gosford-Edogawa Commemorative Garden, which contains landscaped features symbolising a journey through life. Paths consist of compacted crushed rock with gentle gradients.
Address: 36 Webb Street, East Gosford, NSW 2250
Phone: 61 2 4325 0056  Web: www.gosfordregionalgallery.com/hours.htm

»»The Entrance
At the southern end of a long bridge crossing the opening of Lake Tuggerah, The Entrance is a modern holiday resort boasting ‘Pelican Capital of the World’. At 3.30pm daily (in season) lots of pelicans come in for a free feed. The Entrance is very pedestrian-friendly with accessible paved paths along the foreshore, a play area for children and an accessible unisex toilet at the Visitors Information Centre. Two dedicated car spaces are provided for the centre and more behind the shopping complex. Fishing is a good option from the breakwater along the channel.
Address: 211b The Entrance Rd, The Entrance, NSW 2261
Phone: 61 2 4333 5377 or 1800 335 377  Web: www.theentrance.org

Berowra Valley Regional Park
Berowra Waters is a popular picnic and fishing area with cafe and marina. The park is accessed from the F3 freeway or via the Pacific Highway and just east of Ku-ring-gai, Berowra Waters flows into the Hawkesbury River further upstream. A vehicular ferry connects Berowra Waters Road to Bay Road on the west shore where there is a large car park with a boat ramp, dedicated car spaces and an accessible toilet. It’s a great spot for teaching the kids to fish.
INFORMATION
Sydney North (Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
Address: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah, NSW 2079
Phone: 61 2 9472 8949  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

ATTRACTIONS
»»Berowra Waters Marina
The marina sells fishing gear but also hires an accessible barbeque boat.
Address: Bay Road, Berowra Waters, NSW 2082
Phone: 61 2 9456 3200

»»Barnetts Lookout
This lookout is accessed from Berowra Waters Road providing spectacular views over Berowra Valley. It has an accessible pathway and picnic tables.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is only 25 km north of the city. It is Australia’s second oldest national park, embracing some 15,000 ha of deep-sided river valleys and outcrops of the area’s most extensive rock, Hawkesbury sandstone. The landscape was formed some 200 million years ago and is spectacularly beautiful with densely treed slopes plunging into the deep calm waters of the Hawkesbury estuary. Aborigines were the first inhabitants of the area and many sites used by their groups or families are located within the park. Download park maps and information about access from the website: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

INFORMATION
Kalkari Visitor Centre
The centre is about 4 km from Bobbin Head, the main picnic area in the park. It’s home to displays of wildlife found in the park, a theatrette and the Chase Alive volunteer team who conduct guided walks and nature activities. The centre offers parking and an accessible unisex toilet. Pick up a free copy of the park visitors guide which includes a map and indicates where accessible toilets are.
Address: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah, NSW 2079
Phone: 61 2 9472 8949  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

ATTRACTIONS
»»The Discovery Track
The Discovery Track begins at the visitors centre, consisting of two loops, the shorter is concrete paved and fully accessible and a must-do with explanatory notes in hand.
Address: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah, NSW 2079
Phone: 61 2 9472 8949  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

»»Bobbin Head Picnic Area
The Bobbin Head Picnic Area is a large, level, grassed area with barbeques, seats, tables,
fantastic children’s playground and several dedicated parking bays in the main car park.
Accessible unisex toilets form part of the building/barbeque area. A kiosk operates from the marina across the bridge. A concrete walkway leads along the creek to The Mangrove Boardwalk, a 400 m timber track designed for access. The web offers information on other accessible features of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park such as The Basin Campground, which is accessed by ferry from Palm Beach and West Head Lookout, with stunning views across Pittwater and Broken Bay. Take West Head Road off Mona Vale Road, an easily accessible pathway leads to the lookout.

Cumberland State Forest
Located about 45 minutes north-west of the city. The park offers a visitors centre, cafe, accessible toilet, parking and 390 m accessible sensory trail. Activities are conducted for children and there’s a native plant nursery.
INFORMATION
Address: 95 Castle Hill Road,
West Pennant Hills, NSW 2125
Phone: 1300 655 687  Web: www.forest.nsw.gov.au/cumberland/default.asp

Lane Cove National Park
Close to the city, the park includes a wildlife shelter, is a popular picnic spot and offers an opportunity to use a paddleboat on the weir. There is an accessible toilet by the kiosk.
INFORMATION
Address: Lane Cove National Park, Lady Game Drive, Chatswood, NSW 2067
Phone: 61 2 9412 1811  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Botany Bay National Park
Botany Bay National Park is two parks, each on a headland forming Botany Bay. The La Perouse section forms the northerly shoreline of the bay and the Kurnell section forms the southern section.

INFORMATION
Address: Botany Bay National Park, Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell, NSW 2231
Phone: 02 9668 9111
Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

ATTRACTIONS
In the southern part of the park at Kurnell, visitors will find:
»»The Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre displays an interpretation titled ‘Eight Days that Changed the World’
describing the first contact between Aboriginal people and the crew of the ship The Endeavour.
This was Captain Cook’s famous landing at Botany Bay and visitors can see a monument at
the landing point. The centre also provides information about highly sensitive coastal peninsula
wetlands, heath lands and woodlands. There are accessible toilets, maps, gifts, souvenirs
and refreshments. The Monument Track is a pathway along a section of the Botany Bay foreshore commencing at the main flagstaff, visitors will see a number of historic monuments as well as the site of James Cook’s 1770 landing.
Address: Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell, NSW 2231
Phone: 61 2 9668 9111  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

In the northern section of the park at LaPerouse, visitors will find:
»»La Perouse Museum
The museum is housed in a two story building. The downstairs section is best accessed via the rear door (a step ramp is being constructed). It comprises rooms containing exhibits that document the 1788 expedition of French explorer, the Comte de La Pérouse in addition to the social and natural history of the area. The upstairs section is via a narrow stairway.
Address: Cable Station, Anzac Parade, La Perouse, NSW 2036
Phone: 61 2 9311 3379  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

»»Jennifer Street Boardwalk
This track passes through a remnant of the endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.
Spring is the ideal time to visit, when many of the 100 or so plant species burst into flower.
There are several cafes and accessible toilets in the public toilet block nearby.

Royal National Park
Established in 1879, Royal National Park is the world’s second oldest national park located only 32 km south from Sydney along the Princes Highway.
INFORMATION - Park Visitor Centre
The Visitors Centre is at Audley Heights with entry ramp and accessible toilet. Take the Bungoona Track along the ridge top to Bungoona Lookout. The lookout provides panoramic views of the national park and the Hacking River. This path has been designed for easy access. There are picnic spots near Lady Carrington Drive and Audley Weir, leading to riverside trails.
Address: Farnell Avenue, Audley Heights, NSW 2232
Phone: 61 2 9542 0648  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

South Coast
This section of the NSW South Coast extends south of Sydney from about the southern shores of the St Georges River to north of Berry embracing some stunning coastline, glorious  beaches, rugged mountainous country, a big city and tranquil seaside villages.

Wollongong
Wollongong is the gateway to the south coast of NSW. Wollongong is NSW’s second largest city and grew from a burgeoning steel industry with Port of Kembla becoming one of Australia’s pre-eminent industrial ports. It has excellent beaches just a stroll from the city centre, great
eating, a university and stunning natural scenery. Visitors drive from Sydney via the Princes Highway, experiencing the Bulli Scenic Reserve which seems to cling to the Illawarra Escarpment (www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au). Bulli and Sublime Point Lookouts are located
along this section and accessed from Mt. Ousley pass. A scenic alternative is to take Lawrence Hargrave Drive (which is part of the newly established Grand Pacific Drive). The drive is named after Lawrence Hargrave, a famous Australian engineer and explorer. It runs along the coast from the Princes Highway (south from Sydney) through the Northern Illawarra, beginning at Helensburgh, descending Bald Hill – down the Illawarra Escarpment. The road crosses a stunning section above the sea, the Sea Cliff Bridge, which was completed in December 2005.

INFORMATION - Tourism Wollongong
Download a range of tourism information including Easy Access in Wollongong, a guide for people with limited mobility. The information was compiled by the owners of venues, so you should contact management to confirm your specific requirements are met.
Phone: 61 2 42 275545 or 1800 240 737 within Australia
Web: www.tourismwollongong.com

ATTRACTIONS
»»Wollongong City Gallery
Centrally located near Wollongong’s pedestrian Mall, the gallery is one of the largest regional art centres in Australia, displaying local, national and international exhibits, including contemporary Australian and Aboriginal art. The Gallery entry is easily accessible with a lift providing access to the four levels. An accessible unisex toilet is on the ground floor.
Address: Corner Kembla & Burelli Streets, Wollongong, NSW 2500
Phone: 61 2 4228 7500  Web: www.wollongongcitygallery.com

»»Wollongong Botanic Garden
Covering about 78 ha, the gardens feature succulents from Central America and South Africa, Sir Joseph Banks Plant House with plants from the wet tropics, and Australian features. An accessible unisex toilet is available at the south east entry. Download the gardens map from the website.
Address: 61 Northfields Avenue, Keiraville, NSW 2500
Phone: 61 2 4225 2636  Web: http://botanicgarden.wollongong.nsw.gov.au

»»Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium
The Science Centre and Planetarium is located on the Innovation Campus at the University of
Wollongong, north of the city. Dedicated car parking, an accessible unisex toilet and cafe
are provided. Hands on family fun and great education for the children in four areas: the Exhibit Hall offers more than 100 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with stunning recreations of the night sky from around the world, an Observatory with a powerful telescope offers amazing images from distant galaxies, and Science Shows investigate interactive fields of science.
Address: University of Wollongong, Squire Way, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2522
Phone: 61 2 4286 5000  Web: sciencecentre.uow.edu.au

»»Nan Tien Temple
The Nan Tien Temple, ‘Paradise in the South’ is the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The temple consists of several buildings. The temple provides the opportunity to learn about Buddhism, take a tour of the temple and eat a vegetarian meal. The main entry leads to an information centre and coffee shop, or the foyer leads to the main building where a lift takes you to the shrine and the temple’s garden and museum with local and international exhibits. Accessible parking bays are located in each level. The accessible unisex toilet is found not far from the main shrine. All worshipping shrines feature burning incense, appropriate clothing must be worn and footwear removed in the main shrine.
Address: Berkeley Road, Unanderra, NSW 2526
Phone: 61 2 4272 0600  Web: www.nantien.org.au

Shellharbour
Shellharbour is the heart of the Illawarra holiday playground, offering long sandy beaches, rural tranquillity, great night life, modern shopping and all the recreational facilities you need.
INFORMATION
Address: Ground Floor, Lamerton House, Lamerton Crescent, Shellharbour City Centre, NSW 2529
Phone: 61 2 4221 6169 or 1300 656 169  Web: www.tourismshellharbour.com.au

Kiama
Located 90 minutes south from Sydney and a picturesque 2½ hours from Canberra, Kiama is situated between the Jamberoo Escarpment and the Tasman Sea. Kiama is a seaside holiday village offering breathtaking scenery of dense forest and green, rolling hills. Kiama Council is access-conscious with dedicated parking spaces aplenty.
INFORMATION - Kiama Visitors Centre
Located at Blowhole Point, it is part of an accessible building containing a cafe, accessible unisex toilet and take-away food shop overlooking Kiama Harbour.
Address: Blowhole Point, Kiama, NSW 2533
Phone: 61 2 42 32 3322 or 1300 654 262  Web: www.kiama.com.au

Kiama’s famous attraction is The Blowhole.
A dedicated parking space is provided next to a ramped crossover leading to an area overlooking the point. When the seas are high and the wind howls, spectacular shafts of water spurt through a natural hole in the rocks. The road descends to the harbour and wharf where you can buy fresh cooked fish and chips at The Boatshed (steps). The wharf is good for fishing and is the departure point for charter fishing boats. The pathway around Black Beach past  shady, grassed picnic areas leads to Pheasant Point and a rock pool with a wheelchair ramp.

ATTRACTIONS
»»Budderoo National Park
Several dedicated car spaces and a pathway to the entry of the Visitors Centre with an accessible unisex toilet, educational display of local fauna, flora, and history of the park, Lyrebird Cafe and gift shop. Commencing and finishing at the centre, the Rainforest Loop Walk is the highlight – an elevated boardwalk deep into the rainforest including creek crossings on swinging suspension bridges. The gradient slopes steadily upwards (assistance will be required), to a rest area at Twin Figs. A track then branches off to Minnamurra Falls before continuing on its return loop; not recommended for wheelchairs. Total track length is 4.2 km with the wheelchair accessible section about 1.6 km (takes about 1 hour). The boardwalk is almost two metres wide in parts and is definitely worth the effort, just take water with you.
Address: Minnamurra Falls Road (Tourist Drive No.9), via Jamberoo, NSW 2533
Phone: 61 2 4236 0469  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

»»Carrington Falls
Within Budderoo National Park, Carrington Falls is fed by the Kangaroo River and plummets 50 m into a rainforest valley. The turn-off to the falls is on the Jamberoo Pass Road and 8 km south east of the town of Robertson. A cement pathway from the car park leads to wheelchair-accessible toilets with a steep ramp. The pathway is steep in one section but provides access to a lookout with views of the waterfall.

»»Seven Mile Beach National Park
Seven Mile Beach is a beautiful stretch of beach south of Kiama and Gerringong. The Gerroa day use area at the northern end of the park has accessible toilets and a shaded picnic table. At Beach Road a timber boardwalk leads to the beach with a viewing platform and the nearby car park provides easy beach access to all.
Address: 55 Graham Street, Nowra, NSW 2541
Phone: 61 2 4423 2170  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Berry
The town of Berry honours the pioneering Berry family and sits on part of the original Coolangatta Estate. Comprising heritage buildings, cafes, antique and art & craft shops, visitors flock here on weekends to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle. Berry is a level town with access to many of its shops and buildings. A public accessible unisex toilet is in Prince Alfred Street.
Tourist Drive 7 is Kangaroo Valley Road, a winding and narrow road up over the range and
down to Kangaroo Valley.
INFORMATION
Address: Cnr. Princes Highway and Pleasant Way, Nowra, NSW 2541
Phone: 61 2 4421 0778 or 1300 662 808
Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

The Southern Highlands
During the mid 19th century, the ‘well heeled’ in Sydney realised the beauty of the highlands and the benefits of the clear fresh highland air. It must have reminded many immigrants of their pastoral homeland and Bundanoon is a good example, it becomes ‘Brigadoon’ around Easter, hosting a Scottish day with massed pipe bands in the streets, highland games and dancing. It is not surprising some original pubs and many stately mansions remain today, becoming luxury accommodation and conference venues.

Bowral
Separated from Mittagong by Mt Gibraltar, Bowral is regarded as the commercial centre of the Southern Highlands. Founded in the 1860s, Bowral became a cool summer retreat for Sydney’s gentry who have left a legacy of wonderful mansions and European gardens. Every spring, Bowral comes into bloom hosting the Tulip Festival in the pretty, picket-fenced Corbett
Gardens. Many private gardens are also opened to the public.
INFORMATION
Address: St Jude Street, Bowral, NSW 2576
Phone: 61 2 4862 1247  Web: www.bradman.com.au/

ATTRACTIONS
»»The Bradman Museum
Bowral is best known for being home to Australian cricketing legend, Sir Donald Bradman. The formal entry to the museum is dominated by a water feature – a 22 yard long pond with fountains at each end forming stumps. The entry opens to a gift shop and small cafe. The dominating feature, however, is a huge portrait of ‘The Don’, as he was to become fondly known by friends and competitors. The museum contains much more than just a celebration of The Don’s achievements. For cricket aficionados and those who don’t understand the game there is an incredibly rich amount of cricket history to appreciate, dating back to the 17th century. The earliest references to the game dates back to the year 1300 and a game called Craiget played by Prince Edward II. The museum has an accessible toilet with baby change facility and a lift to the upper level.
Address: St Jude St, Bowral, NSW 2576
Phone: 61 2 4862 1247  Web: www.bradman.org.au

Berrima
Berrima is a quaint village, a sandstone museum piece protected by the National Trust, nestling alongside the Wingecarribee River. Many sandstone and brick buildings have been saved, the most prominent being the Old Berrima Court House and Gaol (still in use as a
correctional facility), the White Horse Inn, established in 1832 and the Surveyor General Inn, Australia’s oldest continually licensed inn, established in 1834. An accessible unisex toilet and baby change room are available past the General Store. The beautiful sandstone Berrima Gaol
was originally opened in 1839 and later used as an internment camp for ‘enemy aliens’ during WWI. It re-opened in 1949 as the Berrima Training Centre, a minimum security facility.
INFORMATION
Address: Corner Argyle and Wilshire streets, Berrima, NSW 2577
Phone: 61 2 4877 1505  Web: www.berrimacourthouse.org.au

ATTRACTIONS
»»Berrima Court House
The Court House was the location of Australia’s first trial by jury in 1841. There’s limited street parking, then a paved pathway leads to the entry and up a step. Access may be limited as the building contains narrow doorways.
Address: Corner Argyle & Wilshire Streets, Berrima, NSW 2577
Phone: 61 2 4877 1505  Web: www.berrimacourthouse.org.au

»»Morton National Park & Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre
Located about 17 km from Moss Vale, a large paved car park has dedicated parking spaces
and gentle grade to a large timber deck and flat entry to the Visitors Centre, comprising local flora display, gift shop, huge cafe and an accessible unisex toilet. A boardwalk leads to a large timber lookout to Fitzroy Falls and extensive dramatic views along the Yarrunga Valley. The falls tumble 81 m to the valley floor below – a cleverly inserted steel grate has been placed in the lookout’s timber floor so visitors can look straight down! A viewing space has also been cut into the safety rails so children and others can get an unimpeded view of the gorge and falls.
Address: Nowra Road, Fitzroy Falls, NSW 2577
Phone: 61 2 4887 7270  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

»»The Southern Highlands Wineries
The Southern Highlands is a developing wine growing region. Many new wineries have developed showcasing regional varieties and gourmet produce. Several to consider which
offer good access:

Bousaada Vineyard & Wines
Address: Kells Creek Road, Mittagong, NSW 2575
Phone: 61 2 4878 5399  Web: www.bousaada.com
Eling Forest Winery
Address: Hume Highway,Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
Phone: 61 2 4878 9155
Web: www.elingforest.com.au
Southern Highland Wines
Address: Corner Olbury Road & Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
Phone: 61 2 4868 2300
Web: www.southernhighlandwines.com
McVitty Grove
Address: Wombeyan Caves Road, Mittagong, NSW 2575
Phone: 61 2 4878 5044
Web: www.mcvittygrove.com.au
Centennial Vineyards
Address: Centennial Road, Bowral, NSW, 2576
Phone: 61 2 4861 8700
Web: www.centennial.net.au

INFORMATION
Tourism Southern Highlands Visitors Information Centre - there are dedicated car spaces and an accessible unisex toilet is available at the rear of the building. The centre has a wide range of information about the many luxury resorts and spas, art and craft galleries, gourmet food
outlets and festivals in the regions.
Address: 62-70 Main Street, Mittagong, NSW 2575
Phone: 61 2 4871 2888 or 1300 657 559
Web: www.southern-highlands.com.au

Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains National Park (part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area) is
renowned for breathtaking views across the Jamison and Megalong Valleys. Covering more than 247,000 ha the park’s sandstone crust was formed some 250 million years ago and together with the upwards movement and effects of erosion, created the enormous valleys and sheer escarpments. There is such a range of microclimates that the park supports a huge variety of wildflowers. Car-based touring provides visitors with vistas of colourful historic rock formations, sheer cliffs, wildflowers, native birds and animals which feature throughout the park.
For further information on the Blue Mountains visit: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or
www.blue.mountains.com.au/Accessthebest/home.htm

Echo Point Visitor Information Centre offers stunning views out across the Jamison Valley, a glass wall overlooks the forest with the valley below. A paved viewing area is next to the centre via a short steep ramp down for views of the area’s famous landmark, The Three Sisters. A concrete pathway extends behind the centre to Spooner’s Lookout, then to Three Sisters Lookout.
Address: Echo Point Rd, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Phone: 61 2 4739 6266 or 1300 653 408  Web: www.visitbluemountains.com.au

ATTRACTIONS
»»The Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blackheath
Operated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the centre offers dedicated car parking
spots, flat entrance to the information and display area and accessible toilets. The centre
is the starting point for the Fairfax Heritage Track, a 1.8 km trail designed and built for easy access with gradients varying between 1:20 and 1:50. The path has a firm surface and includes rest areas as it meanders through woodlands, open forest, around a swamp to George Phillips and Govett’s Leap lookouts.
Address: Govett’s Leap Road, Blackheath, NSW 2785
Phone: 61 2 4787 8877  Web: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

»»Scenic World Blue Mountains
A wonderful eco-tourism experience involving an information centre comprising cinema and
two restaurants, as well as the Scenic Cableway, 550 m ride down into the Jamison
Valley, Scenic Walkway, approximately 400 m of boardwalk accessed from the cableway,
the Scenic Skyway and a 720 m journey approximately 300 m above the forest. Other attractions include Katoomba Falls Cliff View Lookout Track, lookouts over the Valley of the Waters, Wentworth Falls and The Conservation Hut and picnic area, off Fletcher Street (off Falls Road). There’s accessible parking and an accessible unisex toilet. Scenic Cliff Drive from Leura winds to Echo Point at Katoomba then continues with more great views; one not to be missed is at Eaglehawk Lookout.
Address: Corner of Violet Street & Cliff Drive, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Phone: 61 2 4782 2699  Web: www.scenicworld.com.au

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