A scenic coastal drive with rainforest walks and historic Southern Highland towns...
Our tour heads south through Sydney’s Royal National Park where your guide prepares a light breakfast beside the upper Hacking River. Native birds are common in the early morning light so why not bring your camera? Climbing onto a dry sandstone plateau, we visit a coastal lagoon which was once the campsite of explorers Bass & Flinders. Next, we follow the River again through cool stands of coastal rainforest to arrive at Stanwell Tops and historic Hargraves Lookout.
Here, the rugged coastline spreads south before us where the stunning new coastal highway beckons. Taking this scenic route, we travel south through the seaside towns of Coalcliff and Austinmere.
Heading south through Woollongong, we take a scenic detour to the top of the Illawarra Escarpment at Mt Keira. If the air is clear, we can delight in magnificent views over Woollongong and Port Kembla before passing through the hillside village of Mt Kembla. In 1902, this remote mining community bore the brunt of tragedy with 96 men and boys killed in an underground gas explosion.
We soon arrive for lunch at a beautiful seaside town and the location of the famous Kiama Blowhole! Take a walk through the town and onto the headland to watch the ‘Blowhole’ in action! Take the time to visit Kiama’s unique shops and cafes before enjoying a seafood lunch overlooking the ocean.
After lunch, we depart Kiama to strike west into the beautiful dairy country of Jamberoo, where high rainfall and volcanic soils produce a luxuriant vegetation.
Near Jamberoo we enter Budderoo National Park where we find the unique Minnamurra Rainforest, hidden deep in a river gorge. Now this is an opportunity for some ‘after lunch exercise’ so we recommend an optional 1.6 km stroll through Minnamurra’s sub-tropical rainforest along one of the best elevated boardwalks in Australia!
After our walk, its time to climb the escarpment again to visit the Kangaroo River Gorge and Carrington Falls. We soon arrive at the beautiful highland town of Robertson, location of many scenes from the hit film: ‘Babe’. On top of a hill overlooking the town, is the Robertson Nature Reserve where we find remnants of the once vast Yarrawa Brush. Only a small section now remains of a cool temperate rainforest which once covered the entire plateau.
Our scenic ridge track passes over Kangaloon mountain and offers extensive views of the Southern Highlands. We pass through the town of Bowral, former home to Cricketing legend Don Bradman to arrive in time for afternoon tea at the historic Hume Highway village of Berrima.
We depart Berrima via the M5 to arrive home at 7pm.