5 GRAND ADVENTURES SOUTH WEST OF SYDNEY

“I GO TO NATURE TO BE SOOTHED AND HEALED, AND TO HAVE MY SENSES PUT IN ORDER” – JOHN BURROUGHS

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and it’s an adventure you’re after, be sure to check out these five spots just south-west of Sydney!


OLD HELENSBURGH STATION
HELENSBURGH

Across the road from the current Helensburgh Station is the Old Helensburgh Railway Station and Metropolitan Tunnel – you can see the old railway sign from the road. If you’re driving, you can park on the dirt just off the side of the road near the tunnel or in surrounding suburban streets.

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After its closure, the tunnel has become quite popular as it follows the length of around 650 meters and is a good spot for spotting glow-worms! Due to falling grade in the land, you won’t be able to walk the full length of the tunnel as it has turned into a ‘lake’ with water reaching all the way up close to the ceiling. I would recommend wearing boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting covered in mud and bringing a torch or headlamp – we found that our phone torches weren’t that good once you get deep into the tunnel.

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SUBLIME POINT LOOKOUT
BULLI TOPS

If you’re headed out to the tunnels mentioned above, definitely check out Sublime Point Lookout on the way back. Sublime Point Lookout is a beautiful spot just off the Old Princes Highway and offers not only a breathtaking view, but a few different tracks for trail runners and bush walkers.

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There are plenty of spots for parking as well as amenities, picnic areas and a quaint little restaurant, Sublime Point Cafe which offers 180 degree views over the ocean. There are a few trails to choose from including Sublime Point Track (950-meter steep descent down stairs and ladders) and Illwarra Escarpment Track that goes as far as Stanwell Park.

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JINGGA TRACK
DHARAWAL NATIONAL PARK

A challenging but short walk from the car-park will have you at a beautiful freshwater swimming hole, which is part of O’Hares Creek. There are a few options for other tracks in Dharawal National Park if you find yourself with more time to spare than you anticipated.

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Jingga walking track is in the Victoria Road precinct of Dharawal National Park. It can get quite busy on weekends, so you may have to park on the side of the road. There are no fees to access the park, so be sure to take advantage of this beautiful landscape of eucalyptus bush-land and dramatic sandstone formations.

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MERMAID POOLS
TAHMOOR

A beautiful swimming hole in the midst of bush-land, a day trip to Mermaid Pools is sure to give you the nature fix you’ve been searching for. Following Remembrance Drive into Tahmoor, turn onto Rockford Road, make a right turn onto Charles Point Road and park directly on your right.

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Follow the dirt track for 200 meters or so along the river making sure you walk under the bridge. Once on the other side of the bridge, there is a rock that has an arrow pointing up – this is when you begin. The trail is quite overgrown and you will have to trust your instincts as you wind along through the bush. The walk to Mermaid Pools should only take you between 30-45 minutes.

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BURRAGORANG LOOKOUT
NATTAI

Above Warragamba Dam, Burragorang lookout and picnic area is a panoramic viewing point for 80 per cent of Sydney’s water supply. It’s a great place to stop for a picnic, particularly if you’re heading out to Mermaid Pools or Jingga Track.

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There is a $4 entry fee, but follows a bit of an honesty system as there often isn’t park rangers patrolling the area. If you’re already a NSW park pass holder (like me), you’re all set! Located at the end of Burragorang Road in Nattai, this is a fairly easy spot to access.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. The Hellensburgh Station looks very cool, and the views from the lookout are amazing. 🙂

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    1. Two great spots! 🙂 Both very different to each other but close together, so makes for a great day out.

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  2. Monique says:

    I lived in Wollongong for 10 years and never checked out the majority of these places! I’ll have to stop by on my next visit home (Jervis Bay). The old Railway Station makes the top of my list!

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    1. Well there you go! I’ve definitely found out about a lot of secret spots from people who don’t even live in Sydney. Just goes to show you can never run out of things to do here 🙂 Enjoy the tunnels!

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  3. Some great trip ideas here, thank you.

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    1. You’re most welcome! Enjoy 🙂

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  4. damarisb513 says:

    I’m going to keep these in mind next time I go to Australia!

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    1. Yay! Hope you get to enjoy them 🙂

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  5. Hi Cassie, beautiful blog 🙂 Love your photos and quotes. Can totally relate to your dream of having your own B&B at some point. I’m currently saving money at home to be on the road again soon. Will definitely keep reading about your travels.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! All the best with your future travels 🙂

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  6. Maria H. says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog at homeschooledbykids. I’ve always wanted to visit Australia and these look like such beautiful adventures, especially the tunnel. I really like how you linked some of the trips as going well together, that makes easy to plan a dream vacation. One day!!

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    1. Thanks Maria! I do hope you can make it to Australia one day so you can experience the tunnels for yourself! 🙂

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  7. Mia Bella says:

    There are some great places in Sydney that you can just get away from the busyness of it!

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    1. There sure is Mia! 🙂 I love finding new peaceful spots to share!

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