Adventurers Unite! Unforgettable NSW Forest Experiences

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NSW is blessed with abundant and diverse forests – from wetland ecosystems to rainforest jungles and snow gum regions – where families can enjoy some of Australia’s most unique and unforgettable experiences throughout the year.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) encourages everyone to explore the unusual and unexpected in forests across the state and lists the top hidden treasures in and around national parks across NSW.


Lunar Eclipse Moon Walk

WHERE: Royal National Park
TYPE OF FOREST: Coastal heathland and rainforest

An out-of-this-world experience, the Lunar Eclipse Moon Walk allows participants to escape the city, watch the sunset, and have a relaxed dinner under a starry sky. Lit by the full moon, glow sticks and coloured LED, participants can ‘moon walk’ through Royal National Park at night before setting up camp at the stunning Wattamolla Cove, waking to a spectacular sun rise over the lagoon.

Book in for a moonwalk on December 10, 2011, and witness a rare
phenomenon – a total lunar eclipse. Sit back and watch as the moon changes colours and becomes fully immersed in shadow for 50 minutes.

TIME OF DAY: Dependent on sunset and moon rise times. Generally 5:30pm – 10:30am daily.
GETTING THERE: The operator, Understanding Down Under, arranges
pick-ups from a range of Sydney city and Sutherland regional locations. Pick-up location to be confirmed upon booking.
FEES: Fees vary depending on packages. Adults AUD
$249 per person; children AUD $239 per person; seniors AUD $239 per person.
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential: email or call Andy 0448 388 687.

Scenic World, Jamison Valley, Katoomba

WHERE: Within Blue Mountains National Park
TYPE OF FOREST: Closed, warm temperate rainforest.

Embark on a breathtaking 415 metre descent through a rock tunnel down into a lush, fern-filled Jurassic rainforest on the Scenic Railway – the world’s steepest incline railway. Originally built between 1878 and 1900, this funicular
railway line was originally part of the Katoomba mining tramways. Coupled with the Scenic Skyway, a glass-bottom aerial cable car that traverses an arm of the Jamison Valley, and the Scenic Cableway, Australia’s steepest
aerial cable car, Scenic World offers spectacular views across the Greater Blue Mountains and Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness, including the Three Sisters and extraordinary natural Orphan Rock.

TIME OF DAY: 9:00am –5:00pm daily.
GETTING THERE: Scenic World is located just 100 kilometres west of Sydney, on the corner of Violet Street and Cliff Drive, Katoomba.
FEES: A Scenic Pass is AUD $28 per adult; AUD $14 per child (up to 13 years old) or a family pass is AUD $70 (including up to 5 children).
BOOKINGS: Not essential: visit scenicworld

Kozciusko Bike Trail

The Thredbo Valley Shared Use Track

WHERE: Kosciuszko National Park
TYPE OF FOREST: Sub-alpine and montane mountain alpine ash forest.

This newly opened mountain bike and walking track is nestled between Thredbo Village and Bullocks Flat. Traversing the picturesque Thredbo Valley and running parallel to the beautiful Thredbo River, this shared-use ease to moderate track gives walkers and cyclists breathtaking views. This family-friendly track is easily accessible from Thredbo Diggings and when fully completed, the trail will traverse Thredbo Valley from Thredbo Village to Bullocks Flat.

GETTING THERE: The Thredbo Valley Track is accessible from the Thredbo Diggings Camping Area off the Alpine Way – about 1.9 kilometers past the SkiTube.
FEES: During the summer season, AUD $16per vehicle per day if visitors choose to park at the Thredbo Diggings Camping Area.
BOOKINGS: Not applicable.

The Yarrangobilly Thermal Pool

WHERE: Kosciuszko National Park
TYPE OF FOREST: Sub-alpine forest

A pristine spot for swimming year-round, the water in the Yarranggobilly Thermal Pool is mildly mineralised and is always a warm 27 degrees. The thermal pool water consists of rain water which has seeped through rock to almost 800 metres below the ground surface where it is heated and then forced back up through cracks to emerge as a balmy spring. Impressively, the water flows into the heated pool at an incredible 100,000 litres an hour. Located near the Yarrangobilly River, the hot spring is 20 metres long and nearly 2.5 metres deep. Adjacent to the spring is a children’s wading pool, change rooms, toilets and picnic facilities.

TIME OF DAY: 9:00am –5:00pm daily.
GETTING THERE: The Yarrangobilly Caves are 6.5 kilometres off the Snowy Mountains Highway, 77 kilometres from Tumut and 109 kilometres from Cooma.
FEES: AUD $3 per vehicle per day.
BOOKINGS: Not applicable.

Yoga in the Rainforest

WHERE: Sea Acres National Park
TYPE OF FOREST: Subtropical coastal rainforest

On the first Saturday of each month, visitors to Sea Acres National Park can ‘zen out’ with a guided meditative walk with local yoga guru, Simon Adel, of Port Yoga. The ‘Nature of Stillness’ walk – an ancient practice for stilling the chatter of the mind – takes participants from a 1.3 kilometre elevated walkway through the tranquil subtropical rainforest of the Sea Acres National Park. Located just 4 kilometres from the hustle and bustle of Port Macquarie town centre, this technique totally immerses participants into tranquillity as they absorb the primeval smells of this pristine rainforest.

TIME OF DAY: 8:30 – 9:30am on the first Saturday of each month.
GETTING THERE: Participants should meet at the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie.
FEES: AUD $12 per participant and AUD$10 for Sea Acres boardwalk annual pass holders.
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential: email or call (02) 6582 3355.

TreeTop Adventure Park

WHERE: Blue Gum Hills Regional National Park
TYPE OF FOREST:Spotted gum and ironbark

This unforgettable rope and flying fox obstacle course lets participants literally swing from the treetops. Consisting of nearly 100 tree top challenges, including 20 flying foxes and moving suspension bridges, the two-hour fun-filled course offers participants a range of exhilarating activities, 15 metres above the forest floor. The park also offers night-time experiences and specially-dedicated kids’ courses suitable for children as young as three years old.

TIME OF DAY : 8:30am – 6:00pm daily.
GETTING THERE: Exit from the F3 at Newcastle Link and at the first roundabout, turn left and then take the next right at the traffic lights. Signs indicate the park just after the curve.
FEES: Fees vary depending on packages.
Standard fees: Children (3-9 years of age) AUD $20; Juniors (10-17 years of age) AUD $30; Adults AUD $40 and Seniors/Students (proof required) AUD $37.
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential: email or call (02) 4026 7617.

Aboriginal Relics

WHERE: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
TYPE OF FOREST:A mixture of rainforest, heathlands and dry eucalypt forests

Step back in time with a guided Discovery tour and uncover some of the 800 recorded Aboriginal sites in one of Sydney’s oldest national parks. Rich in Aboriginal heritage, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers visitors the opportunity to spot ancient rock engravings, cave drawings, paintings and stencils and axe-grinding grooves from the Garigal clan’s traditional lands, spanning the full 15,000 hectares of the park.

TIME OF DAY: 9:00am – 5:00pm daily.
GETTING THERE: Located 25 kilometres north of Sydney. Turn off Bobbin Head Road at North Turramurra.
FEES: AUD $11 per vehicle per day.
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential: call (02) 9472 8949.


WHERE: Lane Cove Royal National Park
TYPE OF FOREST: Blue gum forest

Take in a different view of Sydney with a luxurious ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) experience in Lane Cove National Park, only 10 kilometres from Sydney’s CBD. Bask in the joy of the bush while sacrificing none of the treats of inner-city accommodation with a stay at Tandara, perched on the western side of the pristine Lane Cove River valley. The stylish, intimate accommodation features a spacious canvas tent, king-sized bed, modern amenities and a ‘piece de resistance’ bathroom.

Lane Cove Glamping

TIME OF DAY: 7:00am –7:30pm (including overnight) daily.
GETTING THERE: Located in Lane Cove National Park on Plassey Road, North Ryde/Macquarie Park.
FEES: Rates vary depending on date, usually ranging between AUD $390 – $450 and include in-room amenities, intercontinental breakfast and 2 bottles of wine on arrival.
BOOKINGS: Bookings are essential: email or call (02) 9288 9133.

For more information on these and other activities in and around NSW National Parks visit the website.


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