Bursting with colonial charm, rolling hills and plenty of seasonal things to see and do, the Southern Highlands in NSW is about as perfect a weekend destination as they come. While there's no doubt the shopping and cafe scene is great, one of my favourite activities when visiting the region is to escape the everyday on a lovely nature walk. Here are some of my favourites, with options for both families and keen bush walkers.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Berrima River Walk - 2 km
Stunning scenery and a rich history combine to create the Berrima River Walk, an easy return trip that is just under 2km in distance. This hidden gem showcases beautiful Aussie bushland, a gorgeous riverscape and plenty of birdlife, and was historically an internment area during the First World War.
Signs placed along the walk tell the story of how German prisoners of war lived, and what the seamen built during their four year stint in the area from 1915-1919.
Carrington Falls - <1 km
A real hero of the area in the Budderoo National Park, Carrington Falls offers a fun, family-friendly walk that really showcases the diverse beauty of the Kangaroo River. There are plenty of lookouts that offer ever-changing views of the waterfalls and it’s a great spot for wildlife lovers. Depending on the season, you can hope to catch glimpses of a swamp wallaby or two, a long-nosed potoroo or even a lyrebird.
If the sub-1km loop isn’t long enough for you, and you’re looking to stretch your legs a little more, the Budderoo National Park has other walks that make great additions to Carrington Falls. These include the Warris Chair walk; a particularly great one for birdwatchers (think flame robbins, honey eaters and firetails) so don’t forget those binoculars!
Alternatively (or as well as, depending on how much energy you have!), the Missingham Lookout Track shows off both the beautiful Kangaroo Valley in all its glory, as well as the Carrington Falls Gorge area. The 3.8 km return track is a great one for those hiking without children and promises unforgettable scenery.