Monday, 25 May 2015

EXPLORING THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS







This weekend we decided to head south of Sydney to visit the Southern Highlands, which is known to be particularly beautiful in Autumn. While we did manage to see some trees changing colour, we actually became too distracted with the area's other natural attractions.

It's about a 1.5-hour drive from Sydney to Mittagong, and that's where we stopped for a picnic lunch. We went to Lake Alexandra, where you can feed ducks and walk around a track around the lake. (It was popular with local children riding scooters and small bikes. There are also some moderate bush-walking tracks that link back to the main circuit and quite pleasant to do with children as there's a beautiful wooden bridge with a babbling creek about half-way along. 

After lunch we wanted to head to Fitzroy Falls, however, when the littlest fell asleep in the car we kept driving until we reached Kangaroo Valley. After afternoon tea we checked out some antique stores and second-hand book shops. The children also had a lot of fun playing with fallen autumn leaves.

We headed back towards Fitzroy Falls, which is a short walk from the parking area and visitor centre. The main falls are accessible from a boardwalk but to see some of the lookouts you can venture along other paths that are carved into the bushland. The falls are quite stunning, as is the view.

Because the visit was a day trip we met up with some friends for an early pub dinner in Bowral and headed back home to Sydney that evening. 

While it was something of a whirlwind trip, it didn't feel rushed. And it gave us all a break from our everyday routine. A refresh in nature turned out to be a perfect weekend activity.

images the indigo crew

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