New South Wales activity tour

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New South Wales Activity Tour

Want to get away from it all for a few days? No phones, no internet, no exhausts. Just you, nature, good company and a fine glass of wine or beer (best enjoyed after a rejuvenating walk in the rainforest). Join us on this journey though the outback wilderness and world heritage parks of NSW. Over 4 days and 3 nights we will be exploring an array of landscapes, discover historic and heritage protected towns, see an abundance of wildlife, burn off calories with rejuvenating bushwalks and optional outdoor activities, and indulge in good food and wines from the Mudgee area.

 

Day One: NewnesNew South Wales activity tour

Accommodation: Wolgan and Capertee Cabins at Newnes

 

Departing from Central Station, our holiday starts upon crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as we travel through the Hawkesbury River area to break  for morning coffee, mountain views and homemade apple pie in Bilpin, in the centre of NSW's fruit bowl. Continuing our journey, we enter the rugged Wollemi wilderness part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area via the dramatically beautiful and undeveloped Wolgan Valley.  Our second stop is for a short walk  to the hidden Blackfellows Hand Cave,  and its extensive panels of Aboriginal stencil art of the little known Wiradjuri tribe. Then, as the valley walls and bush close in more, it is the now accessible Wolgan River that guides us to the historic village of Newnes: our destination for the day. After lunch and check-in to our comfortable & fully equipped eco-cottages, the next adventure await us: an 8 km circuit walk to the spectacular Glow Worm Tunnel, and it's fairy-tale surroundings of giant fern trees, rainforest and old railway tracks. Those not so keen on exercise, or more interested in industrial history, may like to explore the extensive ruins of the village, lazy around the grassy flats beneath the towering cliffs or enjoy the rich birdlife while wading through the shallow and crystal clear Wolgan River. Back in Newnes by dusk to see the wombats, goannas and wallabies come out of hiding, and to get ready for our  communal dinner-under-the-stars around the piping hot, outdoor stone pizza oven of the historic Newnes Hotel & Museum.

 

Day Two: Dunns Swamp

Accommodation: The Globe Hotel in RylstoneNew South Wales activity tour

 

Today our discovery of the Australian Outback beyond the Great Dividing Range continues, as we drive along the glorious exposed cliff escarpments, volcanic plugs and lush rolling grazing lands of the Capertee Valley, the widest enclosed valley in the world. From the northern side of the shier impenetrable Gardens of Stone National Park, we enter bird watchers paradise, home to more species of birds, than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the 50 top bird watching places in the world! And thus we let the Painted Honeyeater, the Wonga Pigeon, Diamond Firetail, Turquoise Parrot, Plum-headed Finch and Superb Lyrebird accompany us on our trip to the ghost town of Glen Davis. After morning tea - against the eerie backdrop of abandoned mine shafts, oil shale skeleton plants and the omnipresent monolith Pantony's Crown - we're taking Glen Alice Road to our destination of today: heritage protected Rylstone. After lunch and check-in into the Rylstone Hotel, we're off to spend the rest of the day at Dunns Swamp. From this idyllic spot in the north-western part of the Wollemi NP, the easy, 1.5 hour Pagoda Walk rewards us with breathtaking views over Cudgegong River, as it meanders through a landscape of deep valleys, canyons, cliffs and pagodas. If the weather permits, we must have a swim in the fresh water - some may even like to paddle up to Kandos Weir in a (rented) kayak. At dusk at Platypus Point, the resident long neck turtles, wombats, goannas, wallabies and - with a little luck - platypus come out just in time to see us off on our short trip back to Rylstone. Dinner is served at our hotel.

 

Day Three: Mudgee Region

Accommodation: The Globe Hotel in RylstoneNew South Wales activity tour

 

No Adventure for Singles without a culinary assault of our taste butts, and what better way to do so then an afternoon of wine tasting in the Mudgee region, home to some of the best and award winning wineries in Australia. But first we'll work up an appetite with a visit of the picturesque gold rush town Gulgong - one of the few towns in NSW that have barely changed since the times of Henry Lawson and his fellow fortune seekers of the late 19th century. We'll call into the Pioneer Museum and the Henry Lawson Centre before it's off to lunch at our first winery of the day. And then the second, and the third. And the fourth and fifth. And thus we taste our way back to Rylstone. Arriving in early evening, leaving plenty of time to explore the sandstone buildings, beautiful plane trees and quaint shops before dinner at the award winning Globe Hotel.

 

Day Four: Jenolan Caves

New South Wales activity tour

A hearty breakfast equips us for our last action packed day of discovery. Starting at Australia's oldest surviving gold rush town Sofala, set in an idyllic location beside the pretty Turon River against a rugged mountain backdrop that has attracted artists over the years. After morning coffee at the Old Sofala Gaol we'll head to the world famous Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains. Lunch at the heritage listed Jenolan Caves house, before some of us will surely want to go on the 2 hour exciting 'Plughole Adventure' to abseil, climb, squeeze and crawl their way through parts of the largest open cave systems in the world (no experience required). Others may just like to explore some caves on their own, go for a short bush walk or feed the king parrots on the hotel's balcony and start arranging their photo album of this great adventure. Departing from Jenolan at 4.30pm, we'll be arriving back at Sydney's Central Station by 7.30 pm. What an adventure!