The Cambewarra Lookout sits at the peak of Cambewarra Mountain, 678 metres above sea level, that's 2,225 feet if you favour the old scale. To the east, you can see right out to the coastline and will enjoy panoramic views of Coolangatta Mountain in the north all the way to Sussex Inlet in the south.
You can test your geography skills by attempting to locate all of the following Shoalhaven locations spread out like patchwork before you - Broughton Creek, Black Head, Seven Mile Beach, Seven Mile Creek, Meroo, the Shoalhaven River mouth, Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse, Berry's Canal, Crookhaven River, Greenwell Point, Beecroft Head, Terara, Point Perpendicular, Jervis Bay, Bomaderry, Cape St George, Huskisson, Nowra, St Georges Head and St Georges Basin.
For an even better view of these locations, it's a good idea to take a pair of binoculars with you. The views really are panoramic on a clear day and it is a great way to get your bearings of the Shoalhaven region.
Aside from the spectacular views, the lookout is also known for its birdlife. If you're lucky you may see some king parrots, kookaburras or lyrebirds, however we didn't see any when we visited.
There is a cafe restaurant on site which is open daily for lunch, coffee and cake or a Devonshire tea. The cafe is open for breakfast on weekends.
Apart from coffee and cake, there is a large lunch menu which includes sandwiches, soup, salads, burgers, fish and chips, chicken and pasta dishes. There is also a gourmet milkshake menu, cold drinks and juices.
We enjoyed a coffee and milkshake at the café recently and were lucky enough to nab an outdoor table on the verandah. The sun was out, the skies were clear and the views were magnificent. The milkshakes were deliciously retro - rich and creamy, served in tall glasses with paper straws and a refill from the stainless steel blender cup.
The cafe has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The Lookout itself has a long history, having been opened in October 1910 by local conservationist and politician Mark Morton MLA. The tea rooms came a bit later in 1962. There are also public toilets on site.
Cambewarra Mountain is centrally located between Kangaroo Valley, Berry and Nowra and is an easy 15 - 20 minute drive from any of these locations.
The drive up the mountain is quite scenic although the ascent is fairly steep and the road narrow in parts with a few hair pin turns thrown in for a bit of excitement.
How to get there:
From Berry take the Kangaroo Valley Road and State Tourist Drive 7 over Berry Mountain to Cambewarra Lookout Rd. It is around 15kms or a 20-minute drive.
From Kangaroo Valley take Moss Vale Rd to Cambewarra Lookout Rd. It is around 14kms or an 18-minute drive.
From Nowra you take the Princes Highway to Moss Vale Rd to Cambewarra Lookout Rd. It is around 15kms or a 19-minute drive.