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Published July 24th 2015
Escape the city and discover these natural wonders
Hidden right here in the backyard of Campbelltown and surrounding regions are hidden gems, that many of us are not even aware of!
From walks, wildlife, birdlife, rivers, swimming holes to lookouts and plenty more, there is something amazing and spectacular in each of the hidden gems listed below.
1. The Sculpture Garden
When: All year round: 10am-4pm – Closed public holidays Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre, Art Gallery Rd, Campbelltown Details: This large outdoor sculpture and manicured park sits on the grounds of the Campbelltown Arts Centre. The Sculpture Garden features both permanent and changing exhibitions. Here you will find a 15 metre sculpture, 10 tonne granite prehistoric wombat and many more wonderful sculptures to admire.
2. Frere's Crossing When: All year round- sunrise to sunset. Where: Frere's Rd, Kentlyn Details: This significant heritage site contains the remnants of an old wooden bridge that formed part of a connection between Campbelltown and Newcastle up to 1917. This walk is a must do with plenty of hidden gems from Koalas, Short-beaked Echidnas, a wide variety of native fauna, scenic sites along the Georges River and more. There are no formal picnic facilities or amenities located at the site. The walk is a 2km unsealed return walk with steep sections.
3. Ingleburn Reserve
When: All year round, sunrise-sunset Where: Picnic Grove, Ingleburn Details: This walk contains the historic Ingleburn Weir, which was constructed in the late 1930s to provide a swimming area for the local community. The reserve contains a high significance due to its sandstone structure and form. You will find plenty of endangered plant species as well as a range of native birds, marsupials, small mammals and reptiles. This is a 400m medium unsealed surface return walk with sandstone steps and loose rocky paths. There are picnic tables, playground equipment and toilets.
4. William Howe Reserve
When: All year round –sunrise to sunset
Where: Mary Howe Place, Narellan Vale
Details: This regional park is surrounded with expansive views of the surrounding areas from Turkeys Nest Dam. The walking track leads you to the lookout platform and picnic tables. Dogs are permitted.
5. Cataract Dam
When: All year round: 10am-5pm
Where: Baden Powell Drive, Appin
Details: Being the oldest dam in Sydney's water supply system and completed in 1907, Cataract Dam is a must see! There are bushwalking trails, lookouts, museum, picnic and playing areas and a Kiosk (open weekends).
6. The Basin Waterfalls
When: All year round- sunrise-sunset
Where: Georges River Rd, Kentlyn
Details: This is certainly one bushland paradise of hidden gems around the Campbelltown region. With scenic views, waterfalls, swimming holes/ pools, riverside beaches, native birds and a healthy koala colony. The pool at the end of the walk is probably one of the largest along the stretch of the Georges River within the Campbelltown area. This is a must add to the list!
7. Simmo's Beach Reserve
When: All year round- Sunrise-sunset
Where: Fifth Ave, Macquarie Fields
Details: Located on the Georges River, Simmo's Beach Reserve features a reserve with extensive areas of bushland, open spaces, various walking tracks, picnic areas including BBQ facilities and toilet facilities. Walks range from 500m – 1.5km return walks from easy to hard.