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Greater Blue Mountains Drive: Wollondilly Trail

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Published September 28th 2017
The perfect city escape scenic day drive
Towering buildings, crowded spaces and the hustle and bustle of city life becomes a distant memory on The Greater Blue Mountains Drive: Wollondilly Trail. A hit of nostalgia strikes as you pass through quaint towns and the air becomes fresh with gum trees and eucalyptus on this scenic trail.

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive: Wollondilly Trail passes through scenic rural countrysides, valleys, and lush bushland.

The Wollondilly Trail is part of the wonderful Greater Blue Mountains Drive, which journeys through scenic views and passes through the wilderness of Nattai National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park and Bargo State Recreation Area as well as quaint towns of Camden and Picton to Mittagong.

Barkers Lodge Drive is the official starting point on the drive.

This 70-kilometre one-way picturesque drive leads to the rural bushland circuit off the Hume Highway at Mittagong. It is an exciting new touring journey that links vast and spectacular World Heritage landscapes to the surrounding regions.

Lush bushland surrounds the most parts of this spectacular scenic drive.

The Wollondilly Trail meanders off the main Greater Blue Mountains Drive through some of the most spectacular and beautiful countryside, open farmland and lush bushland as well as places of interest.

The Drive is truly a tranquil experience with an account of things to see and do along the Trail including views of gentle, rolling countryside that offer some of the most remarkable landforms in the Greater Blue Mountains.

Drive past winding countryside roads as you admire the views.

There is something for everyone including stops at National Parks, enjoying a coffee at a café, visiting the Train Heritage Works Museum in Thirlmere, or exploring the rural life with a glamorous twist at Picton, Camden and surrounding regions.

Follow the signs to Mittagong.

Top Attractions along the Drive:

- Burragorang Lookout is worth a visit as well as being conveniently located near the start of the Drive.
There are plenty of picnic areas to enjoy, short and easy walks through bushland and of course the Lookout- being the highlight of this stop. There is a playground for the little ones to enjoy too!

Burragorang Lookout is the first scenic point of attraction and highlight on the spectacular country Willondilly Trail drive.

A stop at Picton for morning/ afternoon tea or lunch and dinner is a great way to explore the wonders of this charming town with its historical buildings, cafes, hotels and galleries.

Driving on the historical 1897 timber trestle bridge- Victoria Bridge at Picton

A visit to the Train Heritage Works Museum is perfect for locomotive enthusiasts and history buffs. If nature is more your thing then you will love being surrounded by lush bushland and tranquil lakes at Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Short bushwalks can be enjoyed at Bargo State Recreation Area as well as other outdoor adventures and activities.

Stretch your legs and enjoy tranquil walks and nature picnic spots along the drive.

Lake Alexandra at Mittagong is a wonderful attraction to end the spectacular journey. You will be greeted to a man-made Lake filled with an abundance of birdlife that call this place home. A stroll around the Lake offers tranquillity as you admire the surrounding lush natural settings of bushland and valleys and do some bird watching as well as other wildlife watching.

Enjoying the serenity at Lake Alexandria, Mittagong

Information about the Drive:

The drive is 70km (one way) 1- 1 ˝ hour drive with sealed roads. If you are taking a pit stop at some of the attractions, the roads in some sections are unsealed gravel and narrow.

The drive commences from Nattai National Park and travels east along Burragorang Road. Continue to The Oaks, turn right onto Barkers Lodge Rd, heading south.

Take the exit Picton via Thirlmere Way, which takes you to Thirlmere Lake National Park and Bargo State Recreation Area.

Travel over the Hume Highway and follow the signs to Mittagong, where the Greater Blue Mountains Drive: Wollondilly Trail ends.
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Why? Escape the city and enjoy a tranquil countryside rural drive
When: All year round
Where: Wollondilly Region- see above
Cost: Free
Your Comment
sounds lovely, but is there a map? Ruth M
by watty (score: 0|3) 1091 days ago
A simple marked map would be useful so you can get a rough idea of where you're travelling from and too!
by rchah (score: 1|12) 1094 days ago
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