At 'Nutwood farm' buckets are provided along with gloves (to protect you from the spiked shells of the chestnuts) and tongs to help pry them open. There is plenty of parking available here and the access to the trees is an easy short walk along relatively flat terrain. Bathroom facilities are also available.
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, 'Nutwood Farm', Mt Irvine. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
The drive through Mt Wilson is very pretty especially now it's Autumn. Here you'll find a few cafe's and gardens where you can grab a coffee and a snack and there's even a turkish bathhouse museum.
If you are looking to make a full day trip out of it, then take the Bells Line of Road via Bilpin (from North Richmond) which includes spectacular lookouts, Apple farms, Pie shops and even a Cider Brewery.