Jun 11

Exploring Southern Highlands NSW & Fitzroy Falls

Southern Highlands, Fitzroy Falls

Total Diving Distance: 300km Loop

Areas covered: Sydney to Mittagong, Kangaroo Valley, Berry, Kiama, Wollongong and Sydney

A one or two day trip is ideal for exploring southern highlands in NSW. From Sydney drive on M5 towards Canberra. M5 merges into Hume Highway. Exit for Mittagong from Hume Highway. Mittagong is a beautiful town with a couple of nice cafes and restaurants in the main shopping areas. This place gets quite crowded on the weekends as it attracts visitors from nearby areas. Mittagong has some nice wineries including Artemis WinesBou-Saada Wines and Howards Lane Vineyard. A man-made Lake Alexandra feeds into nearby Nattai river. You can explore a couple of lookouts to have a bird's eye view of Southern Highlands. Some of the popular spots are Mount Gibraltar Lookout and Bowral Lookout.  

A winding two-way road with the old historic building dating back to 1800 takes you down to Fitzroy Falls. The location has ample parking and is quite popular with tourist. 10 minutes walking track take you to a beautiful lookout overlooking the majestic falls. The walking trails take you on 5km round trip providing access to unique landscapes and beautiful bird-life. 

A twenty minutes drive further south will take you down to Kangaroo Valley. The river is popular for water sports and you can rent kayaks for a day and explore the river. Kangaroo Valley Canoes offers interesting tours of the area. 


Kayaking tours can take you down from Bendell to Tallowa dam or explore Shoalhaven gorge on a two-day tour or get on a 4-5 day safari. 

Driving further south take a detour to Berry a small town on Princess Highway. This historical town has great history, beautiful well-preserved building and a very lively ambience. People on the way to Bateman's Bay and Jervis Bay stop over for a brief recess to enjoy hot pies and nice good at local restaurants and cafes. 


Another place for family fun in southern highlands is Jamberoo Water Sports and Family Theme Park. The park offers some of the most adventurous rides as well as bobsled that snakes down the mountain. Taipan is massive snakes that takedown inflated dingy through its guts. Funnel-web undoubtedly is the ultimate adventure for thrill seekers. This park offers great fun for young and adults alike. 




While driving back from Berry towards Sydney stop by at Kiama for nice views of the ocean and check out the famous "Kiama Blowhole". Kiama is quite popular with Sydney-siders with nice restaurants and waterfront properties for weekend rentals. The drive is pretty easy and you can also catch a train to Kiama from Sydney Central. 


Enjoy Laid back holiday in Kiama




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I have been exploring South-East Asia for over twenty years and have visited some of the best destinations in the region. Through my blog, I want to share some interesting travel tips, my experience of driving across Asian destinations and some of the best places to explore in this region. I have undertaken hundreds of road trips, across Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Most of the information in this blog comes through my own road trips and adventures in the exotic locations I have visited. 

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