Explore the great Aussie Outdoors.
Aside from the iconic Australian landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the dynamic city life and bright lights of Kings Cross, the best way to experience Australia is to explore the great Aussie outdoors on a camping weekend.
I recently did an overnight camping and four wheel driving stint near Glen Davis in the Capertee Valley, which is located in the Wollemi National Park, just north of the town of Lithgow.
Our camping spot was the Coorongooba Campground, which is surrounded by a golden brown monolithic escarpment and spectacular rock formations. There are picnic areas, barbecue facilities, and plenty of spots to set up your tent or camper trailer, but if you don’t have the luxuries of a hot shower or your own portable toilet, get ready to rough it as there are minimal toilet facilities available and no running water. There are other camping areas that offer hot showers and running water like the Glen Davis Camping Area and for those who like something a little more comfortable there are elegant boutique hotels and secluded cottages.
For those with kids there is a river and plenty of wide open spaces for the kids to ride their bikes, and there are plenty of chances to sneak a peak at some of the wildlife: goannas, kangaroos, and a resident wombat.
Dunns Swamp is a great place to picnic, swim and explore the lake in a canoe.
Four wheel driving. Embrace the Open Road.
If you like your extreme outdoor activities there are many four wheel driving tracks available. We took a heart pumping and hair raising drive that was full of sharp turns, hairpin bends, and and moments where we were precariously teetering on the edge of a rocky road that had a sheer cliff on one side that lead down to the valley floor. But the thrilling ride was well worth it as we were greeted by spectacular views at Mount Airlie.
Experience the Australian countryside.
Australia is well known for its ruggedly beautiful countryside, so a visit to Pearson’s Lookout will give you the opportunity to view uninterrupted stunning views of the Capertee Valley and Australia’s own Grand Canyon.
There are also many bush-walks available in the Wollemi National Park, as well as horse riding and mountain biking along the Crown Creek Fire Trail in the Gardens of Stone National Park.
Besides what I have noted here there are many more activities and accommodation choices that tourists can discover as they seek to explore the great Aussie outdoors.