It’s only natural to want to visit the best that nature has to offer across New South Wales in spring and summer. Here are our top natural wonders across the state.
The Three Sisters
Venture around 1.5 hours from Sydney to the Blue Mountains to see the unusual rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Located near the town of Katoomba, in the land of the Gundungurra and Dharug people, the story of the iconic Three Sisters comes from Aboriginal legend that tells a tale of love and battle involving sisters Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, who were turned to stone. Take the quick Three Sisters walk to Echo Point, or view these stunning formations from other spots like Pulpit Rock or Elysian Rock.
A day trip to the Blue Mountains isn’t complete without seeing some amazing waterfalls – and there are some right in the Katoomba area. Wentworth Falls is well worth the hike – but make sure you’ve got plenty of energy, as this trail is steep and takes up to an hour. If you do tackle the hike, you’ll be rewarded with three different lookouts from which to view the amazing scenery. If you want another perspective (and I’m sure you do!), head to Lincoln’s Rock, a gigantic flat rock that boasts incredible views of the Jamison Valley.
Less than two hours south of Sydney is Kiama, where you’ll find a stunning array of natural attractions. The Kiama Coast Walk is the perfect way to see nature show off in all its beautiful ways. The walk is divided into three parts, so choose just one or tackle all three – which takes six to seven hours one way – and make sure you get to the Kiama Blowhole. It’s the largest blowhole in the world, and it’s hard to miss – the water can shoot up to 20 metres into the air!
On the Kiama Coast Walk, you’ll also come across Cathedral Rocks – volcanic rocks that have been moulded over time by waves to form beautiful, sculptural shapes. Visit just before or after sunrise for the most picturesque light.
Once you’ve traversed to your heart’s content, make sure you hit some of the delicious dining spots in the Kiama area. A great option is The Hill Bar & Kitchen, which provides sustainable and locally sourced food that you can enjoy while overlooking Werri Beach. If it’s a drink you’re after, Little Betty’s boasts a range of Australian wines and specialty cocktails, as well as delectable food.
Bermagui’s Blue Pool
Drive over five hours down the coast from Sydney to Bermagui for another awe-inspiring, nature-filled day trip. First, head to Bermagui’s Blue Pool for a dip in the turquoise depths, and you might get a glimpse of a range of marine life, including starfish, crabs, fish and anemones. There’s also a wading pool, which is great for kids, as well as a viewing platform that provides sweeping views of the pool and horizon.
The nearby unique Horse Head Rock is also worth visiting – head along the elevated walking track between Murunna Point and Camel Rock, which is 1.5 kilometres each way. From the lookout there, you’ll see how Horse Head Rock got its name (I’ll give you one guess!). Enjoy the coastal views and fresh air while you’re there.
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Pictured: Bermagui’s Blue Pool. Image courtesy of Destination NSW