{Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens}

{Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens}
Not always does our physical mobility give us the luxury of escaping deep into the bush of the escarpment, thankfully Wollongong shares a beautiful garden that fuses native bushland with a majestic botanically rich garden. The Illawarra Rhododendron Garden enjoys a luscious location where the rainforest from the Northern Mt Keira, gracefully merges with blooms, ponds, nested gazebos and interesting indigenous species. … More {Illawarra Rhododendron Gardens}

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Stolen reptiles, illegal drug crops and assaults; these are but a few issues for private landowners on the Illawarra escarpment.

It is a common misconception that the bush belongs to everyone and as locals we all have fair right to enter and play as we please. In the Illawarra, this mentality is well entrenched, but it is simply not the case. … More Stolen reptiles, illegal drug crops and assaults; these are but a few issues for private landowners on the Illawarra escarpment.

{Mt Kembla Summit}

One of Wollongong’s most beautiful and unique walks. Depending on the weather is right, a plethora of fungi, an eerie walk in the clouds or simply a great walk to absorb the iconic Wollongong coastline and Lake Illawarra views. A great walk anytime of year, enjoying plenty of wildlife with a short challenging walk. … More {Mt Kembla Summit}

{Top 3 Nature Meditation Walks in the ‘Gong}

Having travelled to Japan it is evident the benefits of absorbing the stillness of nature and meditation together. The Japanese relish being outdoors and especially nurture their connection to nature as part of a zen lifestyle. Shinrin-yoku is the Japanese phrase which describes “forest bathing or therapy”, the art of being in nature with no effort and simply just being. … More {Top 3 Nature Meditation Walks in the ‘Gong}

{Upper Byarong Creek}

A magical oasis of luscious green rocks, trickling streams and a dark mossy canopy of trees blanketed by maidenhair ferns and tiny mushrooms underfoot. This trail is sensitive. As there is no distinct trail it is important to respect the mosses, small shrubs and environment. It’s not the place to scratch off moss, trample small … More {Upper Byarong Creek}

{Nellie’s Glen Picnic Area}

There is something very bohemian about this hidden little gem tucked away between Jamberoo and Robertson. A country road, the unassuming signage – blink and you miss it, taking you to a magical place. Wandering in the area you are transported to a time of picnics, drawing cascades in pastels and secret rendezvous and skinny dips in the afternoon sunlight in azure pools from a time gone by. … More {Nellie’s Glen Picnic Area}