A long long time ago, before everyone owned cars, Bundanoon used to be a travel hotspot. Sydney siders would catch the train to this quaint little Southern Highlands village which boasted over 60 guest houses in its early 1900s heyday.
After World War II when car travel allowed people to travel further afield, interest in Bundanoon waned. However for bush walking enthusiasts it still remains a key destination with its access to the very popular Morton National Park.
Bundanoon is only a 45 minute drive from Goulburn which makes it the perfect day trip when visiting the folks.
With extended family in tow we headed there yesterday for a bit of a look-see and to check out the Morton National Park area.
We started with a wander around the main street with its coffee shops, gift stores and railway station.
The quaint little shop, Nest and Burrow, was a particular favourite with so many beautiful gift ideas throughout the many rooms of this house turned shopfront.
After a cuppa (and a game of tic tac toe) at Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe, we headed to Morton National Park to freak out over the height of the cliffs and show gratitude for safety fencing.
Bundanoon is about a 90 minute drive from both Sydney and Canberra and less than 45 minute from Goulburn.
It boasts antique and craft shops, golf, horse riding. health spas, markets, festivals, scenic drives, bush walking and the Morton National Park.
There are now only a couple of hotels in Bundanoon but there is also the camp ground in the National Park.
Access to the National Park costs $8 per car per day and is an easy drive less than 2 minutes from the Bundanoon town centre.
You can choose to drive around the National Park and park to experience the look-outs (which we did on this occasion) or you can grab your backpack and take a bush walk through the many tracks which are well sign posted and mapped out.
There is a BBQ area just inside the National Park with plenty of space for playing. We set up a game of "Sticky Wicky" (cricket) during our lunch break and planned our next visit to the campsite in two week's time.
A 50 minute walk down to the Erith Coal Mine was a particular highlight on this trip and whet the appetite for our next visit.
Have you ever been to Bundanoon?
What about to Morton National Park?
When was the last time you went for a bush walk?