Friday, January 6, 2017

Day 2640 - Bundanoon, NSW

Have you ever been to Bundanoon?

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?

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  1. How lucky are we to live in a country with so many sweet country town just near the big cities? There are quite a few similar places in Brisbane and it's always such a pleasure to visit.

  2. I knew of its history and have visited as a kid. I know the Southern Highlands is on trend these days but when I was a kid from Wollongong who did day trips with her parents it was a much quieter and rural area. Looks like you had a great time.

  3. What a delightful little spot. I love a good old country town. Might take a sneak peek next time I'm en route to Canberra :)

  4. Well that looks like an awesome spot! With a spa AND a National Park, how can you go wrong? I might have to put it on my visiting list.

  5. I've not been to Bundanoon. Actually before reading this post I'd never heard of it. I can imagine how romantic it would have been catching the train from Sydney, back in the day.

  6. The town looks cute and the scenery great! While I'm glad I can drive for the convenience factor I don't really enjoy it so I don't day trip much as it seems more chore than fun to me. I'd love to be able to get to little towns like this easily by train and explore on foot, that's much more my style! (Well, there are SOME towns like this I can get to by train but the trains are too unreliable and infrequent at the moment.)

  7. Looks like a nice day trip. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  8. Wow that looks like a great place to visit!

  9. I used to live in Bundanoon when I was very small, about 45 years ago. My dad was the Barber and his shop was where Ye Old Bicycle Shoppe is now :) we lived in a little house behind the Primary School. Went back with my brother & kids about 12 years ago for a look around, brought back some fond memories. A beautiful little town, well worth a visit.

  10. Looks like you had a really fun day out together.

  11. Haven't heard of Bundanoon and Morton National Park, but would definitely like to check it out now! Would it be doable with public transport? Train from Sydney to Bundanoon and then how would I get to the NP? I am a massive fan of hiking, training for Everest Base Camp at the moment. My last hike was on Monday in the Blue mountains-Grand Canyon and Cliff top walk. My calves are still sore from all the stairs haha!

    1. The NP is close to the can walk it or hire some bicycles from the Cafe.


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