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Tourist Drive 8

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The scenic Tourist Drive 8 takes in Albion Park, Macquarie Pass, Robertson, Fitzroy Falls, Kangaroo Valley and Bomaderry.

The township of Albion Park located in the City of Shellharbour offers an abundance of history.  Begin with a visit to the Illawarra Light Railway Museum* where you can ride on  steam and diesel locomotives that have been lovingly restored.  Delve further into the history of Shellharbour at the Tongarra Museum* where you can see amazing artifacts and learn some surprising snippets about early Shellharbour.  Another great option is the self guided Heritage Trail of Albion Park that begins from Tongarra Museum.

On Sunday afternoons you can experience High Tea at Ravensthrope*, a beautifully restored 19th Century colonial georgian manor house set on magnificent gardens.

Continue to travel along the Illawarra Highway through the lush green meadows before reaching the base of Macquarie Pass. Here you can visit Dee Kramer's Gallery* or experience the beauty of the Illawarra escarpment  by taking a walk to the Cascades Falls, a hidden gem in Macquarie Pass National Park.  Alternatively hike along the Glenview Track which crosses the creek that plunges over the Cascades.

 

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Continue travelling up picturesque Macquarie Pass to Robertson in the Southern Highlands, famously known for the Robertson Pie Shop.  From the Pie Shop you can take a short drive along Jamberoo Mountain Road and visit the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures one of Australia's premier rainforest experiences and the only elevated steel walkway in NSW including Australia's highest zipline where you can truly immerse yourself in the natural environment.  Also along Jamberoo Mountain Road you can discover Carrington Falls with its spectacular waterfall.

When travelling back through Robertson you will find the turnoff to Belmore Falls with its magnificent views over Kangaroo Valley.   Fitzroy Falls located in the Morton National Park, provides a spectacular experience where the water cascades 230 metres to the valley below.  From Fitzroy Falls, Tourist Drive 8 leads you to the lush open fields and farmlets of Kangaroo Valley. Sitting like a mountain pocket, the Valley is fringed by towering mountains and has a naturally lush ecosystem that includes beautiful morning mists and an abundance of birdlife. Historic Kangaroo Valley village is charming and well geared for visitors, with art and souvenir galleries, several cafés, a delightful stone pub and some unique handicraft stores. Hampden Bridge, with its famous stone turrets, provides commanding views over the winding river below. Built over the Kangaroo River in 1898, it is the oldest suspension bridge in Australia and is Kangaroo Valley’s most famous and most photographed landmark.  Take to the water in a canoe or kayak and paddle under the Hampden Bridge along pristine waters of the Kangaroo River. 

Adjacent to Hampden Bridge is Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Settlement Museum Park a historical settlement depicting farm life in the 19th Century.  Take a detour which travels along a scenic hillside climb to Cambewarra Mountain and lookout to view some of the most spectacular scenery of the South Coast. If the wind is right, hangliders may be out sailing. The tearooms at the lookout provide a nice opportunity for a cup of coffee and a relaxing break.

The drive then ends at Bomaderry where you can turn right into Nowra and continue south or turn left and return to Shellharbour via the ever popular Berry.

* Only open on certain days.

 

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