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Wow, it has been ages since I thought about the walks I used to do from my old place. One of the walks I used to like to do was the one from Mortdale across Oatley Bridge, through Como, Jannali, Sutherland and along the Woronora River to the Boat Shed. It was here that I would hire a kayak and row leisurely (or not so leisurely when I needed exercise) down the river.

Woronora River

Woronora River

A fair bit along the river is a little “beach” – really just a strip of sand that the kayak can be stopped at and it is possible to sit down and eat. The view along the river isn’t pristine as there are heaps of homes, but it is relatively peaceful. If nothing else, the fact of being on the water doing something manual but pleasurable, brought much peace!

I even considered buying a kayak while I lived there – God knows how I would have carried it from Mortdale to Sutherland! 🙂

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Morton NP - Bundanoon

Morton NP - Bundanoon

This is a particularly beautiful side of Morton National Park. Personally I think this is a better park than the Blue Mountains – less traffic, pollution, commercialism, no paid parking etc. The walks from the Bundanoon side are pretty short and straightforward with the exception perhaps of the Tooths Lookout to Bundanoon Creek walk. I like this National Park because there are lots of nooks and crannies to simply sit and enjoy an uninterrupted view without the noise and crowds – a good place to clear the head and lungs, and one that isn’t too far from Sydney. The Bundanoon YHA is also a great place to stay either individuallly, in small numbers or to hire the venue.

Morton NP - Cascades

Morton NP - Cascades

And the nightlife? How could you go past the nightlife in Bundanoon in the literal sense… the Glow Worm Glen – a half hour stumble with a torch along a wombat-hole dug path, then through the National Park gates to a well established “viewing” platform. Remember, it is likely that there will be mud, you will forget to bring enough warm clothing, the batteries on your torch will die (or you’ll forget to take it altogether) and it will rain… hmm… maybe that’s just me! A very romantic location as the little glow worms innocently go about their business of happily lighting up the quiet bush… the glen is also well worth a visit during the day when the creek is running.

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Royal NP - Karloo Pools

Royal NP - Karloo Pools

Another place I have been to many times. You could call this my favourite “backyard swimming pool.” It can get a fair bit of foot traffic according to the bushwalking books, although I am yet to experience this… shhh!

The walk here is pretty simple – all downhill, it’s just unfortunate that it isn’t the other way around, because after a very relaxing swim to cool off, it is a long, uphill and sweaty climb out! The peace, quiet and beauty of this place is not to be underestimated. Although the ‘Wheel of Fire’ waterhole in Eungella NP (the one this reminds me of) beats this one hands down, the benefit of not having to travel 1830km to get here is obvious!

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I have visited this spot many times, most recently back in February.

A lovely spot – one that I will continue to return to. It isn’t a difficult walk, not even that exciting really, but it is beautiful.

Royal NP - The Coastline

Royal NP - The Coastline

I love the “little cave” – a great place to have lunch, bask in the sun, marvel at the view, become completely windblown and enjoy the serenity!

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Welcome to ‘Ahh… Serenity,’ a blog about all things that create peace and serenity in my life. Enjoy your time here!

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