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The lush Hinterland region contours the western edge of the Central Coast. A nature lover's paradise, this vast expanse of wilderness provides limitless opportunity for travellers to get back to nature and breathe in the fresh air.
Stretching from Wisemans Ferry in the south through to Yarramalong Valley in the north, this area is idyllic for a leisurely meandering country drive leaving the hustle and bustle of the city far behind.
Across the river from the quaint township of Wiseman's Ferry, Dharug National Park is home to UNESCO World Heritage listed site the Old Great North Road, one of the 11 Convict Sites of Australia. The 16 km stretch of trail from Devines Hill to Finch's Line is a spectacular example of early 19th century road building. Hit the interpretative trail on foot and go back in time and imagine convicts constructing the trail while you pass the quarry site, 12 metre high buttress walls and Hangman's Rock.
Located in Glenworth Valley is Australia's largest outdoor adventure centre. Saddle up and head out on horseback traversing through 3000 acres of unspoilt wilderness with just the sound of nature and horse hooves striking your ears. If horsepower is more your style then jump on a quad bike and zip around the designated bush tracks. For those who are a little more adventurous, experience the thrill of abseiling down a rugged rock face.
Scattered throughout the Hinterland on a network of back roads are little pockets of country life where tempting roadside stalls become your open air grocery store. Keep your eye peeled for local art and photo galleries to explore as the talent hidden in this area will surprise even the most critical of art lovers.
In the Yarramalong Valley, the Cedar Park Lavender Farm is a delightful experience for the senses. See, touch and smell the lavender during the blooming season. While in the area, be sure to take the kids to Amazement to give their minds and bodies a workout. And for a real adventure experience, be sure to visit the Treetop Adventure Park where kids and adults alike can 'monkey around'!
Accommodation in this area ranges from camping sites and rustic cabins to country resorts and retreats.
*Photo Credit: Hangmans Rock, Dharug National Park - Department of Environment and Conservation, Joel Winter