Ferndale Park makes an ideal base camp for those wishing to explore the Barrington Tops National Park. Within the camp grounds there are a number of short walks along the leafy banks of the Chichester River and into the surrounding forests. Nature lovers have long chosen Ferndale Park as a hotspot for native bird watching - all flora and fauna are protected. For the kids, there is a large flat area where they can play cricket or kick a football around. A basketball hoop with backing board is also provided. Bicycles and mountain bikes are can be ridden with access to the national parks. Electric mountain bikes are o.k. if used in a responsible way. Plenty of exploring also awaits the youngsters. You may just prefer to sit by the river in a deck chair, watching the blue gums and river oaks sway gently in the breeze - at Ferndale you switch off the frantic pace of exterior life and take some time out for yourself. Please do not bring electric generators, fish traps, or snares.
Only 15 minutes away, Chichester Dam has three picnic areas within the site, all with public toilets, covered picnic tables and wood fired BBQ's - wood is supplied by Hunter Water. Two of the picnic areas, Duncan and Hindley Parks have hot water for making tea and coffee. All roads within the site are sealed. Given the Dam's proximity to the Barrington Tops National Park and the abundant native wildlife within the Dam grounds, dogs are no longer permitted at Chichester Dam (on or off leash) to assist with protecting the surrounding environment and wildlife. Opening times Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm
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Barrington Tops National Park
Barrington Tops is a bushwalker’s paradise, with an excellent walking track network that includes short and easy walks to more difficult overnight hikes, with plenty of sites to set up a bush camp for the evening. For those visiting for the day, there are lots of picnic and barbecue areas to enjoy, cycling trails to be explored and views from the park’s lookouts that need to be seen to be believed.
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Jerusalem Creek Falls
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