We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park, and Brisbane Water National Park  Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. Continue reading

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We previously told you about all of the walking tracks in Brisbane Water National Park in part one and things to do in part two like cycling trails, lookouts and picnic spots.  In part three, we will be highlighting the flora and fauna of the park. It is 11,506 hectares and located 27 km north of Sydney. It takes about 1 ½ hours to drive to the park from Sydney’s CBD. Brisbane Water National Park is located in the Central Coast region of New South Wales. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Nattai National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, and Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Today is our last national park in this region, we are highlighting things to do in Brisbane Water National Park. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Continue reading

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Next on our list of National Parks near Sydney is Thirlmere Lakes National Park. It is adjacent to Kanangra-Boyd National Park and is the smallest of all the parks in the Blue Mountains Area at 629 hectares. It is located about 70 km southwest of Sydney and takes about an 1 ½ hours to drive there from Sydney’s CBD. Like the other national parks in our current blog series, this protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Thirlmere Lakes National Park is located in the Macarthur region of New South Wales. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd, National Park, Nattai National Park, and Gardens of Stone National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Today is our last national park in this region, we are highlighting things to do in Thirlmere Lakes National Park, it is one of the 8 parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed Area and makes up part of the Great Dividing Range. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Thirlmere Lakes National Park’s main features are the namesake lakes of the park. They are thought to have formed around 15 million years ago. As a result of the lakes, there is a wide variety of very unusual flora and fauna in Thirlmere Lakes National park. Rare species of plants and animals inhabit the park including the watershield, the grey sedge, the wooly frogsmouth lily, Australiasian bittern, and Latham’s snipe. Rare freshwater sponge can be found in the lakes. The forest surrounding the lakes includes sclerophyll forest, rough-barked apple, sydney peppermint, and red bloodwood. Continue reading

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Gardens of Stone National Park is a smaller national park just to the west of Wollemi National Park and north west of Blue Mountains National Park. Of course, when it comes to this region, a smaller national park is still 15,080 hectares! It takes a little less than 3 hours to get here from Sydney. Like the other national parks in our current blog series, this protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Gardens of Stone is far west enough to be considered part of the central Tablelands. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, Dharug National Park,  Yengo National Park, Kanangra-Boyd, National Park, and Nattai National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park. There are so many national parks in this region close to Sydney, some are part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed area and some are not. Today, we are featuring Gardens of Stone National Park, it is one of the 8 parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage-listed Area and makes up part of the Great Dividing Range. Visiting a national park helps contribute to their protection and is an excellent way to be able to enjoy the Australian wilderness. Gardens of Stone National Park gets its name from the natural stone pagodas that are located in the park. Inside the park, the landscape also is made up of dramatic cliffs and canyons, limestone outcrops, karsts, elevated swamps, and some other unusual geological features. Near Gardens of Stone National Park, in addition to Wollemi National Park and Yengo National Park, you can also visit the Newnes State Forest, the Wolgan Valley, and the Wolgan State Forest. The local towns that border the park are Capertee, Ben Bullen, and Glen Davis. Continue reading

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Kanangra-Boyd National Park is located just south west of the Blue Mountains. It is just about a 3 hour drive from Sydney and it is a scenic drive through the Blue Mountains to get to this park. It is located 180 km south west of Sydney. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales including the Greater Blue Mountains Area National Parks as well as other national parks in the region.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, and Dharug National Park  and Yengo National Park. Previously, we highlighted several other National Parks in this region including Blue Mountains National Park, Ku-ring-ga National Park, Royal National Park and Wollemi National Park.  Today, we are featuring Kanangra-Boyd National Park, which is one of the larger national parks in the region at 68,660 hectares. It forms part of the Great Dividing Range and housed within the borders of this national park are some amazing features including three waterfall systems, karst caves, Kanangra Walls, Mount Colong, and Thurat Spires. Continue reading

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Last week we shared some of our sizzling hot deals that are heating up for summer. Today we have the rest of November’s deals to show you. Find all of this month’s discount codes, special offers, and details on our website: Budget.com.au. You can be sure that there is a great price or special pricing offer available at almost every Budget location in all states in Australia. Some of these special offers are regional and some discounts are available throughout Australia and some are regional or in certain states or territories. Last week, we featured The special deals we have for you this month include: 7th Day Rental Free in Darwin, Relocation Special from Melbourne to Sydney, 5th day free at Kangaroo Island, $10 off for ABN Holders, 4th day free,  3rd weekend day free, and Budget Car Rental deals that are available at your fingertips through the new Budget app. Today, we have even more savings on your car rental in Australia including: Continue reading

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Check out the sizzling hot deals we have for you this month when you book your next car rental. Budget Australia Car rental has all different types of vehicles to help you get around when travelling in Australia. Find all of this month’s discount codes, special offers, and details on our website: Budget.com.au. You can be sure that there is a special pricing offer available at almost every Budget location in all states in Australia. Some of these special offers are regional and some discounts are available throughout Australia and some are regional or in certain states or territories. The special deals we have for you this month include: Free upgrade on your rental, free upgrade with e-newsletter sign up, one way special from Sunshine Coast to Melbourne, earn extra Qantas points with your rental, 4th day free,  3rd weekend day free, and Budget Car Rental deals that are available at your fingertips through the new Budget app. Continue reading

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We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, and Dharug National Park. Today, we will be highlighting part two of our blog series on Yengo National Park. It is adjacent to Dharug National Park directly to the east and in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales. The park is vast, covering 154,328 hectares of land. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Yengo National Park is located about 85 km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Sydney. The park features walking trails, campgrounds, accommodations, cycle trails, bushwalking, horseback riding, bird watching, panoramic lookouts, scenic drives, and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. This is part two of our blog series on Yengo National Park. In part one, we highlighted the places to stay in Yengo National Park: The Big Yango House and the four different campgrounds in Yengo National Park plus the Big Yango House. The campgrounds are Mogo campground, Finchley campground, Mountain Arm campground, and Blue Gums campground. Stay tuned for part two, where we will explore the walking trails, picturesque lookouts, and scenic drives also available inside Yengo National Park. Today, we will be exploring the walking trails and panoramic lookouts in the park. Continue reading

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We have been featuring the national parks in the region north of Sydney in New South Wales.  We featured Berowra Valley National Park, Marramarra National Park, and Dharug National Park. Today, we will be highlighting Yengo National Park. It is adjacent to Dharug National Park directly to the east and in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales. The park is vast, covering 154,328 hectares of land. This protected park along with seven other national parks all make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area. Yengo National Park is located about 85 km northwest of Sydney’s CBD. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Sydney. The park features walking trails, campgrounds, accommodations, cycle trails, bushwalking, horseback riding, bird watching, panoramic lookouts, scenic drives, and Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. This is the first of a three part blog series on Yengo National Park. Today we will be featuring the places to stay in Yengo National Park: The Big Yango House and the four different campgrounds in Yengo National Park plus the Big Yango House. The campgrounds are Mogo campground, Finchley campground, Mountain Arm campground, and Blue Gums campground. Stay tuned for part two, where we will explore the walking trails, picturesque lookouts, and scenic drives also available inside Yengo National Park. Continue reading

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