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Thirlmere Lakes National Park

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.

Things to Do in Thirlmere Lakes National Park

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Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Once you arrive in Thirlmere Lakes National Park, you can set your sights on the Thirlmere Lakes walking track, the Werri Berri picnic area, and taking in some local history at the Heritage Pump Station. When you are planning to venture out into a national park, remember that it is still wild lands even though it is a protected national park. Do your research about the requirements and details of the walking trail you choose. No matter the length of your walk, be sure to plan ahead, understand the fitness level requirements, use sunscreen and hats to protect your skin from the sun, have the right shoes and attire, bring plenty of drinking water, have emergency supplies with you, and make sure that someone not travelling with you knows when you are expected back. Check the weather before your trip so you know what type of conditions and temperatures you can expect. The weather in Thirlmere Lakes National Park can be extreme and unpredictable, so be sure to come prepared for different weather scenarios. When you take all these necessary safety precautions, it ensures that you will have the most enjoyable holiday.  It is also important to always remember that you are a guest in nature. Bring a bag with you to take your own rubbish away. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. The highlights we will be covering in Thirlmere Lakes National Park include walking trails and exploring the local history.

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Thirlmere Lakes Walking Track in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Thirlmere Lakes walking track is a challenging grade 5 track that is a 6 km loop. You should allow between 1 ½ and 2 ½ hours to complete the track. This walking track is great for bird watching and you will be able to see the lakes, the flowers and flora. It takes you past the Couridjah Picnic Area, the Werri Berri Picnic Area, and around three of the lakes: Gandangarra, Werri-Berri, and Couridjah. Bird enthusiasts will have plenty to look for with more than 140 species of waders, waterfoul and woodland birds that inhabit the lakes and the park.

Werri Berri Picnic Area

Werri Berri Picnic Area, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Werri Berri Picnic Area in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Werri Berri Picnic Area, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Werri Berri Picnic Area in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Werri Berri Picnic Area, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Werri Berri Picnic Area in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Werri Berri Picnic Area, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Werri Berri Picnic Area in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Werri Berri picnic area is relatively easy to access, you can find it on the Thirlmere Lakes walking track and it is near the Heritage Pump Station. You can bring your picnic supplies, cook your lunch using the free gas barbecues, and lay your picnic blanket out under a shady eucalyptus tree, and have a relaxing afternoon with nature. The picnic area is very picturesque and usually not very crowded at all.

Heritage Pump Station

Pump Station, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Heritage Pump Station in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Pump Station, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Heritage Pump Station in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Pump Station, Thirlmere Lakes National Parks

Heritage Pump Station in Thirlmere Lakes National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Heritage Pump Station is a historic site where steam trains were replenished on the old southern railway line. The Pump Station used to deliver water to Couridjah where the steam locomotives would be replenished after the steep incline from Picton. Now, the station is where history buffs of lovers of steam trains can take a look into the past in this restored sandstone heritage pumphouse. It is the only example left of a building of this kind.

Hiring a Car in Sydney to get to Thirlmere Lakes National Park

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Thirlmere Lakes National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Sydney Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

It’s convenient and easy to hire a car in Sydney  at one of many convenient locations. If you flew into Sydney on holiday, you can hire a car right at the Sydney Airport. Other locations in Sydney where you can rent a car at a great price include Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. The drive from Sydney to Thirlmere Lakes National Park is about 1 ½ hour drive. Click through any of the links to get a quick and easy rate quote for the best car rental rates in Sydney. Be sure to let your car rental agent know your travel itinerary so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip. Many parts of this park are great for four-wheel driving, so you will likely want to hire a 4WD vehicle so that you can access all of those trails. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. While in Sydney, check out these other holiday ideas from our blog:

Best Scenic Drives in Australia: Greater Blue Mountains

Scenic Drives in the Snowy Mountains

Snow Valley Way: A Delicious Scenic Drive

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Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

Free Things to Do in Sydney

A Spectacular New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to See in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

Scenic Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

Experience the Vast Beauty of Wollemi National Park

Royal National Park

Enjoy the Diversity of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Walking through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Summertime is the Perfect Time for Sydney’s Outdoor Pools

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