Southern Highlands 4WD Eco Tour
2 Day Southern Highlands Tour

Departs your Hotel 7.00 am,  returns following evening

  • air-conditioned 4WD `Private Charter' ecotour
  • All National Park entries
  • short walks where appropriate
  • `Joadja Creek' entry fees
  • all meals including dinner
  • 4 Star twin share acc. with private facilities
  • Experienced driver/guide

Great value two day overnight `Private Charter' tour....

Our tour heads south through Sydney's Royal National Park, where we enjoy breakfast beside the Hacking River. Arriving at dramatic Stanwell Tops lookout, we follow the coast to the beautiful seaside town of Kiama.

After inspecting Kiama's famous `Blowhole', we strike west into the beautiful hinterland of Jamberoo, where high rainfall and volcanic soils produce luxuriant vegetation. Here, at Budderoo National Park, we take the opportunity to explore Minnamurra Rainforest, one of the southern most examples of sub-tropical rainforest in NSW. Minnamurra features one of the best elevated boardwalks in Australia, over 1.6 km long!

After lunch we go mountain climbing along a secluded four wheel drive trail to arrive at the historic Southern Highlands towns of Robertson, Bowral, Mittagong and Berrima, where we overnight.

Four Star accommodation....

Our overnight accommodation is in historic Berrima village, where comfortable surroundings ensure your complete privacy and relaxation. After a great country breakfast, the cool elevation of Sydney's southern highlands beckons and today, we explore one of Australia's best kept secrets: the historic Shale Oil `ghost town' of Joadja...

Deep in a densely wooded valley, we find remains of a town and mine, dating back to 1878. At Joadja Creek, the remains of the once proud Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company's town and kerosene oil refinery, lies decaying in the Australian bush.

By heating shale in iron `retorts', the Joadja works produced kerosene, candles, wax and oil for the young colony. The little refinery and town at Joadja Creek became an isolated but self-contained enclave of two thousand Scottish workers who, for a time, were independent of the influences of the outside world.

Soon after Federation in 1901, the new Federal Government removed import duty on kerosene and the fortunes of the town declined. By 1911, the town and refinery was deserted, left to the harsh ravages of the Australian bush. 

thanks to Ms Leonie Knapman for photographs of `Joadja Creek'