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Staycation an excellent alternative to stress of travel

Maddens Falls, Dharawal National Park

Maddens Falls, Dharawal National Park

If you are still deciding whether to go on that long distance holiday in January consider an alternative plan: a memorable and stress free staycation in and around Campbelltown.

Avoid a long road trip on a hot day or long airport queues to fly interstate by taking advantage of the picturesque natural setting in your own backyard for a change.

Discover new places and support the local economy by enjoying a relaxing holiday in Campbelltown.

“Our city is home to some incredible tourist attractions and leisure activities that attract visitors from around the world,’’ says Mayor George Brticevic.

“The summer holidays and longer days give us a greater opportunity to explore our own backyards and the unique gems we have in our region,’’ he said.

“You don’t have to worry about getting everyone packed and ready to go.

Have a sleep in instead, plan your activities at your own pace and still have time to enjoy a day out with your family and friends,’’ Cr Brticevic said.

Campbelltown is home to the Dharawal National Park, near Wedderburn, just a short drive for most Campbelltonians, from Glenfield to Raby and St Helens Park.

Dharawal National Park gives visitors the opportunity to immerse in the unique Australian bushland on our doorstep.

The national park is a magical place to spend the day and home to walking and bike tracks, native flora and fauna, scenic waterfalls and rock pools.

Make sure you explore the Minerva Pools Walking Track and the O’Hares Creek lookout walking track.

You can also pack a picnic basket and bring the binoculars for a closer look at the bird and animal life.

Explore the national park at your own pace for free or join the Summer Sensory Walk, a guided tour which will be held on January 19. This walk costs $10 and people can book their spot by phoning 4645 4921 or visiting www.macarthur.com.au

Another great local attraction, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan is home to native animal and birdlife, walking tracks, 20km of cycling paths and roadways, lakeside lawns, picnic and barbecue areas and large contemporary sculptures. Entry is free.

Take a tour of the onsite Australian PlantBank and its laboratories and seed vault to see where millions of NSW flora are stored for preservation into the future.

Campbelltown Arts Centre (below) is our region’s cultural hub and is well worth a visit, with free entry daily.

The artistic program includes dance, exhibitions, music, performances and live art while the public program features workshops, talks and events for adults, children and young people.

While exploring the Arts Centre, don’t forget to take in the tranquillity of the Japanese gardens, visit the koi fish pond or enjoy brunch, lunch or coffee and cake at the Arts Centre Café.

If your staycation time is limited you can see these places in one spot through the Campbelltown Virtual Reality Experience.

This interactive three-dimensional video explores a range of tourist attractions in a few minutes at the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre. View the interactive video on weekdays from 10am to 4pm over the school holidays.

Families can also cool off and enjoy a variety of inflatable water slides when Water Wonderland opens at Bradbury Park from today, December 29 and run to January 28. Entry starts at $30 each or $25 online.

A range of fun, healthy and educational activities for school children from 5-18 years of age are also on offer at Campbelltown Council’s child care centres, Bicycle Education and Road Safety Centre, libraries and leisure centres from January 2-25.

 

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