The semi-rural township of Thirlmere is known for its extensive rail history. With a great mix of outdoor activities and heritage sites, Thirlmere becomes the perfect destination to spend a day exploring.
Start your day off at the picturesque Thirlmere Lakes National Park home to a walking track, picnic areas and historical artefacts.
As the weather warms, the national park is the perfect place to spend a morning walking around the three lakes Gandangarra, Werri-Berri and Couridjah - and the historic Heritage Pump Station.
The waters of Thirlmere Lakes National Park help to provide the perfect sanctuary for over 140 bird species, all of which can be spotted around the area. Walking through the 6km loop track, take note of the various bird noises that flood the airways, providing a sense of tranquillity throughout. Start the walk from the corner of Slades Road and Dry Lakes Road and head up Dry Lakes road to where the walking track begins.
After passing the three lakes, you'll stumble upon Werri Berri picnic area, the perfect spot to stop and enjoy the view over the lake. As this is towards the end of the walk, take your time and enjoy the lookout. Venture over to the Heritage Pump station and read about how the lakes were once used to pump water to the historic Locomotives.
After finishing up at the Thirlmere Lakes National Park, drive down into the township of Thirlmere. The small commercial centre of the town is built around the historic Thirlmere Railway Station. Stop off at the Off The Rail cafe for your caffeine fix, or a casual bite to eat.
Take a short walk down Barbour Road to the NSW Rail Museum the museum is currently opened weekends by appointment only, but still worth the walk by even if you decide not to go inside.
After finishing up in Thirlmere, take a drive down Westbourne Avenue turning left at Cedar Creek Road, home of the new Cedar Creek Cider. From here, head up to Thorton Bros Roses. Thorton Bros are flower farmers and wholesalers who are opened to the public Monday through Saturday. The greenhouses and sheds used to store the flowers are a spectacular sight and definitely worthy of a photo opportunity.
If you're wanting to get to the Thirlmere Lakes National Park a car is needed. While driving from the National Park to the township, feel free to explore the local streets and take in all Thirlmere has to offer. If you’re after a long drive, travel along Wilson Drive, all the way to Colo Vale, making for a close connection to Bowral