Activities

 

Tennis:

Play on the plexipave floodlit tennis court beautifully located amongst huge pines. Bring your own raquets and balls.

 

Walking:

Where to start. There are many walks in all directions from the house….out to the historic Bandon Grove Cemetery or down to the junction of the Williams and Chichester rivers….have a swim in the river. Further afield, you can drive into the state forest and do the Jerusalem Creek Walk or go right up to Barrington House and walk the magnificent forest track up to Lagoon Pinch and Carey’s Peak (over 1500metres altitude).

 

Canoeing:

In the right conditions it is possible to canoe sections of the Williams or Chichester Rivers near Bandon Grove. Only experienced, properly equipped canoeists should take up the challenge. The rivers are very beautiful but there could be overhanging branches and fencing to avoid.

 

Swimming:

There is a great natural water hole at the junction of the Williams and Chichester rivers (about 500m from the School House). Do not swim if the water level is high or the current strong. Alternatively, Dungog has a good 33 yard pool with toddlers pool and water slide…open in summer.

 

Horseriding:

Trail rides are available at The Barringtons, approximately 6km towards the Chichester Dam. Ring for bookings.

 

Cycling:

The Williams Valley remains one of the few safe road networks close to Sydney for cycling. There are many options which can be explored with a good map. Here are a few suggestions…

  • To Dungog, enjoy a coffee and back (24km)
  • To East Gresford and back over 2 big climbs…very tough (75km).
  • To Stroud and back.
  • Towards Barrington House (now burnt down) and back. Beautiful valley which soon may be flooded by proposed Tillegra Dam (65km).
  • Down the Williams Valley, via Dungog, Alison, Martindale, Clarencetown, Glen William and home via Dungog. Long but not so steep (100km approx).
  • Turn right out the gate…and cycle uphill to Chichester Dam. Enjoy the bellbirds and have a good run back down to Bandon Grove.
Bandon Grove Activities