Around Ben Ricketts
Ben Ricketts is two hours south of Sydney on the Illawarra escarpment, 8 km west of Jamberoo Village. The cabins are close to the coast and the Southern Highlands, well known areas for great beaches, festivals, markets, arts and crafts and fine dining. Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, Budderoo National Park, Gerringong Falls, Carrington Falls and Minnamurra Rainforest are ideal bushwalking and scenic destinations nearby.
At present (Sept-Dec 2020) Jamberoo Mountain Road is closed above Ben Ricketts due to damage following recent rains. This means that many destinations are a longer drive than usual. Please talk to the caretakers about your plans before booking.
Walks on Ben Ricketts
Our marked walking tracks 'Sassafras' and 'QWERTY' pass through rainforest and tall eucalypts and cross untouched creeks and waterfalls.
They offer opportunities to see our rich variety of native plants, birds and animals. You are welcome to explore off the tracks as well. You can have a great adventure without going more than a few metres from your cabin!
Walking in Budderoo National Park
From Illawarra Lookout
Eastern Yellow Robin
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
There is a variety of walks at this Nature Reserve including the Griffiths Trail, an 8km loop taking in the Natural Stone Bridge & IIllawarra Lookout.
Carrington and Gerringong Falls
Carrington Falls has walking tracks to lookouts with spectacular views of the Upper Kangaroo Valley and is readily accessible to all. Gerringong Falls is a longer walk for the more experienced walker.
Just up the road from Ben Ricketts, Illawarra Fly is a spectactular tree top walk with incredible views over the valley.
Jamberoo Recreation Park
Jamberoo Recreation Park is a great place for the family and is a short drive from Ben Ricketts
There are several popular beaches at coastal town of Kiama approximately 20 minutes drive from Ben Ricketts.
Nellies Glen Swimming Hole
Nellies Glen swimming hole, very near Carrington Falls,is a great place to cool off on a hot day, with great swimming and plenty of shade.
Minnamurra Rainforest offers accessible and easy walks through spectacular rainforest terrain, restaurant facilities and National Parks Visitors Centre
Nearby towns and villages
Down the hill, Jamberoo village boasts its famous pub and some good antiques shopping. Kiama boasts its beachside lifestyle and the spectacular Blowhole.
Up the mountain, Robertson is your gateway to the Southern Highlands, and all that they offer.
All local towns and villages offer food and other shopping.