Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
Peats Ridge, Hinterland Region
NSW Central Coast
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is under an hour’s drive from the CBD of Sydney and as I drove along the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway towards Gosford it wasn’t long before the turn-off to Glenworth Valley came up. As I entered through the gateway and onto the access track, that began its winding descent into the valley, it wasn’t long before a scenic look out opportunity appeared. I pulled over and stood on the cliff edge peering into the valley far below. I was thinking to myself – ‘is this place for real’? I took a ‘Kevin Rudd special’ “selfie” and sent it back to the office, pretending I was stressed out, or at least I was hoping they would think that! They didn’t.
Established in 1972, this 3000 acre property surrounded by National Park on both sides is pure gold. It is in fact, Australia’s largest horse riding and outdoor adventure centre. With a remarkable 50km’s of private tracks to explore, which include lush green valleys and ancient rainforests. There is enough space here to build multiple hard-top camps that would never encroach on one another. Each would have its own slice of paradise all within an hour of Sydney!
Some of the buildings on the property are old; in fact one, currently used as the office was built in 1832 and is the oldest building on the Central Coast. A total of four heritage listed sites exist on the property including a rock wall. Some of the numbers that come through this place is mind boggling: 96,000 visitors a year on average, 20,000 go horse riding with over 400 horses available to choose from, 10,000 come to go quad biking, large numbers for kayaking (utilising the Hawkesbury River system), abseiling (on natural rock), mountain biking, laser skirmish, survival courses and bushwalking. They have a paltry 200 acres of river front camping (1,200 sites) available! They hold numerous festivals also, which this place is just perfect for, being so isolated and within an natural amphitheatre. They even hold the Tough Mudder event here. Recently they have begun construction of some self-contained cabins in a section of this vast acreage with several more larger buildings in the pipeline.
Winners and finalists of many tourism awards, it is not hard to see why. If you are ever travelling this way I would highly recommend dropping in for a look as it wont disappoint. I’m certainly going bring my family here camping.