Take a short drive to nearby Moss Vale. This is another pretty town with lots of lovely gardens. Leighton Park in the main street (Argyle street) is a picture in Spring and Autumn.
Also in Argyle street, is the old Dominican Convent, with a row of beautiful Elm trees. Its also thought, that Mother Mary MacKillop ( Australia's first official saint) lived here for a while in Browley street, the home is named :Kalourgan.
Throsby Park, built in 1834, is now administered by the National Parks and Wildlife service and is open when the Tulip Festival is on (September/October)
Its a colonial Georgian residence, only single story, but has 27 rooms. There are cellars, servants attics, original furniture and farm buildings.
To find out more, ring 1800 656 176 for details when it is open,
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Tudor House Prep School, also located on the Illawarra Highway has had some quite famous students.
Just down the road (partly dirt) from Fitzroy Falls is the much-less-visited Belmore Falls. As a viewing spectacle they are better than the famed Fitzroy but the walks and other possibilities aren't anywhere near as good, which isn't to say they're bad either.
Belmore is one of many that simply plunge off the sandstone escarpment into the valley below. The first drop is the furthest with the following falls becoming less in height, as you can clearly see in the opening shot.
The next photo is a more close-up view of the second cascade.
Barrengarry Creek is what feeds these falls and the Myra Vale loop road goes from Robertson (6kms) around to Fitzroy Falls.
Of the four carparks available, Hindmarsh is probably the best place to stop. From here it's only a relatively short walk to all four of the lookouts.
Hindmarsh doesn't look onto Belmore Falls but instead has extensive panoramic views down the valley (opening pic).
While you're there, keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful colours of the lichen (pic 2) on the nearby rocks and you should see wattle in bloom (pic 3) in winter and early spring.
It's also worth a stop, if you're into photography, at the top of the falls and walk a little way upstream. That's where I took the last two pictures.
Myra Vale Road is the name of the way you should be looking for when coming from Fitzroy Falls.