First up, though it's listed as a State Reserve, it's run by the National Parks and Wildlife. That means it's going to cost you to stay there.
For us it was $10 per person and $7 for the motorhome.
The facilities were of a high standard though. The toilets clean and the showers the same. Having said that, we were the only people there.
A little word of warning here though. The showers are of the type where you push a button and the water comes out at a predetermined temperature which, in the winter, is about two degrees cooler than I'd prefer. It also takes a couple of minutes to get to that temperature so it doesn't pay to be undressed on a cold concrete floor awaiting the warm water when it's just above freezing.
Also, the water comes on quickly and you may get your arm wet before you get a chance to withdraw it.
There's also a hall with chairs and tables for large parties and a full kitchen so, all you need to bring is your sleeping requirements and some food.
This shot is the first I took on my walk which I'll run you through on the following pages.
The white walk takes you out to the boundaries at the ends of the park but is all across the cliff tops except for the eastern end where it drops into the Shoalhaven River down a very steep track. Not for the unfit.
The highlight is probably Mount Ayre where views of the Shoalhaven all the way to the ocean can be had. Just the spot for a respite from your travels and a picnic lunch.
The yellow track takes you around to a specific lookout on the western boundary but wouldn't be your first choice if you have limited time. It takes just over an hour.
The orange track takes you to a lookout on the southern boundary and fits the same category of the yellow. Just over an hour.
The red is definitely for the adventurer. It descends directly into the gorge, does not pass go, does not collect $200. It's straight down and straight up and you can look at over 4 hours strenuous exercise. I wouldn't recommend this in the middle of summer. Make sure you take something to drink, you'll need it. Even in the middle of winter you'll sweat.
There are actually five coloured walks. There's the aforementioned green which is the most popular; then there's the appropriately hued red, the one that takes you to the bottom of the gorge into the area where many of the 200 caves are to be found and is the most dangerous.
This makes you very much aware that the area is based on limestone and, when you get to the lookouts at the David Reid car park, it's hard not to notice the garish scar on the landscape across the other side of the gorge.
It's an open cut limestone mine and it brings into conflict the ambitions of man and the beauty of nature. One is sacrificed for the other.
Dont attempt this if you have any fear of heights, or dont want to develop a fear of them. I am a reasonably fit 40 year old small woman, and did this walk in optimum conditions (Cool to Warm and dry). The walk down was on slippery shale, and a bit nerve wracking and the walk out of the gorge was along a very step spur on slippery gravel with steep decents either side. This was ok but not really enjoyable. The walk through the gorge was spectacular but quite scary as there is no path to guide you and many, many times I felt like I had taken the completely wrong path through the boulders as many of the options were jumps and slides down very large slippery boulders onto more rocks. Many times I had to be lowered down rocks by my partner, backpacks had to come off to get through small tunnels, and on more than one occasion this walk felt very dangerous. My partner fell and hurt his arm and shoulder. By all means do this walk with someone who knows it, or if you are tall, or in a group with lots of support around you. It was an experience.