This is a 1-day hike through the Keith Longhurst Reserve to Kentlyn Basin.
The Keith Longhurst Reserve is a beautiful waterering hole just 45 minutes drive south of Sydney, in Campbeltown.
This one day hike starts fairly easy with clear tracks but then turns into a bush bash along the river to get to the beautiful and scenic Kentlyn Basin.
The bush bash is not difficult, you just need to look and think 25-30 metres ahead to ensure that you don’t have to double back too much.
The Kentlyn Basin is a beautiful water hole that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, even though you are on 20 minutes walk from the houses on the reserve. It can get busy in summer, and unfortunately, there is always a heap of rubbish and graffiti left.
Day 1: Return (loop) hike from and back to the roundabout at the end of Georges River Road.
Distance: 3.4KM Round Trip
Time: 1 to 1.5hrs (depending on pace / fitness / no. of stops)
You start the hike at the roundabout at the end of Georges River Road. There are several places to park your car, and also several entry points into the reserve. Look for the main fire trail that is at the northern point of the roundabout.
Start the walk and keep to the fire trail as it winds through the bush. After a short while, you’ll come to a T-junction. Take the path to the right and keep following the main route. You will start to see and hear Peter Meadows Creek down to your left.
Follow the route right down to the water – this is Georges River. At the time of recording this hike, Sydney had gone through almost two weeks of heavy rain, so the river was a lot larger and swollen to encompass more of the river bank.
Head right, ensuring you keep Georges River on your left hand side. This is the bush bash part.
As mentioned, it is not a difficult hike, you just have to look ahead and work out the best route. A good tip is that at the start, head up a bit higher as there are sandstone ledges that you can walk along to get past the heavier of the bush.
The trees then open up a bit and it is easier to meander your way through. After about 20 minutes, you’ll hit a larger area of flat rock, and see the ridge of the reserve ahead and above you. This is the junction of Georges River, and Punchbowl Creek, called Kentlyn Basin.
Kentlyn Basin is such a beautiful place, at any time of the year, although care must be taken if it is raining or wet as the rocks become very slippy. Also, take care crossing the river when it is high as there is a large amount of water that gets passed through here.
Staying with the river on your left, the route back up is easy to see and find, with a set of man-made steps. Follow the route back up to the top, and then keep to the path.
There are a couple of options to get back to Georges River Road, once you’re back on the fire trail. When you get to a crossroads, you can either go left and follow the trail round, or head straight, then take the next left. Both routes will take you back to the parking area which can be seen through the trees as you’re getting closer.
This route can be done the other way round too.
|Gone Bush Track Route:
Keith Longhurst Reserve Loop via Kentlyn Basin