February 27, 2014

Let me tell you about one of the best ways to spend a Sunday with the family. Cattai National Park is only a stone skim away from Vermont. There are beautiful shaded areas and zillions of kangaroos, (it took me three days to count them all).

The Cattai Farmhouse was built in 1821 for the Arndell family, and its shaded gardens are the perfect picnic destination with barbecues, firewood and plenty of space for games.

Thomas Arndell was an assistant surgeon on the First Fleet, and grew grain on his land grant, which was then shipped down river to the fledgling colony. As you drive into the park from the northern boundary, you’ll see the remains of the original mill and granary – this is the oldest industrial archaeological site in Australia.

If you’re planning a big get-together then why not reserve one of the shelter sheds with tables and benches by calling NPWS on (02) 4572 3100. You can also take a tour of the homestead by arrangement.

Wander through Mitchell Park, with over 5km of tracks through gullies and paperbark trees. The kids will love clambering over the sandstone rocks, and along Cattai Creek you’ll find remnants of the riverine rainforest, with lilly pillies and sandpaper figs.

There are many eastern grey kangaroos – especially at dusk – and you might also spot some ringtail and brushtail possums, goannas and wallabies.

There’s a wharf where you can launch a kayak or canoe into the water, or make Cattai National Park your rest spot during a day of fishing or waterskiing.

Told you it was one of the best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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