Laurel Hill attracts visitors in every season, drawn by the beauty of the Sugar Pine Walk, Pilot Hill Arboretum, Lochinvar Picnic Area, and Laurel Hill Forest Lodge.
Things To Do in Laurel Hill
The hamlet of Laurel Hill can be found, surrounded by Bago State Forest, on the main road between Tumbarumba and Batlow.
The Sugar Pine Walk, in Bago State Forest, is the most Instagrammed location in the Snowy Valleys and is owned and managed by Forestry Corporation of NSW. Although the actual walk is only 500m in length it is an awe-inspiring experience. The canopy of the towering pine trees meet overhead while every footfall is softened by the carpet of pine needles. This natural cathedral is breath-taking in every season but has an extra magic when covered with snow. The perfect start to an off-the-beaten-track drive, continue on to Pilot Hill Aboretum where you’ll find a pleasant picnic area and an interesting wander through over 40 species of conifers and hardwoods.
The Lochinvar picnic area also has some lovely old and interesting trees. Lochinvar is the site of a once splendid garden, dating back to European settlement in the 1860’s. Public bathrooms are located at both Pilot Hill Arboretum and Lochinvar Picnic Area, but not at the Sugar Pine Walk.
Places to Stay in Laurel Hill
Laurel Hill Forest Lodge is the ideal venue for school camps, family reunions, weddings, team building workshops, conferences or any group bookings. Offering eight accommodation units, each with their own living area, toilets and bathrooms, and sleeping quarters for between 10-20 people in either twin or single rooms. Healthy menu options are offered using produce sourced as locally as possible, and catering to a variety of special dietary needs. The spacious grounds surrounding Laurel Hill Forest Lodge offer a number of recreational areas including open paddocks ideal for ball games, cement cricket pitch and volleyball court. Also starting from the Lodge are a number of bush walking tracks, allowing you to explore the magnificent forests that make up the Laurel Hill region.
Staff have a thorough knowledge of the surrounding forests, private channel two-way radio coverage of the entire area, knowledge of the Hume and Hovell Track, and drop off, pickup and back-up facilities to ensure a well-managed, safe and enjoyable learning experience for students, and cooperative support for bushwalkers and other groups.
Events in Laurel Hill
Laurel Hill Forest Lodge hosts the annual Easter Feast of Cycling, which sees both road cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts visit to enjoy the quiet roads – with their challenging climbs and long sweeping descents – and the myriad tracks and trails of the region. The owners are cycling devotees, and are keen to share their knowledge of the area.