Set in National Parks land, the Darkes Forest area is of special significance to the Dharawal people. Given the peace and seclusion, it is hard to believe it is only 30 minutes from the bustling centre of Wollongong. It is home to Darkes Forest Riding Ranch. Since the 1970’s, this family run business has offered horse riding lessons and services to beginners and experienced riders. They are available for one off lessons, training camps, birthday parties and agistment services. Further down the picturesque road is Glenbernie Orchard; a fourth generation family owned and run orchard.