The hike to Mount Ayre lookout is found along the wite track in the bungonia national park. Two and a half hours south of Sydney, its the lesser known national park with loads of adventure. The first leg of the white track, to the lookout, is quite easy, it should take no longer than an hour if you take your time. The track follows the ridge line giving you a view over the surrounding gorges along the way.
The lookout is unfenced, making for a more spectacular viewing, but if you're taking children be wary of the cliff edge. The lookout overlooks the shoalhaven river from a perfectly placed bench seat. If you wish to, the track continues for another 2 km down to the river. Note however that the track from Mt Ayre down to the shoalhaven river is very steep and rated hard.
If you wish to do more exploring there is plenty more in the area. The Green track for instance completes a circuit around the whole ridge of Bungonia and is great for kids.
Some other more extreme adventures include the red track, taking you down through the line stone slot canyon. There are also plenty of caves around too, with reportingly over 200 caves in Bungonia. The most accessible of these are grill cave ann mass cave. Grill cave however is well known for foul air, so we highly recommend being prepared for foul air prior to attempting. Mass cave however while a bit steep on the way in is a short and safe cave.