The Southern Highlands are bursting with natural attractions that are ripe for exploration. Enjoy bushwalking through national parks or take in the breathtaking view from the Bowral Lookout.

Nature getaways in the Southern Highlands

Fairy Bower Falls, Morton National Park, Southern Highlands

Famed for its cool climate wines and fine dining experiences, the Southern Highlands also plays host to an abundance of attractions that display the incredible natural beauty of the area. With plenty of scenic walks, picturesque lookouts and finely manicured gardens, head out on a self-guided tour and enjoy the great outdoors throughout the Southern Highlands.

Experience the diverse flora and fauna and sweeping vistas of the Southern Highlands firsthand as you set out on foot along a scenic walking track. Wander through lush forest, past high sandstone cliffs and to an ethereal waterfall as you follow the Cave Creek Walking Track. Join the Box Vale Mine Walking Track and make your way along an historic railway line, through disused tunnels and amongst native bushland. Set off on a hike through imposing gorges and pockets of rainforest within the Morton National Park or see the area at a faster pace as you ride along mountain bike trails.

Spend time gazing out across the towns, villages and national parks of the Southern Highlands or settle in for a picnic with a view at one of the region’s panoramic lookouts. Enjoy views towards Bowral, the peaks of the Blue Mountains and the Nattai and Kanangra-Boyd National Parks from Mount Jellore Lookout or stop by the Nattai Gorge Lookout to see birds gliding overhead and leafy tree-lined gullies below.

For a more leisurely outdoor experience, head to Red Cow Farm or Corbett Gardens and spend time strolling through manicured gardens lined with delicately perfumed blooms and large shady trees. Explore each of the different zones situated within Red Cow Farm, including a kitchen garden and a collection of unusual perennials, or marvel at the colourful display of tulips planted each spring at Corbett Gardens.