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Southern Highlands

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Highlights

The Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame

Make your way to Bowral to discover the long history of cricket through interactive displays, memorabilia and informative exhibitions. Join a guided tour or wander through the sporting museum at your own pace as you familiarise yourself with some of Australia’s cricketing greats.

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About the Southern Highlands

Relax and unwind among the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands, with a cool climate and rich soil known for producing award-winning wines, and exquisitely manicured gardens. Surrounded by national parks and nature reserves, the area boasts an impressive range of walking trails, scenic lookouts and other natural marvels to explore, such as Fitzroy Falls. Whether you’re looking for a challenging outdoor adventure or to savour some quiet time encircled by ancient forests, the Southern Highlands is brimming with outdoor experiences.

Only 90 minutes drive south of Sydney, the area is renowned for its heritage villages and old world charm. Head to BowralBundanoonBerrimaMittagongMoss ValeKangaroo Valley or one of the region’s many small villages to discover rustic local eateries and eclectic boutiques and savour the quiet country setting.

De-stress with a soothing spa treatment, a relaxing massage session or by making your way to one of the Southern Highlands’ tranquil bushland lookouts. Unwind in a cosy bed and breakfast or put your feet up in a grand country manor. For indulgence of a different kind, satisfy your tastebuds with flavoursome local produce plated at one of the area’s restaurants or head to a cellar door to sample local cool climate wines.

Home to fertile soils, the gardens of the Southern Highlands are renowned for their diverse and vibrant flora. Find fragrant roses blossoming during the summer, bulbs flowering throughout the autumn months or enjoy the colourful blooms of tulips on show at the Bowral Tulip Time Festival during spring.

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Southern Highlands in Winter

The Southern Highlands offers a wide variety of things to see and do throughout the colder months, from rest and rejuvenation, to a range of outdoor experiences. Rug up and enjoy the outdoors with an early morning walk or spend your afternoon seated in front of a roaring fire with a glass of wine in hand. Get creative during a visit to the Sturt Craft Centre and try your hand painting, weaving, printmaking and many other creative workshops led by experienced tutors. Head to Peppers Craigieburn to sample gourmet flavours during the Taste of the Southern Highlands weekend or enjoy local fresh produce and wines with food and wine packages offered by local venues including Peppers Manor House.

Celebrate Christmas in winter during lunch or dinner at one of the area’s dining venues. Peppers Manor House offers a well-loved Christmas menu complete with traditional favourites including toasted marshmallows and schnapps, while Peppers Craigieburn presents a simple and hearty two course meal.

  • Eschalot Restaurant, Berrima, Southern Highlands

    Food and Wine

    Sample the products of the Southern Highlands’ wine scene by indulging in a glass of locally-grown pinot noir or pinot gris. Settle in for a meal at one of the area’s fine restaurants and delight your senses with a range of flavoursome fresh produce and international cuisines on offer.

  • Fitzroy Falls, Southern Highlands.

    Nature

    Explore the Southern Highlands on foot as you make your way through ancient forests, past waterfalls and along scenic trails. Survey national parks and townships from above or watch native birdlife fly overhead at a vantage point such as Mount Jellore or Bowral Lookout.

  • Couple shopping in Bowral, Southern Highlands

    Shopping and Galleries

    Discover the works of local and Australian artists at one of the many art galleries scattered throughout the area. Spend time admiring the creativity of talented artists or enjoy a day of retail therapy exploring the Southern Highland’s quirky gift shops, fashionable boutiques and eclectic antique centres.

Local areas

  • Berrima Berrima, the best-preserved Georgian village on the Australian mainland, features heritage buildings and gre
  • Bowral Bowral is famous for its country gardens and fields of tulips in spring.VisitNSW.com lists accommodation in
  • Bundanoon Bundanoon is the northern gateway to Morton National Park. VisitNSW.com lists accommodation in Bundanoon, ev
  • Fitzroy Falls Fitzroy Falls is best known for the waterfall that plunges spectacularly into the thick valley. There are pl
  • Mittagong Mittagong lies between the volcanic peaks of Mount Gibraltar and Mount Alexandra. There are plenty things to
  • Moss Vale Moss Vale's tree-lined main street and lush gardens make it one of the most picturesque towns in the Souther
  • Robertson The setting for the film Babe, Robertson is a gateway to some of the State's best waterfalls, including Belm
  • Sutton Forest From Sutton Forest, taste the food and wine of the Southern Highlands, enjoy scenic drives and visit histori

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