Southern Highlands

Discover the rural delights of the beautiful Southern Highlands, from cool-climate wines and fresh seasonal produce to gorgeous gardens, spectacular waterfalls and wonderful national parks. Enjoy idyllic walks in the fresh country air, visit cellar doors for wine tasting, and explore colonial heritage.

Getting to this picturesque region in Country NSW is easy. The drive from Sydney to Bowral is 90 minutes and under two hours from Canberra. You can travel by train, too. Perfect for day trips, weekend escapes and longer sojourns, you’ll find many things to do and tours throughout the year.

Tulip Time, Bowral

You can pick up maps and invaluable local knowledge at the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong, a charming town with fine colonial buildings and specialty stores. The towns and villages, vineyards and wineries, and natural wonders, are all within easy driving distance of each other.

Bowral is home to the annual Tulip Time Festival and the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, which commemorates legendary Australian batsman Sir Don Bradman. A short drive southwest is historic Berrima and the convict-built Surveyor General Inn, a sandstone pub.

Fitzroy Falls, Southern Highland

For breathtaking wilderness, visit the magnificent Fitzroy Falls in the vast Morton National Park. Near the village of Robertson is the splendid Belmore Falls. There are enjoyable bushwalks, such as the Lovers Walking Track, and exhilarating cycling trails near Bundanoon, a tourist destination since the 1920s.

The food and wine experiences are delicious. Deep volcanic soils support a range of produce, from beef and dairy to wine grapes and truffles. The high altitude is perfect for cool-climate wines, with plenty of wineries to visit. There are acclaimed restaurants too, such as Biota Dining and Eschalot.

Check out the events calendar for epicurean and flower festivals as well as shows, concerts and exhibitions. Places to stay suit various budgets and include campgrounds, motels, cottages, guesthouses, health retreats and the Hillview Heritage Hotel, a colonial manor in Sutton Forest.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Hand Building in Clay

    Wednesday 21 November 2018 to Wednesday 19 December 2018 , Bowral

    Explore hand building techniques in ceramics. This class is suitable for adults who are beginners at ceramics and would like to learn the basics of hand building. You'll be instructed in the hand building techniques of pinch, coil, and…

    21 Nov - 19 Dec
  2. Bong Bong Picnic Races

    Friday 23 November 2018 , Bowral

    Bong Bong Picnic Races is one of Australia's oldest picnic race meetings. The meeting is a six race programme. This is a members only race day meeting. Membership enquiries are welcome directly to the Club. Membership forms are also…

    23 Nov
  3. Christmas at The Loch

    Sunday 09 December 2018 to Sunday 16 December 2018 , Berrima

    Come celebrate the festive season with a traditional Christmas feast at The Loch. It's the perfect place to get together with family, friends, classmates or workmates, try a glass of award-winning cool climate wine, and enjoy Christmas…

    09 Dec - 16 Dec
  4. Fantastic Orchestral Beasts: Bowral

    Sunday 20 January 2019 , Bowral

    Illawarra On Pointe Productions (IOP) presents their Concert Orchestra in Fantastic Orchestral Beasts. A magical concert for the whole family it features music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and How To Train Your Dragon as well as other…

    20 Jan
  5. Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

    Saturday 26 January 2019 to Sunday 27 January 2019 , Bowral

    The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is here ! Local Australian and New Zealand brewers and cideries chomping at the bit to join the lineup, the 2018 festival bill will see over 50 hand-picked Australian and New Zealand brewers and…

    26 Jan - 27 Jan