The Highlands have been a magnet for travellers for more than a century, drawn to the lush landscapes, bucolic charm and a slew of pretty villages. A new generation of food-makers, wineries, retailers and hoteliers continue to make the region the ideal destination to rewind, refresh and rejuvenate.
Home to beautifully preserved colonial architecture, colourful gardens and manicured estates, the towns of the Southern Highlands offer a definitive touch of class. Bowral is the largest, famed for elegant boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and the colourful Tulip Time Festival. You’ll also find the legendary Bradman Museumand International Cricket Hall of Fame.
A short drive southwest is the historic Georgian village of Berrima. Refresh yourself at the convict-built Surveyor General Inn. Nearby Mittagong is a picturesque town with fine colonial buildings and specialty stores. The picture-postcard village of Robertson was the setting for Australia’s hit film Babe. Stop for a delicious pie at the famous bakery.
Tulip Time Festival, Bowral
From magical waterfalls in magnificent national parks to boutique wineries and cellar doors, there’s plenty to explore. For jaw-dropping views visit the stunning Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park or explore peaceful bushwalks, such as the Lovers walking track, connecting Echo Point picnic area with Bonnie View.
The region’s towns, cellar doors and natural wonders are all within easy driving distance of each other. Pick up maps and local knowledge from the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong. Check out the events calendar to find out what’s on, from festivals and shows to concerts and exhibitions.
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