Southern Highlands

From colonial heritage and cool-climate wines to spectacular waterfalls and wonderful national parks, the Southern Highlands makes for a great Country NSW escape. Rolling hills and unspoilt bushland are a fitting backdrop to explore the region’s charming country towns and villages.

This picturesque destination is perfect for day trips, weekend breaks and longer holidays. The drive from Sydney to Bowral – the largest town in the Southern Highlands – is 90 minutes and under two hours from Canberra. You can also travel by train. There’s many tours and things to do.

Yellow tulips blooming at Tulip Time in Corbett Gardens, Bowral

The region’s towns, cellar doors and natural wonders are all within easy driving distance of each other. Pick up maps and invaluable local knowledge from the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong, a pretty town with fine colonial buildings and specialty stores.

Bowral is home to the annual Tulip Time Festival and the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, which commemorates legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. A short drive southwest is the village of Berrima, with its convict-built Surveyor General Inn.

Water plunging at Fitzroy Falls, Morton National Park, Southern Highlands

For jaw-dropping views, visit the dramatic Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park. Near the village of Robertson is the splendid Belmore Falls. The region is full of enjoyable bushwalks, such as the Lovers walking track. There’s exhilarating cycling tracks near Bundanoon.

The Southern Highlands is a foodie’s paradise, with rich volcanic soils supporting a range of produce, including beef, dairy and truffles. The high altitude is perfect for cool-climate wines, with plenty of cellar doors to visit. There are acclaimed restaurants too, such as Biota Dining and Eschalot.

Check out the events calendar for what’s on, from festivals and shows to concerts and exhibitions. Places to stay suit various budgets. There’s campgrounds, motels, cottages, guesthouses, health retreats and the Hillview Heritage Hotel, a colonial manor in Sutton Forest.


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  1. Heritage Raider Summer Pass

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Thursday 31 January 2019 , Bowral

    World-famous Bradman Museum's ‘Heritage Raider’ Summer Family Pass runs all January. There'll be a chock-a-block full of activities for families—indoors and outside. Includes all day unlimited museum entry, plus: Heritage Raider …

    25 Jan - 31 Jan
  2. 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 20 hand-picked Australian and New Zealand brewers and…

    26 Jan - 27 Jan
  3. Small Farm Field Day

    Saturday 02 February 2019 to Sunday 03 February 2019 , Moss Vale

    The Small Farm Field Day will be held at the Moss Vale Showground in the Southern Highlands region of NSW. There are 1,803 farms and over 2,000 small farms in the Southern Highlands region, making Moss Vale the perfect venue for this…

    02 Feb - 03 Feb
  4. Portrait Art Workshop in Bowral

    Saturday 02 February 2019 , Bowral

    Spend the day in Bowral and participate in this art workshop. In this art workshop e explore mixed media to make a portrait. This art workshop is highly suitable for beginner and intermediate artists. You’ll use collage, paint, pastel and…

    02 Feb
  5. Macro Floral Painting Workshop

    Sunday 03 February 2019 , Bowral

    Spend the day in Bowral. Create your own, beautiful, large-scale floral painting. Tracey has many years of art experience and will guide beginner and intermediate artists through the steps to create your own art work.…

    03 Feb