Southern Highlands

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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.