Southern Highlands

Southern Highlands

Taste cool-climate wines in rolling green vineyards, explore spectacular rainforest trails and marvel at cascading waterfalls. Only a short drive south of Sydney, the beautiful Southern Highlands region is the perfect escape. Relax in one of the region’s historic villages and find out why this area has been attracting visitors for more than 140 years.   

Towns & villages

Home to beautifully preserved colonial architecture, colourful gardens and manicured estates, Southern Highlands’ towns offers 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.  

Short breaks 

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 the Morton National Park or explore peaceful bushwalks, such as the Lovers walking track, connecting Echo Point picnic area with Bonnie View. Try one of these suggested road trips to make the most of your Southern Highlands experience. 

Getting there

The Southern Highlands is around 90min drive from Sydney and less than two hours from Canberra. You can also catch a direct train from Sydney to Bowral, which takes around two hours.

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