Bowral

Discover the charms of Bowral, from vivid tulips and splendid gardens to vineyards, wineries, delicious restaurants and cricket legends. Only 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney, this delightful Southern Highlands town is the perfect country escape. You can also travel by train to Bowral.

You’ll find a wonderful variety of things to do and see. The Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame commemorates legendary Australian batsman Donald Bradman, who lived in Bowral, and other great players of the game. Enjoy bushwalking, fly fishing and a round of golf.

Sun rising over Centennial Vineyards, Bowral

Corbett Gardens is the centrepiece of the annual Tulip Time Festival in September. More than 100,000 brightly coloured tulips bloom. This beautiful park is enchanting at any time of the year, with its seasonal colours. For spectacular views of the town and beyond, visit Bowral Lookout.

The food and wine experiences are moreish, with fresh produce and cool-climate wines a feature. Visit the cellar door of Centennial Vineyards and dine at acclaimed Biota Dining, a consistent award-winner in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide. There are delectable country pubs, too.

Tulip Time, Bowral

Check out the events calendar for festivals, including the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival in spring. Enjoy wine-tasting tours such as the Grape Escape and browse the Ten Thousand Paces Gallery for art and wine. You’ll find plenty more shopping opportunities as well as day spas.

Bowral is a good base for exploring the Southern Highlands – the Illawarra tourism route is a scenic drive and historic Berrima is only 10 minutes’ drive from Bowral. Accommodation options suit various budgets, from motels and pubs to bed and breakfasts, cottages and country retreats.

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. 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