With colourful tulips, culinary experiences and creative flair, the charming town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands is the perfect country escape. Discover delicious restaurants and wineries, splendid gardens and cricket legends, all only 90 minutes’ drive, or a two-hour train journey, from Sydney.

There’s a number of great things to do in Bowral, including bushwalking and fly fishing. Visit the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, which honours legendary Australian batsman Sir Donald Bradman, to learn about the ‘Boy from Bowral’ and other great cricketers.

A guide showing two kids cricket memorabilia, Bradman Museum, Bowral

Corbett Gardens is the centrepiece of the annual Tulip Time Festival in September, when more than 100,000 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.

Bowral is a gourmet getaway, with fresh produce and cool climate wines a feature. Visit the cellar door of Centennial Vineyards and dine at the highly acclaimed Biota Dining. Other great restaurants include Onesta Cucina and Ludo. There’s also a handful of charming country pubs.

Yellow tulips blooming at Tulip Time in Corbett Gardens, Bowral

Enjoy wine-tasting tours such as Grape Escape, day spas and shopping opportunities. Browse the Ten Thousand Paces gallery for art and wine. Check out the events calendar for what’s on, including the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival in Spring.

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 B&Bs, cottages and country retreats.