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.
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.
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.