When the mercury rises, there’s no better place to be than the quiet village of Bundanoon, high in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. Here you can cycle and bush walk-in cooler conditions. Located on the edge of Morton National Park, Bundanoon is a convenient base to explore superb wilderness and admire starry nights.

Water cascading at Fairy Bower Falls, Morton National Park, Bundanoon

Things to do

From pretty waterfalls to stunning escarpment lookouts, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in the national park. Take in the magic of Fairy Bower Falls on a one-hour loop walk, or the scenic views on the Lovers, the Riverview and the Mount Carnarvon walking tracks.

An evening visit to Glow Worm Glen is a must-do, with hundreds of larvae of fungus gnats producing an amazing display of light. The best time to see the glowing larvae is December to February.

Caber tossing at the Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival, Southern Highlands

Cycling trails

The roads and trails winding through the national park are great for cycling. The Bundanoon cycling route is an ideal ride for the family. You can pick up extra cycling skills with Wild Horizon Outdoor Tours, which offers one-day courses, private lessons and overnight camps.

Bundanoon Highland Gathering

Each April, thousands of people descend on the tiny town to celebrate Brigadoon, the Bundanoon Highland Gathering. It’s a great time to to visit for a holiday with a Scottish twist – watch pipe bands, Highland dancing, feats of strength, live music and traditional games like caber tossing.

Getting there and where to stay

Bundanoon is a 2hr 15min drive from Sydney and just under two hours from Canberra. You can also catch a direct train from Sydney and the journey takes around two hours. There are places to stay for various budgets, from hotels to guesthouses, cosy cottages and a health retreat.