Bundanoon

This charming village in the Southern Highlands is loved for its cool climate, glow worms, and close proximity to wonderful bushwalking and cycling tracks. On the edge of Morton National Park, Bundanoon is a convenient base to explore superb wilderness and admire starry nights.

Less than two hours’ drive from Sydney and Canberra, Bundanoon is perfect for short breaks, weekend escapes and longer sojourns. You can also travel by train and rent a bicycle from Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe near the station; it’s best to reserve bicycles in advance.

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

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

An evening visit to Glow Worm Glen is an enchanting experience, with hundreds of larvae of fungus gnats producing a dazzling display of light. The best time to see the glowing larvae is December to February, and point your torches down when approaching the viewing platform.

Caber tossing at the Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival, Southern Highlands

The roads and trails winding through the national park are great for cycling. The Bundanoon cycling route is an enjoyable 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.

There are places to stay for various budgets, from a youth hostel to guesthouses, cottages and a health retreat. Check out the events calendar for what’s on. The Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival in Autumn is a lot of fun, with pipe bands and Scottish Highland dancing and games such as caber tossing.