In a tranquil rural setting of rolling hills and charming towns, the Southern Highlands has everything you need for a fabulous gourmet getaway. Discover acclaimed restaurants, cool-climate wines, classic country pubs and an abundance of local produce.
The fertile soils, high altitude and seasonal changes are ideal for cool-climate vineyards and growing a range of produce. Local specialties include Angus beef, Toulouse geese, Wessex saddleback pigs, yabbies, cheeses, olives, olive oil, truffles, berries, cherries and pome fruits.
Bowral is 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. Alternatively, you can travel by train and join a wine tasting tour, such as Grape Escape or Highlands Food and Wine Tours. More than 50 vineyards and a dozen cellar doors call this picturesque region home.
Some well-known wineries are Artemis Wines and Tertini Wines near Mittagong, Centennial Vineyards and Joadja Estate near Berrima, Eling Forest Winery and Southern Highland Winery near Sutton Forest, and Cuttaway Hill Wines and St Maur Wines near Exeter.
Check out the events calendar for foodie fun such as the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival. For award-winning dining, book a table at Biota Dining or Eschalot. Try other delicious restaurants and cafes, such as Bernie’s Diner, which opened in Moss Vale in 1925.
There’s a number of pubs to enjoy, including the convict-built General Surveyor Inn in Berrima, and the Burrawang Village Hotel, which has great views. In Robertson, try the scrumptiously famous Robertson Pie Shop and visit the moreish Robertson Cheese Factory, where you can buy local cheeses.