With the natural surroundings of magnificent waterfalls, green hills and national park wilderness, the Southern Highlands lends itself to superb nature experiences. Enjoy spectacular lookouts, idyllic walks in the fresh country air, and relaxing picnics in gardens and parks.
Visit the breathtaking Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park, where the waterfall drops more than 80 metres. A short wheelchair-accessible boardwalk connects the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre to views of the falls. There are walking tracks along the escarpment to more lookouts.
A short drive east is Belmore Falls, another splendid waterfall. Near Robertson is the Macquarie Pass National Park, where a winding road through rainforest links the highlands and the South Coast. In all the national parks in the region, keep an eye out for wallabies, wombats, kangaroos and birdlife.
Near Mittagong, the Box Vale Mine walking track follows an old railway line through a tunnel to views of the Nattai Gorge. In Bowral, the annual Tulip Time Festival is held in the pretty Corbett Gardens. For bird lovers, the Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve in Moss Vale is a great spot for watching waterbirds.
The landscaped gardens at Red Cow Farm in Sutton Forest are perfect for gentle walks. A short drive south is Bundanoon, a popular destination for bushwalking and cycling in the northern expanse of the Morton National Park. The bright starry nights will fill you with wonder.
Getting to the Southern Highlands is easy. The drive from Sydney to Mittagong is 80 minutes; and from Canberra, it is under two hours. You’ll find lots of places to stay, as well as scenic drives that reveal charming country towns and villages, heritage attractions and wineries.