Scenic drives in the tranquil countryside of the beautiful Southern Highlands will take you to magnificent waterfalls and spectacular lookouts in national park wilderness. In the towns and villages of this cool-climate wine region you will also find gorgeous gardens and parks perfect for picnics.
Fitzroy Falls in the vast Morton National Park is captivating - the waterfall plummets more than 80 metres. A short wheelchair-accessible boardwalk connects the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre to the falls. There are walking tracks along the top of escarpment to lookouts with breathtaking views.
A short drive east is Belmore Falls, another splendid waterfall. Near Robertson is Macquarie Pass, a national park with a winding road through rainforest that links the highlands and the South Coast. In the national parks keep an eye out for wallabies, wombats, kangaroos and myriad bird species.
Getting to this picturesque region is easy. The drive from Sydney to Mittagong is only 80 minutes and from Canberra under two hours. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the region and the major natural attractions, wineries, villages and towns are all within an easy drive of each other.
Near Mittagong is the Box Vale Mine walking track along an old railway through a tunnel to splendid views from Nattai Gorge lookout. Bowral is home to the annual Tulip Time Festival in the enchanting Corbett Gardens. In Moss Vale, Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve is a great spot for watching waterbirds.
The beautifully manicured gardens at Red Cow Farm, in Sutton Forest, are wonderful 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.