This picture-postcard destination in the green heart of the Southern Highlands was the backdrop for the hit film Babe. Perched above Macquarie Pass and the Illawarra Escarpment, Robertson is surrounded by wonderful waterfalls and home to a famous pie shop and cheese factory.

The drive to Robertson from Sydney, via the highlands, is less than two hours. Or take the Grand Pacific Drive, a coastal route via the Royal National Park and the beaches of Wollongong, and exit at Albion Park for Macquarie Pass, a winding ascent through rainforest. The drive from Canberra is two hours.

Scenic aerial view of Roberston, Southern Highlands, NSW

Near the top of Macquarie Pass, call into the Robertson Pie Shop and choose from 24 different sweet and savoury pies. Another treat is the old Robertson Cheese Factory, established in 1936. Pick up homemade cheeses from the dairy store or enjoy a bite to eat in the cafe.

Other things to do include a visit to the National Trust-listed Robertson Heritage Railway Station. Nature lovers will enjoy the Rainforest walking track in the Robertson Nature Reserve. Places to stay in Robertson suit various budgets. The majestic Robertson Hotel is in elegant garden surrounds.

Passengers waiting to board a train, Roberston Heritage Railway Station

A short drive south is Belmore Falls. This magnificent waterfall plummets into Kangaroo Valley. A great spot for a picnic is Nellies Glen, with the sound of waterfalls in the background. Explore nearby Missingham and Warris Chair lookout tracks for incredible vistas of Kangaroo Valley.

For a thrilling ride soaring on Australia’s highest zip-line, drive 10 minutes southeast of Robertson to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures. A short drive southwest of Robertson is the Burrawang Village Hotel, a country pub with a beer garden and great views of the highlands.