The green heart of the beautiful Southern Highlands, Robertson charms with rolling hills, wonderful waterfalls and splendid lookouts. A delightful escape, near the Illawarra Escarpment, this postcard rural setting is captured in the hit children’s film Babe, which won a Golden Globe for best picture.
The drive from Sydney, via the pretty highlands, is less than two hours. Alternatively, you can take the Grand Pacific Drive, a spectacular route via the beaches of Wollongong, and exit at Albion Park for Macquarie Pass, a winding ascent through rainforest. The drive from Canberra is two hours.
You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in Robertson. Choose from savoury and sweet pies at the famous Robertson Pie Shop, near the top of Macquarie Pass. Browse a moreish range of local and South Coast cheeses and gourmet delights at the old Robertson Cheese Factory, established in 1936.
A short drive south of the village is Belmore Falls. This magnificent waterfall plummets into Kangaroo Valley. A serene spot for a picnic is Nellies Glen – the cascading water enhances the tranquillity. Explore nearby Missingham and Warris Chair lookout tracks for marvellous 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 popular country pub with an inviting beer garden and great views of the verdant highlands.