Everything about Robertson looks like it belongs in a movie, so it’s no surprise that it served as the setting for blockbuster Australian film Babe. Set right in the middle of the Southern Highlands, perched above Macquarie Pass and the Illawarra Escarpment, this charming town has so much to offer.

Scenic aerial view of Roberston, Southern Highlands, NSW

Pies and cheese

First things first, get yourself to the famous 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.

Visitors enjoying the Illawarra Fly Zipline Tour in Knights Hill, south of Wollongong

Things to do

Take a step back in time with a visit to the National Trust-listed Robertson Heritage Railway Station. Nature lovers will enjoy the Rainforest walking track in the Robertson Nature Reserve. For a memorable ride soaring on Australia’s highest zip-line, drive 10min southeast of Robertson to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.

A short drive south of town is Belmore Falls. This plunging waterfall has three drops that plummet into Kangaroo Valley. Grab lunch at the Burrawang Village Hotel, a country pub with great views of the highlands. Missingham and Warris Chair lookout tracks have sweeping vistas of Kangaroo Valley. Have a picnic Nellies Glen and eat to the sound of watery cascades.

Getting there and where to stay

Robertson is less than two hours’ drive from Sydney and just over two hours from Canberra. You can also take the train to Moss Vale and connect via coach, with the whole journey taking around three hours. Accommodations options iclude the majestic Robertson Hotel; built-in 1924 it was once considered the most luxurious hotel in Australia.