Robertson

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.

Aerial of Robertson - Southern Highlands

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.

Check out the Robertson Heritage Railway Station, a National Trust-listed attraction. Nature lovers will enjoy the Rainforest walking track in the Robertson Nature Reserve, near the village. Places to stay in Robertson suit various budgets and include the iconic Robertson Hotel, established in 1924.

Robertson Heritage Railway Station in  Southern Highlands

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Wildfest - Annual Festival

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Sunday 13 October 2019 , Moss Vale

    Discover the Wild-er side of the Southern Highlands from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 7 October at Wildfest, Australia’s First Wilderness Festival.   Choose from immersive, hands on foodie experiences like Wilderness Fire Cooking Classes…

    29 Sep - 13 Oct
  2. Wilderness Walks

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 , Fitzroy Falls

    They have two beautiful hikes to choose from that showcase different elements of the local landscape and suit varying fitness levels. All packages are curated by a local qualified guide who knows all the best places to visit, how to get th…

    29 Sep - 01 Oct
  3. Wildly Creative with Catriona Pollard

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Moss Vale

    Gift yourself the time to explore your creativity that’s not about perfection or deadlines, but all about play, reconnecting with nature and the most ancient of all crafts – basketry. You’ll leave with a greater sense of joy and a sculptu…

    29 Sep - 07 Oct