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Stylish Country so close to town - the Southern Highlands      

The Southern Highlands is an atmospheric destination where magnificent homes and gardens dot the rolling hills and towns like Bowral, Mittagong, Berrima, Moss Vale, Bundanoon and Robertson. Bowral is famed for its boutiques, gourmet restaurants, gardens, galleries and Tulip Time Festival. It's aptly the site for the Bradman Museum as young Don grew up in the town, practicing his cricket against a water tank.

The highlands have some of Australia's best country accommodation from magnificent manor houses to cosy B & B's. Natural treasures include Fitzroy Falls, The Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures and Wombeyan Caves with their surrounding wilderness area.

Berrima boasts Australia's oldest continuously licensed pub, the stone Surveyor General with its wonky angles and colourful history.The town has some of the most interesting shopping and galleries.

The area has many quality wineries with welcoming cellar doors and top restaurants for you to enjoy.  

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Fitzroy Falls Morton National Park

Now this is a waterfall worth seeing!

The stunning Fitzroy Falls is located in the Morton National Park and is one of the region’s drawcards.
With a timber boardwalk, lookouts over sandstone escarpment and waterfalls cascading into rainforest valleys, it’s certainly not one to miss! There are 15 lookouts from which you can view the Falls, 6km of constructed walking tracks with interpretive signs and environmental and cultural heritage displays.

Go mountain biking, walking or enjoy a picnic lunch. If you’re looking to stay the night, Gambells Rest campground is a popular spot located near Bundanoon, if offers spectacular scenery amongst the tranquillity of the National Park.

Turn this beautiful landmark into a fun day out for everyone.


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The Bradman Centre

Cricket lovers rejoice!

Now this is one for those lovers of cricket…or anyone who enjoys and appreciates sports!

The famous Bradman Centre is a cricket experience like no other. The attraction incorporates innovative technology and interactive displays that will engage, educate and entertain you for hours.

Not only does the Bradman Centre pay homage to Sir Donald Bradman, it also promotes Australia’s national summer sport.

After your visit to The International Cricket Hall of Fame, you will have a deep appreciation of cricket, the game Sir Donald Bradman described as "the greatest character builder of all our sports".


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Southern Highlands

Centennial Vineyard & Restaurant

Wine, wine, wine and more wine!

With over 10 varieties of red and white wine, what’s not to love about Centennial Vineyards and Restaurant?  

Located just minutes from Bowral, Centennial Vineyards is an award-winning premium cool climate vineyard. Centennial’s vines are planted over 80 acres consisting of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdalho, Riesling, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, Albarino, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s literally someone for everyone!

When you’re there, enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurant or try a range of local produce in the Cellar Door.


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Historic Berrima

It will take you back to the future

If you’re looking to take a step back in time and delve into the past, Berrima is just the village to visit.

Home to Australia’s oldest continually licensed Inn - the Surveyor General, amazing colonial sandstone buildings (one of which houses Eschalot, a hatted restaurant) and even a ghost if you look hard enough!

The MUST SEE is the imposing Berrima Court House or if you have time to explore, enjoy the Berrima Historic Walk which takes in all that Berrima has to offer.


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Bendooley Estate

An escape from the everyday

No trip to the Southern Highlands is complete without a visit to Bendooley Estate.

Enjoy this magnificent 200-acre property boasting established cool-climate gardens and the iconic Berkelouw Book Barn. It’s a place to relax and unwind making you forget about the every day.

Take in the beautiful vistas while you enjoy lunch in the restaurant, wine tasting in the Cellar Door or even coffee and cake in the Book Barn. It truly is a unique place to stop on your travels through the Highlands.


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Spots to Stay


You'll feel miles away and yet right at home

The Southern Highlands are brimming with picturesque open spaces, endless vineyards and quaint cottages, giving the region an eclectic mix of accommodation options for travelers from bed and breakfasts to manor houses, cottages and hotels. 

Due to the Highlands location atop the escarpment, the temperatures are much lower than those experienced along the coastline. However, don't let that deter you in the cooler months, it will just make snuggling up in front of the fire place with a glass of red even sweeter.

A popular Highlands place to stay is Peppers Manor House, offering uniquely styled rooms and suites along with a luxury day spa, an 18-hole golf course, outdoor swimming pool and award winning restaurant. You can't go wrong!
View some of the available Southern Highlands properties at the top of this page or visit the Southern Highlands website to
book accommodation in Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale and Bundanoon.
    

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Wombeyan Caves

Not only bats live in caves

Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime, exploring some of the caves located at Wombeyan.

Wombeyan Caves is an extensive series of beautiful limestone caves situated in a 417 hectare reserve. Guided and self-guided tours are available ranging from 60 to 90 minutes.

Nearby accommodation ranges from unpowered camping sites to cabins and self-contained cottages.


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Bike Riding

Choose your bike and your track and be sure to enjoy the view along the way

The Highlands is made for cycling. Whether you prefer a motorbike, mountain bike or a road bike, there are lots of quiet country roads and lanes meandering through picturesque villages for you to cruise along and enjoy.

There are also good mountain bike trails, including the Bong Bong Track, a winding cycling track suitable for all ages which follows the Wingecarribee River.


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Walking Tracks

So much to discover on the journey

The Highlands are rich in heritage and there’s so much to discover along some of the walking tracks that are filtered throughout the region.

The Box Vale Walking Track follows the formation of an historic railway line and passes through cuttings, along embankments and through a tunnel 84 metres is length.

Discover what the German merchant seamen built along the Wingecarribee River while interned in Berrima for four years during during WW1. The 1.8km signed walk commences in the Berrima Picnic and Camping ground.

The Best of Bowral and The Bong Bong Track is approximately 26 kms of on-road and off-road cycling and or shared walking track. A map (downloadable) will direct you along this fascinating and beautiful area of the Southern Highlands.


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