Southern Highlands

132 kilometers and 1.5 hours south west of Sydney

The Southern Highlands, also locally referred to as the Highlands, is a geographical region and district in New South Wales, Australia and is 110 km south-west of Sydney. The entire region is under the local government area of the Wingecarribee Shire. The region is also considered a wine region. The Highlands have been a magnet for travellers for more than a century, drawn to the lush landscapes, bucolic charm and a slew of pretty villages. A new generation of food-makers, wineries, retailers and hoteliers continue to make the region the ideal destination to rewind, refresh and rejuvenate.

Towns & villages

Home to beautifully preserved colonial architecture, colourful gardens and manicured estates, the towns of the Southern Highlands offer a definitive touch of class. Bowral is the largest, famed for elegant boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and the colourful Tulip Time Festivall. You’ll also find the legendaryBradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. A short drive southwest is the historic Georgian village of Berrima. Refresh yourself at the convict-built Surveyor General Inn. Nearby Mittagong is a picturesque town with fine colonial buildings and specialty stores. 

Short breaks

From magical waterfalls in magnificent national parks to boutique wineries and cellar doors, there’s plenty to explore. For jaw-dropping views visit the stunning Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. Or explore peaceful bushwalks, such as the Lovers walking track, connecting Echo Point picnic area with Bonnie View.

Morton National Park

Easily accessible from Nowra, Morton National Park is great for a daytrip or school excursion. Visit Fitzroy Falls for scenic waterfall views; go mountain biking, walking or enjoy a picnic lunch. Be enthralled by nature on a grand scale at Morton National Park. If the cascading Fitzroy Falls don’t leave you breathless, try the sweeping views from the top of Pigeon House Mountain Didthul. This enormous park really does have something for everyone; whether you’re an experienced bushwalker looking for remote wilderness hiking, a novice mountain biker looking for an easy ride or a keen photographer looking for some scenic waterfalls to capture. You’ll find imposing gorges dissecting the landscape alongside pockets of rainforest that are full of wildlife. There are a number of well equipped picnic areas and numerous informal spots where you can stop for a break to enjoy the view and if you’d like to go camping, head to Gambells Rest campground in the Bundanoon precinct of the park.

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