Backpacking the Southern Highlands

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    THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS IS A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE AND QUAINT TOWNSHIPS: Photo courtesy of Destination New South Wales
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    THERE ARE LOTS OF PRETTY GARDENS AROUND THE REGION, PARTICULARLY WHEN THE TULIP TIME FESTIVAL IS ON DURING MAY: Photo - Tourism Southern Highlands, courtesy of Destination New South Wales
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    NEARBY IS MORTON NATIONAL PARK, WHICH IS KNOWN FOR ITS BREATHTAKING LOOKOUTS AND SPECTACULAR WATERFALLS: Photo - Tourism Southern Highlands, courtesy of Destination New South Wales
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Southern Highlands Highlights

  • A great place to get out of Sydney and relax or explore spectacular countryside and quaint townships.

  • Great food and wine region.

  • Go bushwalking (hiking) in Morton National Park where the impressive Fitzroy Falls is located.

  • For cricket lovers there is the Sir Donald Bradman Oval and Don Bradman Museum of Cricket in Bowral.

About the Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands consists of various heritage villages and towns with old world charm, surrounded by hundreds of square kilometres of largely untouched natural bushland and rugged country. It is a place to escape from Sydney if you want to chill out and relax, or to experience nature.

Main towns and villages within the region


Mittagong

Population 7,500

This town is well known for its beautiful gardens and sandstone buildings from the mid-19th century.

You can also go bushwalking around nearby Lake Alexandra, admire the spectacular views from the lookout at Mount Gilbraltar, enjoy wine tasting at the nearby local wineries, or just enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the town centre.

Berrima

Population 870

This small village has some of Australia's best-preserved Georgian sandstone homes and important public buildings from the 19th century, where you can learn much about the early days of European settlement in Australia.

The town has many art and craft galleries and antique shops to browse.

There are also great coffee shops, teahouses and pubs to get something to eat and drink.

Bowral

Population 10,300

This town is renowned for spectacular private gardens, (particularly impressive in Spring and Autumn) when they are open to the public. There is also the Tulip Time festival in Spring (end of September to early October) with over 100,000 tulips on display.

For cricket lovers there is the Sir Donald Bradman Oval and Don Bradman Museum of Cricket. It is also a good place to shop for antiques, jewellery, arts and crafts.

Moss Vale

Population 6,600

With its tree-lined streets, pretty gardens and historic buildings, Moss Vale is a nice place to enjoy country hospitality, good food, or just to relax and unwind from the city.

From here you can take a ride on The Cockatoo Run, a scenic train trip in old-style carriages to Robertson or down to the coast. It operates from Saturdays to Tuesdays and on public holidays.

You can also visit the largest markets of the Southern Highlands, which are held on the fourth Sunday of each month at Moss Vale showground's.

If you are into seeing some local art, check out the Southern Highlands Regional Gallery in Railway Street, or if you are looking to explore some nice countryside, there are several good walking tracks in the Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve near Bong Bong.

Bundanoon

Population 1,900

This small town with its historic buildings, cafes, shops and old world charm is the southern gateway to the stunning Morton National Park.

In Autumn there is the Brigadoon at Bundanoon, a traditional Scottish Highland Gathering festival that features Scottish pipe bands, Highland games and a street parade.

Near the town is the Sunnataram Forest Monastery, where you can experience peace, relaxation and meditation with the Monks.

Kangaroo Valley

Population 360

This National Trust-listed village is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in New South Wales. This small village is a great place for a short break with its cafes, galleries and pubs.

While you are here you can join a kayaking or canoeing tour along the Kangaroo River and Shoalhaven Gorge.

Also, if you want to see a nice view of the region, head to the Cambewarra Mountain lookout.

Orientation Map for the Southern Highlands


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Tourism Southern Highlands & Visitors Information Centre

62-70 Main St
Mittagong, New South Wales
Phone 1300 657 559
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