Bowral is the biggest town in the Southern Highlands, and it is a place I like to go to every now and then, to escape the frenetic energy of Sydney.
It’s about a 90 minute drive from the CBD, or around an hour and 45 minutes on the train. But along the way you get to see some fantastic scenery.
Famous for being the home of Don Bradman, this is an easy town explore on foot.
There is lots to see and do here, including some great wineries, waterfalls, walking trails and plenty of excellent cafes and restaurants in which to get a feed.
If, like me, you love cricket then you simply have to visit the Bradman Museum!
Probably the greatest batsman to have ever played the game, the museum showcases the life of ‘the boy from Bowral’.
As you will expect there is a lot of information about Don Bradman on display, as well as the history and memorabilia of cricket.
This includes Shane Warne’s Baggy Green, a replica of the World Cup trophy and a number of Bradman’s bats and other historic equipment.
There are also interactive touch screens, as well as five huge video screens that portray cricket within the context of world history.
The Mount Jellore Lookout is situated in the Mount Gibraltar Reserve. It is one of my favourite spots to watch the sunset.
The lookout can be reached directly by car, as well as via a number of other walking trails.
At any other time of the day the view from the lookout is spectacular, taking in the stunning Main Southern Railway and Mittagong-Bowral Road. With the Nattai and Kanangra wilderness areas, as well as the Blue Mountains hovering majestically in the background.
But at dusk, when the vivid hue of the sun plasters the sky with fiery oranges, as it descends into the horizon, it takes on magical properties.
Belmore Falls is one of the most magnificent waterfalls I have ever seen.
It’s about a 35 minute drive from Bowral and its incredible power and beauty always breaks me out into goosebumps!
A double drop waterfall that rages over the mountainside, it’s an absolutely awe-inspiring sight.
There are a number of lookouts that will take you to different viewpoints. Each one offering a unique view of the cascade.
One of my favourites is located just above the falls, as this gives a fantastic appreciation of the sheer force of nature that is taking place before you.
I love a good winery and I have been to a number of excellent venues in the Southern Highlands region. But the Tertini Winery is one that really stands out for me.
Situated in Mittagong, among lush, rolling hills, they offer a fantastic range of Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. All of which you can test out at one of their tastings, along with a delicious complimentary cheese plate too!
The ambiance here is very congenial and their cellar door has been including in Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine’s Best Cellar Doors for the last 7 years.
If you are an oenophile, I would definitely recommend a visit here.
One of the most beautiful sights you could ever wish to see is the stunning display of flowers at the Spring Garden Festival.
Located in Corbett Gardens, one of the oldest and most picturesque parks in New South Wales, this festival takes place in September and features an arrangement of over 75,000 tulips and 15,000 annuals that will blow your mind!
Even if you can’t make it there for the festival, this public garden is well worth a visit.
It is a pleasant spot for a walk, and to have a picnic, and is just two minutes from the main street through Bowral.