Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
A day out in Bowral
Less than two and a half hours from Sydney’s Central Station, the idyllic country town of Bowral makes for the perfect weekend trip. Enjoy views of lush green countryside on your journey, and then wander the main street of Bowral and discover cafes, galleries and antique stores. You can make the scenic trip with the family on the Family Funday Sunday ticket.
Family day trips from Sydney
For just $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy a fun day out with unlimited travel on New South Wales buses, trains, ferries and light rail every Sunday. There’s no limit on how far you can travel as long as you complete your journey by 4am the following day.
Bowral is the largest of the Southern Highlands towns and the most well-known. It features stunning private gardens, great boutique shopping, with cafes, antique stores, and shops selling homewares, jewellery and arts and crafts. It was also home to Australian cricket legend Don Bradman, and it’s where you'll find the International Cricket Hall of Fame.
The smaller towns and villages of the Southern Highlands are also well worth a visit.
Mittagong’s lovely gardens are open to the public throughout the year, and are particularly beautiful during autumn and spring. Nearby Moss Vale has many well-preserved historic buildings, and Bundanoon, which plays host to the annual Highland Gathering Festival, is where you set off for the famous Glow Worm Glen Walk, with glow worms visible after dark. All these towns are located on the Southern Highlands train line.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the scenic walks, picturesque lookouts and diverse gardens in this area. Enjoy bushwalking through national parks or take in the breathtaking view from the Bowral Lookout. Wander through lush forest, past high sandstone cliffs and to an ethereal waterfall following the Cave Creek Walking Track.
Heritage & Culture
The colonial villages of Bowral, Berrima and Mittagong are great for a historic sightseeing trip, with brick mansions, heritage walks, museums, public sandstone buildings and natural landmarks. For those keen on antiquing, Bowral has some excellent antique stores, and is less than 3 hours by train from Sydney.
The Southern Highlands is a cool climate wine region specialising in pinot noir and pinot gris, and also produces good chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and shiraz. Local cheeses can be found at the Old Robertson Cheese Factory, or go for a beer at the Surveyor General Inn in Berrima, Australia’s oldest continuously-licensed inn.