Southern Highlands


Discover delightful Bowral

Discover the idyllic rural town of Bowral, a perfect weekend escape. You can make the scenic trip by train from Sydney in less than two-and-a-half hours. Bowral is home to the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame and the Tulip Time Festival in spring.

  • Tulip Time Festival, Bowral
  • Tourist road, Glenquarry

Family day trip ideas for the Southern Highlands

In the Southern Highlands, enjoy green pastures and rolling hills, beautiful gardens, bushwalks in national parks, fine food, antique stores and sporting history. The towns of Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Exeter and Bundanoon are all accessible from Sydney by public transport.

Check the events calendar when planning your trip to the Southern Highlands, which has many splendid attractions for the whole family to enjoy. By using Opal cards on public transport, your family will benefit from daily travel caps and the $2.50 per person Sunday cap.

Centennial Vineyards, Bowral

Mittagong is about two hours by train from Sydney. The lovely gardens are open to the public throughout the year, and in spring and autumn they're in full bloom. The picturesque town has a fine collection of sandstone buildings and gorgeous parks and reserves.

Bowral, the largest of the Southern Highlands towns, hosts the Tulip Time Festival in spring and other garden events. Australian cricket legend Don Bradman lived in Bowral, which is home to the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. You'll find accommodation to suit a range of budgets in the Southern Highlands, which produces elegant cool-climate wines.

Bundanoon is on the edge of the Morton National Park, popular with bushwalkers and mountain bike riders. You can walk to the pretty Fairy Bower Falls. The best time to experience the famous Glow Worm Glen Walk is from December to February. The Southern Highlands celebrates its Scottish heritage in autumn with the Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival.

  1. Bangadilly National Park

    Located 20km from Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW at Canyonleigh, Bangadilly National Park offers opportunities for remote wilderness hiking, wildlife photography and birdwatching.Although easily...

  2. Bargo State Conservation Area

    Bargo State Conservation Area is a great place in NSW Southern Highlands for birdwatching, hiking, and swimming at Little River or Moore Creek.Just off Hume Highway, there’s an oasis in Bargo State...

  3. Barren Grounds Nature Reserve

    Boasting spectacular views, amazing birdwatching and walking opportunities for all ages, Barren Grounds is perfect for a school excursion or family day out.Escape from the city for the day and immerse...

  4. Belmore Falls

    Belmore Falls walking track near Kangaroo Valley offers no shortage of lookouts and sensational southern highland, waterfall and sandstone flora views.The walk starts at the Hindmarsh lookout carpark, with a...

  5. Bowral Lookout

    Bowral Lookout has parking and disabled access (with views to the south-west).The Bowral Lookout provides a scenic view overlooking Bowral, the Wingecarribee River Valley and Moss Vale. Mount...

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