52. Mount Ashby Estate

Not only can you sample Mount Ashby’s boutique winery reds and wines on a visit to this attractive Gallic-style winery cellar door complex near Moss Vale, you can also savour them over homemade soup, crusty bread and a charcuterie plate. A former dairy, from the cellar door there are gorgeous vineyard views framed by grazing Holsteins as well as a fully-fledged antique store.

The architecture of the building is a blend of French provincial and early Australian, and is in sympathy with their involvement in the importation and restoration of French Antique furniture of which examples will always be on view in the cellar door.

Also located on the site is the relocated Bowral Produce Store (Circa 1918).

128 Nowra Road, Moss Vale
Phone: 02 4869 4792
events@mountashby.com.au
http://mountashby.com.au/
Hours:  Mon – Wed Closed
Thurs – Sun 11am – 5pm
Lunch service each day 12 – 3pm
Wine & grazing to 4pm
Closed: Christmas and Boxing Day

Sally Beresford Antiques

A little pocket of Paddo in the middle of Southern Highlands at Mount Ashby Estate, Sally Beresford specialises in exquisite French farmhouse-style dining tables inside a relocated local produce store dating from the early 20th century. (One of Beresford’s wonderfully robust and sought-after tables even featured as a notable prop in MasterChef). Wander the suitably rustic store, stuffed with not just tables but all manner of provincial antique furniture, including 17th- to 19th-century antiques sourced from France and other parts of Europe.

If you are visiting the Southern Highlands you will find style exemplified at the Sally Beresford Antiques/French Farmhouse Tables showroom. The collection lives in a charming spot surrounded by vineyards and grazing dairy cows.

Step across to the Mount Ashby cellar door and Cafe “La Palette” to indulge your appetite for delights of the wine and culinary sorts.  A healthy imagination needs a body nourished and sated.

Showroom: 128 Nowra Road, Moss Vale
Phone: 02 4869 4144
http://www.sallyberesford.com.au/

51. Have a Farm Experience

Farm Club Cafe & Farm Shop

Located near Moss Vale in the scenic Southern Highlands, Farm Club is a unique family owned Agritourism destination featuring a range of farm stay experiences, farm shop and canteen as well as interactive farm and visitor adventures.

Farm Club produces grass fed Angus x Wagyu beef, free range pork and farm fresh eggs. Horses & working dogs are part of the Farm Club family. The property also features a range of native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats and Australian birds. Farm Club features a fully licensed canteen, nursery and edible garden specialising in all day breakfasts, lunch and function hampers with own grown produce supporting local growers and artisans. The farm shop provides produce, honey, conserves, small goods, gifts and hampers.

They can also pack you a hamper or provide you with a ‘Farm box’ full of all your supplies needed for the week – fruit and vegetables, milk, butter, cheese, eggs, pickles and preserves.

Enjoy a leisurely farm walk around Farm Club.
Based on a working farm where they paddock rotate the animals, see who you can see. They have cows, pigs, donkeys, goats, chickens and an alpaca.  There is the growers gardens and bee hives too.

Experience free-range country life, authentic country hospitality beyond the farm gate.
A ‘million star’ experience.

1 Werai Road, Werai
Phone: 02 4883 4664
info@farmclubaustralia.com.au
http://www.farmclubaustralia.com.au/#about-home
Open:  Wednesday to Sunday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Kitchen closes at 2:30 pm)

50. Go Kayaking

Kangaroo Valley Kayaks

Kangaroo Valley Kayaks is located at Kangaroo Valley Holiday Park, offering a Kayaking and Canoeing adventure of the Kangaroo River. Kayak under the famous Hampden Bridge, check out the native flora and fauna, soak up the sun, have some fun, all whilst kayaking with Kangaroo Valley Kayaks.

Kangaroo Valley Kayaks are the only Kayaking Company located at the entry of the Kangaroo River where your Kayaking adventure starts. Hire a single kayak, double kayak or family canoe to enjoy meandering down the Kangaroo River over several rapids with 6 km journey of spectacular scenery and wildlife.

Kayaking and Canoeing is about having fun. It is not about who is the fastest, or who looks better doing it. It’s about who has the most fun safely, whether you are young or older, male or female, athletic or not, you will be able to enjoy your kayaking or canoeing trip.

Every time you kayak/canoe, you will see something you have never seen before. Whether it is a fish jumping, a kangaroo drinking on the bank of the Kangaroo River, a wombat grazing or perhaps even a platypus – if you are quiet and patient enough you will spot one.

Kayaking the Kangaroo River is a must do while visiting the South Coast, Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley.  Kangaroo Valley Kayaks offers self-guided tours of the Kangaroo River.

5 Moss Vale Rd
Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577
Phone: 1300 559 977
https://kangaroovalleykayaks.com.au/

Kangaroo Valley Adventure Company

Canoe/kayaking and mountain bike hire. Self-guided or guided adventure tours. Kangaroo Valley is truly a spectacular location with stunning views and with an abundance of activities on offer.

Choose from a leisurely paddle down the pristine Kangaroo River or an exhilarating kayaking adventure.

215 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley
Phone: 02 4465 1372 / 0403 549 074
Email:   info@kvac.com.au
http://www.kvac.com.au/

49. Man from Kangaroo Valley Trail Ride

Leave the city and your worries behind as you horse ride through pristine bush in Kangaroo Valley. Our property contains some of the most picturesque landscapes the area has to offer, from rainforest to open grazing land to bush that expands into the Morton National Park. Enjoy the panoramic views out into Moreton National Park and over Lake Yurrunga and the Kangaroo River with some of the best horse riding and trail riding in Australia.

Kangaroo Valley Horse Riding offers the perfect experience when you want to go horse riding in the Southern Highlands. Our horses are alert, well-trained and extremely responsive, making them the perfect animals for both experienced and nervous beginner riders.

We’ll teach you the best way of interacting with our gorgeous horses and with the landscape to truly enhance your experience.

With the national park at your door step, you can watch the abundant wildlife, enjoy the stunning scenery or go hiking. The Southern Highlands is a  truly amazing region and a must-visit for those who love the great outdoors.

24 Hilcrest View Lane
Kangaroo Valley
Phone: 02 4465 1912
Email:  info@kangaroovalleyhorseriding.com
http://www.kangaroovalleyhorseriding.com/

48. A Day Trip To Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley has so much to offer there should be something to suit everyone! Immerse yourself in nature and have an adventure. Soak up some music at festival time or visit a gallery. If food is your thing, take a class or enjoy the local produce, or fill up at a yummy cafe. Explore pioneer history in the village and museum or browse the shops for treats or gifts.

The historic Kangaroo Valley village is home to quality and interesting shops offering contemporary and vintage products, including arts and crafts.

Kangaroo Valley is blessed with pristine wilderness on your doorstep! Canoe the Kangaroo River, take a horse ride through the bush or walk or mountain bike one of the many trails. Fishing in the lake or river, golf and tennis are also on offer.

https://visitkangaroovalley.com.au/things-to-do

The Gallery at Jing Jo

Paintings and photographs by local artists with Kangaroo Valley as the theme.

The business is operated in an environment of amazing beauty, with Kangaroo Valley’s spectacular escarpments, bountiful wildlife, and a community that cares for the environment from which most residents earn their living.

Shop 8, 160 Moss Vale Rd
Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577
Phone: 02 4465 1314
https://jingjo.com.au/gallery

Open:  Breakfast Sat & Sun 9 – 11.30am
Lunch: Wed to Sun 11:00am – 2:30pm (Last orders 2:00pm)
Dinner: Wed to Sun from 6:00pm

Galeria Aniela Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

Founded in 1994, Galeria Aniela offers an opportunity to purchase modern and contemporary original works of art of impeccable provenance and museum-quality. Paintings and sculptures are displayed in three light-filled exhibition-rooms and Sculpture Park. We also have an extensive stock room. We specialise in selling quality art by some of the most important Australian artists from post WWII until today.Works of Art live forever, bringing new dreams, new ways of seeing & experiencing our World.  Be part of the inspiring World of Fine Art, content your Heart and fulfil the Soul.

The vision of Galeria Aniela is to increase the awareness of the significant cultural contribution of artists around the world.  Paintings and sculptures are shown in expansive light exhibition-rooms and sculpture park.

261A Mt Scanzi Road, Kangaroo Valley
Phone: 02 4465 1494  ;  0409 980 618
Open:  Sat 11am – 4pm or By Appointment
http://www.galeriaaniela.com.au/

The Nostalgia Factory

The Nostalgia Factory, located in the heart of the village – showcasing a wonderful array of antiques and collectables, along with many special gifts for your home or for friends and family, including baby clothes, jewellery, fine china, body products, gum boots and curios, etc.

Also stocked are hundreds of rare books and for music lovers more than 5000 vinyl records in stock. Come in, relax, and indulge.

167 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley
Phone: 02 4465 1022 ;  0414 425 442
https://visitkangaroovalley.com.au/the-nostalgia-factory

Open:  Mon – Fri  10am – 4pm
Sat & Sun 9.30am – 4.30pm

47. Live Well Stay Well

The Quest for Life Foundation provides practical skills and strategies for people to create peace and resilience in their lives.

The Quest for Life Foundation was established in 1989 by Petrea King. Up until 1995 the Foundation was based in Sydney where it hosted hundreds of support and meditation groups for people living with cancer, grief, AIDS, depression, anxiety and other traumas as well as teaching programs. In 1995, Petrea and the work of Quest for Life moved to Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW.  Set in nine acres of landscaped gardens, the Centre provides an oasis for time out and an ideal environment for reflection, healing and the learning of new and valuable life skills.

Thousands of people journey to the Centre to find a safe haven in which to begin or continue their healing journey. The Centre also provides an opportunity to intensively train facilitators, therapists, counsellors, nurses, doctors and other professionals from around Australia.

QUEST FOR LIFE
13 – 33 Ellsmore Road, Bundanoon
Phone: 1300 941 488 or 02 4883 6599
Email: info@questforlife.com.aU
www.questforlife.com.au

46. Visit a Gallery

The Bay Tree Gallery opened on 1 April 2012 providing an opportunity to promote local artists and their work while at the same time providing a unique shopping experience. The Bay Tree Gallery has two gallery areas. The first exhibiting works by many local and featured artists including paintings, pottery, figurines, woodwork, jewellery and photography. The second gallery area features glasswork, pottery and a range of clothing accessories from the local area.

The gallery has four areas for gifts and cards, ladies and men’s fashions and accessories including quality leather bags, jewellery, hats, scarves, shawls and gloves.

The gallery stocks a number of Australian brands including Pacific Sheepskin Ugg Boots, St Alban scarves, throws and blankets, Jacaru oil skin coats and hats, Clover Field soaps and products, Brilliant Silk hand painted scarves, Sarah Gordon Jewellery, Rodriquez fine linen tea towels. The gallery has a huge range of gift cards for all occasions including a number of locally hand-made cards.

BAY TREE GALLERY – BERRIMA
Shop 2, 11B Old Hume Hwy, Berrima
Phone: 02 4877 1333
Open:  7 days (except Christmas Day 9am – 5pm
http://thebaytreegallery.com.au/

45. Scottish Arms

Having regard to the strong Scottish culture and history associated with the Southern Highlands the tavern is named the Scottish Arms.  It is hoped that the Scottish Arms can helop give recognition to the tremendous contribution, and often suffering which Scottish settlers gave to the Southern Highlands and Australia in general

When looking for somewhere to take the whole family for any occasion, East Bowral’s Scottish Arms has got to be up there on your list. They pride themselves on being a family establishment and have signs reminding its patrons that swearing will not be tolerated. How refreshing! Happy hour is Monday to Friday 4-5:30pm (6pm Thursdays) and you will struggle to find a better outdoor-seated area than the recently renovated Scotland Yard Beer Garden. As expected, the bar offers several Scottish imports along with a wide range of Aussie and other international beers. Tastefully decorated in all things British with a big screen TV taking pride of place above the bar, you can’t go past this gem.

The bistro boasts a sensational range of cuisine, for lunch, dinner or even a light snack.

69 Boardman Rd, Bowral
Phone(02) 4861 4333
http://www.scottisharms.com.au/
Open:  Bistro 7 days a week from 12pm – 2.30pm for lunch and from 5.30pm for dinner
Bistro bookings are highly recommended

44. The Dining Room, The Bundanoon Guest House

This gracious historic guest house offers a range of dining spaces and menu options for lunch and dinner, special events, conferences, and family gatherings. The main dining room seats up to 60, or for smaller parties, our intimate private dining room seats up to 16.

Fully licenced and open to the public, enjoy drinks in the bar, beside the open fire or alfresco on the verandah.

101 Railway Ave Bundanoon
Phone: (02) 48836372
Email:   info@bundanoonguesthouse.com.au
thebundanoonguesthouse.com.au
Hours: Dinner: from 6:00pm- Thurs, Fri, Sat.

43. Eling Forest Estate Cafe

An idyllic spot for lunch adjacent to the working winery of Eling Forest Estate, specialising in generous breakfasts, light meals and gourmet lunches enjoyed with one of the estate grown cool climate wines.  Quality coffee is roasted in house.

12587 Hume Hwy, Sutton Forest
Phone: 02 4878 9155
Open:  Café: 7 days per week, Mon – Sat 8:00am to 4:30pm,
Sun 8:00am to 4:00pm.
http://www.elingforest.com.au/

42. Sutton Forest Inn Bistro

Built in 1936, towards the end of the Art Deco era, The Sutton Forest Inn has a fascinating mixture of architectural styles and is situated on 20 acres of prime Highland acreage.

If you fancy a picturesque rural retreat then the Sutton Forest Inn and Bistro is an option for those visiting the Southern Highlands. The Sutton Forest Inn Bistro offers an a la carte menu, Modern Australian style cuisine, and sweeping countryside views. With a cosy interior, great views and impeccable service, this is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

The Sutton Forest Inn has become a real hot-spot for muso’s and fans of live and local talent. The bar is cosy and full of character and staff friendly and welcoming. Set in a fabulous rural location with local beer and Guinness on tap, a comfy pool room, family friendly and loads of parking… what more could you want?!

7390 Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Phone: (02) 4868 1697
inquiries@suttonforestinn.com.au
The bistro is open everyday for lunch (12-2pm Mon-Thurs, 12-3pm Fri-Sun)
dinner (6-8pm Sun-Wed, 6-9pm Thurs-Sat).

41. The Bundanoon Club

The Bundanoon Club is situated in a beautiful area of parklands, a large sporting oval with lpractice cricket enclosures as well as a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts.  The view from the Club is very beautiful.

The Bundanoon Club is completely volunteer run. You know you live in an awesome community when every position from the book-keeper to the bar staff and cleaners are un-paid! The coolest part? When they do make a profit they intend on paying-it-forward into the community that has supported them – cheers to that!

70 Erith St, Bundanoon
Phone: (02) 4883 6174
http://www.bundanoon.club/
Open:  Tues 4 – 7pm; Wed 4 – 8pm; Thurs 1 – 8pm Fri 4 – 8pm Sat 12 – 7pm
Bistro: 5 – 7.30pm Tues – Fri

40. The Bundanoon Hotel

The Hotel is set in 2 hectares of beautiful, manicured gardens containing many cold climate species. The Hotel contains a Public Bar, Saloon Bar and Bottle Shop facilities.

On offer in the Bistro is a Bar Snacks menu, an extensive a la Carte menu and a Children’s Menu at family friendly prices.

Bar opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday:
 12pm to 8.30pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 11am to midnight
Sunday: 11am to 10pm

Restaurant/Bistro opening hours:
LUNCH –   Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm to 2pm
DINNER –  Wednesday to Saturday: 6pm to 8.30pm.
Bistro is opened all public holidays if coincides with normal opening hours, and Sunday for dinner on long weekends.

* Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

6-8 Erith Street, Bundanoon
Phone: 02 4883 6005
info@bundanoonhotel.com.au
http://www.bundanoonhotel.com.au/

39. Bundanoon Bloomery

Boutique Nursery specialising in cold climate plants and Gift shop in the main shopping centre of Bundanoon.

29 Railway Ave, Bundanoon
Phone: 02 4883 7859
Open:  Thurs – Sun 8.30am to 4pm

38. Suzie and Erson – Home

Home Goods – Modern – Elegant – Rustic – Timeless
French, Belgian & Hamptons Style Furniture, Homewares, Lighting Linen, Clothing & Art.

409-411 Argyle Street,
Moss Vale NSW 2577
Phone (02) 4868 2662
Email:   enquiry@suzieandersonhome.com
Open:  Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday 101m – 3pm
Closed: Monday of Oct long weekend, Christmas, New Year

37. A Little Piece of Poland

You will find the house smoked meats and delicatessen goods, Polish grocery items and sweets, and a lovely coffee shop now on site. They have traditional cabbage rolls with mince and rice or pot stew which has cabbage, meats potatoes. There is also the croquette which is a pancake filled with finely minced meat, wrapped into a parcel and fried in bread crumbs- Yummy!

Of course they have vegetarian options too, and coffee and delicious sweet treats.

There is a little Deli where you can buy house smoked meats and Polish treats to take home with you.

10 Station Street, Mittagong
Phone: 0490 913 259
Open:  Tues – Sat 10am – 3pm

36. A Shopping Experience

The most beautiful Brands in the Southern Highlands

Nest & Burrow in Bundanoon, offers a unique shopping experience for everyone with wonderful and rarely found gift lines for all ages. Kitchen wares, including Royal Doulton, pewter, tea towels, crystal glasses, bamboo tableware & cookware. Exquisite French toys, toiletries for men & women, silk flowers, lamps, scented sachets, Australian made Peppermint Grove candles, cushions, watches, puzzles & games plus an ever changing range of gift ideas in an eclectic setting make this the only place to shop when in the Southern Highlands!

NEST & BURROW
25 Railway Avenue, Bundanoon
Phone: 02 4868 3455
Email: jacki@nestandburrow.com.au
Website: http://www.nestandburrow.com.au/
Open: Wed – Sat 9.30am – 4.30pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm
Closed: Monday & Tuesday

35. The Good Yarn Shop

The Good Yarn Shop is the classic small country town shop, and it’s run for charity. You will love all the hand knitted baby and children’s clothes and home-made craft goodies.

Locals stock the store by bringing in their home made produce, honey, jams and chutneys, flowers and lots of other treasures.

Pop in when you are in Bundanoon. You might just find that perfect gift!

3 Railway Ave,  Bundanoon
Phone: 02 4883 7419
Open:  Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 4.30pm

34. Visit Exeter

Exeter, 7 km north of Bundanoon and 720 m above sea-level, is a quiet highlands settlement which is known as ‘Little England’ because of its trees, private gardens and climate. The first European settler in the area was James Badgery in 1821 and the town was established in 1889.  This thriving village is home to a large number of English style estates, a picture postcard historic stone church and country railway station, both of which could have been lifted straight from the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. Today it is a pleasant spot for a stroll. St Aidan’s Church of England (1895, enlarged 1903) has some fine stained-glass windows is a MUST SEE.  There are also a couple of very gracious houses set well back from the road and approached by gravel drives which reach back from handsome entrance gates.

Exeter’s cafe destination. – Exeter General Store

Friendly service, great coffee, wholesome country-style menu, indulgent cakes and fresh scones. Cafe combines with a gourmet food store and local post office in the rustic ambiance of an old general store. Browse a large selection of second-hand books and local gourmet products, newspapers, milk, bread and other essentials. it’s worth making the time to visit what’s become a worthy local institution.

Cnr Bundanoon Road & Exeter Road
4883 4289
info@exetergeneralstore.com.au
OPEN 7 DAYS
Cafe: 7:30am to 4:30pm weekdays & 8am to 4.30pm weekends
(lunch served daily, full breakfast from 8.30am weekends)

Exeter Village Markets

A country market with a vibrant community of over 40 sellers, producers and makers in one of the most beautiful settings in the Southern Highlands. This indoor and outdoor market has something for everyone from plants, pates, preserves and pastries to handcrafted homewares, fashion, jewellery and pre-loved wares. There is ample parking, plus a children’s playground for young ones to get active.

0419 808 022
Info@exetervillagemarket.com
www.exetervillagemarket.com
First Saturday of the month. 9am – 1:30pm

Sally Corner Wines

Sallys Corner, a boutique vineyard with award winning Southern Highlands wines, the newest and most modern in the Southern Highlands. This wine is named after Sally who is an historical figure well known for her colourful business adventures in Exeter.  Experience the taste of southern hospitality.

                    

257 Sally Corner Road
02 4883 4999
sallycornerwines@bigpond.com
www.sallyscornerwines.com.au
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 10.30 – 4.30.  Other times by appointment

St Maur Southern Highlands Estate

The charming converted old dairy, now cellar door of St Maur Wines estate, nestled in among the vineyards off Old Argyle Road. St Maur is comprised of a total of 180 acres of which 16 acres are planted to classic grape varieties.  St Maur has a selection of classic vinifera grapes ranging from traditional Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to Chardonnay. At the cellar door, you get a taste of St Maurs premium LOT 41 collection along with the Saint Series range, a nod to the treasured animals at St Maur.

Outside of the main towns of the Southern Highlands, no other town or village has such a wide range of shops and services as Bundanoon  offering locals and visitors alike the convenience of shopping without needing to leave town.

Take a leisurely stroll down the picturesque tree lined main street, popping into unique and exciting gift and craft shops where you can while away hours searching for that special something or that ”one of kind” gift you’ll find nowhere else.

Perhaps a coffee and cake in one of our country style cafes before purchasing local meats and treats for dinner? While you’re here, be sure to sample one or more of our superb cool climate wines available in town.

238 Old Argyle Road
02 48834401
info@stmaurwines.com.au
www.stmaurwines.com.au
Open five days a week from Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 4.30pm or by appointment.

33. Stay at the Bundanoon Country Inn Motel

The Bundanoon Country Inn Motel is conveniently located 90 minutes from Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong, providing the perfect base to explore the wonders of the Southern Highlands.

The delightful motel on the edge of the Bundanoon Village is situated on over an acre of beautiful Southern Highlands gardens. All motel suites are ground level and include en-suites. Our north facing suites are surrounded by a beautiful quadrangle garden with barbecue and seating facilities.

The Bundanoon Country Inn Motel has for years been the first choice for groups looking for a conveniently located affordable option in the Southern Highlands of NSW.

                

The 20 room Motel has a dining room available for group bookings, a conference room and is a stone’s throw from restaurants, the local pub and all the attractions of the area.

Facilities include

  • 20 spacious ground floor units all with ensuites
  • 4 star self –rating
  • Capacity for up to 66 guests (twin/triple share)
  • Reverse-cycle air-conditioning
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Tennis court
  • Conference centre
  • Electric blankets
  • Swimming pool (Daylight saving time)
  • Country atmosphere and ambience
  • Off street parking
  • Walking distance to all Bundanoon attractions
  • Gardens – for our guests enjoyment
  • Function Room for group bookings
  • Check in after office hours is available

2 Anzac Parade Bundanoon 2578
02 4883 6068
info@bundanoonmotel.com.au
BundanoonMotel.com.au

32. Trainworks – Thirlmere

The NSW Rail Museum is in Thirlmere, within easy reach of Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong and the South Coast.

Just an hour from Bundanoon Motel is the historic town of Thirlmere, and the unique Train Works Museum. Take a ride back into history aboard an historic Steam Train!  A 45-minute experience from historic Thirlmere Station to Buxton Station, and return. Pair your Steam Train Ride with a ticket into Train works and enjoy a full day of rail heritage, interactive and audio-visual exhibits at the nation’s newest and largest Train Museum.

Since 1975 the museum has been a home to a significant rail heritage collection including: Governor General’s Carriage, Prison Van where you will find a lot more in the Prison Van than you could imagine. These rolling gaol cells operated in one form or another from 1867 until the 1950s. Steam locomotive E18 — built in 1866, had a working life of almost a century and many more…

The Great Train Hall

The Great Train Hall houses the biggest collection of rolling stock in Australia. A significant portion of the collection has been steadily refurbished and restored over the years by volunteers, while others patiently await the time, money and labour required to be returned to their former glory.

Main Exhibition Building

The Main Exhibition Building is where you will discover how the NSW railways brought life to town and country. Learn about life on the lines and in the workshops, marvel at some of the engineering and design achievements of the railways, find out how signals and points keep the lines safe, walk the timeline of rail development from the invention of the very first steam powered engine to today, and see how the railways revolutionised tourism and leisure travel in Australia.

Worker’s Walk

Linking the Main Exhibition Building to the Great Train Hall is the Worker’s Walk where you can discover more about the many jobs that kept the NSW railways running

Roundhouse

The roundhouse is a blend of traditional roundhouse style and modern workshop concepts. In the roundhouse, staff and volunteers work on a variety of locomotives and carriages and carry out heavy overhauls and restorations as well as the more traditional ‘running’ maintenance that roundhouses were originally designed for. Here you can view this ‘behind the scenes’ maintenance and demonstrations of specialist heritage and conservation processes. The roundhouse is serviced by a 105-foot turntable from the old Enfield steam depot. It is one of only three in NSW of that impressive size

The 5-hectare rail corridor site and much of the collection is owned by the NSW Government.

10 Barbour Road Thirlmere
1300 11 55 99
www.nswrailmuseum.com.au

The NSW Rail Museum is open 7 days a week.
Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

31. Churches

St Brigid’s Catholic Church  Bundanoon
18 Hill Street
1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays 5pm
2nd & 4th Sundays 8am
http://www.dow.org.au/parishes/sunday-masses/southern-highlands/item/bundanoon

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Bundanoon
15 Church Street
4883 6019
Sunday 9am and 5pm
https://sydneyanglicans.net/findachurch/holy_trinity_sutton_forest

Uniting Church Bundanoon
4 Church Street
Thursday 12.30pm
mvuniting@ozemail.com.au
http://illawarra.nsw.uca.org.au/churches/Bundanoon.htm

Sunnataram Forest Monastery
225 Teudts Road, Bundanoon NSW 2578
sunnata@bigpond.com
www.sunnataram.org

Iona Christian Community, St Patrick’s Sutton Forest
2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays 10am

30. Visit Historic Berrima

Set in the Southern Highlands, Berrima is a unique and historic village. Established in 1831, it remains as the only example of an existing and largely preserved Australian Georgian colonial town. It will not take long to see why this town is so special, and with so many things to see and do it certainly makes for an ideal getaway whether it be for just the weekend or longer.

Today’s visitor to Berrima can experience the quiet charm and romance that comes from those features of the village which remained frozen in time and which now so wonderfully portray those earlier times.  Berrima is home to one of Australia’s oldest licensed pubs, Surveyor General Inn, built by convicts in 1834 from local sandstone.

The village is no longer merely a stopping point on the way to somewhere else. Today’s Berrima is a delightful destination in its own right – for a day trip, for a weekend, or for a much longer holiday.

Historic Berrima is best experienced by taking a walk through the village streets followed by a walk along one of the river tracks.

There are plenty of things to do and see, from browsing galleries and shops such as the Bay Tree Gallery and Mrs Oldbucks Pantry to exploring colonial buildings, wine tasting and savouring fresh local produce.  Book lovers will be amazed with the thousands of titles at winery Bendooley Estate’s fabulous Book Barn. In a postcard setting, taste acclaimed wines at the cellar door and fine food in Bendooley Estate Restaurant. In the pretty hills north is Joadja Estate, the oldest winery in the highlands.

For elegant European cuisine dine at Eschalot, which has won awards in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide and has its own produce garden. The Tasting Room at The Loch is open Sundays for an exquisite paddock-to-plate experience. A great way to discover the attractions is on the self-guided Berrima Heritage Walk. The Berrima Courthouse is a Regency-style design built in the 1830s from hand-hewn sandstone.

The National Trust-listed Harper’s Mansion is a beautifully preserved Georgian-style residence open on Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays. Amble in the gorgeous gardens and try your luck navigating the maze.

While you explore the sites of Berrima why not stay at the Berrima Bakehouse Motel nestled on almost two acres of beautiful gardens full of native birdlife. These back on to the Wingecarribee River where you can often see families of platypus at play. BerrimaMotel.com.au

http://berrimavillage.com.au/

29. Scenic Drives

A leisurely drive in the country, what could be more relaxing?  There are some great drives throughout the Southern Highlands’ towns and villages, literally up hill and down dale.

For all you Top Gear fans there are Top Gear roads waiting for you. When you arrive in the area you’ll also want to drive some of the great country roads and take in the scenery. For example take a drive out to Burrawang, Kangaloon, and Robertson, or drive the Old South Rd between Bowral and Mittagong and Alpine, or drive to Fitzroy Falls, and don’t forget to take a trip out to Exeter and Bundanoon. There are too many to mention, just get a map and drive around and explore, it’s a must do.

https://www.southern-highlands.com.au/tourist-drives

Download Southern Highlands Tourist Drive Map

28. A Country Chauffeur

A relaxing way to wine, dine and explore. Half day or full day tours, individually crafted to suit your tastes. The Southern Highlands Wine Region now has some 65 vineyards of which 12 have cellar doors and is renowned for producing high quality cool climate wines.

Relax and enjoy all the natural beauty, gracious living and gourmet delights in style.

Sample fine wines, enjoy lunch at one of the vineyards, add in a visit to galleries, enjoy shopping or an amazing array of other experiences that make the Southern Highlands such a special place.

0414 842 068
mitch@acountrychauffeur.com.au
http://www.acountrychauffeur.com.au/

27. Trike Tours

Just Looking Trike Tours is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction – they do everything they can to meet your expectations.
Tours of Wollongong and Southern Highlands.

Southern Highlands Wineries Tour
All wineries tour are a minimum of four hours tours start at your pick up point in the Southern Highlands – choose your wineries or leave it all to your rider to show the best wineries in the Southern Highlands

A variety of offerings to choose from.
THE LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED TRIKE COMPANY ON THE SOUTH COAST

0435 790 884
justlookingtriketours@outlook.com
http://www.justlookingtriketours.com/

26. Horse Riding – Shibumi Equestrian Centre

Shibumi Equestrian Centre is an international-standard equestrian facility situated on 95 acres of rich countryside just 2km’s from the picturesque village of Bundanoon.  The facilities include:

  • Indoor dressage arena
  • Show-jumping arena
  • Dressage arena and round yard
  • Stables and Office
  • Float Parking
  • Tracks and trails
  • Natural streams and dams
  • Nature walks
  • Open fields and rolling hills

There are lots of fun events and activities going on at Shibumi Equestrian Centre at various times of the year.  Shibumi can tailor lessons to all level of skills.  From riders needing to build confidence on a horse to riders looking to take their skills to the next level, there are instructors and facilities to make it happen.

                       

200 Ferndale Road, Bundanoon 2578
0410 536 755 Sheryl
equestriancentre@shibumi.net.au
http://shibumi.net.au/

25. Horse Riding – Bundanoon Pony Club

Bundanoon is a small Club catering for riders from the villages of Bundanoon, Exeter and Penrose. The club welcomes new members from our immediate area especially if they are accompanied by an adult who wishes to become an instructor. A competitive club with riders competing at State level and enjoy attending events in Zone 10.  Facilities include a Clubhouse, Portaloo,  a full sized, fenced dressage arena and a smaller fenced beginner’s arena. The club also has a small x-country course and a full set of show jumps plus sporting equipment.

Cnr Quarry & Ferndale Roads, Bundanoon 2578
02 4883 7195
gale_51@hotmail.com
https://www.pcansw.org.au/clubs/list/bundanoon

24. Montrose Berry Farm – Pick your Own Berries

Both the heritage listed homestead and gardens are surrounded by the working berry farm that produces a wide variety of berries, fruit and artisanal berry products.

Montrose Berry Farm in Sutton Forest specialises in raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries.

            

Make sure you give a call to check what’s available for harvest before you head out – the seasons can be pretty unpredictable.

In season freshly picked berries or when available out of season frozen berries may be purchased from the produce shop.  During season visitors are invited to pick (conditions apply) their own blueberries, red raspberries, loganberries, autumn raspberries, red currants and hazelnuts.

Delicious jams, berry pies, berry vinegars and other artisanal products made at Montrose are available from the produce shop throughout the year.

Ormond Road Sutton Forest
02 4868 1544
info@montroseberryfarm.com.au
http://www.montroseberryfarm.com.au/

23. Bundanoon Tennis Club

Bundanoon Tennis Club operates a three court complex with a premium synthetic grass surface.  All courts have lights to allow for night play.  The club has organised social times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and operates a community coaching program for juniors and adults from beginner to intermediate standards.

If you have played or would like to take the game up, you will be welcome at Bundanoon – there will be a social playing group at a time and standard to suit you.  We also cater for those who want to drop in and have a hit – courts are available to members and non-members to hire at most times when not in use for competition or social tennis.  The cost of hiring a court is $12 per hour.

Keys to the courts can be obtained and hiring fees paid at the Jumping Rock Café (next to the Bundanoon Post Office).

bundanoontennisclub@gmail.com
https://www.tennis.com.au/bundanoon/

22. Music at Ten

Arts Bundanoon presents a Saturday morning “Music at Ten” recital series showcasing
talented young musicians as well as experienced local & visiting artists “Piano at Ten”
is on the second Saturday of each month at 10.00am.

                                 

An afternoon and evening concert series brings professional solo musicians, ensembles
and orchestras of national and international standing to our venue.

The “home” of Arts Bundanoon is the art deco Bundanoon Soldiers Memorial Hall with its fine acoustics and fine Yamaha C6 grand piano.

Entry is $10.00 at the door, children under 18 free.
info@artsbundanoon.org.au
www.artsbundanoon.org.au/calendar

21. Brigadoon Highland Gathering

The “Premier” Scottish Gathering in Australia

This annual event began on 21 October 1978, its principle aim to raise funds for local charities and bring tourists to Bundanoon in particular and the Southern Highlands in general thereby benefiting local businesses, guesthouses and hotels. Continuing to this day, “Bundanoon is Brigadoon” has become one of the most successful events staged in the area. From its humble beginnings of a handful of pipe bands and spectators, and is recognised worldwide and has grown to into one of the finest Highland Gatherings in Australia.

                 

Every year in April between12-16,000 Australians, many not necessarily of Scottish descent make an annual pilgrimage to this outstanding event to enjoy and participate in the gathering.

Brigadoon” begins with the sound of Bagpipes drifting across the village from first light in preparation for a day of celebration. The Street Parade starts at 9.30am and features some 20 Pipe Bands from all over the State accompanied by a large variety of decorated floats and marching Clan Societies.

When visiting Brigadoon take time out to experience the natural beauty, arts, wineries, culture and heritage of the Southern Highlands.

http://brigadoon.org.au/

BRIGADOON DEFINITELY GOES AHEAD, RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE!

20. Play Golf

Highlands Golf Courses

 Bowral Golf Club

Provides great golf in a lush picturesque setting close to the town’s centre. Wonderful avenues of exotic old English and native trees border the fairways. Bowral Golf Club is considered among the best country courses in NSW.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the ambience of a club 115 years in the making or indulge in lunch or a glass of wine while you appreciate the warmth of the log fire when toasting the day or sit on the terrace and enjoy the view.

http://www.bowralgolfclub.com.au/

Gibraltar Country Club

60 years old, the course used to be known as the Bowral Country Club.  At 5054 metre and a par 69, the course begins and ends at Birdies Cafe.  The ’19th Hole’ affords grandstand views over 5 holes including the first and eighteenth. The course has plenty of water features and undulating fairways providing interest and challenge for beginners and experienced golfers alike.

http://www.gibraltarbowral.com.au/

Moss Vale Golf Club

Moss Vale Golf Course is a golfers paradise in the Southern Highlands. It is regarded as one of the most scenic and challenging courses in regional NSW, with avenues of pines, elms, gums and vividly coloured claret ash flanking the winding layout. The course was completed in its current layout in 1936.

The 18 Hole Championship Golf Course is a par 71, and 5805 metres from the mens tees. A number of twists and turns, creek crossings and deceptive greens, make the course a true test. The creek which runs through the course has to be crossed 12 times during the round! From the clubhouse, the Moss Vale layout appears hilly, but after the opening 5 holes, it levels out and heads into the quiet countryside.

http://www.mossvalegolfclub.com.au/

Mt Broughton Golf & Country Club

Set in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands, a Scottish links-style layout with wide fairways, perfect large rolling greens and a choice of four tees guarantees you will enjoy your day.

http://www.mtbroughton.com.au/

19. Bird Watching

More than 250 species of birds can be seen in the Southern Highlands, a 90-minute drive south of Sydney. Some are seasonal visitors, others are permanent residents. The locations are easily accessible and include a variety of habitats. The birds listed are just a few of the species likely to be present. Some of the best places to see them

Bundanoon section, Morton National Park Eucalypt woodland conceals waterfalls, ferny glades, rocky outcrops and lookouts. Access 1km south of Bundanoon Post Office via Church Street and Gullies Road. Amenities picnic areas, toilets. Walks numerous trails ranging from short and easy to the steep track to Bundanoon Creek. Good birdwatching options are the 2km Erith Coal Mine track, Fairy Bower Falls and the area around the Gambells Rest picnic area. Birds Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, Superb Lyrebird, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Varied Sittella,

                           

 

Fitzroy Falls the north-eastern section of Morton National Park where Yarrunga Creek plunges from a sandstone escarpment into the rainforest valley below. Access 15km south-east of Moss Vale on Moss Vale Road. Amenities Visitor centre, cafe, picnic areas, toilets. Walks The 7km return East Rim and 5km return West Rim walks are on good tracks with some short, steeper sections. The first section of the East Rim walk, where the track descends into a fern gully, is good for birds, as are the boardwalks near the visitor centre and woodland near the old picnic shelters alongside Yarrunga Creek. Birds Peregrine Falcon, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Superb Lyrebird, Yellow-throated Scrubwren, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Crested Shrike-tit, Golden Whistler, Black-faced Monarch, Mistletoebird.

http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/services/environment/environmental-information/biodiversity/bird-watching-in-the-southern-highlands

18. Ride a Bike Around Bundy

Lookouts of Morton Nation Park
Ride down Church St turning right after 80 metres into Gullies Rd (continuing straight leads down the very steep Constitution Hill).  This dirt road descends to a T-junction at the base of Constitution Hill.  Turn right and follow the road into Morton National Park at Gambells Rest (toilets/water).  No entry fee for cyclists!  The ride now follows single lane dirt roads in a loop around the park – watch out for lyrebirds and wallabies.  1.2km after entering the park you come to an intersection.  Head left to continue past Grand Canyon and Sunrise lookouts.  Soon you’ll have completed the loop back to Gambells Rest.  The brave and the fit will accept the challenge of climbing Constitution Hill; most will turn left to climb back up the easier angled Gullies Rd bridge to reach Penrose Rd.  Turn left, enjoy a brief climb, and then cruise back into the centre of the village.

12km, Easy
An easy ride on mainly good dirt roads checking out some of the spectacular lookouts in Morton National Park.

Bridge to Bridge and Beyond
Head east along Railway Parade past all the sjops and after 2km, just before you leave the village, turn left into Erith St across the railway bridge.  Once across the  bridge turn immediately right into a dirt track and take the left fork.  After 80 metres turn left into an unmarkeD track.  The start of the track is very narrow and begins just a few metres before the gatepost of “Corinda Grange”.  This, Blue Gum Road, soon improves to a sealed road, Continue on to turn left into Ellsmore Rd then right into Old Wingello Road, 1.3kns down Old Wingello Road, the major road swings right to become Ferndale Road but you take the minor road to the left, a continuation of Old Wingello Road.  This soon becomes a descending dirt track to a T-junction.  Turn left onto the dirt Quarry Road which winds along to cross your second railway bridge to reach Penrose Road.  Turn left, enjoy a brief climb, and then cruise back into the centre of the village.

11km, Moderate
A full loop taking in the extremities of the village via two railway bridges.

Ferndale/Old Argyle/Ellsmore Circuit
Head across the pedestrian level crossing at the railway station and follow Ellsmore Rd for 1.4km to a T-junction.  Turn left and up and down with pretty rural views hefore turning left into Cornwall Rd and right into Westgrove Rd.  Head left onto Sallys Corner Rd at the T-intersection and after a short distance turn right to sample the wines of St Maur or left into Old Argyle Rd.  Follow this tree lined road on dirt for 3km which then becomes the sealed Ferndale Rd at a sharp left hand corner.  From here enjoy a long downhill before the road undulates back into Bundanoon.

18KM, Moderate
A very enjoyable ride on generally quiet country roads.

Stingray Swamp
From the shops cross over the railway line, go straight ahead then turn into Old Wingello Rd.  3.5km from the start, the road dips down and turns sharp right before climbing up to another sharp right turn after some 5km.  Here the main road turns to dirt.  Turn left here onto a lesser track and follow this very rough, sometimes rocky track.  After 3km keep your eyes peeled for a couple of old gateposts amongst some large concrete blocks.  Turn in here and ride down to a large billabong; always cool., always refreshing in summer.  Retrace your route back to Bundy.

18km, Moderate
An introduction to mountain biking with a swim at the end perhaps.

17. Wingello State Forest

The large 1200+ ha forest is owned by the New South Wales Government and includes pine plantations, hardwood forest and native forests with stands of peppermint, manna gum and stringybarks. It is popular with mountain bike riders. The first radiata pines were planted in this area in Belanglo State Forest in 1919. Today there are around 3,500 hectares of commercial pine plantations in the southern highlands

What can you do in a State Forest?
Camping, picnicking and bushwalking are permitted in State Forests. Four-wheel driving and trail bike riding are permitted but only on formed roads. Driving off-road and unauthorized track construction is not permitted.

All vehicles and motorbikes must be registered and drivers / riders must be licenced. Access to State Forests is free for family groups and individuals. All organised events and activities must have a permit.

                        

Wingello Mountain Bike Trails
These mountain bike trails are only for use by cyclists. Do not walk, ride motorbikes or horses on the marked mountain bike trails.

Sustainable Forest Management
State Forests in NSW provide timber, employment, habitat, clean air, water and a place to be. They are resilient, dynamic and evolving – an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. State Forests are managed to ensure a sustainable supply of timber today and into the future. Plantation and native forests make up the State Forest estate.

http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit/forests/wingello

16. Highlands Vineyards

There are currently 52 registered vineyards, 12 wineries and 25 wine companies in the Southern Highlands wine region. There is a broad range of varieties planted in the region including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon.

The regions vineyards vary from 2 acres to over 100 acres in size and range from 550 metres to over 850 metres above sea level. Cool nights, mild days and dry ripening conditions allows the region to produce some of Australia’s classic cool climate grapes and wine styles with particular attention recently being focused on the regions Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines along with the potential for premium sparkling wine production.

highlandshq.com.au/southernhighlandwineries.php

15. Bundanoon Glow Worm Glen

A great evening activity for the whole family
One of the great evening activities for visitors is a trip down to glow worm glen. With a bit of care you can ensure to see a great light show while minimizing impact on these luminescent locals. A good idea is to start the walk down to the glen at sunset and this way it will be dark by the time you reach the glen.

Where are the glowworms?
William Street, on the right on the Moss Vale side of town. Park at the top end of William Street. From here a steep track descends towards the glen. It will be pitch dark (especially if you turn off your torches).

How long does it take?
The return trip will take about 1 hour. Add your glow worm viewing time onto this.

What are glow worms?
The truth is that glow worms are not worms at all, but rather they are the larvae offspring of the fungus gnat. Adult fungus gnats lay about 130 eggs then die soon after. After 8 or 9 days the first larvae hatch. They position themselves near tiny cracks or seepage spots, where they can retreat to if conditions become too cold or dry.

Why do they glow?
The light is produced by a chemical reaction between certain body fluids and oxygen.

When is the best time of year to see the glow worms?
The best time to see the glow worms is from December to February.

https://pioneerwalks.com.au/walk/glow-worm-glen/

Time:  1 hour
Distance:  2km return
Grade:  Easy/steep
Conditions:  A torch is necessary to return from the Glen at night 

14. Fairy Bower Falls

The Fairy Bower Falls are located in Bundanoon within the Morton National Park. To find the track you need to enter the National Park (Not forgetting to get a $7 park pass for the day) passing Gambells Rest carpark. Follow the road until you reach the next junction that allows you to turn left (Nicholas Pass) . This will be a one-way track that will take you past the Grand Canyon Lookout, which provides views of the valley below. Continue this road around until you reach the Fairy Bower falls Carpark. Parking is unmarked and the roads are unsealed but are able to be accessed in all vehicle types.

Fairy Bower Falls walk

The Fairy Bower Falls walk takes just under an hour return at a leisurely pace, which is needed for the climb back to the car park. The decent is very steep however the walk itself is not very long. It is strongly advised to take a bottle of water for the trip, even in the colder months. The path will lead you down to some small streams which lead to top of waterfall. As you continue to follow the path you will be lead to a viewing platform of the valley below and allows for you to get a photo at the drop off of the waterfall. If you make your way down the track further it will lead you to the base of the falls.

Vines hang beside the falls with water trickling from them, making for a majestic atmosphere. While looking up at these vines you will notice an old stairwell that once directly took you to the lookouts you were once standing at. When you think you may have reached the end if you look to your left you will notice a little grated stairwell that will lead to you the final level of the falls. Moss covered rocks that are surrounded by trees make you feel as though you are in a set of a movie. Whether you want to stand under the falls, walk in the water or explore over the rocks, these falls offer it all.

To return back to the car park, return the same way, it is well worth the walk. If you were looking at making the walk into a full day walk you can do so by starting at Tooths Lookout Lay-by. This walk will take you roughly 4 hours to complete and is a circuit of 5.2kms. This will take you past many beautiful sites such as the Amphitheatre, Bundanoon Creek, Fairy Bower Creek and will lead you to the Falls.  There are no toilet facilities along any of these walks, they are located back at Gambell Rest.

https://pioneerwalks.com.au/walk/fairy-bower-falls/

13. Bundanoon Creek Walking Track

Although not a bushwalk for the faint of heart, Tooth’s walking track to Bundanoon Creek offers great rewards for those who are fit and do not mind a steep climb. The walking track begins at Tooths lookout, with its spectacular scenic views of the valley, and descends steeply towards Bundanoon Creek.
As you get closer to the creek, you may see reptiles lying across the track and, during spring, wildflowers blooming nearby. Do not get too distracted because you need to keep a close eye on where you’re placing your feet.
At the base, strip down to your swimmers and plunge into the swimming hole. It’s the perfect way to refresh before you make the climb back to the top.
Make sure you leave plenty of time, since the walk needs to be completed during daylight.

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/tooths-walking-track-to-bundanoon-creek

Distance:  3km return
Time Suggested:  1hr 30min – 2hrs 30min
What to bring:  Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

12. Morton National Park

Bundanoon is the northern gateway to Morton National Park. Follow the well-marked bushwalking trails in one of NSW’s largest national parks, admiring waterfalls that plunge into valleys below. The Park is easily accessible from Bundanoon and is great for a daytrip or school excursion. Be enthralled by nature on a grand scale at Morton National Park. 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.


Morton National Park envelops you in its fascinating landscape. Roam through rainforest on the Kangaroo Valley escarpment. Or relax on your picnic blanket, shaded by tall eucalyptus trees – the park has everything from Sydney peppermint to spotted gum and the rare Pigeon House Ash. The park’s geological features are equally captivating. Detect different rock types in the cliff face, or find a good vantage point and gaze at the plateau carved with deep gorges. Absorbing the gorges sheer size, coupled with their interesting terraced appearance, can keep you occupied for hours. Visit Fitzroy Falls for scenic waterfall views; go mountain biking, walking or enjoy a picnic lunch.

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/morton-national-park

11. Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe

A friendly country cafe set in a heritage listed bicycle shop, a stone’s throw from Morton National Park.  Offering a generous menu, including vegetarian and gluten free options, really good locally roasted RUSH coffee and delicious cakes made on the premises.

Several bikes for hire, catering for all ages and a bicycle repair service.
A pet friendly rear courtyard with shade sails where you can even bring your horse!

11 Church St, Bundanoon NSW 2578
(02) 4883 6043
Opening Hours – Sun- Fri 8:00am to 4:00pm and Sat 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Strtrd02@gmail.com

9. Red Cow Farm

Red Cow Farm is one of the leading gardens in the beautiful Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. It is a garden of beauty and deception.

Red Cow Farm is a unique cool climate garden set on 2.5 hectares in the picturesque rural village of Sutton Forest approximately 1.5 hours drive from Sydney and Canberra. The simplicity of its presentation diguises a garden of sophisticated structure and ambitious schemes. Developed by its creative owners Ali Mentesh and Wayne Morrissey around their historic 1820’s cottage, the garden is abundant and secretive.  You’ll be both enchanted and surprised by such wonders as a walled sanctuary where solitude invites quiet reflection. Red Cow Farm features 20 rooms with an exuberant cottage garden, monastery garden, abbess’s garden, a stunning collection of rare and unusual perennials, woodland, old fashioned roses and clematis, beech walk, lake, bog garden, orchard and kitchen garden.

7480 Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest, Southern Highlands, NSW
02 4868 1842
info@redcowfarm.com.au
Opening hours: 10am to 4pm daily, 8 months of the year, late September till late May. Closed Christmas Day.
Entry fee: Adults $10, seniors $8 and groups, children $4 (4-14 years)
http://www.redcowfarm.com.au/home.html

8. Sunnataram Forest Monastery

Visit the peaceful and friendly atmosphere of a Thai forest Buddhist monastery in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. This is a place where you can learn and apply Buddhist teachings to add inner peace in your daily life.

Many Dhamma programs and activities are offered for all levels of interest, from serious meditators to students or just curious visitors.

Monks and volunteers have created teaching tools to simplify the complicated Buddhist teachings into modern day language. Plants in the monastery gardens are carefully chosen to link with Buddhist history and add more peaceful and pleasant feelings to both meditators and visitors.

The monthly meditation retreats are highly attended by people from all over Australia. They combine the beautiful rural location, archaeological history of Buddhism, ancient artefacts, stone carvings, visual arts, Buddhist chanting, and yummy Thai vegetarian food, with many outdoor activities i.e. Tai Chi Qi Gong, walking & sitting meditation in the gardens.

Monks from Sunnataram Forest Monastery have been regularly invited to talk on various topics of Buddhism and teach meditation in many universities, local and Sydney schools, and other countries. The monastery is a favourite place for local school excursions.

Sunday is a very suitable time when individuals, couples or the entire family can enjoy the beautiful view and art work around the monastery. Visitors are welcome to participate in the programs without changing their religion!! Parents and young children can experience offering vegetarian food to monks, listening to Buddhist blessings, short sitting meditation, Dhamma talk, and can feel free to ask questions to the monks. Every Sunday 11am-2pm.

225 Teudts Road, Bundanoon NSW 2578
sunnata@bigpond.com.
www.sunnataram.org

7. Wingecarribee Reservoir

Central to Water supply in The Highlands
Located about 130 kilometres south of Sydney, Wingecarribee Reservoir is on the Upper Wingecarribee River about 10 kilometres south-east of Bowral and 38 mins from Bundanoon. The earth and rockfill dam was completed in 1974 as part of the Shoalhaven Scheme.

Wingecarribee Reservoir lost around 9,000 megalitres of storage capacity as a result of the inflow of peat from Wingecarribee Swamp. This large peat swamp upstream filters water from the 40 square kilometre catchment area of rural lands feeding the reservoir.


Prior to its partial collapse during a storm in 1998, the Wingecarribee Swamp was considered one of the best examples of montane peatland in mainland Australia. It is still an important ecosystem and home to threatened species, including the giant dragonfly and the Wingecarribee leek orchid.

It’s unique for the ancient peat swamp immediately upstream of the reservoir, which is a habitat for several endangered species. The reservoir supplies the nearby towns of Bowral and Mittagong, and is part of the Shoalhaven Scheme which during drought also tops up Sydney and Illawarra water supplies. Goulburn can also be supplied with water from Wingecarribee Reservoir.

From the picnic grounds enjoy scenic rural views and views of the nearby reservoir and Wingecarribee Swamp in the distance Wingecarribee Reservoir is about 130 kilometres drive from Sydney. From Sydney, follow the Hume Highway (F5) south towards Goulburn and take the Mittagong to Bowral turnoff. Take the Nowra Road towards Kangaroo Valley. The reservoir is about 10 kilometres south-east of Bowral.

About 10 kilometres south-east of Bowral on the Wingecarribee River.
https://www.waternsw.com.au/supply/visit/wingecarribee-reservoir

6. Fitzroy Falls Reservoir

A hidden gem of The Highlands

Fitzroy Falls Reservoir is about 20 kilometres south-east of Bowral on the Yarrunga Creek upstream of Fitzroy Falls. The reservoir is popular for land-based recreational fishing.


Photo: Eric Saxton – 1963

Fitzroy Falls Reservoir, when full, covers an area of around 440HA.

Fitzroy Falls Reservoir is about 140 kilometres drive from Sydney. From Sydney, follow the Hume Highway (F5) south towards Goulburn and take the Mittagong to Bowral turn-off. Take the Nowra Road towards Kangaroo Valley. The reservoir is about 20 kilometres south-east of Bowral. The recreation area is off the Nowra-Moss Vale Road. The reservoir’s fishing area is off Myra Vale Road.

Go to Fitzroy Falls Reservoir visitor info page

5. Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls is a village in the Wingecarribee Shire, located within the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. The locality was known as Yarrunga, but was renamed after the 81-metre waterfall. At the 2016 census, Fitzroy Falls had a population of 216. 

Fitzroy Falls offers a spectacular national park experience. In addition to magnificent waterfalls, it is a great place to experience a lyrebird singing along one of the walking tracks, vistas into the rainforest gullies of Morton National Park from one or more of the many lookouts, a bush picnic by the creek or a refreshing cuppa in the Falls Cafe.

When you pull up at Fitzroy Falls picnic area, you’ll hear the waterfalls before you see them. It’s a short walk to the spectacular Fitzroy Falls, where water plummets over 80m to the deep rainforest ravine below and the views across the escarpment are not to be missed.

                

As you’re sparking up the barbecue or unpacking the picnic, you might see one of the resident lyrebirds or an inquisitive swamp wallaby. Green catbirds and eastern whipbirds live in the surrounding bushland, so keep an ear out for their distinctive calls. Look for the iconic waratah, the state flower of NSW, with its long stem and vibrant red flower in spring.

If you feel like stretching your legs, try the West Rim walking track or if you’re visiting in spring don’t miss the East Rim wildflower walk.

Running from Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre to Warrawong lookout in the northern section of the park, this self-guided wildflower walk is a nature-lover’s dream.

Offering a delightful excursion through diverse native plants and trees, the East Rim and Wildflower walking tracks are both scenic and informative. Spot the colourful flowers as you roam the track past a cornucopia of plant communities including dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands, heathlands and rainforest areas just bursting with birds. You’ll encounter spectacular lookouts with views over the valley as you go, along with helpful signs pointing out interesting flowers, useful hints and details on changing environment.

The first 1.25 kilometre, known as Wildflower walk, is an easy stroll that’ll introduce you to the beautiful scenery of Morton National Park. If you’re feeling fit and energised, it’s easy to extend the walk by following East Rim walk. You’ll find several more lookouts that make this walk a photographer’s dream in the right light.

1301 Nowra Road
Fitzroy Falls NSW 2577
(02) 4887 7270
https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/southern-highlands/fitzroy-falls

4. Treetop Walk

Take a walk through the treetops on the Treetop Walk. The Treetop Walk is a 1.5km walk through beautiful warm temperate rainforest with 500 metres of steel walkway nestled in the treetop canopy some 20-30 metres above the ground. 

The walkway culminates in Knights Tower, a spiral tower that rises to a breathtaking 45 metres above the forest floor. Then there is the thrills and challenges of two confronting swaying springboard cantilevers suspended 25 metres above the forest floor which take guests to the edge of the escarpment. 

Fun Facts: 

  • The Treetop Walk can withstand winds of up to 280kmh, is 472 metres long, has an average height of 710 metres above sea level and weighs over 160 tonnes, the equivalent of a Blue Whale! 
  • The Treetop Walk has a soft environmental footprint. It was built on an existing fire trail resulting in no trees being cut down during construction. 
  • The Treetop Walk was built in 6 months by 6 men! 

Ticket Treetop Walk                                             Walk up             Online

Adult                                                                          $25                   From $22.50
Child (4-15 years)                                                      $15                   From $13.50
Family (2 adults & 2 children)                                 $75                   $70
Concession (NSW senior or NSW student)         $20                   N/A

Zipline Prices (open Thursday to Sunday) 

Adult                                                                           $75                  Save up to 20%
Child                                                                           $45                  Save up to 20%

Illawarra Fly – Open every day 
182 Knights Hill Road,
Knights Hill NSW 2577 
Phone: 1300 362 881 
9.00am – 5.00pm (last admission at 4.15pm) 
Zipline open Thursday to Sunday 
www.illawarrafly.com

3. Bundanoon Garden Ramble

Garden Ramble is a great way to explore some of the wonderful Southern Highlands’ gardens in this beautiful village bordering Morton National Park.  Enjoy the private village gardens opened specially for the weekend and featuring an abundance of Spring flowering cold climate plants. 

Gardens of diversity in design, size and plantings; with gardens showcasing the love and interpretation put into them by the owners, who are keen to speak to visitors. 

                

Browse the exciting Garden Market where plants and gifts are for sale.  Do not miss the scarecrows located throughout town, a fascinating working display of old farm engines is sure to delight young and old.  

October yearly 
Eight stunning private gardens 
info@bundanoongardenramble.org.au 
http://www.bundanoongardenramble.org.au/about-2/ 

2. Bundanoon Makers Market

The Bundanoon Makers Market is held year round on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month (except January) from 8.30am to 2.00pm.
This popular vibrant community Market is full of life with new and inspiring stalls popping up every week. It’s a Market for those who design, create, build, collect, make or bake – a Market catering to the needs of all ages, from visitors to the local community. 

Looking to find something just that little bit different or buy a unique treasure? An array of interesting stalls awaits, selling everything from pre-loved antiques, vintage wares, collectibles, fashion, jewellery, art, books, music and artisan food. 

Come discover the handmade, homemade, bakers, growers and artists and enjoy the buzzy, eclectic atmosphere of the Bundanoon Makers Market in one of the Southern Highlands most picturesque villages. Have a browse, discover a bargain, taste from delicious local artisanal providores and international food stalls. There is easy street parking within a short walking distance. 

With a 30-year history and recently acquiring new operators, the Bundanoon Makers Market can be found year round in the historic, c.1934, art deco Bundanoon Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, which provides a safe haven for creative types in which to sell their precious wares, come rain, hail or shine. 

Makers and Bakers, Movers and Shakers . A market for the craftsmith! sewers, knitters, woodworkers, photographers , leatherwork and silver jewellery plus all you need for meals during the week . Fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread , Lebanese take home meals, hot Indian dishes, Japanese pancakes, honey and eggs plus a delicious assortment of cakes , pies and beautiful melting moments. – You will always find something new. 

Soldiers Memorial Hall, Railway Ave, Bundanoon 2578 
Phone: Lisa 0411 297 963 
bundanoonmarket@gmail.com 
http://www.bca.asn.au/bundanoon-makers-market/ 

1. Visit Bundanoon

Bundanoon is an Aboriginal name meaning “place of deep gullies”  and was formerly known as  Jordan’s Crossing. Bundanoon is colloquially known as Bundy / Bundi. 

Bundanoon is the ‘Quintessential Southern Highlands Experience’ and the perfect village alternative to larger towns such as Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale. Just over 90 minutes travel time from Sydney and Canberra, Bundanoon is easily accessible via the M5 and the M7 motorway. Once you arrive you can literally explore all the attractions on foot or by bike. The area is brimming with things to do and close to the vineyards, wineries and other villages in the Southern Highlands.

A popular bushwalking and cycling destination, Bundanoon is on the edge of Morton National Park,  Bundanoon has attracted tourists since the 1920s with spectacular wilderness, wonderful walking trails, starry nights and fine guesthouses. 

    

Perfect for short breaks, weekend escapes and longer sojourns you can also travel by train to Bundanoon and rent a bicycle from Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe near the station; best to reserve bicycles in advance to avoid missing out. 

From pretty waterfalls to stunning escarpment lookouts, you’ll find plenty of things to do and see in the national park. An enchanting attraction is the Fairy Bower Falls, a one hour loop walk, and you’ll be delighted with the scenic views on the Lovers, Riverview and Mount Carnarvon walking tracks. 

In the evenings, a wonderful event of nature occurs in Glow Worm Glen. Hundreds of larvae of fungus gnats produce a light from a chemical reaction. The best time to see the glowing larvae is December to February. Point your torches down when approaching the viewing platform. 

The roads and trails winding through the national park are enjoyed by cyclists. The Bundanoon cycling route is a great ride for the whole family.  

Bundanoon became the first town in the world to go bottled water free in July 2009, a pioneer in what is now a huge worldwide story regarding plastic pollution 

Bundanoon – a place for all seasons! 

There is no better time to stay in Bundanoon.  With accommodation for all tastes, our beautiful Guest Houses, Historic Hotel and ground level Motel provide a second to none selection of accommodation. 

Go to Southern Highlands Visitors Page