Located just 90 minutes from Sydney and Canberra, the Southern Highlands is well known for its colourful gardens, diverse landscape, history and heritage, and welcoming accommodation. But there is another side to the area that offers a range of activities to pursue and enjoy.
The Southern Highlands can cater to those who are seeking action and adventure, bushwalking, exploring wilderness, horseback riding; are perfecting pastimes, playing or practising golf, or trying their hand at fly fishing; enjoy festivals and shows, or explore historical pursuits; appreciate art and fine goods, art and antiques collectors; appreciate a good drop with cool climate cellar doors and excellent local eateries.
The main towns of the Southern Highlands are Bowral, Moss Vale, and Mittagong. Along with the main towns of the Highlands, there are many smaller villages to explore such as Robertson, Bundanoon, Berrima, Sutton Forest, Exeter, Fitzroy Falls, Hill Top, Yerrinbool, Colo Vale, New Berrima, Burrawang, Penrose, Wingello, Avoca and Balmoral Village.
There are many amazing places to stay in the Southern Highlands, here are a few ideas to get you started:
Summerlees, as it is today (70 acres), is part of an original land grant (1822) in the Sutton Forest area of the Southern Highlands. This historic property, on a rise, stands to the east of the old South Road (today the Illawarra Highway) just a kilometre or so from the village, and a short distance from Moss Vale. At the rear the land falls away with spectacular views over the valley towards Exeter. www.summerlees.com.au.
The newest hotel in the Southern Highlands is the incredible Gibraltar Hotel Bowral.