Next Destination – Southern Highlands

Are you looking for your next holiday destination? Look no further than the Southern Highlands destinations, Australia. You can find this cool oasis if you take just a 90-minute drive from Sydney NSW. Brimming with natural beauty, fascinating history, exciting activities and amazing local food and wines, this gem is not to be missed. Here are just some of the things to see and do in this beautiful region.

Southern Highlands Destinations Tulip Festival at Bowral
Southern Highlands Destinations Tulip Festival at Bowral: Photo on Flickr by RubyGoes / CC BY 2.0

Your Next Southern Highlands Destinations

The Historical Town of Berrima with Stories to Tell

This lovely, picturesque village is a true trove of historical treasures. With buildings dating back to the 19th century, Berrima is a must-visit for history buffs. There is plenty to see in this excellently preserved Georgian village. The Berrima District Museum is a great starting point. Other attractions include the 1830’s Court House – where the first trial by jury in New South Wales was held, the old Gaol built by convicts, and the magnificent Harper’s mansion (1834), now open to the public, including the beautiful garden with its heritage roses. After you feast on history, make sure to visit some of the charming eateries to feast on local delicacies as well.

The historical town of Berrima. Southern Highlands destinations.
The historical town of Berrima. Flickr:Brendan Lambourne / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Excitement-Packed Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame

The biggest town in the area, Bowral has it all! Brimming with fascinating places and things to see, smell, taste and experience – Bowral is not to be missed. This jewel nestled at the foot of Mount Gibraltar is the favorite destination for devoted fans of cricket! The Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of the sport, illustrated with rare photos, memorabilia, footage and lots of interactive content. Afterwards, take a walk down the scenic streets famed for the abundance of restaurants, boutiques, antique stores and bookshops.

Tulip Time Festival at the Corbett Gardens. Southern Highlands destinations
Tulip Time Festival at the Corbett Gardens, Bowral. Flickr: Matt / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Glorious Fitzroy Falls

Nature at its most breathtaking – that’s Fitzroy Falls. Allow yourself to be awe-struck by the sight of the Yarrunga Creek plummeting down 80 meters on its way to the Kangaroo River. If you dare, climb to the lookout at the top of the falls. However, the vertiginous waterfall is not the only thing worth seeing in this area. The waterfall is situated in a wildlife reserve, with glorious flora and fauna on display. Numerous hiking trails are available. The Visitor Centre offers information on the Aboriginal culture of the area, as well as the wildlife. There is a cafe and a picnic area on site, many parts of the park have disabled access as well. Parking for coaches is also available, so booking a coach tour like the ones offered by Comealong Tours is an optimal way to explore Southern Highlands destinations.

Fitzroy Falls. Southern Highlands destinations
Fitzroy Falls. Flickr: Byorgen Druffeldroff / CC BY-NC 2.0

The Grape Escape Wine Tours for Tasty Sips Along the Way

The Southern Highlands are well known for their delicious, cool climate wines. The region boasts more than 50 vineyards famous mostly for their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, but also Chardonnay, Merlot, Riesling and sparkling wines. Opt for a relaxing day, soak up the spectacular views of the vineyards, taste the nectar they produce, and enjoy a delectable lunch. With numerous cellar doors, you can choose the ones that suit your taste best and create a custom tour. Local experts will be happy to explain how different sorts of grapes are lovingly grown and then transformed into wine.

View over Jamberoo towards Shellharbour. Southern Highlands destinations
View over Jamberoo towards Shellharbour. Flickr: Dylan Fogarty-MacDonald / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Breath-Taking Nature of the Red Cow Farm

Visiting this amazing property famed for its gardens is like stepping into another world. Gardening enthusiasts are sure to fall in love with the 2.5-hectare work of living art. Constructed around a 19th century cottage, the gardens are divided into several sections, each carefully planned, designed and realized. The display of colors will leave you breathless, the rare trees, shrubs and perennials will amaze you, a walk around the lake will soothe you, the fragrance of fruits will enchant you. The absolute best time of the year to visit is in the summer when roses are in bloom, but it’s absolutely worth your time all year round in this one of the most beautiful Southern Highlands destinations. 

Red cow. Southern Highlands destinations
Red cow. Flickr: Steve Mullarkey / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Believe it or not, this is just a tiny fraction of what the Southern Highlands destinations have to offer. It takes many trips to discover all of the treasures of this gorgeous region. Start with one, and you’ll surely come back for more.

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About Nicole Noel

Nicole is an avid traveler passionate about yoga and healthy living. She loves to explore different cultures and share her experiences with others. In her free time she likes to prepare healthy and delicious food for her friends.

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