The Southern Highlands is one of the most beautiful and easily accessible locations for a fun family trip away. Bowral is about 1.5 hours from Sydney and Berrima is only 10 minutes from Bowral. Here are Ann Paterson Real Estate's top recommendations for what to see and do and where to stay.
Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
A must-see for cricket fans! Known as 'The Boy from Bowral', the great Sir Don is our most famous former resident. Next to the museum is Glebe Park, which has a fully fenced cricket-inspired playground. There's a large Mary Poppins statue which states that the author, P.L Travers, also lived in Bowral for a period of time. There is a beautiful little garden near the Donald Bradman statue; and a cafe.
Address: St Jude St, Bowral NSW 2576, Australia
Phone: +61 2 4862 1247
Corbett Gardens is incredibly beautiful with its gorgeous array of tulips and tranquil walkways. The Tulip Festival runs for two weeks in mid to late September and incurs an entry fee; otherwise the gardens are always open and free of charge.
Address: Wingecarribee St, Bowral NSW 2576, Australia
Lunch at Briars Lodge
This pub is in a beautiful historic building that started out as a coaching inn. It now has a gorgeous restaurant and bar area plus accommodation, too. There are lots of delicious options on the menu. The locals' favourites include the beer battered fish and chips, the crunchy noodle salad and the bangers and mash. Briars has a small fenced playground with swings to keep the young ones entertained.
Address: 653 Moss Vale Rd, Bowral NSW 2576, Australia
Phone: +61 2 4868 3566
Bushwalks around Bowral
The two-hour walking trail from Gibraltar Hotel to the 90 Acre Hill Lookout is amazing. Keep an eye out for beautiful bush flowers, echidnas and wombats. The Mt Gibraltar Reserve also has several trails and lookouts to explore. The Bowral and Mittagong lookouts offer magnificent views of the valley below.
Berrima’s Lolly Swagman
You can't go to Berrima without a stop at The Lolly Swagman, which offers lots of traditional and modern treats to delight the kids.
Address: Old Hume Highway, Berrima NSW 2577, Australia
Phone: +61 2 4877 1137
Open daily from 10-4 pm, the courthouse tour begins with an interesting short movie about the history of the area and the courthouse. You can then self-guide through the various rooms and cells, finishing up in the courtroom with a re-enactment video of an olden day court case.
Address: Corner Argyle and Wilshire Street, Berrima NSW 2577, Australia
Phone: +61 2 4877 1505
Berrima River Walk
This beautiful walk is about one hour return. It has signs and photos outlining the history of the German internment camps that were situated along the river. It is very tranquil and a relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon.
Stay at the Gibraltar Hotel
The Gibraltar Hotel in Bowral overlooks a beautiful golf course and is very welcoming to families. Features include a heated indoor swimming pool, kids' golf clubs available for hire, a day spa and a restaurant/bar with delicious food including a kids' menu.
Address: Boronia Street (off Centennial Road) Bowral NSW 2576, Australia
Phone: +61 2 4862 8600
Don't be surprised if your trip to beautiful Bowral and Berrima inspires thoughts of purchasing here! Boutique property specialists, Ann Paterson Real Estate are always working with Sydneysiders looking for the perfect weekender or the dream downsizer retreat once the kids have left the nest. We offer a truly individualised service with second-to-none local expertise to help you make the move south.