Bowral Destination Guide
Welcome to Bowral. The largest town in the Southern Highlands will charm you with its cool climate and picturesque farms.
Once upon a time, it was a rural summer retreat for Sydney’s elite, nowadays it is a popular country playground pulsating with modern restaurants, bars and cafes.
In saying that, its old charm is still very noticeable today with its stunning 19th-century manors and estates, and its sophisticated antique and boutique shops to match.
It is the ideal rural destination for the travelling golfer. There are four brilliant courses within a 20-minute drive of the regional town that are designed to enhance the Highlands’ natural beauty and serene atmosphere.
THINGS TO DO IN BOWRAL
Raise the bat at the Don Bradman Museum
I’m not upset if you don’t know who Don Bradman is, I’m just disappointed. ‘The boy from Bowral’ is the best cricketer to walk out onto a pitch with a test batting average of 99.94 runs spanning 20 years from 1928-1948.
In 1989, the Bradman Museum was opened in honour of The Don and has since expanded into the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. It’s not all about Bradman, there are six themed rooms covering the game’s significant moments and players in its history.
Cricket tragics will love the vintage memorabilia and significant photos throughout history, while those not so interested in the sport will enjoy learning the game through a series of interactive exhibitions.
You will explore the fascinating museum on our bushfire recovery tour.
Step back in time at Dirty Janes
Bowral is renowned for its traditional antique shops, none more so than Dirty Janes emporium. The store covers over 1600 square metres of space making it the largest indoor market in the Southern Highlands.
The family-run business provides a unique shopping experience showcasing the very best vintage furniture, clothing and collectibles from over 80 dealers. You can also refuel at their tea salon which offers tastings on hand-mixed tea made right in front of you.
Non-golfing partners on our bushfire recovery golf tour will have the chance to explore the beautiful antiquities of Dirty Janes while the golfers are on course.
Discover the magic of Corbett Gardens
One of Bowral’s showpiece attractions is the Corbett Gardens. It is the region’s oldest and most alluring park that attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year.
The Gardens have been showcasing a wonderful variety of tulips, colourful bulbs, trees and shrubs since 1911. It is hard to believe they used to call this Deadmans Paddock considering how full of life this space is with flora.
If you’re visiting at the end of September, you can enjoy the Tulip Time Festival. You will see the beautiful colours of over 75,000 tulips and 15,000 annuals placed around the gardens.
Get to know Australia’s fastest-growing wine region
Forget the Hunter Valley, the Southern Highlands is fast becoming NSW’s premier wine region. With the region sitting 600 metres above sea level, the cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Riesling are the preferred drops you must taste.
We’re not going to beat around the bush, the leading winery in the region is Tertini. Their brand of Southern Highlands Riesling has won GOLD overseas and rated over 95 points in the highly-regarded, Halliday Wine Companion. It is closely followed by their multi-award-winning Pinot Gris that has been voted the best in the region, state and country.
If you’re making a crawl out of it Centennial Vineyards and Bendooley Estate should be on your list. The former was awarded the best large cellar door in the region, while the latter invites you to taste their sensational drops paired with the best seasonal produce in the Highlands.
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