Destination NSW
New South Wales
Bundanoon & SurroundsHigh in the Southern Highlands, you will find the quiet village of Bundanoon, known as “place of deep gullies” by the traditional owners of the land. Situated on the edge of Morton National Park, the township is a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding wilderness.
It's time to dust off the bagpipes, oil the bicycle chain and put your walking shoes on. The town is a step back into the 1930's, home to Brigadoon, but these days it's also a Mecca for cyclists of all ages and bushwalkers, being the gateway to Morton National Park. Just 140 kilometres south west of Sydney, Bundanoon is one of the prettiest villages in the Southern Highlands. It retains an old world charm and is a popular base for exploring Morton National Park. Popular since the 1920s as a tourist destination, the village has fine old guesthouses, grand old pub, cafés and antique dealers. It is also a Mecca for cyclists of all ages. Follow William Street to the east of town to find the sandstone grotto known as Glow-Worm Glen, best seen at dusk. The 11 kilometres of roads and trails that run through Morton National Park make it popular for bike rides and sightseeing.
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Things to do
Walk to Fairy Bower Falls
The walk to Fairy Bower Falls starts at Gambells Rest Picnic area or Fairy Bower car park, Morton National Park, Bundanoon. The walk offers a huge variety of walks, views to wonderful waterfalls and picnic areas. Fairy Bower Falls takes you to the top of the escarpment with a ladder leading to the bottom of the falls. A highlight of this area is Tooths Lookout and Fairy Bower Waterfalls. This is a one-hour loop walk, grading is medium/steep. Maps are available from the Visitors Information Centre in Mittagong or National Parks and Wildlife Service at Fitzroy Falls.
Visit Exeter
It's time to experience English heritage. This thriving village is home to a large number of English style estates, a picture-postcard historic Church and a country railway station, both of which could have been lifted straight from an Agatha Christie film set. This village personifies the 'little England' name tag so often associated with the Southern Highlands. In fact, it was named after its English counterpart because of the lush green countryside and the profusion of deciduous trees brought to Australia by the early settlers is indeed very 'English'. The architecture in this village varies from quaint weatherboards and modern homes through to 100-year-old stone churches and vast estate mansions. The must-see is the historic St Aidans Church. Enjoy a walk along country lanes and quiet streets.
Relax on 140 rolling acres
Their farm stay is set on a beautiful 140 rolling acre cattle grazing property just outside the peaceful village of Exeter. Their elegant farmhouse, garden and property provide you with a perfect, relaxing, peaceful country getaway for couples, friends and families. Your self-contained apartment has its own entrance, parking, two bedrooms (queen and king or twin) living room with wood fire or gas, dining room, kitchenette and large bathroom.
Explore Bowral
It's time to visit the biggest and most sophisticated of all the towns and villages in the Highlands. Home to an exciting and eclectic mix of eateries, (including Biota, a hatted restaurant), wineries, boutique shops and country markets and events. The must-see is the amazing Bradman Centre. Nestled at the base of Mount Gibraltar, Bowral is famous for its country gardens and fields of tulips in spring. Just 115 kilometres south-west of Sydney, Bowral has always been a fashionable holiday destination for Sydney-siders. Stunning private gardens, part of grand old estates, are a delight in spring and autumn while shopping experiences are varied - from antiques to homewares, jewellery, arts and crafts. A highlight for cricket fans is the Sir Donald Bradman Oval and the Bradman Centre. Why not play golf at one of the town's excellent courses. Bowral Lookout is well worth a visit. Surrounding towns and villages include Mittagong, Moss Vale, Robertson, East Kangaloon, Glenquarry and Kangaloon.
Take in beautiful vistas at Bowral Lookout
Bowral Lookout has parking and disabled access (with views to the south-west). The Bowral Lookout provides a scenic view overlooking Bowral, the Wingecarribee River Valley and Moss Vale. Mount Gingenbullen and the Cuckbundoon Ranges (near Goulburn) can be seen in the distance. Several walking tracks radiate from here and there is car parking, toilets, tables, picnic areas and shelters available. Dogs are permitted on a leash.
Explore Mount Gibraltar
Mount Gibraltar at 863 metres is a collapsed volcanic core composed of very hard rock called Mount Gibraltar Trachyte or micro-syenite. 150 million years ago it pushed through the Hawkesbury Sandstone to form a high mountain now largely eroded away by wind and water. Mount Gibraltar is the highest point between the Illawarra Coast and the Great Dividing Range. It offers a range of short walks, with duration times of between 10 and 25 minutes. Numerous lookouts are accessible from Mount Gibraltar. All native plants, animals, rocks and timber are protected. Mount Gibraltar is located in Bowral and maps are available from the Visitors Information Centre, Mittagong.
Learn about Australian cricket legend, Sir Donald Bradman
The Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame is located in the NSW Southern Highlands, in the town of Bowral. It is situated in an area known as Glebe Park, which includes Bradman Oval and parkland. The adjacent children's playground is cricket-themed and has a gas barbecue for picnics. The Bradman Museum houses state-of-the-art interactive experiences and a museum collection of national significance to suit everyone's interest. It begins with the Origins of Cricket and travels through all the significant eras through to the Big Bash League. Visitors should allow at least 90 minutes to experience the extensive exhibits within the Bradman Museum. Their facilities include public and accessible toilets, car parking, cricket nets, and visitor information. The Bradman Education Program has grown over the years to encompass the study of history, geography, English as well as science and sport. Pre and post activities are available.
Corbett Gardens
Corbett Gardens in Bowral is the showpiece of the Tulip Time Festival and dates back to 1911 when, at the suggestion of Mrs Ada Corbett, the local tourist association purchased Deadmans Paddock for a public park. Corbett Gardens, located in the centre of town, boasts a huge array of tulips and colourful springtime bulbs, shrubs and trees. Corbett Gardens in Bowral, one of the region's oldest and most beautiful parks, is the centrepiece of the Spring Garden Festival with over 75,000 massed tulips on display and 15,000 annuals. The Festival attracts over 40,000 people each year and is held at the end of September over two This garden is a public garden and managed by the local council. Entry to the garden is free of charge at most times, however, an entry fee applies during the Tulip Time Festival.
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