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Don Bradman Museum - Bowral

Once a wealthy retreat for those wanting to enjoy city the close proximity of Sydney whilst living in the country, Bowral is now a getaway destination for many Sydneysiders and close enough for a weekend drive.

Located in a valley at the foot of Mount Gibraltar, 661 metres above sea-level, Bowral is on land formerly granted to John Oxley, one of New South Wales more famous early explorers. Farmed for a generation by his sons, until the coming of the railway in the 1860s. The Oxleys then subdivided part of the land for a private village, from which Bowral grew.

Prior to Oxley, the area was traversed as early as 1798, when the ex-convict John Wilson and his party were sent south by Governor Hunter to bring back information about the southlands, in the hope to discourage convicts who were escaping and heading south, in the mistaken belief that China was only 150 miles away. There were other expeditions into the district over the decade including that of John Warby and George Caley, a botanical collector for Joseph Banks.

Bowral was gazetted as a municipality in 1886, and within 20 years the town had over 1,000 citizens.

Check out our listing for Bowral accommodation and Southern Highlands accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Bradman Museum of Cricket & Visitor Information Centre
St Jude St, BOWRAL NSW 2576
Toll: 1300 657 559
Web: www.bradman.com.au
Web: www.southern-highlands.com.au
Open
Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday to Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Bowral Attractions

Bradman Museum • Bradman Foundation • The International Cricket Hall of Fame
• St Jude St, BOWRAL NSW 2576 • Ph: 02 4862 1247 • Email
• Located next to Bradman Oval and near the former home of Don Bradman, the museum contains cricket memorabilia from within Australia and around the world, and especially that of Don Bradman’s career and the history of the Ashes. The International Cricket Hall of Fame provides an exciting and educational day out for the whole family. There are innovative and interactive displays that will engage, entertain and inform you. With cricket footage from around the world, touch screen kiosks, fascinating memorabilia and the ability to join the cricket commentary team, there is no end to the exhibits that will keep you entertained.
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Bowral Events

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Bowral Tulip Time
• PO Box 176, BOWRAL NSW 2576 • Ph: 1300 657 559 • Fax: 02 4871 3515 • Email
• September-October
• The Southern Highlands celebrate with one of the most spectacular massed tulip displays and flora festivals in Australia. Held in the last weeks of September and the first week of October the festival centrepiece is over 100,000 massed tulips and 20,000 annuals. During this period you can experience private award winning gardens.
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Bowral Distance

Distance to Bowral
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Bowral:
  Km
• Berrima 11
• Eden 378
• Goulburn 82
• Kangaroo Valley 40
• Kiama 63
  Km
• Mittagong 5
• Moss Vale 9
• Nowra 61
• Sydney 118
• Wollongong 73
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.
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