Only one and a half hours south-west of Sydney on the freeway,
and about the same distance from Canberra, the Southern Highlands
lies atop the Great Dividing Range, 700 metres and more above sea
level. With a climate that is usually mild in summer and cold in
winter has much to attract the visitor.
First settled by Europeans
in the 1820s, the Highlands consist of part of the Wingecarribee
Shire with over 20 villages clustered around the major towns of
Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale. It
is surrounded by bushland and national park areas.
Some of the
towns and villages include Avoca, Berrima,
Bong Bong, Bowral, Braemar, Bundanoon, Burradoo, Burrawang, Canyonleigh, Colo Vale, Exeter,
Fitzroy Falls, Joadja, Kangaloon,
Mittagong, Moss Vale, Penrose, Robertson, Sutton Forest, and
With its four distinct seasons, the Southern Highlands
is famous for its gardens. During spring the region is bursting with
colour displays of annual and perennial flowers and bulbs, and the
widespread plantings of European trees, many over a century old.
That's not to say there are no native plants, as they too are in
full bloom. The seasons are well celebrated by thousands of local
gardeners, with access to some spectacular private gardens,
especially during the annual Bowral Tulip Time Festival.
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.