5 things to do in the Southern Highlands this spring
Spring is one of the best times to visit NSW’s Southern Highlands – the sun comes out, private gardens open, the grass is stunningly green and the region’s famous tulips spring to life. It’s also a time of festivities, with a string of exciting events taking place to delight everyone from foodies to families, wine-drinkers and sun-seekers. Here are some must do’s if you’re in the Southern Highlands this spring:
1. Open Gardens
1st September – 30th November, various locations, 10am-4pm.
During springtime, many of the Highlands’ most immaculate and exclusive private gardens open for public view. From perfectly manicured colonial-style hedges, to colourful daffodils, peonies, cherry blossoms and Australian natives, the gardens are a joy to behold in springtime. Whether you admire the luscious greenery of Milton Park, lose yourself in the beauty of Retford Park, or actually get lost in the mazes of 5th Chapter Estate, just make sure you steal a glimpse before these gardens go back into hiding for the rest of the year. For a full program, click here.
2. Tulip Time
18th September – 1st October 2018 at Corbett Gardens, Bowral.
Each year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to the Southern Highlands to witness Tulip Time, one of Australia’s largest floral festivities. With 75,000 colourful tulips in full bloom at Corbett Gardens and another 40,000 spread throughout the shire, the region truly bursts to life. Also, don’t miss the annual Tulip Time street parade on September 22nd. Featuring an array of marching bands and floats, it’s sure to be a lively celebration. Want to know more? Click here.
3. The Annual Food and Wine Festival
29th – 30th September 2018, 10am to 6pm at Bradman Oval Bowral.
In its new digs at Bradman Oval, this year’s annual celebration of the local food and wine of the Southern Highlands promises to be the largest one yet. With a range of culinary activities, wine tasting, and a chance to sample some of the region’s finest local produce, there will be something for everyone to enjoy over this fabulous weekend. Plus, for MasterChef fans, TV chef, Adam Liaw, will be hosting a live cooking show – a must see on both days. For more info, click here.
29th September – 7th October 2018, various locations.
The Southern Highlands’ annual wilderness festival, Wildfest, promises to offer authentically ‘wild’ activities that connect people to the raw heart of nature. This year’s program includes pop-up wilderness retreats, food adventures, dinner ‘with a twist’, served in the middle of the bush, and a range of outdoor activities. Looking to re-connect with nature? Click here for the full program.
5. Home & Garden Show
15th& 16th September, 10am-4pm, Bong Bong Race Course, Bowral
The Highlands’ favourite Home & Gardens show returns in 2018, with over 100 exhibitors offering the finest plants and products for you to sample and buy. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, building your dream home or just want to discover the latest trends, this show has it all. There will be plenty of entertainment – with demonstrations across four large stages, DIY classes, as well as face-painting and rides for the kids. The event is also pet-friendly, so why not bring the whole family along? For more info, click here.
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Photo sourced from Armando Castillejos