6 reasons to pick the Southern Highlands for your next getaway
Less than two hours from Sydney or Canberra and just a stone’s throw from Wollongong, the Southern Highlands is an idyllic holiday destination, year-round. From rolling green scenery to fresh country air, quaint colonial architecture and award-winning wineries, there’s truly something to tickle anyone’s taste. Here are some of the top reasons why the Southern Highlands is the perfect destination for your next trip away:
1. Taste your way through the wineries
With its volcanic soil, chilly weather and high altitude, the Southern Highlands is perfect for producing wines like Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Pinot Gris Cabernet Sauvignon. The region is home to over 60 vineyards and 12 cellar doors, all ideal for wine tasting amid sweeping country views. Or if wine is not your thing, the Highlands is also home to excellent beer breweries, like Eden Brewery and the Southern Highlands Brewing Co.
2. Get lost in the botanical gardens
Large colonial-style gardens are abundant across the Southern Highlands, with perfectly manicured hedges and colourful springtime tulips, daffodils and peonies. You can also find spectacular displays of Australian natives, including roses, red and white Waratahs. If you’re around between late September and early October, you’ll see the Highlands spring to life during the annual Tulip Time Festival, with 75,000 tulips in full bloom Corbett Gardens, Bowral.
3. Visit the national parks
Whether you’re a fitness lover, a photographer, a bird watcher or a botanist at heart, the national parks of the Southern Highlands will take your breath away. From the plunging waterfalls of Morton and Budderoo National Parks to the stunning trails along Nattai River or mountain views from Bungonia State Forests, there’s a hiking track or bush walk to meet anyone’s interests or needs.
4. Treat yourself to some pies
A warm, hearty pie is an Australian classic, but the Southern Highlands takes this hearty comfort food to new heights. Named Australia’s pie capital, the Highlands is famous for its gourmet pie trail. If you’re around in June, don’t miss the Annual Pie Fest and the Best Pie Competition, where you can taste pies made by Australia’s best chefs, pie makers and bakers.
5. Enjoy sweeping views from Mt Gibraltar
863m above sea level, the summit of Mt Gilbralter is the highest point between Sydney and Canberra. With sweeping views across the horizon, the mountain reserve is also a collapsed volcanic core comprised of Mount Gibraltar Trachyte, a very beautiful 150-million-year-old rock formation.
6. Explore charming antique shops
Shopping for antiques in the Highlands’ quaint colonial-style streets is like stepping back in time. Dirty Jane’s Emporium and Antique Market, The Acre in Bowral and Mittagong Antiques Centre offer a fantastic range of porcelains, fine arts, rugs, jewellery and clothing. If antiques aren’t your thing, head to a local market, where you can buy and sample fresh local produce, patchwork, all kinds of crafts, wools, fabrics, yarns and tapestries.
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