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Views over Barrington Tops Barrington Tops Over 1,200 sq km of unspoilt wilderness, from subtropical rainforest to...

Spectacular scenery in Grose Valley, Blue Mountains (Photo: P. Hayson/Photolibrary)Blue Mountains Experience the spectacular blue-hazed cliffs and canyons of the Blue Mountains.

The Entrance. Image The Legendary Pacific Coast Central Coast Feeding the pelicans at The Entrance.

Tizzana Winery, Ebenezer, Hawkesbury Valley (Photo: P. Blackmore/Tourism NSW) Hawkesbury Valley The Hawkesbury River winds its way through a fertile valley.

Cruickshanks Vineyards, Callatoota Estate, Wybong, Upper Hunter (Photo: P. Quirk/Wildlight) Hunter Valley World-class wines complemented by superb cuisine and boutique accommodation.

Family fun in Kiama, Illawarra (Photo: A. Smart/Tourism NSW) Kiama Shellharbour and Surrounds A string of dazzling beaches at the end of the Grand Pacific Drive.

Yachts moored on Lake Macquarie (Paul Foley's Lightmoods P/L)Lake Macquarie and Surrounds A vast aquatic playground four times the size of Sydney Harbour.

Nobbys Lighthouse and Beach, Newcastle (Photo: M. Lauder) Newcastle A vibrant cosmopolitan city perched between a working harbour and beautiful beaches.

Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens, Mid-North Coast (Photo: Hamilton Lund / Tourism NSW).Port Stephens, Forster and Surrounds Golden beaches, a picturesque bay and inlets

Corbett Gardens, Bowral, Southern Highlands (Photo: Susan Wright / Tourism NSW) Southern Highlands The Highland's gentle green hills produce excellent wines and beautiful formal gardens.

Segenhoe Horse Stud, Scone, Upper Hunter Upper Hunter Endowed with rolling plains and rugged mountains, the Upper Hunter has a taste for the good life.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Grand Pacific Drive (Photo: Tourism Wollongong) Wollongong and Surrounds The State’s third largest city has reinvented itself as an escape...


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Fast facts

  • Hills, forests and valleys
  • Famous for its heritage villages and old world charm
  • 90 minutes’ drive south of Sydney

Why go there

It’s easy to relax and unwind among the gentle green hills of the Southern Highlands, where a cool climate and rich soil have produced excellent wines and beautiful, formal gardens.

Good food is on offer throughout the area at country inns and restaurants, farmers’ markets and produce shops packed with local fare.

Enjoy genuine country hospitality in a cosy B&B or a grand country manor. De-stress with a soothing spa treatment, luxuriate in a lavender-scented bath or smell the perfume of spring blossoms in season.

Things to do

  • Follow the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Trail to cellar doors and various food stalls, cafés and farmers’ markets.
  • Go bushwalking in Morton National Park, where the Fitzroy Falls are a highlight.
  • Discover Berrima, established in 1831, a well preserved Georgian colonial town.
  • Tee off at one of the excellent public or private golf courses.
  • Browse in antique shops packed with furniture, china and estate jewellery.

Don’t miss


  • Bundanoon is Brigadoon, Bundanoon, in April.
  • Cool Flavours of the Southern Highlands, June
  • Bowral Tulip Time, Bowral, during September and October.
  • VAUDE Highlands Fling, Bundanoon, in November.
  • Annual Southern Highlands Christmas Fair, Sutton Forest at Southern Highlands Wines, each December
  • Corbett Gardens, Bowral, Southern Highlands (Photo: Susan Wright / Tourism NSW)

    Corbett Gardens, Bowral, Southern Highlands (S. Wright/Tourism NSW)

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