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Published July 30th 2012
Australians do have an iconic drawl that other countries find quite amusing. Perhaps it is our drawn out vowel pronunciations, a slower than snail's pace way of talking or maybe our way of clipping the end of whatever we can get away with. Bowral is one of those stereotypical words that Australians curl their tongues around in a clichéd manner. However, Bowral is much more than a great word to mock the Aussie accent; it is a bustling country town that unites old charm with modernity.
Bowral is a 115km drive from Sydney CBD and offers picturesque country scenes all the way to the shaded foothills of Mount Gibraltar. Over the years it has offered a country haven to the busy lifestyle offered in Sydney. Its population has steadily increased in recent years as it offers city-goers a fabulous retreat. Despite its increasing popularity it has remained true to its traditional roots with the likes of Victorian Cottage hotels and sprawling homestead estates.
For cricket lovers, a trip to the iconic Bradman Oval will be a memorable one. Grab your stumps, bat and ball and battle it out over the watching eyes of the late Don Bradman. If Bradman truly was a childhood influence, take a trip to the Bradman Museum of Cricket to see exhibitions honouring the greatest Australian cricketer of all time. Bradman Walk is another potential attraction to celebrate and remember a remarkable sportsman.
True to its country spirit, Bowral showcases beautiful gardens across the area housing both native and exotic plants. Tulips are a spring speciality, as this beautiful flora begins to bloom culminating in Bowral's annual tulip festival in October, a tradition that has been running for over 50 years.
The town centre of Bowral has a selection of local arts, crafts and produce for sale. It also has fashion boutiques, book stores and comfortable cafes to while away your days. Another thing to do is take a cellar-door tour through the Bowral highlands. A relaxing drive will undoubtedly quieten the mind before finding the best wines Australia has to offer. There is Centennial Vineyards at Bowral, Marist Brothers and Feast @ McVitty at Mittagong and Mt Ashby Estate at Moss Vale. Spend the day meandering through the Southern Highlands to find exceptional cool-climate wines.
Mount Ashby Estate
Modern day life is fast-paced and hectic at the best of times. During holidays everyone seeks a little solace and relaxation. Bowral offers that and more. Don't discount what's just outside the flashy suburbs of Sydney. It is itself a vibrant and metropolitan destination but I think we can all agree that sometimes the best places to explore are simple and down to earth.