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Published October 7th 2017
Bowral Culinary Delight
Escape the city chaos and take a short 1.5 hour drive from Sydney, where the peaceful tranquillity of Bowral awaits.
Start at the Corbett Gardens
After a leisure drive, meander through the Corbett Gardens on Wingecarribee Street, with plenty of on road parking available. The Corbett Gardens provide a sensational display of blooms in the springtime, with over 75,000 tulips and 15,000 annuals planted in a range of colours and configurations. Formal tulip time festivities take place between 18 September to 1 October, but you'll find these gorgeous blooms throughout the majority of spring. It's well worth a look, and be sure to take your camera!
From there, your culinary adventure can begin with some of the finest foods and beverages from local homegrown produce on offer.
Just a short 10-minute drive will take you to the Centennial Vineyards located on Centennial road. Dine at the Centennial Vineyards restaurant where you will be greeted with simply breathtaking views across the expansive vineyards. The restaurant offers modern Australian cuisine in a relaxed farmhouse setting. Seating choices include indoors amongst an open fireplace with rustic charm, or within the glass-enclosed veranda providing an alfresco ambience. The food is freshly sourced from seasonal produce with a selection of wines available. The a la carte menu is tantalising with the desserts my personal favourite. Lunch bookings are essential for Wednesday to Monday 11:45am to 3pm.
Centennial Vineyards Cellar Door Before you leave, be sure to visit the cellar door for wine tasting which is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm. There's a large range to tempt even the most discerning amongst us – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Albarino, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo. It is certainly a connoisseur's delight. You'll also find some local produce for purchase such as jams, tapenades and olive oil.
Peppers Craigieburn High Tea Once you've loaded the car with your wine exploits, take a drive to Peppers Craigieburn, also on Centennial Road for a high tea experience you won't forget. Set in the Hickory restaurant surrounds, amongst ambient fireplaces and rural décor, choose between the Heritage High Tea package and the Premium High Tea package which includes a glass of sparkling (if you can drink more!). The high tea is served to your group on beautiful tiered stands with dainty savoury sandwiches, pastries, sweets and traditional scones to complete the perfect experience. A selection of coffees and teas are also served throughout your stay. The views across the southern highlands are extraordinary and provide the perfect setting to unwind and relax.