A drive to the country is something that everyone needs to do at least once in a lifetime. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city life and exploring rolling green hills, fern-lined, windy roads and picturesque scenery.
A day trip to Bowral is a pleasant scenic 1-hour and 30-minute drive from Sydney. The historic village, Bowral is the largest town in the Southern Highlands and is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway for the whole family. There are many attractions and activities to enjoy and experience.
Getting to Bowral is easy, and the quickest route from Sydney is via Hume Highway/M31-taking the M5. It passes green pastures and rolling hills, beautiful gardens, bushwalking opportunities, antique stores, fine food eateries and quaint towns including Braemar and Mittagong.
Below is a step-by-step guide featuring highlights from the "off the highway" scenic drives to Bowral:
1. Mittagong to Bowral via Oxley Drive Journey time: 11 minutes approx.- 8.1km This short but scenic drive to Bowral via Oxley Drive passes through Mount Gibraltar Reserve which is home to Mittagong Lookout, Jellore Lookout, Bowral Lookout, Mount Gibraltar Quarries, Vietnam War Memorial and the tranquil Cherry Tree Walk.
Click here for a list of Top Attractions in Bowral.
Places to stay in Bowral:
There is a wide range of boutique bed and breakfasts, charming cottages, Manors & Historic House stays, motels, and hotels. Most accommodation options are located close to landmarks, dining and attractions.
Bowral Travel Guide:
Bowral is not just the biggest town in the stunning Southern Highlands; it is also a gateway to many villages, including "best-kept secret" villages that showcase their personality and brimming with their own uniqueness too.
Bowral also showcases an exciting and eclectic mix of eateries, including the hatted restaurant Biota, wineries, boutique shops, and country markets.
Bowral has no shortage of lovely eateries including boutique cafes, quaint patisseries, fine dining, barista brewed cafes, countryside manor dining, vineyard restaurants, and hotel bars.
There is also a diverse collection of vineyards, cellar doors and winemakers who create some of Australia's leading cool climate wines.
From Central Station take the Macarthur Line via Airport (T8) and switch at Macarthur taking the Southern Highlands Line (Moss Vale). The journey all up is approximately 2 hours and 19 minutes and just over an hour from Macarthur Station.