An easy 115 kms south of Sydney, lies the lovely town of Bowral amidst the Southern Highlands. Bowral is an easy drive from Sydney via the Hume Motorway. Even on a lazy Saturday after a sleep in, it took us a little over 90 minutes to get to Bowral and were quite pleased to get the rest of the morning and afternoon to stroll through what Bowral has to offer.
Our first stop, Corbett Gardens. Located on the corner of Wingecarribee and Bendooley street, Corbett gardens has more than 100,000 massed tulips and around 20,000 annuals on display. Each sight as pretty as the other, the tulips are enough to lift anyone's spirits. While the tulip time this year was in September, the garden is still home to a majority of the tulips displays and makes a pretty sight.
The gardens are a short walk away from the main street of the town centre. Walking through the town, we spotted the grand Empire cinema, the quirky Elephant Boy cafe and lifestyle gift store Babilonia. If you are a tea lover don't miss the lovely collection from 'A Touch of Tea'. With over 180 varieties of loose leaf tea, there is something for every palette.
The town and landscape are best viewed from the top. Bowral lookout has a picturesque view of the Bowral village, Wingecarribee River Valley and Moss Vale. The lookout was apt for a little picnic basket we carried. Another lookout offering sweeping views of the Southern Highlands is the Mt Jellore Lookout.
No trip to Bowral is complete without a thought to the great Don Bradman. The Bradman museum adjoining Bradman Oval provides a wonderful insight into Don Bradman's great achievements and cricketing career. The shop sells some beautiful memorabilia and collectables for the keen collector.