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Published April 6th 2017
Explore, experience & enjoy this list of Attractions
The Southern Highlands certainly make you feel that you are a world away, with unspoilt natural beauty to historic sites, there is something for all interests and ages to enjoy.

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Southern Highlands...


Located midway between Sydney and Canberra, the Southern Highlands are known for cool temperate climate and low humidity levels, making it the perfect place to take your next escape or day trip.

They offer an abundance of attractions to enjoy from national parks, waterfalls, quaint and historic villages, adventure, natural and historic attractions.

Drive through different scenery...


The list below features top attractions across the Southern Highlands:

1. Waterfalls
The waterfalls at Southern Highlands offer a spectacular point of interest with plunging cascades, swimming waterholes, bushwalks and lookouts. A few waterfalls that are a must see include Nellies Glen at Budderoo National Park, which offers a spectacular lookout of lush rainforest as you stand underneath the stunning waterfall. Belmore Falls features no shortage of lookouts and there is a worn out path leading to the bottom of the falls if you dare!
Fitzroy Falls is no doubt a thrilling experience with its 80 metres plunge to the awe-inspiring bushwalking trails and breathtaking views of the valleys. This is one not to miss. While, Carrington Falls offers 50 metres of plunging cascade to the gully below, with spectacular swimming holes, rock pools and stunning lookouts.

Be sure to check out the many waterfalls that call the Southern Highlands home...


2. Pick Your Own Produce
For something a little different, this attraction gives you an opportunity to experience the real Southern Highlands! There are many farms and orchids that call the Southern Highlands home and some even open to the public to allow 'pick your own' or purchase fresh produce from road stalls. Some include Montrose Berry Farm, Moira's Paradise (organic blueberries & raspberries), Highlands Gourmet Potatoes, and plenty more.

Stop at the farms to pick your own fresh produce...


3. Discover Caves
Explore and discover the mystical underworld with both self-guided and guided cave tours at Wombeyan Caves, with six different caves to experience. There are pathways around the caves, flowing streams, camping areas, picnic spots, river and lush bushland to enjoy. Click here for the website.

Explore the natural beauty at Wombeyan Caves...


4. Museums & Galleries
Learn about the rich history at The Berrima District Historical Society Museum, where it is housed in a historic weatherboard cottage and showcases an array of artefacts from the Southern Highlands. If you are a cricket enthusiast then a visit to the Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame is a must. The Museum is named after Sir Donald Bradman, a cricketing legend with the best batting average in sports history! The museum features exhibits, history and statistics, interactive touch screens, audiovisual exhibits and much more.
For all the train fans out there, a visit to the Braemar Model Railways will certainly impress with the displays on offer.
If you are into galleries, then the Bay Tree Gallery is the perfect spot to explore the two gallery areas with the exhibits of works by many local and featured artists, including paintings, pottery, figurines, woodwork, jewellery and photography. The Foyer Gallery is committed to representation from artists who live in the local Wingecarribee area and the fostering cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural practices that reflect the dynamism and diversity of culture in the Wingecarribee. The Berrima District Art Society was founded in 1950 and it features a range of work by Australian contemporary artists including prominent Indigenous artists, paintings, drawings, sculptures, artefacts, and limited edition works.
Gallery Ecosse is a great gallery to explore the exhibitions of diverse works from both Australian and international artists.

Discover the many natural swimming & water holes...


5. National Parks
The Southern Highlands is surrounded by an array of lush bushland with an enchanting rainforest and there is no better way to explore these natural wonders than with a visit to one of the many National Parks across the Southern Highlands. You will discover a world of hidden gems, birdwatching opportunities, wildlife spotting, secluded swimming holes, bushwalks, walking & cycling trails, camping sites, lookouts, and plenty more to explore and enjoy. Click here for a list of National Parks.

Enjoy scenic drives which takes you through the countryside, farms, valleys, rainforests and glimpses of coastal views...


6. Historic Sites & Points of Interest
If history is more your thing, then you will absolutely love exploring the rich history of the Southern Highlands, with its many landmarks, sites and historic points of interests. Discover historic & heritage buildings, historic walks, museums, gardens and railways. Click here for website.

History buffs will love the array of historical sites and landmarks at the Southern Highlands...


7. Lookouts
There is certainly no shortage of breathtaking and spectacular lookouts across the Highlands. Each Lookout offers a different perspective of the stunning Southern Highlands.

There is no shortage of breathtaking views to admire at Southern Highlands


8. Adventure
If you are feeling a little adventurous, the Southern Highlands will not disappoint with the range of adventure activities to enjoy. Feel the fresh air at the Illawarra Treetop, or explore the rivers and spot out platypus with kayak experiences. Hot air balloon rides are the perfect romantic adventure that is a must do here or why not experience an eerie night with ghost tours? There is something for all interests and level of adventure.

Kangaroo Valley offers a spectacular walk to the Dam...


9. Gardens & Parks
A visit to the Southern Highlands must include stops to at least one garden; with spectacular colourful and intriguing garden displays, making it the perfect attraction to explore local and exotic flora & fauna, enjoy romantic strolls or family-friendly picnics. Stop and smell the roses (this case tulips) at one of the gardens & parks. Click here for website.

There are plenty of natural attractions to explore and enjoy...


10. Antiques
The surrounding quaint towns make the perfect excuse to explore and browse the antiques of Southern Highlands. Whether or not you are a collector, enthusiast or simply enjoy learning and exploring new things, then a visit to one of the antique stores is a must! Click here for a list of antique stores.

There are many bushwalks and nature walks to enjoy across the Southern Highlands
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Why? Explore the free attractions of the picturesque Southern Highland region
When: All year round
Where: Southern Highlands- see above
Cost: Free
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