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Published July 20th 2020
Attractions to add to your list of things to do this weekend
The Southern Highlands of New South Wales is home to picturesque towns steeped in history and charm. It is also home to an array of free and ticketed attractions for all ages and interests to enjoy and experience.
It is located 1 ˝ hour from Sydney and around 2 hours from Canberra, making the perfect weekend getaway or day trip. If you are planning on making it a weekend escape, accommodation options include B&B stays, self-contained cabins, camping, hotels and motels, resorts, boutique stays, and more.
Do add Tallowa Dam to your list! This impressive Dam in Kangaroo Valley is certainly worth a visit.
* Lookouts-There is an array of lookouts to explore across the Southern Highlands with each lookout offering breathtaking views. Lookouts include Fitzroy Falls Lookout, Manning Lookout, Mount Gibraltar's lookouts- Mittagong Lookout, Bowral Lookout, Jellore Lookout and Oxley Hill Lookout, Hammock Hill Lookout, Stonequarry Lookout, Jamberoo Lookout, Barren Grounds Illawarra Lookout, Burragorang Lookout, and more.
If you are a history buff or enjoy learning about the past and discovering historical sites, then this list is for you!
Harper's Mansion- This heritage-listed house and museum is recognised for its Georgian design and gardens.
Berrima Courthouse- Enjoy a trip down Australian history lane at this attraction. The Berrima Courthouse offers tours where you will learn about the importance of the courthouse and the part it played in New South Wales history.
Bradman Museum of Cricket- There is an extensive collection of cricket memorabilia with a permanent cultural exhibition that is dedicated to cricket. It showcases the sports culture, exhibits on its history, players and fans.
* Fitz Roy Iron Works- The Fitz Roy Iron Works was the first ironworks in Australia and operated between 1848 to the 1890s, and it established the industry in Australia. Today, the exposed remains of the protected site are located in the underground car park of Highlands marketplace. The remains have been conserved, maintained and displayed.
The Heritage Trail- This Trail makes up of many towns and villages, each with a unique past and heritage. The Trail includes Belmore Falls, Historic Berrima Village, Bowral, monuments, Bong Bong Street, Bullio & Bullio Tunnel, Bundanoon, Burradoo, Burrawang, Colo Vale, Exeter, Fitzroy Falls, Hill Top, Joadja, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Paddy's River, Penrose, Robertson, and Sutton Forest.
Discover the cool climate wines that are found in the region, including the 5-star vineyard, Centennial vineyards, Blue Metal Vineyard Wines, McVitty Grove, Bousaada and Mount Ashby Estate.
Coffee lovers, you will be in for a treat with the freshly roasted coffee beans and aromas on one of the most extensive coffee trails in Australia. The trail includes Park Road Corner Store, 4 Brothers Café, Bean 2 Bowral, Coffee Culture, Gumnut Patisserie, Gourmet Affair, Palate Pleasure, Raw & Wild Market, Triple Zero Café, Rush ROASTING Co., Delicious Bundanoon, Brewsters, Double J Expresso, and more.
There are four Tourist Drives which offer leisurely country scenic drives passing spectacular views throughout the Southern Highlands, rural vistas, quaint villages, wildlife, wineries, historic sites, and more.