New South Wales Southern Highlands
The Southern Highlands encompass the small towns and villages of the elevated tablelands south of Sydney through to the high country of the Kosciusko National Park and the Victorian border. The region is a popular day trip destination from Sydney.
This is a beautiful region of lush countryside, quaint villages, magnificent gardens, lakes and waterfalls, forests, bushwalks, antiques, arts and crafts, restaurants and historic sites.
The high country of the Snowy Mountains is Australia's winter vacation playground with a sophisticated skiing industry. There is angling, bushwalking, wildflowers and the wide outdoors during the other seasons. This is a great region to explore at your own pace in a campervan or motorhome rental vehicle.
Places of Interest - Southern Highlands
Mittagong and Bowral - Separate towns in close proximity. Bowral is the home town of the famous cricket player, Sir Don Bradman, and houses the Bradman Museum (now the International Cricket Hall Of Fame). To the west lie the Wombeyan Caves where adventure caving is possible. Take the scenic route over Mount Gibraltar between these two towns. Visit Corbett Gardens in Bowral in spring.
Berrima - a tiny town rich in New South Wales pioneering artefacts and buildings which remain little changed from the early pioneering days. Visit the Berrima Historical Museum and Joadja Ghost Town where guided walks are available. Experience a ride a Cobb & Co coach.
Morton National Park - access is via Bundanoon and Fitzroy Falls. This is a wilderness area with magnificent sandstone cliffs. Pay a visit to Fitzroy and the Belmore Falls, visit the Fitzroy Falls Heritage Centre and continue on to Kangaroo Valley, one of the most charming spots in New South Wales.
Goulburn - you are unlikely to miss the Big Merino. A prosperous centre servicing the surrounding sheep and grazing districts and known for its fine Merino wool. There is an Impressive courthouse and visits are available to The Old Goulburn Brewery.
Yass - located on the Hume Highway, about 280km west of Sydney. The main street exhibits several fine examples of 19th century architecture. Yass is the jumping off point for visitors to the Carey's Cave, an impressive cave system of seven chambers tucked into limestone hills near the little town of Wee Jasper.
Queanbeyan - on the NSW side of the border with Canberra but is now more an extension of Canberra rather than a separate town.
Tumut - Australia's largest commercial trout farm. There are various trips to centres of the Snowy Hydroelectric scheme. The nearby Yarrangobilly Caves have thermal a pool. Visit the apple farms at Batlow.
Cooma - best known as the construction centre for the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectic Scheme. The Avenue of Flags commemorates the nationalities involved. There are several historic buildings including the courthouse and gaol.
Jindabyne and Thredbo - names associated with Australia's ski resorts and synonymous with the Snowy Mountains ski-fields. Jindabyne offers a lake for swimming and boating in summer. Thredbo is the best known ski resort but there are several others at Perisher Blue, Charlotte Pass and Mt Selwyn. A chance to travel the Alpine Way.