Bowral NSW Guide – Southern Highlands

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Road Trip to Bowral!

I haven’t been to Bowral for the longest time, and thought it would be a fun trip over the weekend once regional travel was allowed. Apparently other people were thinking the same thing as accommodation was fully booked in many places. 

Thankfully I planned this trip in advance and managed to get an stunning Airbnb for my friends and I, as well as book a few places to ensure our weekend trip wouldn’t flop. My advice would be to book things in advance if you go, as it can get busy during summer and with the current travel limitations. 

Places to visit

Bendooley Estate: 3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima NSW 2577

Bowral is home to a number of wineries and beautiful estates that are popular wedding venues because of the breathtaking scenery Bowral is surrounded by. So a must go place when in town is a beautiful winery. We went to Bendooley estate for a wine tasting.

Bowral Lookout, Jellore Lookout & Mittagong Lookout: 223 Oxley Dr, Mittagong

After tasting wine and seeing the beautiful hills from below. It was time to see the whole of Bowral from the hilltops. You can get to a spot called Bowral lookout from the main street in the town centre within a 10min drive. There are actually a few lookouts within the same area, which makes a great short hike. 

Bowral Town Centre: Bong Bong St

Bowral’s town centre has a lot of boutique stores to keep you occupied. You’ll find book stores, antique stores, cafes and other interesting cute stores to explore. 

Places to eat

Your Vintage Occasion Tea Salon: 15 Banyette St, Bowral NSW 2576

Your Vintage Occasion Tea Salon is at the back of Dirty Janes – a antique shop. They’re famous for their scones and so I had to try them out with their hightea set. 

The Hightea set comes with a 3 tier stand, where the top has sweets and desserts, the middle tier has your scones and the bottom has sandwiches. The scones were amazing and the fresh cream makes them even better. I highly recommend you trying the scones out if you visit. 

Gumnut Patisserie: Shop 7, Grand Arcade, Bong Bong St

Gumnut patisserie is a serial award winning patisserie shop famous for thier pies and other baked goods. They’ve been serving the Southern Highland with their 3 locations for years. 

Hot tip: If you’re coming from Sydney then you’ll pass the Mittagong location before arriving at Bowral, which has shorter lines, but the pies are just as good!

Raw & Wild Market & Cafe

I visited Raw & Wild Market & Cafe while I was in Bowral and really enjoyed the whole concept and offering. It’s a casual cafe that also sells fresh produce and non-food items. The menu is prefect for a light lunch or brunch spot. 

Janice Fung

Janice Fung

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