Weekend Away: Bowral NSW

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In need of a romantic getaway? Or perhaps a girl’s weekend. Or a even family vacay. Bowral is a favourite destination amongst Sydneysiders for very good reason! Located only 1.5 hours from Sydney, this beautiful town is a must-visit in our books.

Packed with boutique shops, tempting eateries, beautiful gardens, and lovely accommodation, Bowral promises a diverse range of activities to enjoy. Here’s our comprehensive guide for the top things to do, eat, and where to stay in this charming town.

Explore

Waterfall Walks

Bowral is surrounded by stunning waterfall walks, one of the must-visit spots being Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park which cascades 80 meters into the Yarrunga Valley. A short drive from Bowral, the easy walking trails around the falls provide access to panoramic vistas and lush rainforest. Another gem is Belmore Falls, boasting three tiers with the main tier standing at 100 meters, offering spectacular views from multiple lookouts.  For a medium-intensity bush walk ending in breathtaking waterfall views, head to Forty Foot Falls, where you can stand behind the waterfall and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty. Additionally, the Sixty Foot Falls and Carrington Falls are worth exploring for their serene wilderness scenery and stunning views. 

Centennial Vineyards

Spanning 80 hectares, Centennial Vineyards is a haven for wine enthusiasts, with exquisite wines, tastings, stunning vineyard views, and a restaurant offering lunch, high tea, and wine and chocolate appreciation bookings!

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Corbett Gardens

Corbett Gardens is home to the annual Tulip Time festival and boasts a variety of flowers year-round. It’s a lovely spot for a leisurely walk or a family picnic.

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Retford Park Gardens

Explore five acres of beautifully landscaped English-style gardens at Retford Park. This historic estate, once owned by philanthropist James Fairfax, features opulent interiors and stunning gardens. It’s perfect for a family stroll, and leashed dogs are welcome.

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Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame

Celebrate cricket’s past and future at the Bradman Museum, dedicated to legendary cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. The museum features interactive exhibits and an extensive collection of cricket memorabilia. Cricket enthusiasts can see Bradman’s baggy green cap and try a virtual reality batting simulator.

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Ngununggula Art Gallery

Ngununggula Art Gallery showcases Indigenous artworks from artists across Australia. The gallery hosts educational events, workshops, and artist talks, providing insight into the stories behind the art. Enjoy a meal at the resident cafe, Hearth by Moonacres, while you’re there.

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Southern Highlands Annual Food and Wine Festival

Held each December, this festival celebrates the region’s food and wine scene with a three-day event featuring stalls and entertainment in Corbett Gardens.

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Shop

Dirty Jane’s at The Acre

Dirty Jane’s is a must-visit for shoppers looking for unique, vintage, and handmade items. The marketplace is filled with eclectic treasures, from antique furniture to bespoke home decor. It’s a treasure trove for collectors and designers, and the on-site cafes and restaurants provide delicious dining options.

The Potting Shed

For garden enthusiasts, The Potting Shed offers a charming selection of plants, pots, and garden accessories. It’s the perfect place to find a special addition to your garden or a unique gift.

Bendooley Estate Book Barn

Book lovers will enjoy the Bendooley Estate Book Barn, which combines a bookstore with a café. Browse a wide selection of books while enjoying a coffee and the picturesque surroundings.

Country Accent

Country Accent, on Wingecarribee Street in Bowral, offers rustic homewares and gifts. With a focus on quality, it’s a great spot to find unique pieces for your home or as gifts.

 

Eat & Drink

The Press Shop

Located on Bowral’s main street, The Press Shop is a beloved all-day eatery offering Gabriel Coffee and a hearty menu featuring dishes like salmon eggs benedict and butterscotch pancakes.

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Eden Brewery

This independent craft brewery has a range of beers from IPAs to porters. Enjoy their creations in an industrial-style setting with pub grub and live music.

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Eschalot

Set in the historic village of Berrima, Eschalot is a renowned fine dining restaurant offering modern Australian cuisine complemented by the charming backdrop of the historic homestead.

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Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Adjacent to the cellar door, the Centennial Vineyards Restaurant offers an exquisite menu that pairs perfectly with their wines. Enjoy dishes made from locally sourced ingredients while overlooking the beautiful vineyard.

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The Mill Café

A local favourite, The Mill Café offers a cosy atmosphere with a menu that includes hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches, and exceptional coffee. It’s a great spot to relax and refuel during your Bowral explorations.

Gumnut Patisserie

Indulge in award-winning pastries and baked goods at Gumnut Patisserie. The menu includes elaborate cakes, buttery croissants, and other sweet treats.

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Where to Stay

Bowral has a great of accommodation styles to suit different preferences and budgets:

Boutique guesthouses: You’ll find plenty of boutique guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts in Bowral, providing personalised service and a charming and intimate atmosphere, perfect for a romantic getaway or a peaceful retreat.

Luxury retreats: Those wanting a luxurious weekend away will have no trouble finding upscale retreats and country estates, most featuring spacious suites, gourmet dining options, and indulgent amenities like spas and swimming pools.

Quaint cottages: There’s no shortage of cottages for rent in Bowral and surrounds – they’re ideal for families or groups looking for a self-contained stay with privacy and comfort.

Historic inns: Bowral is home to some beautiful historic inns and heritage hotels that provide a glimpse into the town’s past. Blending old-world charm with modern comforts, they’re often located in the heart of Bowral, meaning convenient access to the town.

Farm stays: Kids will have a ball immersing themselves in the countryside lifestyle, with opportunities for activities like animal feeding, fruit picking, and bushwalking.

Google’s faves:

  • Osborn HouseA luxurious escape in Bundanoon with 22 lavish rooms, a spa, restaurant, bar, and fireside feasts. The boutique hotel blends heritage charm with modern comforts.
  • Berida HotelBerida Hotel, a historic countryside manor, is conveniently located near Bowral town centre. The 42-room hotel features manicured grounds and a tennis court.
  • Saint EloiLocated in Chisholm Hill, Saint Eloi is a French-inspired, self-contained Airbnb stay. The single-bedroom studio includes a fully equipped kitchen and a clawfoot bath.