Picture: Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW
If you’re after a day of crisp clean country air then this is the perfect tour. The Southern Highlands is an idyllic area of charming villages, gorgeous waterfalls, emerald-green meadows and rolling hills, scattered with fluffy white sheep and spotted cows. This is quintessential Australian country landscape with a good chance of seeing wild kangaroos and platypus too! Located just two hours south of Sydney it’s the perfect way to unwind.
7:30am We leave your Sydney hotel bright and early for our country escape.
8:45am A morning tea and coffee break at Australia’s largest botanical gardens - the Royal Botanic Gardens. We will roam lakes, woodlands and grasslands looking out for swamp wallabies, wallaroos and Australia’s largest bird of prey – the wedge-tailed eagle.
10:30am View Mittagong’s leafy properties as we drive up Mt. Gibraltar overlooking the historic town of Bowral.
10:45am We visit pretty Bradman Oval where Sir Donald Bradman - arguably ‘the world’s best sportsman’ played cricket during the 1920’s. We might be lucky enough to watch a few minutes of a local cricket game.
11:15am Beautiful photo-stop at Wingecarribee Reservoir.
11:30 We drive further into the misty depths of our country escape. The stunning scenery around the quaint villages of Glenquarry and Kanganoon is where the famous Aussie movie Babe was filmed. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for hopping kangaroos.
12:30 Robertson is the ‘green heart’ of the Southern Highlands and with it’s rich-red soils is also the state’s potato capital. In the centre of town is the big potato – a homage to the industry that has now overtaken the local cheese production. We stop here for a nice relaxed country lunch.
2pm After lunch we ‘get off the beaten track’ and enter the Morton National Park visiting the breathtaking Belmore Falls. This three-drop plunge waterfall cascades 130m into the Barrengarry Creek. From Hindmarsh lookout we can see into the far reaches of Kangaroo Valley and perhaps spot a flock of black-tailed red cockatoos.
3pm We take a sneaky peek at the antique villages of Wildes Meadow and Burrawang before one final afternoon stroll searching for platypus at an elegant nature reserve.
6pm It’s the end of our remote retreat as we arrive back in Sydney.
There is plenty more to see and do in the Southern Highlands; wineries, art galleries, local tulip gardens in the Spring, The Bradman Museum & International Hall of Fame. The day is quite flexible and it’s easy to change the tour to your interests.
Photo: North Sullivan, Destination NSW
Prices & Inclusions
Prices start from $172 per person
Full day tour 7:30am – 6:00pm
hotel pickup/drop off
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