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Why visit Bowral
Located in the stunning Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, Bowral is a sprawling precinct of flowering gardens, estates and rolling hills. Nestled at the foot of Mount Gibralter, Bowrals location makes it a popular weekend getaway destination for locals as well as a popular destination for visitors to the region, looking to explore the quieter side of NSW. With luxury and heritage Bowral hotels to choose from, it's no wonder the Southern Highlands is a visitor's delight.
Best time to visit Bowral
The best time to visit Bowral depends on what you want out of your trip. Bowral has a similar climate to Sydney, reaching average temperatures in the mid to high 20's (degrees celsius) over summer (December to February) and the mid to high teens over winter (June- August). For those who like heat and summer activities the best time to visit Bowral is over summer or late spring/early autumn. For those who like crisp days and cosy nights in a picturesque mountainscape the best time to visit Bowral is winter.
Getting around Bowral
The best way to get around Bowral is via car or taxi. You can get to and from Bowral by train or bus but there are limited public transport options for getting around Bowral. Taxis are centrally stationed at the taxi bay in Bong Bong St. You can get around Bowral CBD via foot, however having a car is recommended if planning to visit other regional attractions outside of Bowral. Tours and private charters can also be arranged for travel required further away.
What to do in Bowral
For cricket fanatics, the Sir Donald Bradman Oval and International Cricket Hall of Fame make Bowral a must-visit destination. For those wanting to explore the area, Bowral Lookout offers magnificent views of the region, and the unique mixture of boutique shops and private estates provide hours of discovery. It goes without saying that the Tulip Festival in September is a delight for floral enthusiasts, whilst well-known wineries such as Centennial Vineyards and eateries such as Biota make it a food and wine-lovers haven.
Free things to do in Bowral
Hiking and Lookouts Bowral is blessed with an abundance of walking tracks and hiking trails for nature lovers to stretch their legs and take in the views. For a relatively light but idyllic walk, head on to Box Vale walking track. Cutting through old railway cuttings from the 1890's and passing a sandstone tunnel, this walk is a local's favourite. If you're not much of a walker but still keen to soak up some nature, you can drive up to Bowral Lookout. Living war memorial - The Cherry Tree Walk Located in the middle of Bowral, The Cherry Tree Walk is both a picturesque 1km+ path lined by cherry trees and a poignant tribute to the Australian soldiers of the vietnam war with one cherry tree for each soldier that never returned from the war. Surrounded by parkland, this is an idyllic place to visit for a picnic and a stroll. The Cherry Tree Walk is particularly beautiful over spring when the flowers are in bloom.
Fun things to do in Bowral
Visit the wineries The Southern Highlands of NSW are home to a number of premium vineyards with award-winning wines, heritage buildings and rolling green fields. There's so many to choose from, you can make a day trip or two out of it with Bowral as your home base. Centennial Vineyards located in Bowral and spanning 80 hectares, is a strong start. Boutique shopping For antique lovers or those who like to shop local, Bowral's streets are brimming with unique boutique stores for perusing and admiring. Notable favourites include The Bookshop Bowral and Dirty Janes Emporium for antiques.
Where to eat & drink in Bowral.
Green Lane is an institution in Bowral, similar to The Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney, Green Lane is a shopping and dining precinct resembling a village square surrounded by gardens and stylish homeware and gift shops. Start your morning at Plantation Cafe on Green Lane for your coffee fix. Next door to Green Lane is Dirty Jane's, your one-stop shop for antiques and high tea. A must-visit on your trip to Bowral. For your dinner needs, you can't go past Onesta Cucina serving delicious italian in an intimate setting. Perfect for couples.
Where to stay in Bowral
If that doesn't entice you enough, explore our Bowral accommodation options, with luxurious rooms and guest lounges where you can relax by an open fireplace with a good book. Look out over the rolling highlands as you enjoy a glass of wine at night and breathe in the relaxed, country air. Discover our Bowral accommodation options for your next business trip, family holiday or weekend break