From scenic country drives and long walks to shopping for antiques and drinking wine, Bowral is a fabulous destination for anyone looking for a sophisticated country escape. The hub in the Southern Highlands is only a short drive from Sydney, and you can easily visit Bowral as a day trip.
There are lots of things to do in Bowral for all seasons, and it's lovely to visit in spring for a colourful flower display or in autumn for fall foliage and in winter to warm up before a roaring fireplace. Once a summer retreat for Sydney society's creme de la creme, Bowral is filled with stately manors, beautiful gardens, and boutique heritage accommodation. Tick these top things to do in Bowral off your weekend bucket list.
EXPLORE THE BRADMAN MUSEUM. Home to famous Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman, one of the things to do in Bowral is to discover Australia's cricketing history at the Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame. The Bradman Museum is a historic Australian landmark, which has memorabilia, interactive displays and is where you can learn about one of the most famous cricketers in Australian history. After visiting the museum, if you need more of a cricket fix, go on the 1.7km Brandman Walk, a self-guided tour of Bowral that explores Bradman's childhood haunts.
FOLLOW THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS WINE TRAIL. Another pleasurable thing to do in Bowral is to explore the Southern Highlands Wine Trail and relax while sipping wine. The region's elevation and cool climate are perfect for sparkling wines, pinot noir, riesling and chardonnay. Although it's a young wine region, which started in the 1990s, the area's winemakers are passionate about their craft and produce delicious wine.
ADMIRE FLOWERS IN CORBETT GARDENS. The area is famous for its lovely gardens, so it's not surprising that one of the things to do in Bowral is to visit Corbett Gardens. These gardens are one of the loveliest and oldest in Bowral, dating back to 1911. It's home to Bowral's famous annual Tulip Festival (September), and each spring, there are over 75,000 tulips to see at the Spring Garden Festival. The tulip time festival is a magnet for thousands of visitors each year, and some say it's even better than Canberra's Floriade. Enjoying a picnic lunch in the garden is one of the delights of the Southern Highlands.
EXPLORE BELMORE FALLS. A 35-minute drive from Bowral lies one of New South Wales’ most stunning waterfalls. Belmore Falls is a double drop waterfall that gushes cascades over a plunging ridge and is a stunning sight. There are walking trails, including a walk from the Hindmarsh lookout car park offering peaceful Kangaroo Valley views and a view of the waterfall from a lookout. The flora is beautiful to see and includes banksia, wattle, tea tree.