It’s safe to say we’re all a little in love with Bowral.
And if you havent heard of this delightful town before, let us introduce you.
Just an easy two hour drive from Sydney, Bowral is the largest town in the Southern Highlands, boasting a wide range of accomodation, entertainment and dining options.
A popular spot with locals and visitors alike, it’s great for a getaway, but we daresay you’ll be tempted to stay forever!
Whether you go for a weekend, a week, or a lifetime, here’s our recommendations for where to stay and what to do, eat and see in Bowral.
Where to eat in Bowral, NSW
Biota Dining, Bowral
Flour Water Salt
Carb lovers unite! (and get your collective selves into FlourWaterSalt at Bowral pronto!)
This delightful bakery offers everything from croissants and cakes, to pies and pastries, all produced with ‘Quality ingredients, skilled producers and passion from start to finish.’
Last but not least, we couldn’t describe ‘Where to eat in Bowral’ without including Gumnut Patisserie!
An absolute favourite with locals and visitors of all ages, Gumnut is a must-visit for our team whenever we’re in the area! (In fact, it’s not acceptable to go to an appointment in the Southern Highlands, and return to our office without a gumnut box.) 😂
What to do in Bowral, NSW
Gather & Cook Adventures
Step into the wild on an adventure with the chefs from renowned Bowral restaurant ‘Biota’.
“Experience a hands one approach, discover new ingredients, how they grow and where, followed by a campfire cooking session”
Just 8 minutes from Bowral is the cellardoor of family-owned Artemis wines.
With an ambience of rustic Australian elegance, it’s the perfect place to experience a tasting of finely crafted wines, ciders and beer.
Warm and welcoming in winter, laid back and casual on the lawn by the vines in summer.
Treasures to discover in Bowral, NSW
Bendooley Estate Book Barn
Just 5km from Bowral, in the town of Berrima, you’ll find the sprawling Bendooley’s Estate.
Home to rolling hills, picturesque driveways, vineyards, accomodation cottages. A gastronomically exquisite restaurant houses a crackling fire set in sandstone, sweeping views of the property, and tables for casual dining. Tucked in behind all of this wonderment, Bendooley’s has yet another surprise: the Book Barn. A fascinating bookstore, home to hundreds of books from all corners of the globe.
It’s safe to say Bendooleys is a must-visit when in the Southern Highlands area.
Dirty Janes Bowral
Offering ‘the best in Vintage’, Dirty Janes Bowral is a large antique warehouse where you can explore the hundreds of unique items on offer.
With 75+ dealers spread across 3 large warehouse spaces, you will find a impressive range of antique and vintage furniture, lighting, architectural elements, vintage clothing, jewellery and more.
Where to stay in Bowral, NSW
Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa
“Set apart in its own secluded hilltop woodland just east of Bowral in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa is a five star hotel offering luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and impeccable yet discreet service in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication.”
The Coach House at The Rift
“The luxurious, self-contained Coach House is situated within The Rift Bowral estate. It maintains a separate entrance, secluded living spaces and sweeping garden vistas.
The fully renovated, elegant, residence maintains it’s character as the original nineteenth century stables and foundry of the estate.”
We love exploring rural NSW and all of the special treasures this beautiful state has to offer!
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