Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands is located just 90 minutes south of Sydney and is a cool climate wine region with 17 cellar doors, ranging from elegant French provincial to contemporary architectural statements. It is a place to discover acclaimed restaurants, cool climate wines, classic country pubs and an abundance of local produce in one of Australia’s most highly regarded gourmet regions.

What you can do there

For visitors, the Southern Highlands offers food festivals and events, sophisticated red wines, beautiful flower gardens, luxurious day spas and country manors with challenging golf courses. Guests can enjoy exploring winding country roads or hire a bike and cycle through the vineyards. The Southern Highlands boasts many pretty villages, with antique stores to browse and museums and art galleries to see.

Recommended wineries

• Centennial Vineyards Restaurant & Cellar Door

Centennial Vineyards is located minutes from the historic township of Bowral and offers a premium restaurant, cellar door and function venue. Their vineyard is over 760 metres in altitude and produces award-winning cool climate wines. Centennial Vineyards offers visitors a range of experiences including a masterclass in the region’s signature grape variety, pinot. Centennial Vineyards Restaurant is known for its stunning setting amongst the vines and offers the perfect destination for a long lunch or a luxurious high tea.

• Tractorless Vineyard & Bowral Brewing Company

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With an urban cellar door that offers a fun and immersive experience for guests, Tractorless Vineyard embraces a combination of traditional knowledge and skills with new-world techniques, all guided by biodynamic principles. Visitors can have a guided wine, beer and cider tasting; get a guided tour of the vineyard and feed the winery’s sheep; enjoy a barrel tasting with the winemaker; or try grape stomping.

• PepperGreen Estate

PepperGreen Estate is a winery, restaurant, cellar door, tasting room and olive grove located in the historic town of Berrima. The elegant cellar door is located in an iconic building that once operated as a famous antique store. Experiences are hosted by charismatic and knowledgeable guides and include an interactive wine discovery paired with food in the premium private room at the Cellar Door. The Ultimate Vineyard Experience and Limited Edition Olive Grove Picking Experience (available during the picking times) includes a visit to PepperGreen Estate’s vineyard and olive groves in Canyonleigh.

Tours and activities

• The Bradman Museum

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Loved by cricket fans, The Bradman Museum International Cricket Hall of Fame is located in Sir Donald Bradman’s hometown of Bowral. Guests can experience live footage from games held around the world, see fascinating memorabilia, a contemporary art gallery, gift store and dine in the café.

• Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk

Great fun for families or anyone who loves adventure, the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk allows people to experience the Illawarra escarpment with a 1500m walk through beautiful rainforest. There’s also a zip line tour experience for thrill seekers.

• Wild Food Adventures

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Wild Food Adventures organises delightful immersive experiences crafted to unveil the best of the wine region. With the signature Canoes, Champagne and Canapé tour guests can enjoy beautiful waterways, wine and canapés, followed by a delicious paddock-to-plate lunch. During June to mid-August, they also offer Truffle Hunts with lunch tours where you’ll join a truffle hunt and see how the dogs unearth the truffle from the tree roots, and then enjoy a two-course lunch, featuring these

Suggested itinerary

Taste the best of the South Coast on this five-day foodie adventure through Kiama, Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands that combines delicious eats with natural wonders. Download a snapshot of our recommended itinerary here.

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