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6 ways to live your Bridgerton dream in Bowral

Peppers Craigieburn, BowralCredit: Destination NSW

The heritage property at Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral.

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6 ways to live your Bridgerton dream in Bowral

Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral Credit: Destination NSW

The heritage property at Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral.

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Promenade back in time as Netflix’s Regency-era romp returns for Season Three, escorted by the elegant Bridgerton in Bowral extravaganza from 16-23 April. And whether you’re visiting The Ton for these enchanting festivities or simply searching for a sophisticated sojourn, all year round Bowral offers decadent feasts, opulent stays, charming countryside and more – all just 90 minutes from Sydney. Read on, Gentle Reader, to learn why the Southern Highlands are the Diamond of the Season and beyond.

Make your grand entrance

Emerald hills garnished with vineyards, grand estates and a bewitching village atmosphere… Bowral’s highlights harken back to a most refined moment in history – and now they’re celebrating Bridgerton’s greatly anticipated return with a host of soirees. As befits such a momentous occasion, Empire Cinemas Bowral will host four exclusive screenings for The Ton before the new episodes hit Netflix (from May 16). Plus, you’re cordially invited to a Regency-themed Garden Party amid the stately grounds of the Milton Park Country House Hotel, where you’ll see and be seen in sprawling formal gardens, and enjoy a host of Bridgerton-themed entertainment. Nearby, Retford Park also entices with a picturesque 1887 homestead, self-guided art trail and a picnic-perfect historic garden for all seasons.

Bendooley Estate, Berrima Credit: Destination NSW

The scenic grounds of Bendoley Estate, Berrima.

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Bendooley Estate, Berrima Credit: Destination NSW

The scenic grounds of Bendoley Estate, Berrima.

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Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, Bowral Credit: Destination NSW

The scenic grounds of Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, Bowral.

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Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, Bowral Credit: Destination NSW

The scenic grounds of Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, Bowral.

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Sip your way around The Ton 

Raise a toast to Lady Whistledown’s long-awaited new chapter with Sohi’s mouth-watering tipples – their premium gin, vodka and vermouth are available to quaff all over town, including at Hearth by Moonacres, Bistro Sociale and The Royal Hotel. And, let your thirst for discovery lead you along the Southern Highlands Wine Trail, where you’ll sample the region’s cool-climate drops at more than 60 vineyards and 15 cellar doors. Swill Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Albariño, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer at Centennial Vineyards; unwind between the vines at the grand Bendooley Estate; and clink glasses at Mount Ashby Estate, where red, white and culinary delights are served alongside French antiques and lashings of bucolic charm.

Shall we promenade?

Whether you’re courting a suitor or slipping out of the drawing room for fresh air, a gentle wander is one of life’s simple pleasures. Take a leisurely turn through historic Berrima; Australia’s best-preserved Georgian village unveils an intriguing selection of Regency-era relics, including the 1830s Courthouse, convict-built Surveyor General Inn and the National Trust-listed Harper’s Mansion. Bask in the majesty of manicured gardens in Bowral, Mossvale, and Robertson, where lavish plantings reveal nature’s extravagance – especially during the Tulip Time festival each spring. Afterwards, assemble your favourite dukes and duchesses to while away the day with croquet, cycle between quaint villages, or saddle up your trusty steeds for a relaxing meander along the Canyonleigh Trails.

Centennial Vineyards, Bowral Credit: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a romantic getaway at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral.

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Centennial Vineyards, Bowral Credit: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a romantic getaway at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral.

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Bendooley Estate, Berrima Credit: Destination NSW

Autumn at Bendooley Estate, Berrima.

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Bendooley Estate, Berrima Credit: Destination NSW

Autumn at Bendooley Estate, Berrima.

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Discover the talk of The Ton

Bowral boasts a bounty of treasures old, new and noteworthy if you’re seeking a modiste-crafted frock for your society debut, exploring the arts, or collecting key pieces to makeover your manor. Start with a visit to Dirty Janes, a unique marketplace where 90 individual sellers peddling all manner of retro, vintage, antique and artisan-made finds. Indulge your guilty pleasure for scandalous storytelling at Books Ever After, a romance-genre specialist home to an impressive selection of special editions to tantalise your imagination. And, take your cue from Bridgerton’s elite and let your impeccable taste in art and furnishings do the talking. The Ngununggula Southern Highlands Regional Gallery, Bowral Art Gallery and Milk Factory Gallery showcase the cultured art and soul of this inspired region, while Suzie Anderson Home has a wide range of premium style essentials to create your own Regency-influenced sanctuary.

Retreat to elegant chambers

From plush private residences to luxe suites catering for your every whim, the Southern Highlands offers a host of auspicious accommodations worthy of society’s highest echelon. Revel in the prestige of a grand estate to call your own on the grounds of The Rift Estate. This palatial 19th Century mansion presents a self-contained Coach House to accommodate 13 people, complete with cosy fireplaces, claw-foot bathtubs and lush lawns perfect for croquet and bocce. For a gracious stay amid rustic vistas reminiscent of the English countryside, look no further than the five-star boutique hotel, Osborn House. Nearby, the chic comforts continue at the Georgian Moss Manor, where thoughtful creativity and interior design unite for an exclusive art-hotel experience. Around the town, the historic flair also rolls into the early 20th Century, with the Berida Hotel, Peppers Craigieburn and the Links House Hotel delivering memorable stays where modern amenity and heritage flourishes converge. Wherever you choose to rest your tiara-toting head, you can find your own Bridgerton in Bowral all year round.

Osborn House, Bundanoon Credit: Stephanie Hunter

One of the Premier Suites at Osborn House.

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Osborn House, Bundanoon Credit: Stephanie Hunter

One of the Premier Suites at Osborn House.

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Bradman Museum, Bowral Credit: Destination NSW

Exploring sporting history at the Bradman Museum, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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Bradman Museum, Bowral Credit: Destination NSW

Exploring sporting history at the Bradman Museum, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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