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Renew romance in the Southern Highlands

Centennial Vineyards, BowralCREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a pinot masterclass at Centennial Vineyards in Bowral.

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Renew romance in the
Southern Highlands

Centennial Vineyards, Bowral CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a pinot masterclass at Centennial Vineyards in Bowral.

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With picture-perfect rolling hills and charming heritage towns, the Southern Highlands has long been favoured as a weekender destination. But, in recent years, the region is also establishing itself for its serious food credentials. Just 90 minutes’ drive southwest from Sydney, this gourmand’s wonderland is brimming with cool-climate wineries and homegrown epicurean delights. Here’s a guide for all things tasty and indulgent. 

Where to drink 

Start at pinot-pioneers Artemis Wines, a family-run winery in Mittagong serving finely crafted wine, spirits and craft beer at its rustic cellar door. Sit beside a cosy fireplace in winter or laze on the lush green lawns in summer. A five-minute drive from here you’ll find award-winning Tertini Wines, known for its pinot noir, riesling and chardonnay.  

PepperGreen Estate offers tastings of more than a dozen cool-climate wines at its cellar door in Berrima, along with masterclasses and wine and dine experiences. Nearby, drop into the oldest vineyard and winery in the Southern Highlands, Joadja Estate.  

In BowralCentennial Vineyards offer guided wine tastings, pinot flights and vineyard walks, and a seasonally driven restaurant serving high tea and lunch. Savour a charcuterie platter with matching wine at provincial-style Mount Ashby Estate in Moss Vale. And don’t miss the dairy farm turned winery St Maur Wines, which has become an Exeter landmark.  

Beer fans can join an in-depth brewery tour and masterclass at Eden Brewery in Mittagong, or eat ‘beer’ cuisine with locally brewed crafted beer at Southern Highlands Taphouse in Moss Vale. Spirit-enthusiasts should try Joadja Distillery, one of the few single-malt distilleries in the world to grow its own barley onsite and have its own natural water spring.

Wine Regions of NSW - Southern Highlands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Take a weekend away in the Southern Highlands.

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Wine Regions of NSW - Southern Highlands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Take a weekend away in the Southern Highlands.

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St. Maur Wines, Exeter CREDIT: Destination NSW

Signage welcoming visitors to St. Maur Wines, Exeter.

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St. Maur Wines, Exeter CREDIT: Destination NSW

Signage welcoming visitors to St. Maur Wines, Exeter.

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Eschalot, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Elegant dish made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients at Eschalot restaurant, Berrima.

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Eschalot, Berrima CREDIT: Destination NSW

Elegant dish made from the freshest and highest quality ingredients at Eschalot restaurant, Berrima.

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Where to eat 

Start your day with a coffee from Highlands Merchant in Moss Vale before sitting down to a classic breakfast at light-filled café The Press Shop in Bowral. Book ahead for a languid lunch at Bendooley Estate, dining on a seasonal menu within its gorgeous Book Barn, after which you may like to try a tasting of its cool-climate wines at the cellar door. Those looking for fine dining, dine at Eschalot in Berrima, Birch in Moss Vale or Paste in Mittagong.  

You can experience a taste of the region on a Southern Highlands food tour. The Highlands Tour Co and The Grape Escape run bespoke wine tours with a local guide, to visit wineries and producers in the area. Guests can personalise their itinerary, picking from a number of fantastic restaurants and cellar doors. Wild Food Adventures also operates seasonally themed days tours through the region, where guests can join whisky tastings and truffle hunts, taste bush foods and be a part of the paddock-to-plate experience.

Where to play 

There is plenty going on in the picture-perfect villages of the Southern Highlands. In Bowral, renowned for its idyllic gardens, fashion and homeware boutiques and delicious restaurants, you can learn about the greatest cricketer of all time, Sir Donald Bradman, at the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, or hunt for treasures in the expansive antique store Dirty Janes.  

The region is also blessed with incredible walking tracks and natural attractions, including the dramatic Fitzroy and Belmore Falls located in Morton National Park near Robertson. Check out one of the many bushwalks or cycling trails before refuelling at the famous Robertson Pie Shop, a local institution since the 1960s, or Robertson Cheese Factory, where you can indulge on the finest homemade cheeses and gelato. 

Where to stay 

Travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in the Southern Highlands. Sleep among the vines in an individually designed cottage at Bendooley Estate, ranging from a studio to three bedrooms. Check into the historic Berida Hotel in Bowral, or Peppers Craigieburn, a country estate set amid beautiful gardens and a private golf course. For the ultimate five-star experience, book a suite at Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa, where you can relax by an indoor heated pool or be pampered at its deluxe in-house spa. 

Dirty Janes, Bowral CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dirty Janes antique market in Bowral, home to over 75 independent dealers, decorators and general upcyclers.

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Dirty Janes, Bowral CREDIT: Destination NSW

Dirty Janes antique market in Bowral, home to over 75 independent dealers, decorators and general upcyclers.

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Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Peppers Craigieburn hotel, Bowral, Southern Highlands.

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Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Peppers Craigieburn hotel, Bowral, Southern Highlands.

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