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The Southern Highlands is located around 2 hours drive south of Sydney, and it’s easy to fall in love with the region due to the lasting impression of the diverse scenery and many charming towns. Known for its cool temperate climate, there’s so much to see and do in the Southern Highlands, from exploring the National Parks and waterfalls, through to the boutique wineries scattered across the region.
The hike out to the Fairy Bower Falls is a must-do while in the region. The walk is a one hour loop graded as medium, and it can be a bit steep in parts, but the walk is definitely worth it! Once you’ve reached the bottom, you’ll be rewarded with lush green expanses and amazing waterfalls. For something a little more relaxing, The Berrima River Walk is a much easier grade, starting out at the historic Berrima Gaol and visits a WW1 German Internment camp, and takes around 90 minutes to complete.
It’s a shame to visit a wine region without having some local wines, right? There are a plethora of companies operating winery tours in the area, and we recommend The Grape Escape, who operate group trips visiting 3-4 wineries or can also tailor make an experience just for you.
This grand estate is iconic within the Southern Highlands region. More than two centuries ago, Bendooley Estate was part of a large tract of land granted into private ownership by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and today you can stay in luxurious cottages within the beautifully preserved 200-acre property. Relax in the Berkelouw Book Barn on site with your favourite book, or take a walk through the vineyards and sample the wines produced locally.
The luxurious one, two and three-bedroom cottages offer a rare combination of rustic, eclectic chic and sumptuous glamour. All cottages have stunning views over the lake, paddocks and rolling hills. Individually designed, each cottage is an oasis of elegant upholstered furniture, bespoke wallpapers and artwork.
Housed within The Book Barn, Bendooley Estate’s fabulous restaurant and bar is open daily. Dine inside next to the fire with a divine backdrop of revered books or enjoy an alfresco meal surrounded by the Estate’s heavenly gardens and vineyard. Savour flavoursome cuisine inspired by the seasons of the Southern Highlands.
Milton Park Country House
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. Rejuvenate at the acclaimed Wellness Spa, relax by the open fireplaces in the numerous lounge area, or take a walk through the world-renowned gardens
The Estate offers 44 luxurious guest rooms, most of which overlook the Garden Courtyard Fountain, or our World renowned Gardens. Most suites feature open fireplaces, while all rooms come equipped with modern amenities. We recommend the Junior Garden Suite for a bit of extra space.
The Estate features three acclaimed restaurants, with the signature experience being at Horderns. The restaurant features a menu stacked with French classics, while the on-site sommeliers are there to help you to match local and international wines to your meals.
The Seidler House
Located in the Southern Highlands, this Joadja masterpiece is the most iconic, private home by Australia’s architectural master the late Harry Seidler. Famously known as Seidler House, this award-winning design was completed in 2000 and positioned on the edge of a rugged sandstone escarpment so as to ensure panoramic bush views overlooking the deep picturesque gorge of the Wingecarribee River, Joadja, Mittagong and Bowral in the Southern Highlands.
The home features spacious open plan interiors with floor to ceiling glass walls that invite in an abundance of natural light and warmth, as well as opening up the home to the breathtaking views and scenery that await you. Opposing curved roofs, local stone, Alta quartzite floors, Verde marina granite and Norwegian stone are all artfully blended together to create a breathtaking indoor atmosphere.
The home features four king bedrooms, easily able to accommodate groups up to 8 people. There is no restaurant on-site, however the house comes with a fully equipped kitchen.
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