Corbett Gardens, Tourism New South Wales

Population 11496

Bowral is best known as the home town of 'the boy from Bowral', cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman. Now an up-market tourist town and the commercial centre of the Southern Highlands, Bowral's close proximity to Sydney made it a popular retreat for the wealthy in earlier times. This is still evident today in the magnificent mansions and gardens around town.

Visitor Information

Mittagong Visitor Information Centre, 62–70 Main St, Mittagong; (02) 4871 2888 or 1300 657 559

Nearby national parks

  • Budderoo National Park

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  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

Nearby towns

  • Berrima

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  • Moss Vale

    Moss Vale is the industrial and agricultural centre of Wingecarribee Shire and the Southern Highlands. Once it was home to the Dharawal...more

  • Robertson

    Robertson sits high atop Macquarie Pass with some points in town enjoying spectacular views all the way across to the Pacific Ocean. The...more

In Town

The International Cricket Hall of Fame A comprehensive history of cricket is on display. Read More

The Milk Factory Gallery: art and design exhibition centre and cafe; Station St.

Bong Bong St: specialty shopping including books and antiques.

Historic buildings: mostly in Wingecarribee and Bendooley sts; leaflet available from visitor centre.


Mittagong This small and appealing town has historic cemeteries and buildings. Lake Alexandra in Queen St is artificial and great for birdwatching and walking. There is a market at the Uniting Church hall on the 3rd Sat each month. 8 km NE.

Southern Highlands wine region This region is considered the NSW equivalent of the Adelaide Hills.

Mt Gibraltar: bushwalking trails and lookout over Bowral and Mittagong; 2 km N.

Box Vale Mine walking track: begins at the northern end of Welby, passes through old railway tunnel; 12 km N.


National Park: protects landforms, geological features, catchments and biodiversity in the Sydney Basin. Only low-impact activities are encouraged and there is a 3 km exclusion zone around Lake Burragorang; via Hilltop; 19 km N.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Centennial Vineyards Restaurant

Centennial Vineyards is everything dining at a winery should be, complete with a sprawling verandah making the most of the splendid view and a huge fireplace keeping guests cosy in winter. The seasonal menu showcases... Find out more

Hordern’s Restaurant

Hordern’s Restaurant is part of Milton Park Country House Hotel, a lovely homestead dating back to the 1900s. The estate boasts one of the most beautiful gardens in Australia, at one time considered the eighth most... Find out more

Onesta Cucina

Onesta Cucina is becoming an institution in these parts for its fine Italian fare without the city rush and fuss. Sprawling across various rooms in a stylish Art Deco building, it offers a cleverly constructed, modern... Find out more

Campsites around town

Starlights Trail camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 14 km

This is essentially a bush-camping site by the Nattai River, reached via the 12 km return Starlights Trail, which begins and ends in the carpark at the end of Wattle Ridge Rd. It’s a strenuous walk for experienced,... Find out more

Dalys Clearing camping area 18 km

Follow the signs via Belanglo Rd and Dalys Rd to this flat, grassy clearing surrounded by pine trees. Bring your own drinking water. If you’re an adventurous type, you can strike out and camp in the bush, as long... Find out more

Gambells Rest camping area 24 km

This is the only designated camping ground in the north of the park, and it’s a good springboard for 10 walking tracks. It’s less than 1 km south of Bundanoon via the Gullies Rd. No fires are allowed, so... Find out more

Carrington Falls camping area 27 km

This small camping area can get crowded in peak periods, so think twice if you’ve got a campervan or trailer. You’ll find it on Carrington Falls Access Rd, off Jamberoo Mountain Rd, 8 km east of Robertson.... Find out more

Bendeela Recreation Area 30 km

In picturesque Kangaroo Valley, 20 km north of Nowra and 8 km west of Kangaroo Valley village, Bendeela is a hidden gem in a treasure chest of natural beauty. Camp in a secluded, shady grove next to the Kangaroo Riverand... Find out more

HQ Camp 34 km

The forest’s HQ Camp is 4 km south-east of Wingello via Forest Rd. Camping is only allowed between Easter and the Oct long weekend. There’s a map here displaying mountain-biking trails. Bring your own... Find out more

Tallowa Dam Recreation Area 34 km

You’re surrounded by beauty in this camping ground, which is swaddled by Morton National Park and tucked into Kangaroo Valley. The camping ground itself is a broad, spacious grassed area along the Kangaroo River.... Find out more

Grassy Gully camping area (bush camping) 42 km

You can reach this campsite via Grassy Gully Rd, which turns off Burrier Rd. It’s basic bush camping here – bring your own everything, including water and a portable toilet. There are no wood BBQs, so also... Find out more

Killalea camping area 42 km

This is a well-equipped camping ground in prime position behind Mystics Beach. There are walking tracks, fishing spots and a golf course nearby; alternative accommodation is available in the form of a bunkhouse with 40... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Mittagong Caravan Park 5 km

The caravan park is 1 km north of the town centre. There is a well-stocked shop and easy access to the Hume Freeway. This is one of only two parks in this area of the central highlands. The park can get very busy, so... Find out more

Moss Vale Village Caravan Park 10 km

The park, 2 km south of Moss Vale, is one of two in this part of the central highlands. It is ideal for a night or two if you are planning to explore the area. Bookings are recommended all year round, and there is a... Find out more

Windang Beach Tourist Park 42 km

This is a council-owned, popular beachside holiday park located on the south side of Wollongong, next to Lake Illawarra. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at these times.... Find out more

Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park 43 km

This caravan park is in a quiet location on the beachfront, adjoining the beachside baths. The shops, including some eateries, are just a short stroll away. While pets are allowed, only small dogs are permitted. This is... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Milton Park Country House

Set in an exquisite garden, reputedly one of the finest in the world, Milton Park Country House offers exquisite luxury-hotel-style accommodation. The gracious country mansion is a sprawling fairytale network of turrets,... Find out more

Strathburn Cottage

Want to get away from it all and still be in the thick of things? Strathburn Cottage is an award-winning, historic B&B (c. 1890s) surrounded by gardens. Choose from four luxurious suites, the largest being the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gordon VC rest area 14 km

21km SW of Mittagong (R) or 64km NE of Goulburn (L)

Small area just off the highway.

Mackey VC rest area 19 km

28km SW of Mittagong (L) or 57km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Kingsbury VC rest area 25 km

33km SW of Mittagong (L) or 52km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway in a pine forest. 

What's on around town

Produce Market: Bowral Public School, Bendooley St; 2nd Sat each month.

Autumn Gardens in the Southern Highlands: throughout region; Apr.

Tulip Time Festival: Sept–Oct.

Bong Bong Races: Nov.

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