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Robertson sits high atop Macquarie Pass with some points in town enjoying spectacular views all the way across to the Pacific Ocean. The region's rich red soil has made Robertson the centre of the largest potato-growing district in New South Wales and there is a 'big potato' on the main street, although it is not signposted and visitors could be forgiven for thinking it is merely a large brown cylinder. The undulating hills create a picturesque setting and were featured in the film Babe (1996).

Visitor Information

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

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In Town

Kev Neel's Old Time Music Machines This music museum displays antique gramophones (some still in working condition) and music memorabilia from as early as the 1800s. Tour the grounds and use the picnic facilities. Illawarra Hwy.

Cockatoo Run Heritage Railway: steam train (when available) to Port Kembla. Robertson Railway Station. For running times call 1300 653 801.

Art and craft shops: several in town featuring local work; details from visitor centre.


Morton National Park, Robertson section This section of the park has 2 attractive features: Belmore Falls (10 km SW) and Fitzroy Falls (15 km SW). Belmore Falls plunges into 2 separate rockpools, which then cascade down to the valley below. The area also features walking tracks and pleasant picnic facilities. At Fitzroy Falls is the National Parks & Wildlife Service visitor centre, which has maps and information about the entire national park and offers guided tours. The falls drop 80 m over sandstone cliffs onto black rocks and then another 40 m into the valley below. The walking trail around the falls has excellent lookouts. For other sections of the park see Bundanoon, Nowra and Ulladulla.

Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk Visitors can experience the Southern Highlands' native flora and fauna from 25 m above ground. The 600 m walkway has 2 cantilevered arms stretching to the forest fall line, with expansive views of Lake Illawarra and the South Pacific Ocean. For those who want to get even higher, a spiralling tower reaches 45 m above ground. The environmentally friendly visitor centre has a cafe. Knights Hill Rd; 1300 362 881; 15 km SE.

Robertson Rainforest: 5 ha portion of what was the 2500 ha Yarrawah Brush. It is home to abundant birdlife and features an attractive bushwalk; 2 km S.

Fountaindale Grand Manor: c. 1924 with over 80 rooms and uninterrupted views of the surrounding hills and valley. Deer and peacocks roam the immaculate, landscaped grounds. It is now a guesthouse and function centre; Illawarra Hwy; (02) 4885 1111; 3 km E.

Burrawang: 19th-century village with an excellent historic pub; 6 km W.

Macquarie Pass National Park: preserved section of the Illawarra Escarpment with bushwalks through eucalypt forest and picnic facilities; 10 km E.

Budderoo National Park: Robertson section features Carrington Falls, a 50 m waterfall with adjacent walking tracks, lookouts and picnic facilities; 10 km SE.

Manning Lookout: views over Kangaroo Valley; 16 km SW.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Pizzas in the Mist

The moment you enter this 90-year-old former home, you begin to understand what all the fuss is about at this acclaimed restaurant. The whiteboard floors and pitched roof are original, and picture windows provide a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Carrington Falls camping area 7 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 19 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

Killalea camping area 24 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

Gambells Rest camping area 28 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

Starlights Trail camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 31 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

Caravan parks around town

Mittagong Caravan Park 20 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 22 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

Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park 26 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

Windang Beach Tourist Park 26 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

Big4 Easts Beach Holiday Park 26 km

This is a fabulous, large and well laid out beachfront park with very good amenities and facilities, including TV cables to all ensuite sites. The East family is a prominent owner of several New South Wales caravan parks... Find out more

Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park 28 km

Swim at the beach or sit back, relax and watch TV at this large, fabulous beachside park. It has great facilities, including ensuite sites with full Austar TV hook-up. It also has excellent amenities and is in a... Find out more

Shoalhaven Caravan Village 31 km

This is a large, owner-operated riverfront park just 1 km east of Nowra and easily reached from the Princes Highway. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Mountain View Village 32 km

This is a large, quality park with great amenities and very good facilities, including tennis courts, mini golf course and a very popular 500-metre walking track with eight gym stations. Ask about the courtesy bus that... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Greetham B&B

Located in the heart of Robertson, Greetham B&B is a popular choice offering pet-friendly accommodation. All guest rooms have ensuites, there is a communal guest lounge room with cosy log fire, the breakfast menu is... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gordon VC rest area 29 km

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

Small area just off the highway.

Mackey VC rest area 31 km

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

Just off the highway among shady trees.

What's on around town

Market: Robertson School of Arts; 2nd Sun each month.

Springtime Festival: Oct.

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