Bowral

Travel Guide

The largest town in the Southern Highlands has grand colonial manors, elegant English gardens, a piece of Australian cricket history and wild forest reserves.

Bowral is a historic town at the foot of stunning Mount Gibraltar, famous for its reputation as a holiday getaway for the wealthy during New South Wales’ early settlement. Today, Bowral features several grand old buildings, stunning manor estates and beautifully maintained gardens.

Stroll along historic Bendooley Street to see heritage architecture dating back to the late 1800s. Observe magnificent double-storey manors and charming 19th-century cottages. Visit Corbett Gardens, located in the town centre. This stunning park showcases myriad displays of flowers throughout the year. See pretty bulb flowers blooming in autumn and a breathtaking mass of tulips flowering in spring. Find out which grand manor is hosting an open garden session and visit some of the charming estates dotted throughout Bowral.

Sit down for a cup of coffee or a glass of regional wine at the heritage Grand Hotel, built in 1888, a traditional colonial establishment with wide awnings. Visit the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, which illustrates the history of the game and honours famous cricketers throughout history. In the warmer months, watch a local match on Bradman Oval.

Grab a bike and ride from the town centre to a pretty trail running alongside the Wingecarribee River. Bushwalkers can explore the exciting trails around the Gibbergunyah Reserve or climb to vantage points at Bowral Lookout, Mount Jellore Lookout and the Mount Gibraltar peak. Bowral has two public golf courses.

Visit in September for the annual Wingecarribee Arts & Crafts Fair and Bowral’s famous Tulip Time Festival. In May, catch the Southern Highlands Antique Fair, the Autumn Garden Festival and the Classical Jazz & Ragtime Festival.

Bowral is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Sydney and can be reached on the Southern Highlands Railway Line in 2.5 hours. Select from a wide variety of accommodation options, from a resort to casual private lodgings. With quaint open gardens to year-round sports and museums, Bowral has interesting attractions at any time of year.

Berrima Bakehouse Motel
Berrima Bakehouse Motel
3.5 out of 5
19 Old Hume Highway, (entrance via Wingecarribee St), Berrima, NSW
The price is AU$143 per night from 14 Dec. to 14 Dec.
Located in Berrima, this motel is steps away from Berrima Gaol and Berrima Courthouse. Harper's Mansion and Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve are also within 9 mi ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (794 reviews)
"The shower was great and the room was very clean."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

Berrima Bakehouse Motel
Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
4.5 out of 5
Boronia Street (off Centennial Road), Bowral, NSW
The price is AU$302 per night from 20 Dec. to 20 Dec.
Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Corbett Gardens, Centennial Vineyards and Mount Gibraltar Reserve. International ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (677 reviews)
"Everything was great ,but must mention the breakfast could be improved , Coffee from a Nescafé machine not bad but having a barista made coffee for the standard of the property would be much better, The view was amazing unfortunately the breakfast did not match ,cold poached eggs, understand with ..."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa
Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
200 Horderns Road, Bowral, NSW
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of International Cricket Hall of Fame, Bowral Golf Course and Corbett Gardens. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (352 reviews)
"Old world warm feelings, beautiful grounds. Rooms are old and simple - needs an update and some $$ spent on the rooms / furniture etc"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Milton Park Country House Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
4 out of 5
9 Kangaloon Road, Heritage Park, Bowral, NSW
The price is AU$256 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Situated in Bowral, this golf apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bowral Golf Course and Corbett Gardens. International Cricket Hall of Fame and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (226 reviews)
"The Sebel was lovely enough although the grounds have a number of private residence which is a little weird, and this means the hotel accommodation is tucked away in the corner of the grounds."

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2021

The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
Clubbe Cottage/ Geebung studio Bowral/Burradoo minimum 2 night stay weekends
Clubbe Cottage/ Geebung studio Bowral/Burradoo minimum 2 night stay weekends
1 Riversdale Ave, Bowral, NSW
Located in Burradoo, this historic apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bowral Golf Course, Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve and Corbett Gardens. International ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
Just what I needed
"Lovely, quiet neighbourhood. Beautiful surroundings. Property Manager, Annie, was so easy to deal with. Loved our stay."

Reviewed on 13 Dec. 2020

Clubbe Cottage/ Geebung studio Bowral/Burradoo minimum 2 night stay weekends
Jellore Cottage - in the heart of town
Jellore Cottage - in the heart of town
16 Jellore Street, Bowral, NSW
Located in Berrima, this family-friendly Bowral cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Berrima Gaol, Berrima Courthouse and Harper's Mansion. Leighton Gardens ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (74 reviews)
Wedding Weekend
"Perfect venue to attended a wedding at Ben Dooley Estate as it was only 5 minutes down the road. It was so relaxing in the morning to sit on the front porch listening to the rain while taking in the view of the lovely garden."

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2021

Jellore Cottage - in the heart of town
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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