The Southern Highlands, also locally referred to as the Highlands, is a geographical region and district in NSW, 110 km south-west of Sydney. The region specifically is the area centred on the commercial towns of Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Bundanoon and Robertson as well as the historic town of Berrima. Smaller villages like Burradoo, Colo Vale, Avoca, Yerrinbool, Exeter, Welby and many more that make up the Wingecarribee Shire are spread in between and around these main centres and serve mostly as residential areas.
Trying to pinpoint why so many people are attracted to the Southern Highlands is all but impossible. The scenery? Yes, but visitors are divided between the rolling green hills and the dramatic waterfalls in the true national park wilderness. Shopping? Definitely, but is it the markets, the antiques, the books or the specialty shops? The sense of history is a big drawcard, some like the quaint villages, while others enjoy the sporting memorabilia. While away a day or two, visiting cellar doors and treating the senses to a cool climate food and wine experience. No matter what brings you to the Southern Highlands, you'll have something in common with everyone. In fact we think you'll have trouble deciding what to do first.