The Southern Highlands region lies more than 100km to the southwest of Sydney. It stretches south west from the Sydney Water Catchment reserves to Morton National Park and east to the top of the escarpment overlooking the South Coast. It is known for its picturesque towns, grand and historic mansions and public buildings, as well as its genteel lifestyle. With four distinct seasons, the area is climatically diverse and remains a geographic master piece with undulating plateaus, steep escarpments, stunningly green pastures and fertile forests.
The Southern Highlands attracts over a million visitors each year who come to enjoy the Highlands style: wonderful shopping, fine restaurants and cafes, spectacular scenery and rich history. The highlands is home to a large community of painters, artisans and craftspeople and their work can be found in many of the local art and craft galleries.
There is something for everyone, from the simple pleasure of a drive through the countryside to a weekend of indulgence at the many luxury resorts and boutique wineries.
The region boasts numerous beautiful and spectacular natural attractions to delight any visitor, such as Morton National Park, Fitzroy Falls, Wombeyan Caves and Mt Gibraltar.
Bowral is the commercial centre of the district and there are two other major towns – Mittagong & Moss Vale – plus a number of charming small country towns including Bundanoon, Robertson, Berrima and villages like Exeter and Burrawang. The delightfully picturesque countryside is suitable for beef and dairy cattle, alpacas, horses, grapes and olives.
The area features quality private and public schools, a university campus, excellent shopping facilities, fine restaurants, private and public hospitals and good sporting facilities. The Southern Highlands is one of the steadily growing regions outside of Sydney in NSW.