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BowralAustralia

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.

Where to stay in Bowral

Berrima featuring outdoor eating, signage and café scenes

Berrima

Unique features of Berrima include the coffee shops and river views. Make a stop by Berrima Gaol or Harper's Mansion while you're exploring the area.

Berrima

Top hotels in Bowral

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
4.5 out of 5
Boronia Street (off Centennial Road), Bowral, NSW
The price is £115 per night from 16 Nov to 17 Nov

Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Corbett Gardens, Centennial Vineyards and Mount Gibraltar Reserve. International ...

4.3/5Excellent! (590 reviews)

"The front desk staff were very efficient and responsive to our needs - check in and out was very efficient. The house keeping staff and the maintenance crew need to lift their game. House keeping didn't cater for a two person stay with towels and tissues in short supply or missing and the room was ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
Peppers Craigieburn
Peppers Craigieburn
4.5 out of 5
Centennial Road, Bowral, NSW
The price is £109 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Situated in the mountains, this luxury hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Centennial Vineyards, Corbett Gardens and Mount Gibraltar Reserve. International Cricket ...

4/5Very Good! (825 reviews)

"My partner and I were so surprised by this place. It's a little gem, it feels like a huge homestead thats been converted into a hotel. Beautiful grounds and garden to walk around, just so peaceful and so affordable (we booked only a few weeks before the long weekend) and were lucky to get anything ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Peppers Craigieburn
The Imperial Motel
The Imperial Motel
4 out of 5
Cnr Bong Bong & Bundaroo Sts, Bowral, NSW
The price is £79 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Situated in Bowral, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Corbett Gardens and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Bowral Golf Course and Mount Gibraltar Reserve ...

4.2/5Very Good! (619 reviews)

"Excellent location, tidy and spacious rooms, lovely check-in and quick check-out process. Highly recommend for a quick one nighter-no-fuss stay!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

The Imperial Motel
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Bowral

A Unique Southern Highlands Experience
A Unique Southern Highlands Experience
30 Aitken Rd, Bowral, NSW
The price is £94 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Situated in Bowral, this romantic cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Bowral Golf Course and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Corbett Gardens and Mount Gibraltar ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Absolutely loved it

"The place was so cute, even nicer than the photos. So clean, the garden is stunning and the bathroom is lux!!! We had the best time, will definitely be back :)"…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

A Unique Southern Highlands Experience
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
4 out of 5
9 Kangaloon Road, Heritage Park, Bowral, NSW
The price is £121 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (215 reviews)

"Great stay at the Sebel .check in was easy ,they left a little happy birthday note and chocolates for the Mrs which was nice. Room was spacious and clean. Close to the main town. Overall a great stay"…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2020

The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
Old Bowral Charm - Aitken Adventure
Old Bowral Charm - Aitken Adventure
26 Aitken Road, Bowral, NSW
The price is £87 per night from 26 Oct to 27 Oct

Situated in Bowral, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Bowral Golf Course and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Corbett Gardens and Mount Gibraltar ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (60 reviews)
Quite, peacefull

"We where attending a wedding near by and just needed something simple, was in a nice spot short drive to town to get breakfast in the morning. Great place for a short stay for couples."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Old Bowral Charm - Aitken Adventure
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.

Popular places to visit in Bowral

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk
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Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk

5/5(1 review)

Enjoy an outing to Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk during your stay in Knights Hill. Wander the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Museum
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Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Museum

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Museum in Wollongong. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Bowral

Southern Highlands Private Tour with Wine Tasting or Garden
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Southern Highlands Private Tour with Wine Tasting or Garden

£522
Per adult
Taste of the Highlands
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Taste of the Highlands

£164
Per adult
Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures-Zipline Tour & Treetop Walk
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Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures-Zipline Tour & Treetop Walk

£33
Per adult
Southern Highlands Private Tour (Wildlife, Waves and Wines)
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Southern Highlands Private Tour (Wildlife, Waves and Wines)

£500
Per adult
South Coast to Country Private Tour from Sydney
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South Coast to Country Private Tour from Sydney

£566
Per adult
Grand Pacific Drive & Kiama Blowhole Tour (Guide+Transport)
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Grand Pacific Drive & Kiama Blowhole Tour (Guide+Transport)

£460
Per adult

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