Nestled in the rugged Southern Highlands, Bowral blends cosmopolitan restaurants and bars with natural spoils, farmers markets and locally-owned boutiques. Along with offering convenient access to a fascinating cave system, Bowral showcases Australia’s cricketing history and a range of pampering day spas.
Things to do in Bowral
Bowral’s legendary cricketer Sir Donald Bradman is immortalised at Bradman Oval where he played as a young man. Discover more about Australia’s beloved cricketing hero and the sport that brought him international respect at the nearby Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame. Here you can browse through fascinating memorabilia, photographs and stories.
Looking for panoramic views of the area? Head to Bowral Lookout, which captures views of the township, Wingecarribee River Valley and Moss Vale. Alternatively, walk to the top of Mount Jellore Lookout, where you can see as far as the Blue Mountains and the Nattai and Kanangra wilderness areas.
Rest those weary muscles with a luxe massage at Allymac Massage Therapy, which offers tailored treatments, from remedial and foot treatments to prenatal massages. Afterwards, stroll through Dirty Janes Bowral, an antique market with vintage furniture and decor, paintings, jewellery and clothing.
If you’ve got time for a two-hour drive, head out to the spectacular Wombeyan Caves, which features impressive underground caves formed in marble, unique wallaby species and a cascading waterfall. Don’t forget to see the seasonal flowers at Corbett Gardens, which provide vibrant colours throughout the year. It’s particularly beautiful during the annual Tulip Time Festival in September when over 100,000 tulips bloom in a stunning display of pinks, yellows and purples.
Getting around Bowral
Bowral sits just off the Hume Highway, which connects it to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. You can also catch trains from these three cities to Bowral railway station, which sits in the centre of town. You can walk around town or use private transport to travel further afield.