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    A must-do in Bowral

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 18, 2013

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    10 out of 10 for ambience

    If you're into cuisine, then do yourself a favour and head for the Elephant Boy Cafe.
    This is not food, it's an experience. When I dined there it was narrow and absolutely reeked - of atmosphere. I loved it, would have enjoyed it without food but, the food was superb as well. The old books lining the shelves beside your table, the flat screen TV flickering images of pre WWII newsreels, the director's chairs with cushions, I love it all.
    It's one of those places that give you boasting rights. When you go to Bowral, you simply have to have one meal there.
    Having said that, we had special food at other places but what Elephant Boy had is aura, right down to the quirky menus, there it reigns supreme.

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    Take a walk

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As regular readers will know, I do love to get out and walk the streets and check out what makes the place tick.
    Bowral is rewarding if you choose to do that exercise. Mansions tucked behind ornate fences or tree-lined driveways, classical public buildings fronting the streets or well manicured gardens.
    The Simon and St. Jude Church is in Bendooley Street, with the Rectory (shown in second pic and Intro photo) on the corner of Bendooley and Boolwey Streets.
    All of which are a feast for the eye. Go try it sometime.

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    “SPRINKLES” OF BERRIMA - A Xmas shop

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    Located in the side street in Berrima, this shop is a delight to browse around. It has 100’s of stunning, imported, Xmas decorations, a lot of them unusual. Ornaments to hang in the Tree, or just to sit on display, the choice was many and varied. I might add, that the prices were not cheap, expect to pay quite a bit for something more unusual.

    There are other unique ornaments in the shop , and aromatic candles, oil, oil burners and gifts.

    The Shop is open all year round, not just at Xmas time.

    OPEN 9.30 -5pm

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    VISIT HISTORIC BERRIMA - PART 2

    by balhannah Written Nov 15, 2009

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    We are on our walk around the historic village of Berrima. I have found some more intersting buildings, one of them a Church that is now a gift shop. Located on a rise, it overlooks the whole village.

    Just across the road from the Church, is the Courthouse, another sandstone building, that I noticed was open as a Museum.

    Located in the middle of the Village, and it looked to be very popular for Sunday lunches when we were there, was the “Surveyor General Inn,” this is “THE OLDEST CONTINUALLY OPERATING HOTEL IN THE COUNTRY STILL TRADING WITHIN ITS ORIGINAL WALLS.”

    “Harpers Mansion”, located in a nearby street, is open and used as a Restaurant.
    In Spring, the Trees were in blossom, making this an extra pretty time to visit this interesting Town.

    There are plenty more historical buildings in the town, this is just a few to whet the appetite!

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    VISIT HISTORIC BERRIMA - Part 1

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    Berrima, established in 1831, is a delightful Australian, Georgian town.

    A must do is a walk around town. The magnificent Gaol Gates are a must look, and the sandstone House & garden next door is the “Berrima Training Centre”, dedicated to the rehabilitation of its inmates.

    I found some beautiful Cottages with cottage gardens, and some that were being used as a Gift shop.

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    CAR SHOW @ CHEVALIER COLLEGE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    This one I thought looked like a mouth & eyes.
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    Chevalier College holds a Car Show every October.

    Only a short drive from Bowral, and we were there. On display were Cars and Trucks from all era’s, with an expensive V10 Dodge Viper getting quite a bit of attention.

    There was a good display of Morris Minors, from “Morry the car" to Morris Minor Utes, and a beautiful “Morris Woody.”
    Quite a few large American cars, like, Cadillac, Plymouth, and Chevs, were on display. Some unusual ones were a Nash, Borgward, Singer and others. One reminded me of a Face with eyes!!
    Loved the old Tow Truck, and the Caravan. Surprising, how much room there was in the Caravan.

    Also on display, were old Farm engines and pumps that were run on steam, they were very noisy! There were sideshows for the young ones, AND a Wood chopping competition.

    It was a cold, wet day which was a shame, as quite a few of the Cars had come, then left because of the weather.
    HELD EVERY YEAR, ONLY ONCE A YEAR.
    ADMISSION IS FREE!

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    BUNDANOON VILLAGE SCARECROWS

    by balhannah Written Nov 15, 2009

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    The village of Bundanoon holds a 'CARNIVAL OF SCARECROWS" at the time of its Village Ramble.

    Children will probably love finding and looking at the Scarecrows, and to see all of them, you need to pick up the Scarecrow location map which is available the day of the village garden ramble, held in October, yearly.

    Driving or walking, you will find them in all sorts of locations situated throughout the village. Some people had great ideas!

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    OPEN GARDEN – RED COW FARM

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    This garden is open to the public each year in October.

    WOW! What a garden this was, I knew as soon as I saw it, that any other garden I visited would have to be extra good to beat this beauty!

    This small, cute Cottage, has a cottage garden in the front yard. The garden then is done in sections or rooms, 20 of them altogether, with tall hedges separating the areas.

    Gardens are the Cottage, Monastery, Abbess’s, Woodland, Old fashioned Rose, Clematis, Beech walk, Lake, Bog, Orchard & Kitchen Gardens. Included in these gardens are rare and unusual Perennials.

    After having a look at these areas, the path leads to a wooded area, with a large Pond. This area was so beautiful, it had lots of Bog Irises’ flowering and growing in the water, and so many unusual plants that I had never, ever seen before!
    The track wound around so you never knew what was around the next corner. Secluded areas with a seat or a statue or a sculpture, some lawn, and a formal garden, this is one garden that you.....
    MUST VISIT, IT IS BEAUTIFUL!

    ADMISSION IN 2009 was $7
    OPEN...10 - 4 pm

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    OPEN GARDEN – MODIART

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    MODIART

    This garden is open to the public every year in October.

    Modiart was built in the early 30’s by Mr. James Burns , and still remains in this family today. The garden was started the same time as the house, and still remains the same original design.

    A funny story here, is about the Gardener digging a small hole, throwing in a stick of dynamite, and running like hell! This broke up the solid layer of shale under the surface.
    By the size of the trees, that are 60 years old, this method must have worked!

    This garden was large to walk around. There is a sunken Rose Garden, unfortunately not many Roses were flowering, but it still looked nice in a formal setting.

    The Terraces were lovely, lots of Bluebells and Perennials flowering. The garden is full of a lot of exotic trees. From the terraces, there were nice views to the Hereford Cattle in the paddock below the house. A Wisteria archway led to the gateway to enter the farm.

    A pretty garden to walk around and enjoy

    OPEN 10 - 4 pm

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    BUNDANOON GARDEN RAMBLE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    Held each year in October, this little country town opens up 10 gardens to the Public.

    There were no huge gardens, but small to medium sized ones. All types were on display, from Australian native, to the more Formal ones. Probably, if you have the normal size yard, then this is the place to come to get some ideas of what to do with your yard.

    Also, I would say that some of these gardens have been done on the average income, so did not have the extravagance of the "Mansion" gardens, this is good, as it shows what you can achieve with a limited amount of money to spend on a garden.

    The cost to see the 10 gardens was a very reasonable $15.

    GARDENS ARE OPEN 9.30 – 4.30pm.

    There is a FREE SHUTTLE BUS THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ALL THE GARDENS.

    If you are looking for a cheap good lunch, the Bundanoon bakery is recommended. You can sit inside or outside and eat your lunch.

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    OPEN GARDEN - CHINOISERIE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    CHINOISERIE

    This garden is open to the public each year in October.

    • This is not a real old garden, with the House only being built in 1999. It’s a very colorful garden, situated on a small block of one and quarter acres.
    • The Owner is a collector of stunning Peonies, collected from China, Japan, America & Europe. These were in flower and they were huge!

    Another garden with a lot of unusual Perennials, this garden had a meandering little stream complementing it. Only newly established, this area will be nicer in coming years.

    Viewing it from the balcony, you could see that it was set out in a Formal layout, but the plantings are informal, and include herbaceous borders. What a nice spot for the Owner’s to sit and relax.
    Plants were for sale at reasonable prices.

    ADMISSION IN 2009 was $5
    OPEN 10 - 4pm

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    MOUNT GIBRALTAR LOOKOUTS

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    A must do from Mittagong or Bowral is to take the scenic drive to the top of Mt. Gilbraltar. Leaving from Mittagong, follow the signs from the Old Hume Highway.

    Passing by lovely homes and gardens, you come into bush. There are a few lookouts on the Mount, and they are all worth a stop and a look.

    One has excellent views over Mittagong, another, and just a short walk to the lookout for views between Bowral & Mittagong.

    The next lookout we stopped at, was the Bowral one. A short walk led to a viewing platform, with marvelous views over Bowral. On the track, we saw a beautiful medium sized bird with a bright Yellow chest, wished I could have got a photo!

    Continuing on, the road comes out at Bowral.

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    MITTAGONG

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    Mittagong is only a 10min drive from Bowral.

    A walk around the streets here and I found some interesting buildings.

    I picked up a walking map from the Tourist info centre, this way, I saw all the sights. There are many old buildings, one of them was the Fitzroy Inn, built in 1830, and Minnikin Lodge, built in 1834, both restored.
    The Church was worth a look, and the Town’s garden was nice, a pity that all the Tulips had finished flowering. This area is known for its Tulips. The Antique shop was worth a browse, they had a very good selection of Antiques, I don’t buy, just love looking at all the old items for sale.

    Back in the car, and a drive around the streets looking at more Cottages and historic buildings. Located in the back streets is Lake Alexandra, a nice area for that picnic by the Lake.

    If you need to do some shopping, there is a new Woolworths in a shopping centre just on the edge of Town. Altogether, this was a nice town to have a browse around.

    LOCATION….. On the Old Hume Highway,

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    Donald Bradman Walk in Bowral

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    Donald Bradman statue at the Museum

    This walk, which is about 2kms, takes you from the Donald Bradman Museum, past historic sights to do with the Bradman family.
    * 1 is the Commemorative Gateway, built to honour Sir Don's 90th Birthday.
    * 2 St. Simon & St. Judes Anglican church, where the Bradman family attended church, and he sang in the church choir.
    * 3 Next, the public school, where he went to, then Empire Cinema where a civic reception was held to farewell him on his 1st trip to England.
    * 4 52 Shepherd Street, is where the Bradman's lived until 1924.
    * 5 20 Glebe street, is where they moved to, and it was here the Don lived until moving to Sydney in 1928.
    The Bradman Foundation now owns this house.

    Finally, you finish the walk at the Bradman Oval.

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    SIR DONALD BRADMAN MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    THE DONALD BRADMAN CRICKET MUSEUM IS HOME TO ONE OF THE
    " GREATEST HISTORIC CRICKET COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD."

    Sir Don, was born in Cootamundra, New South Wales, but grew up in Bowral. It was here that he grew up and learnt to play cricket.
    He represented Australia in cricket for 20 years, playing 52 tests, with a batting average of 99.94. and he is the only Australian Cricketer to receive a knighthood for his services to cricket.
    He was born in 1908 and died in 2001.

    His final wishes were respected when he died, with his & Lady Bradman's ashes being scattered over the Bradman oval precint which is located next door to the Museum.
    The former Bradman home is located opposite.

    Love Roses, then check out the garden near the museum, it is full of the "Sir Donald Bradman" rose.

    For crickets lovers, this Museum is a must, for others, it is very interesting.

    Its open from 10 - 5pm daily
    ADMISSION IN 2009 was $15

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