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Bowral Highlights

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     Beautiful Mansions and gardens 

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     Just lovely in Autumn. And during the Tulip Festival. 

Bowral Things to Do

  • A must-do in Bowral

    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...

  • Take a walk

    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...

  • “SPRINKLES” OF BERRIMA - A Xmas shop

    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...

  • Ye Old Bicycle Shop & Cafe.

    On the side of this bike shop is an excellent Mural, so make sure you have a look around the corner.The cafe part does light meals, has homemade cakes, coffee as well as the Bicycle hire.


    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...


    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...


    MODIARTThis 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...


    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,...


    CHINOISERIEThis 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...


    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...


    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...

  • Donald Bradman Walk in Bowral

    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,...


    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...


    This is an annual event held in September each year in Bowral. The centre piece, is Corbett gardens, where at 11.30am daily, there is a talk and tour called "Tiptoe through the Tulips."Later in the week, Corbett Gardens is closed, and becomes the "Corbett Gardens specialist garden show" where Nurseries display and sell their wares.The festival runs...

  • Kennerton Green

    This garden is one of Australia's finest, or, if you believe noted gandening and lifestyle expert Don Burke, host of the once famous "Burke's Backyard", it's Australia's finest. Since I haven't seen anything yet to better it, I'll have to agree.What I like about this place is that it has a variety of styles and, over the next couple of pages, I'll...

  • An end to it all

    Both these shots, the second one rather obviously, were taken at the entrance to Kennerton Green. The first shows one of the many water features.

  • Open Gardens

    During the Tulip Festival at Bowral at the end of September, a lot of large homes in the area, open their gardens for inspection.There is a shuttle bus that runs from the Railway Station and Corbett Gardens daily, on the hour.Entry fee to most is $5 - $6For more information on the homes that are open, visit the website:

  • Moidart

    During festival time (late September to mid October), several local gardens are open for display. If you wish to take a relaxing view and support some local charities I would heartily recommend you take the bus from Corbett Gardens.For $20 you get entry to Corbett Gardens, bus trip and the option of two of four gardens that are open to the public....

  • Chinoiserie

    1.25 acres of long herbaceous borders, a potager pond and stream garden. Tree peonies are the main attraction of this unusual garden which is one of the four available for public viewing.We spoke to two ladies who had visited and they said that they had spent more time chatting to the owners about their B&B and had a wonderful time.Life is meant to...

  • On to the Mughal

    Paradise by name paradise by nature, there's some ambiguity for you.The Paradise Garden is heavily influenced by the classic arab values and you can instantly call to mind such places as the Alhambra though this is miniscule by comparison. The water feature, which represents giving of life, is a must in this type of display with the Malus...

  • Route of the paths

    Another pleasing things I found was that Marylyn has divided the different styles so subtley. You'll be eased on to a small path, often distracted by pleasant borders, and then, suddenly, you're in a different world yet the journey itself is worthy of note, as shown in these pictures.

  • In an English country garden

    As I mentioned earlier, the thing that I like about Kennerton Green was the way you go from one type of garden to another. The current owner, gardening author and guru Marylyn Abbott, likes it that way and all power to her I say.This section is the original area where you will discover the original plantings of the first owner, Mr. Percy Rowe. It's...

  • Espaliers' delight

    This section of garden is reached immediately after the lake. You go down by a shed (which confused me, it looked as though I would be intruding on their home) and then you're in it, a patterned display with such variety as to defy full description here.This is where the espaliered apples are but they form merely a backdrop to the colourful salad...

  • Moidart extended

    Couldn't leave you with just a couple of the photos now, could I.There's a company called Burns Philp and it's the Philp side that owns this place, hence the ability to spend small fortunes on a 2 hectare expanse of delight.Beech, oak, sequoia, dogwood and crabapple are some of the tree species you'll find here though, sadly, the showpiece...

  • Tulip time

    All these pictures were taken in Corbett Park, unquestionably the centre piece for Tulip Time in Bowral. In addition to the flowers, the park at times is littered (and I used the word advisedly) with corporate tents and arty crafty type stalls. In some way they detract from the atmosphere, in other ways they enhance it, it depends on your point of...

  • The Bradman Thing

    If Bowral has flogged one thing over the years, it's its association with a man called Donald Bradman. If you're not into cricket then you may be forgiven for not knowing of what I speak but, in Australia, there was a time when he was near to God. His record of averaging 99.94 runs per innings has left all other batsmen before or since in his...

  • Fitzroy et al

    One of the natural scenic wonders not far from Bowral is Morton National Park. This covers the escarpment that drops off to the coast and features numerous waterfalls and a continuous sheer cliff.One of the three most famous that has the main visitor centre is Fitzroy Falls. Here you can walk along either the eastern or western rim from Fitzroy. If...


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    Take a short drive to nearby Moss Vale. This is another pretty town with lots of lovely gardens. Leighton Park in the main street (Argyle street) is a picture in Spring and Autumn.Also in Argyle street, is the old Dominican Convent, with a row of beautiful Elm trees. Its also thought, that Mother Mary MacKillop ( Australia's first official saint)...

  • Belmore Falls

    Just down the road (partly dirt) from Fitzroy Falls is the much-less-visited Belmore Falls. As a viewing spectacle they are better than the famed Fitzroy but the walks and other possibilities aren't anywhere near as good, which isn't to say they're bad either.Belmore is one of many that simply plunge off the sandstone escarpment into the valley...

  • Hindmarsh Lookout

    Of the four carparks available, Hindmarsh is probably the best place to stop. From here it's only a relatively short walk to all four of the lookouts.Hindmarsh doesn't look onto Belmore Falls but instead has extensive panoramic views down the valley (opening pic).While you're there, keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful colours of the lichen (pic...


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  • Milton Park

    We were on our way to a garden, we just weren’t sure which garden. Lorraine the navigator had several possibilities ticked as she studied the local brochure while we headed east but, suddenly, there was a sign to one of them – Milton Park.I had visited many Southern Highland gardens but never heard of this one. So up the dead end road we went,...

  • Street walking

    If you love odd shops with interesting stuff then you'll be sure to enjoy Bowral If you keep walking the main street and the mall you'll be sure to find some shop to interest you. Here are some examples.

  • For fans of SIR DONALD BRADMAN

    "The greatest batsman the world has ever known" Cricket fans of Sir Donald Bradman.....did you know that there is a Donald Bradman Trail?Check out this website for all the information you need on the"DON" and to find out what towns and Cities you need to


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