See & Do


Beautiful gardens have always been a drawcard for visits to the Southern Highlands, with the region being blessed with some of Australia's best private gardens, and now is the time to plan your next visit, with Spring and Autumn being the optimal times.


5th Chapter Estate

217 Walkers Lane, Avoca
PH. 0435 107 456 /

5th Chapter Estate gardens are amongst the best in the Southern Highlands. VIEW MORE for open dates.

The 10 acres of garden are predominantly traditional English in style with separate enclosed French garden, Japanese garden and rose gardens.

5th Chapter Estates gardens are undoubtedly amongst the best in the Southern Highlands. Nurtured by a great team. Stunning in every season.

Tulips, Azaleas, Rhododendrons and our cherry tree walk provide a wonderful show in spring and in autumn the trees provide a vivid colour.

2017 Open Dates

April - July (By Appointment Only)
August - Friday 25 Daffodil Day
September - 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 30
October - 1, 2, 6 , 7, 8, 14and 15
November - 11 and 12p> Open Times: 10am - 3:30pm

Please note gates close strictly at 4pm.

Admission $10.00 per adult, accompanying children FREE.
All proceeds donated to The Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

NO DOGS permitted.

For appointments email or phone John 0435 107 456 Wines produced by on the estate include Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Sauvingnon Blanc.

Direction from Bowral: Travel along Kangaloon Road, cross over the Illawarra Hwy on Sheepwash Rd heading east. Take 1st right (Walkers Rd), then left into Walkers Lane (please note all unsealed roads).
Keep going down lane then follow 5th Chapter signs.

Bundanoon Garden Ramble


Now in its 20th Year the Bundanoon Garden Ramble on October 22nd and 23rd once again promises to be an enjoyable event attracting visitors from all parts of the state and beyond. Open from 9.30 to 4.30pm beautiful private gardens will showcase their diversity of plantings, ranging from large and small, cottage, acreage and park gardens providing inspiration to all who visit.

Enjoy private village gardens opened specially for this weekend and featuring an abundance of Spring flowering cold climate plants.

Share the hospitality of village gardens.
Browse the garden market for plants, garden sculptures and gifts.
Visit the craft and textile exhibition.
See the Magic of the Scarecrows.

Take in the gardens on one of the free buses or hire a bicycle and cycle around the garden circuit.(Or bring your own bicycle for the day!)
Tour buses are welcome on the garden circuit.

Tickets can be purchased on the day at the Bundanoon Soldiers? Memorial Hall in the main street of Bundanoon.

Tickets are $20 for all gardens ($15 concession) or $5 for a single garden, and are valid over both days. Children under the age of 16 are free.

Groups with a minimum of 20 people are $14 each.
Group tickets must be booked and paid for in advance.

A booklet with a map of the garden locations and a short description of the gardens is provided with the ticket.

Group bookings can be made by emailing or calling: Sue Davison on 0410577837


Chinoiserie Open Garden

23 Webb Street, Mittagong
PH. 02 4872 3003 /

Open - 8 & 9, 14 - 17 April, 2017. Chinoiserie is renowned for it's collection of tree & herbaceous Peonies collected around the world from China, Japan, Europe & America.
Chinoiserie.........a plant collector's garden.

A colourful plant collectors garden set on 1.25 acres.

Plantings consist of long herbaceous borders, potager, pond and stream garden, a large collection of Chinese, Japanese, European and American tree peonies which are the star attraction in October and early November.

Coaches welcome please confirm with us first if you wish to bring a group to the garden.

Autumn Open Dates 2017: 8 & 9 April, 14 - 17 April.

$7.00 per person.

$6.00 per concession.

Corbett Gardens

Corbett Gardens, Bendooley Street, Bowral
PH. 02 4871 2888

Corbett Gardens is open year round for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors. Entry Fees apply during the annual Tulip Time Festival plus the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival. For For Event Booking or Wedding Enquires please phone council on 02 4868 0888

PLEASE NOTE CORBETT GARDENS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON - Monday 11 September 2017 in preparation for Tulip Time and Friday 29 September 2017 in preparation for Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival.



Flower Flower Southern Highlands

120 Main Street Mittagong
PH. 02 4872 3883 /

Deliver 7 days!

Free local delivery!

Shop Hours:

Monday to Friday: 8 am to 5.30pm

Saturday: 8am to 3pm

Sunday: 9am to 3pm

Public Holidays: 10am to 2pm

We accept credit cards.

We deliver Flowers locally, Interstate and Overseas.

Not only do we do amazing floral arrangements for all occasions including corporate and weddings, but we offer Floral Design Courses and Hampers.

Check out our website for more details.



5 May Street, Robertson nsw
PH. 0477 213 141 /


Potted garden design, rare plants and gardenalia.

You'll be constantly delighted as you wander through these inspiring gardens with over 500 pots of rare and unusual plants all designed to compliment the water gardens, statuary and gardenalia.

GARDENALIA is a very individual and unusual garden, specialising in 'container gardening'. Over 680 pots are designed and placed to suit the several themes of the garden, enhancing your enjoyment and inspiring creativity. Be impressed with the diversity and practicality pots can provide. Experience the wow factor and gain a new perspective in gardening with help and advice from Margaret's 40 yrs experience in horticulture and nurseries.

*40 year old Wisterias
*Weeping Japanese Mapes
*Espaliers - pears and apples
*Bay trees, toparies, bulbs
*Clematis, fushias and roses
*Vireya Rhodos and camellias *Cycads, succulents and peonies
*Cyclamens, herbs and natives
*Vegetables and hedges

2016 Open Dates
(NB this garden will not be open in 2017)
17 & 18, 24 & 25 September.
Every weekend October and November
plus the 3&4, 10&11, 17&18 December

Admission is $8 per person with children under 16 years - free

Groups and buses are welcome.
Dogs are welcome.

Other dates welcome by appointment.

Heading East on Illawarra Hwy, turn left into Caalong Street (just after the Service Station), then left into May Street. Gardenalia is located in the cul de sac at the end of May Street (west). Signs all the way.


Greenbrier Park Garden

1171 Old South Road, Mittagong
PH. 02 4862 2880

Open 17th September - 31 October for groups only, please email or call for bookings.

National Champion Garden set in an old Australian eucalyptus woodland. 750 metres above sea level overlooking Mittagong with magnificent views of the Nattai Valley and Blue Mountains.

The garden incorporates an English style design with Australian native shrubs and trees to produce a unique garden setting on some three hectares. Rich basalt soils and protection from harsh winds have led to remarkable growth since the garden was established in 1988.

Perennial borders, formal lawns, streams and ponds, an "old cottage ruin", statutory, fountains, vistas and a large variety of shrubs, trees and natives.


Harper's Mansion

9 Wilkinson Street, Berrima
PH. 02 4877 1508 /

1834 National Trust Colonial Georgian House with period furnishings, 2 acres of strolling gardens and a unique maze. National Trust shop, Group tours by appointment.

Every Weekend 10.30am to 4.00pm & Public Holidays. Other times are by appointment.

Leighton Gardens

Argyle Street, Moss Vale

Moss Vale has a beautiful garden in the centre of town, located in Argyle Street which is the main street. This garden is perfectly situated for family picnics, and boasts a lovely Tulip display in September.

OPENING HOURS: Daily (public garden)


Milton Park Country House Garden

Horderns Road, Bowral, NSW, 2576, Australia
PH. 02 4861 8100

In spring of 1948 the garden was opened to the public for the first time. This tradition has continued every spring up to present day.Open 17th September till 3rd October 2016

Today, considered by many to be the greatest garden in Australia, Milton Park includes about 10,000 trees, rare varieties of shrubs and plants, a forest of 5,000 Cypresses & Pines, at least 200,000 Bulbs accompanied by 100,000 forget-me-nots, more than 100 Maples & rare Rhododendrons, over 50 Camellia, nearly 2,000 metres of Box hedging, 400 Rose Bushes, an Avenue of 40 Giant Elms and at every turn and vista, individual specimens of rarity, splendour and historic interest.

Admission Fees:
Per Adult: $7.00

Per Person by Coach $5.00 (8 people minimum)

Concession $5.00

School Children: Free

Guided Garden Tours are available at $12.00 per person (minimum 5 people) and are to be booked between Monday 9am and Friday 5pm. Bookings are essential. Garden Tours are conducted by the Milton Park Head Gardener, Peter Berckner.

All proceeds to Bowral District Hospital Auxillary - Devonshire Teas will be available daily @$16.50 per person.


19-21 Eridge Park Road, Burradoo
PH. 0405 347 522

Open - Everyday 13th September - 30th October 2016. Coach groups coach booking outside these dates by appointment.

Moidart is a classic garden of 5 acres of rare and specimen plants.

Garden features include: Sunken rose garden, Terraces, Woodland Garden and Wholesale Nursery.

Open 10am - 4pm.

Entry fee is $7.00 (concession for coach loads over 20 people - $6.50pp paying in one transaction).

Car and coach parking is available - entrance off Eridge Park Road.


Peppers Craigieburn Garden

Centennial Road, Bowral
PH. 02 4862 8000 /

Set in the surrounds of one of the oldest heritage guesthouses in the Southern Highlands, Craigieburn is set in 36 hectares with manicured gardens and natural bush inclusive of a 9 hole golf course. Enjoy our garden


Peppers Manor House Garden

Katers Road, Sutton Forest
PH. 02 4860 3111 /

Enjoy our garden


Red Cow Farm

7480 Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest
PH. 02 4868 1842 /

2016/17 Garden Open Dates 17th September - Late May 2017.
View for more details for weddings or photography sessions.

RED COW FARM is a unique cool climate garden set on 2.5 hectares in the picturesque rural village of Sutton Forest approximately 1.5 hours from Sydney and 2 hours from Canberra, and presents as one of the leading gardens in the beautiful Southern Highlands region of NSW.

RED COW FARM features 20 garden rooms with an exuberant cottage garden, monastery garden, abbess's garden, a stunning collection of rare and unusual perennials, woodland, old fashioned roses and clematis, beech walk, lake, bog garden, orchard and kitchen garden.

When you visit Red Cow Farm you will want to take a little piece of this heaven with you. The owners, Ali & Wayne have a fine selection of rare self propogated plants for sale, which you may not find in your local nursery. Also on sale are postcards with beautiful vistas of the garden, plaques adn statues as represented in the garden..

No rest rooms or cafe are available on site but are located nearby at the Exeter General Store or Sutton Forest Pub.

No animals permitted and children to be supervised by adults. Groups are welcome & lecture tours can be arranged with the owner and landscape gardener, Ali Mentesh by appointment. No picnics.

We regret that Red Cow Farm is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.

2016/17 Garden Open Dates 17th September - Late May 2017.

Opening Time: 10am - 4pm
Admission prices: $10 per adult, $8 seniors and groups, $4 per child (4-14)
Car and Coach parking in the laneway adjacent to garden.
Children MUST be supervised at all times.

Red Cow Farm is an intimate wedding venue ideal for small ceremonies, up to 20 guests including the bridal party. If you are looking for a romantic country garden setting for your wedding shoot Red Cow Farm offers many photo opportunities.

Retford Park

1325 Old South Road, Bowral
PH. 0418 218 558

Open - October 2016 - 21, 22nd and 23rd.



Robertson Heritage Railway Station & Garden

Yarranga Street, Robertson
PH. 02 4885 1256 /

Tourist train destination, local history museum and waratah garden. Annual events are organised in Spring and Autumn.
Volunteer not-for-profit group maintaining the Robertson Heritage Railway Station and grounds as a tourist train destination, local history museum and waratah garden. Annual events are organised in Spring and Autumn, and the Fettlers Shed Gallery hosts exhibitions.

Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Ltd

Cnr Old South Road and Kangaloon Road, Bowral NSW
PH. 02 4861 4899

SHBG hosts the annual Town and Country Weekend: 18th & 19th April 2015. A wonderful weekend of open gardens.
A weekend of wonderful open gardens in the Southern Highlands. Also featuring the pop-up nursery with many rare and unusual plants grown by the Friends of the gardens.

Program and further detials to come.


Southern Highlands Welcome Centre

62-70 Main Street, Mittagong
PH. 02 4871 2888 /

Make the Welcome Centre your first stop!

A wide variety of information for NSW plus Local products, gifts, beautiful garden and friendly staff.

Get the most out of your visit to the Southern Highlands with your first stop being the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in Mittagong. The friendly staff can help you with all your questions. It is also a great place to pick up some local treats like our famous Cuttaway Creek Rasperry Jam, or perhaps a bottle of cool climate wine. Lyn's Handbags always make a perfect gift or just pop in for souvenirs, gifts, regional produce and a friendly welcoming smile.

Ask them about the great benefits & rewards for both you & your friends, from the Did you know we can do mail orders?
Looking for a unique Southern Highlands Gift?

Why not purchase a Gift Hamper made with local products which can be tailor made to suit your budget.

Speak to one of our friendly staff who will be able to guide you through this process. All gift wrapping is included.

Open 7 Days. 9 - 5 Mon - Fri 9 - 4 Sat , Sun & Public Holidays.


Did you know council recently installed a 30 amp, Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) recharger.


Sturt Craft Centre

Cnr Range Rd & Waverley Pde, Mittagong
PH. 02 4860 2083 /

Established in 1941, Sturt is now the oldest craft centre in Australia. Stop in to visit the Gallery, Garden or drop in for a coffee.
Sturt is recognized nationally as a centre of excellence for the promotion and teaching of Australian craft.
Sturt is also one of the premier cultural tourist attractions of the Southern Highlands region welcoming over 50,000 visitors each year and features a multi award-winning craft and design shop, gallery, caf craft studios, courses and workshops, a collection of Australian craft and historic buildings and gardens.

Sturt is the ideal place to source a special gift, an artwork to collect, or designed textiles and scarves. All products are made in Australia, and are of the highest quality and materials. Sturt proudly promotes the work of Australias craftspeople and is a favourite destination for over thirty thousand visitors each year. Of special interest is the ceramics, wood and textiles made on site by Sturt's resident craftspeople. Sturt also presents exhibitions of fine craft and art by some of Australians finest artists each year.

Visitors can also wander through Sturt's garden all year around.

Sturt Gallery is open 7 days 10am ? 5pm. Sturt Café is open Wednesday ? Friday 10-3pm Weekends 10-4pm


The Mill - Plantlife

Cnr Bong Bong & Banyette Streets, Bowral
PH. 0412 577 088 /

Plantlife offers a personalised service from concept through to installation.

Plantlife, by Southern Highlands garden designer and horticulturalist, Peter Morgan creates landscapes and gardens by interpreting the unique story of our clients, their architecture and environment and bestows his passion, energy and 20 years in the field to ensure the delivery comes to reality.

Specialising in the cool climate environment of the Southern Highlands, Plalntlife can assist with managing soils and water, plant selections and sourcing, garden and landscape design and installation, planning for small farms and lifestyle sections, shelter belt and screen planting, and regeneration of degraded landscapes.

Our focus is to think laterally to solve problems for our clients, beautify their landscapes and deliver projects in line with budgets and timelines.

Call Peter on 0412 577 088 today for a consultation to get your project under way.


Welby Garden Centre

Cnr Old Hume Highway & Bendooley Street ,Welby
PH. 02 4872 2804 /

Local nursery specialising in cold climate plants suited to the Southern Highlands. Tress, roses, shrubs plants and all your gardening needs.
Operated by Challenge Southern Highlands as a supported employment service.
Providing employment and training for people with disabilities.

Winifred West Park

Main Street, Mittagong
PH. 02 4871 2888

Centrally located in Mittagong, Winifred West Park is a lovely place for a family picnic and boasts a mass tulip display in September and October.

General Information

Toilet Facilities (inc. disabled)
6 Shelter Sheds
Childrens Gym Playground
2 Electric BBQ's.
Parking for coaches on Railway Parade.


Zen Oasis

230 Medway Road, Berrima
PH. 02 4877 1285 /

Zen Oasis - An Oasis of Harmony. Come and enjoy an indulging buffet lunch with family and friends at Zen Oasis!

Zen Oasis is situated on the fringe of the beautiful historic village of Berrima. The rustic building, sitting on one hundred acres in the Southern Highlands, was erected in 1948 and is renowned as the Woolshed Restaurant of the Parmenter's family for nearly three decades. It now proudly houses the Zen Oasis Vegetarian Restaurant.

Saturday & Sunday - 1st seating: 11.30 - 1.30pm - 2nd seating 2 - 3.30pm

We offer a healthy and delicious banquet of variety.
BUFFET FOOD (All you can eat):
$35 per adult, $18 per child (4-11 yrs) Under 4 FREE
$28 pp for group bookings of 30 people & over.
Buffet Lunch includes more than 25 varieties of Dim Sum, main courses, drinks & desserts.


From Old Hume Highway at New Berrima, turn onto Medway Road and follow for approx 4km. Zen Oasis is on the right.