Towns & Villages

Population 666

Berrima

It’s time to delve into the past and Berrima is just the village to visit. Home to Australia’s oldest continually licensed Inn – the Surveyor General, amazing colonial sandstone buildings, (one of which houses Eschalot, a hatted restaurant) and even a ghost, if you look hard enough. The MUST SEE is the imposing Berrima Court House.

Surrounding towns and villages include Joadja, Medway and New Berrima.

Population 10335

Bowral

It’s time to visit the biggest and most sophisticated of all the towns and villages in the Highlands and home to an exciting and eclectic mix of eateries, (including Biota, a hatted restaurant), winereies, boutique shops, country markets and events. The MUST SEE is the amazing Bradman Centre.

Surrounding towns and villages include Mittagong, Moss Vale, Roberston, East Kangaloon, Glenquarry and Kangaloon.

Population 2,536

Bundanoon

It’s time to dust off the bagpipes, oil the bicycle chain and put your walking shoes on. The town is a step back into the 1930’s, home to Brigadoon, but these days it’s also a Mecca for cyclists of all ages and bushwalkers, being the gateway to the Morton National Park. The MUST SEE is Glow Worm Glen. 

Surrounding towns and villages include Penrose and Wingello.
Why not drop into the General Store at Penrose or Wingello or visit the Penrose State Forest.

Population 238

Burrawang

It’s time to experience some old-world charm. This historic village is a great example of ‘how it used to be’ where the view from the local pub’s beer garden is an attraction in its own right. The MUST SEE is the old sign writing throughout the village.
Surrounding towns and villages include Wildes Meadow, Avoca, Belmore Falls and Robertson.

Population 398

Canyonleigh

It’s time to see the ‘outback’ of the Southern Highlands. This is where you will see kangaroos at dusk and vast rural landholdings. Visit the General Store and get a real taste of Canyonleigh.

Population 949

Exeter

It’s time to experience our English heritage. This thriving village is home to a large number of English style estates, a picture postcard historic stone church and country railway station, both of which could have been lifted straight from the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. The MUST SEE is the historic St Aidans Church.

Population 216

Fitzroy Falls

It’s time to experience the Highlands most visited attraction whilst immersing yourself in nature with spellbinding views of the Falls which can be accessed from the boardwalk and escarpment rim walks. The MUST SEE is of course the stunning waterfall that is Fitzroy Falls.

Population 2,506

Hill Top

It’s time to take a different route into or out of the Highlands and be rewarded by the Shire’s northern village with a rich history as a former railway town and now gateway to Australia’s largest rail museum – Trainworks at Thirlmere. The MUST DO is the exhilarating Cave Creek Walk.

Surrounding towns and villages include Balmoral and Buxton.

Population 5,767

Mittagong

It’s time to explore this historic town, the northern gateway to the Highlands and home to Australia’s first iron works. It is an excellent example of a country town which has managed to retain its historic beginnings, with old and new, side by side. The MUST SEE is Lake Alexandra and its resident ducks.

Surrounding towns and villages include Alpine, Aylmerton, Balaclava, Braemar, Colo Vale, High Range, Welby, Yanderra and Yerrinbool.

Population 8,579

Moss Vale

It’s time to explore the hub of the Southern Highlands, a town with strong ties to the birthplace of the Highlands and the region’s rural centre. It is home to livestock saleyards, farms markets and a traditional agricultural show. The MUST SEE would have to be Leighton Gardens in Autumn and Spring.

Surrounding towns and villages include Avoca.

Population 280

Penrose

Penrose has an active social, sporting, artistic, volunteer and commercial life. The General Store and Lauren's Cafe provide a social heart to the village. There is a village hall and the Penrose State Forest provides walking, bike riding and horse riding trails, it is also a popular wedding photo location.

Population 1,865

Robertson

It’s time to taste a real potato and ‘the Green Heart of the Highlands’ is just the place to find locally grown Robo spuds. Its rich red fertile soil provides an abundance of rural farmland and a green hue through its hills and dales, famous as the town where the film BABE was made. The MUST SEE is the uniquely preserved rainforest which is the Robertson Nature Reserve.

Surrounding towns and villages include Knights Hill.

Population 477

Sutton Forest

It’s time to uncover one of the most historic of all the Highlands’ towns and villages, location of our former NSW Governor’s summer residence, Hillview, now with open days and accommodation for visitors. Today this village is also home to celebrities including ‘Nicole & Keith’ and Red Cow Farm one of the most visited private gardens in the region. The MUST SEE is the historic Peppers Manor House and its Great Hall.

Population 573

Wingello

Wingello is a village in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. It is about equidistant between Sydney, the capital of NSW, and Canberra, the nation’s capital.