Our home is in the Eastern part of Bowral, a town of about 14,000 in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, 110 km south-west of Sydney and about 90 minutes drive on the Freeway. We have only recently bought this home and it will be completely refurnished in late April 2017. The house sits on a half-acre block with colourful and exotic gardens. Including 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, two studies, den and family room it offers comfort and convenience for a relaxing holiday.
The Southern Highlands has a population approaching 50,000, centred on the commercial towns of Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Bundanoon and Robertson as well as the historic town of Berrima. Smaller villages like Burradoo, Sutton Forest, Colo Vale, Avoca, Yerrinbool, Exeter, Welby and others are spread in between and around these main centres.
The Highlands are between 500m and 900m above sea level on the Great Dividing Range and is known for its cool temperate climate. It is becoming increasingly known for its locally grown wines.
Bowral is situated in a valley at the foot of Mt. Gibraltar, largely on land originally used for farming.
With the coming of the railway in the 1860s, the land was subdivided so as to permit the growth of a small village. Soon, there was a railway station, churches, schools and public buildings. There were also many guesthouses, and private 'holiday houses', as Bowral became a favourite place to escape to from the city.
Many of Bowral’s recent residents are 'refugees' from the city looking for a better lifestyle. It is the commercial and retail centre of the Southern Highlands
The beauty of townscape and countryside, and the climate - enhanced by over 100 years of plantings of exotic deciduous trees, "English" gardens, and annual massed displays of bulbs and perennials - gives it a unique attraction in the Australian countryside. The many historic public and private buildings, accommodation houses, boutiques, coffee shops, and restaurants - as well as famous festivals and events - attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Bowral boasts a large variety of boutiques, bookstores, antique & craft shops, supermarkets and two major shopping malls. Its restaurants and takeaways are renowned for fine food and the many coffee shops and sidewalk cafes are a favourite place for visitors to dine.
Visit Bradman Museum and Bradman Walk. Enjoy the interesting streetscapes with historic buildings, including residential areas displaying everything from 19th Century cottages to grand country houses. Corbett Gardens in the town centre has massed plantings of annuals and perennials three seasons of the year, and 100,000 tulips in spring. Many exotic trees in streets and private gardens offer spectacular displays in spring and autumn.
Bowral boasts first class public (2) and private (1) golf courses; bowling club; public parks, and picnic areas. Lookouts, and bushwalking trails on Mt. Gibraltar and Gibbergunyah Forest.
A short drive of about one hour leads to the glorious beaches around Wollongong and south to Kiama Berry and Nowra. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the nearby Kangaroo Valley. Or drive just two hours to visit the National Capital of Canberra.
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