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Visiting Southern Highlands from Sydney

  • Published: 2009-01-03 (Revised/Updated 2016-03-20) : Author: Mairead Foley : Contact:
  • Synopsis: Located just under a 2 hour drive from Sydney the Southern Highlands has so much to see and do.

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"Fitzroy Falls is where the waters of Yarrunga Creek pour over the long and steep sandstone cliffs to meet the Shoalhaven River."

Located just under a 2 hour drive from Sydney, the Southern Highlands has so much to see and do. From exciting outdoor activities to welcoming towns and villages, and not forgetting the awe inspiring Fitzroy Falls, this region really does offer a fun day trip.

When you visit The Southern Highlands you will experience pristine beaches, spectacular lookout points, rainforests, valleys, picturesque towns and villages. If you're planning a scenic drive from Sydney, a tour of the Southern Highlands Regions should be top of your list.

Here are our suggested stops along the route:

Set against the backdrop of Mt Gibraltar, Bowral is located at the northern end of the Morton National Park. It's 115km from Sydney, about a 1 hour 35 minute driving time.

From Sydney take the Hume Highway, heading towards Canberra, turn left onto Mittagong, and follow the signs for Bowral.

Bowral is a picturesque town famous for its breathtaking scenery, beautiful springs, parks, gardens, historic houses, stately mansions and friendly people. It's an ideal place to stop and grab a bite to eat and here you can choose from a host of little cafes and restaurants, and the shopping is great too!

Bowral is also famous for its annual Tulip Festival, which runs from the end of September to the start of October each year and attracts huge crowds.

There are many other townships along the Southern Highlands to discover including: Mittagong and Moss Vale. Next location on the Southern Highlands is Fitzroy Falls.

Fitzroy Falls is located 133km from Sydney and will take you just under 2 hours to get here.

From Bowral head south on Bong Bong Street towards Wingecarribee Street and at the roundabout take the first exit onto Kangaloon Road. Proceed through two roundabouts and continue onto Sheepwash Road. You'll find Fitzroy Falls is clearly signposted from here.

Fitzroy Falls is where the waters of Yarrunga Creek pour over the long and steep sandstone cliffs to meet the Shoalhaven River. Fitzroy Falls National Park is a fantastic reserve and is home to many unusual native animals and plants.

Here you can avail of many lookout points, admire the picture-postcard scenes at the falls and witness the beautiful and ever-changing landscapes of Yarrunga Valley. You can also access two very good lookout points via a boardwalk. If you're feeling peckish there's a lovely little cafe offering tasty treats, many picnic areas, sheltered areas and coin-operated barbeques!

The next part of your journey will take you to Mount Gibraltar, a small town between Bowral and Mittagong. Mount Gibraltar is located 19.3 kilometers from Fitzroy Falls and it will take you about 25 minutes to get here by car.

From Fitzroy Falls head north on Sheepwash Road towards Illawara Highway. Continue straight onto Kangaloon Road, and turn right at Tourist Road. Take a left at Ridge Road and left again at Range Road. Take a slight left at Railway Parade, turn left at Regent Street and turn right onto Church Lane where you'll arrive at Mittagong home to Mount Gibraltar.

Mount Gibraltar is a beautiful reserve that is very rich in flora and fauna. There are many picnic areas located here as well as plenty of lookout points. And if you fancy stretching your legs there are some lovely scenic walking trails to choose from.

Kangaroo Valley is surrounded by Morton National Park. To get here you need to return to Sheepwash road, turn left at Nowra Road and continue on Moss Vale Road. Take a left and left again, staying on Moss Vale Road, and left again will get you to Kangaroo Valley.

Kangaroo Valley is truly a wonderful haven with lush green landscapes, crystal clear waters and high cliffs with rushing water. Here you'll see an abundance of plants, birds and animals, and watch out for those grey kangaroo's! A total of 198 birds have been recorded here making it a birdwatchers paradise.

From Kangaroo Valley your return journey to Sydney is 158 kilometers and will take you approximately a 2 hours.

This is just a taste of what's on offer. Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Southern Highlands for yourself. All you'll need is a car!

Reference: Mairead Foley writes for where you can book car hire at airports, ferry ports, rail stations, cities and towns all over the world.

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