BOWRAL At A Glance
There’s a reason why this Southern Highlands town has long been capturing the attention of Sydney’s elite and creative community – a rugged landscaped tamed by English-style gardens, exquisite culinary offerings, cool-climate vineyards, cellar doors and estate homes – Bowral is all about the finer things in life.
Fine country living in a cool-climate region that celebrates all seasons.
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During the 1880s residents started planting European deciduous trees to make Bowral look more English.
Situated in the foothills of Mount Gibraltar, Bowral has a distinct lifestyle that celebrates the area’s natural beauty, culinary offerings and creative flare. Once a Southern Highlands retreat for Sydney’s wealthy gentry, Bowral retains an allure that locals and Sydneysiders find hard to resist.
Beautiful year round, Bowral’s European-style gardens and rural landscapes have long captured the imagination of creatives and literary figures. The changing seasons reveal Bowral’s hidden gems. The Autumn Garden Festival showcases the warm colours of falling leaves. Winter brings light snowfalls and open gardens, whilst spring is the time for vibrant colours at the Tulip Festival. Come summer, cricket fans look to the Sir Donald Bradman Oval – the home of the Australian sporting icon.
Running through the region’s largest town is Bong Bong Street. Bong Bong and surrounding streets are lined with gourmet bakeries and patisseries, boutique shopping, antique dealers, art galleries, bookstores and an independent cinema. Gastro pubs are social hubs, as are a profusion of cafés that offer home-style comforts.
If all that wasn’t enough, Bowral is also home to prestigious schools and verdant golf courses. Look a little further out of town and you will find cool-climate vineyards, estate homes surrounded by sprawling grounds and boutique dining experiences.
Boasting all the elements of an elegant, rural lifestyle, Bowral remains the place to indulge in fine, country living.
Popular with the affluent and well-heeled, Bowral is home to a long list of influential Australians – Don Bradman, Sir Edmund Barton, John Olsen, Andrew Denton, Jimmy Barnes, Bryce Courtenay, Ita Buttrose and Peter Garett to name a few.
More and more young, established families have been moving in among the empty nesters and retirees. They are drawn to the slower pace and fine country living – all within an easy 1.5-hour commute to Sydney’s CBD.
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Bowral prides itself on its manicured European style gardens. This is apparent in private gardens and more public spaces, such as Corbett Gardens, which becomes the focal point of the annual Tulip Festival in Spring. Autumn is also a busy time in the gardens with a festival celebrating the changing colours of the season.
It’s no secret that Bowral has some pretty impressive homes. Some have been converted into luxury retreats, while others remain private residences. Quaint cottages that sit on large blocks and modern architect-designed abodes all play their part in defining the streetscapes of this beautiful country town.
For a long-time the Southern Highlands have been a favourite weekend destination for affluent Sydneysiders, many choosing to have their country retreat here. Beautiful cottages and grand estate homes which echo a bygone era are still popular with Sydney’s elite – some are being repurposed into beautiful weekend getaways and spa retreats. Werrington Street and Ranelagh and Centennial Roads offer a glimpse of the beautiful homes and streetscapes for which Bowral is renowned for.
Parts of Bowral are still relatively affordable with new estate areas which attract Sydneysiders to the beautiful highlands, making Bowral their permanent base. Drive out towards the historic village of Berrima or down towards Moss Vale and Kangaroo Valley and you will pass grand estate homes and cool-climate vineyards and cellar doors