New South Wales (Southern NSW)
Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands are a cool climate retreat with rambling homesteads and colonial mansions just 1/2 hours south west of Sydney. History is alive in places such as Berrima, a fine example of an 1830s Australian village. In Bowral, where cricketer Sir Donald Bradman lived as a boy, cricket aficionados should not miss the Bradman Oval and Museum.

Other towns include Mittagong, Moss Vale, Bundanoon and Robertson with their tea rooms, craft centres and antique shops. Near Bundanoon, visitors can explore Wombeyan Caves, and Morton National Park and its waterfalls is just a short drive from Robertson. 

There are guesthouses and luxury resorts with country comforts such as fine food, garden and wilderness walks, golf and horse riding. It's popular to travel there via the South Coast and take the signposted turn off near Berry.

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  • Michelago Tourist Railway
    The Michelago Tourist Railway (MTR) opened on April 26th, 1993, and operates on part of the former State Rail Authority line to Bombala in southern New South Wales. Most of the MTR lies within New South Wales (in fact the line is the border between the ACT and NSW for much of its length). The Australian Railway Historical Society holds a lease on this line as far as Michelago, about 48 kilometres (30 miles) south of Canberra. Since October 1996, the Society has had running rights between Canberra and Queanbeyan, which has meant that we no longer require the services of State Rail Authority drivers, guards or signalmen to operate our trains. Our qualified members can now crew our trains in and out of Canberra and Queanbeyan stations, as well as on our line to Michelago.


  • Highland Festival (April)
    The town of Bundanoon becomes the Scottish town of Brigadoon during a day long celebration with highland games, parades, pipe bands and stalls.

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