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Bowral
Travel Guide

The largest town in the Southern Highlands has grand colonial manors, elegant English gardens, a piece of Australian cricket history and wild forest reserves.

Bowral is a historic town at the foot of stunning Mount Gibraltar, famous for its reputation as a holiday getaway for the wealthy during New South Wales’ early settlement. Today, Bowral features several grand old buildings, stunning manor estates and beautifully maintained gardens.

Stroll along historic Bendooley Street to see heritage architecture dating back to the late 1800s. Observe magnificent double-storey manors and charming 19th-century cottages. Visit Corbett Gardens, located in the town centre. This stunning park showcases myriad displays of flowers throughout the year. See pretty bulb flowers blooming in autumn and a breathtaking mass of tulips flowering in spring. Find out which grand manor is hosting an open garden session and visit some of the charming estates dotted throughout Bowral.

Sit down for a cup of coffee or a glass of regional wine at the heritage Grand Hotel, built in 1888, a traditional colonial establishment with wide awnings. Visit the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, which illustrates the history of the game and honours famous cricketers throughout history. In the warmer months, watch a local match on Bradman Oval.

Grab a bike and ride from the town centre to a pretty trail running alongside the Wingecarribee River. Bushwalkers can explore the exciting trails around the Gibbergunyah Reserve or climb to vantage points at Bowral Lookout, Mount Jellore Lookout and the Mount Gibraltar peak. Bowral has two public golf courses.

Visit in September for the annual Wingecarribee Arts & Crafts Fair and Bowral’s famous Tulip Time Festival. In May, catch the Southern Highlands Antique Fair, the Autumn Garden Festival and the Classical Jazz & Ragtime Festival.

Bowral is approximately a 1.5-hour drive from Sydney and can be reached on the Southern Highlands Railway Line in 2.5 hours. Select from a wide variety of accommodation options, from a resort to casual private lodgings. With quaint open gardens to year-round sports and museums, Bowral has interesting attractions at any time of year.

Where to stay in Bowral

Berrima Bakehouse Motel
Berrima Bakehouse Motel
3.5 out of 5
19 Old Hume Highway, (entrance via Wingecarribee St), Berrima, NSW
The price is ¥10,822 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Berrima, this motel is steps from Berrima Gaol and Berrima Courthouse. Harper's Mansion and Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (670 reviews)

"Great facility in Berrima near to all the eating and dining facilities"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Berrima Bakehouse Motel
Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
4.5 out of 5
Boronia Street (off Centennial Road), Bowral, NSW
The price is ¥21,038 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Corbett Gardens, Centennial Vineyards, and Mount Gibraltar Reserve. International Cricket ...

4.3/5Excellent! (634 reviews)

"The bedding is really comfortable. But we are not happy to see the waitress wiped the food on the table to the floor when cleaning up. The waitress who was serving at the breakfast today needs to pay attention to her outfit. Please make sure they are clean. We definitely to come back."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral
Berida Hotel
Berida Hotel
4 out of 5
6 David Street, Bowral, NSW
The price is ¥11,730 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Located in the heart of Bowral, this golf guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bowral Golf Course, Corbett Gardens, and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Mount ...

4/5Very Good! (983 reviews)

"Its heritage building was interesting. They could use better parking facilities. The restaurant was also booked out for the night we checked in (they only had 5:30 or 8:30pm slots -so being warned upfront on booking would have helped as nothing else was open that night we had to resort to take away ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Berida Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Loch Lomond - Last Minute Weekend Special!
Loch Lomond - Last Minute Weekend Special!
Bowral, NSW

Located in Bowral, this family-friendly vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from International Cricket Hall of Fame, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Corbett Gardens ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Beautiful peaceful property.

"Loch Lomond is the perfect place to stay if you're looking for a peaceful relaxing break-away. The grounds of the property are amazing with beautiful tall gum trees and an abundance of native birdlife, not to mention the pool for lazing around on a hot day. There's a comfy sofa on the verandah to ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Loch Lomond - Last Minute Weekend Special!
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
4 out of 5
9 Kangaloon Road, Heritage Park, Bowral, NSW
The price is ¥17,784 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Situated in Bowral, this golf apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bowral Golf Course and Corbett Gardens. International Cricket Hall of Fame and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (223 reviews)
Excellent place to stay.

"I was 30 mins early and they still let me check in early. It wasnt a problem for them. Reception was amazing and willing to answer any questions we had. The rooms where a decent size and everything was clean.Easy 5 minute walk to town centre."…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

The Sebel Bowral Heritage Park
Old Bowral Charm - Aitken Adventure
Old Bowral Charm - Aitken Adventure
Bowral, NSW
The price is ¥11,654 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in Bowral, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Bowral Golf Course and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Corbett Gardens and Mount Gibraltar ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Great cosy stay.

"Would definitely stay here again if passing through Bowral. Clean and good value"…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Old Bowral Charm - Aitken Adventure
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Nov 27, 2019

Had a lovely time at the Cricket Museum. Very interesting history of a sport that we understand poorly. It was fun to see a local match in the oval after our visit.

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