Long Weekend in the Southern Highlands

Posted by Elizabeth McNeil on

The Southern Highlands is only 2 hours drive from Sydney, but enough to give you rolling hills and fresh air – perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Bustling with cafes, country pubs and wineries there’s plenty to do. So here’s a break down of a long weekend spent in the highlands.

Leave early Friday afternoon so you have a quick drive down. Once you take the turn off for the Mittagong you’ll instantly feel yourself relax as you drive down tree lined boulevard leading into the small country town. 
We suggest staying at Pepper’s Manor House in Sutton Forest for that authentic country house feel. Relax by the open fires, or take a walk in the beautiful gardens, you’ll love the luxe country charm of this place.
Once checked in head down the road to Southern Highlands Wine (only a few minutes drive) for a wine tasting and pick up a bottle to take back with you.

Take a look and see if there are any local markets on in the morning you can visit. Nothing gets you feeling the country spirit more than a local market. Pick up some fresh produce, or just chatter with the locals.
If you’re feeling like a walk, take the car 20minutes to Fitzroy Falls for some bush walks accompanied by stunning waterfall views. 
From here it will only be a 10minute drive to the small town of Burrawang, featuring one of the best country pubs around. Sit out the back and take in the surround rolling hills, while enjoying something yummy. Burrawang Pub is gorgeous!

After a sleepy morning wake yourself up by heading into nearby Bowral (15minutes) for a coffee at Red Tree Café. Then walk the streets and take in the scattered vintage stores – especially Dirty Janes! They have a large warehouse out the back filled with amazing finds. Perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday.
After checking out of Pepper’s Manor House, finish this amazing weekend off with a late lunch at the Book Barn at Bendooley Estate (we suggest you book!). Featuring exposed timber beams, cathedral ceilings and rustic pendant lights hanging down, this place is simply gorgeous. You can’t go wrong by sharing one of their wood fire pizzas with a glass of wine.

You will definitely be sad to leave this relaxing, country weekend escape. But there is so much more to do in the Southern Highlands – so you can always go back.

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