Given travel is restricted right now, travelling too far afield isn’t really on the cards for most so it’s a great opportunity to explore regional Australia. One of my favourite spots in NSW is without a doubt the Southern Highlands. We have a farm in the area so we’ll often pick the girls up from school on a Friday and drive down for the weekend. And you’re guaranteed to find us there most of the time during school holidays.
It definitely holds a special place in my heart as my family and I have spent so much time there over the years but I also love coming back time and time again because there’s so much to see and do. From the great food and wine to fantastic shopping and beautiful surrounds and spending time in the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re in Sydney like I am, it’s only and hour and a half drive but when you get there it feels like such a different world. So, if you’re looking for your next weekend away, check it out, and be sure to stop in at some of my fave spots to shop, eat and have fun. Here’s what to do in the Southern Highlands.
Where to shop
Located in Moss Vale, I love going here to go furniture shopping. So many great pieces.
If you’re into antiques definitely check this place out. I’ve found so many hidden gems.
This is an amazing antique market located in Bowral which has the best in vintage pieces. There are over 50 dealers and you can find everything from furnishings, to ornaments and jewellery.
I’d described this as a treasure trove of antiques. If you love antiquing then the Southern Highlands is definitely a great destination for you.
Where to eat
This is my favourite place for a casual dinner. It’s family-friendly and the food is delicious! My kids love the pizza and pasta and not to forget the Nutella pizza for dessert!
We go here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s Italian and the food is great. It’s also right next to Harris Farm so I always stop in before or after my weekly shop.
Our property is near Mittagong so we often go to the Station Coffee House for breakfast or lunch. From burgers to salads it’s the prefect casual cafe lunch spot.
for the authentic burger and shake experience. the kids love it with the old school booths and diner.
Located in the Bendooley Estate winery, we love stopping for a pizza here and perusing the books in the book shop.
Located in Moss Vale, this cafe does great coffee and is right next door to Suzie Anderson Home so it’s always a good place to visit.
This restaurant has a Japanese style dining room so it’s a a fun way to eat with friends. Everything on the menu is delicious.
This is my favourite for Sunday lunch. I love stopping by for a cheese or charcuterie platter and a glass of wine. It’s particularly nice on a beautiful day. Book a table outside and let the kids run around the beautiful lawns. Onesta Cucina is the restaurant onsite and it’s my go-to for a special occasion dinner.
I love this spot as it’s perfect for a long Sunday lunch. It has a cellar door too, so it’s perfect for wine tasting too.
I can’t go past this spot for amazing pastries and cakes. Everything’s so tasty that don’t be surprised if you’re back for repeat visits
What to do
We keep our family ponies here and love taking the girls whenever we’re in the area as they have such a great time riding. They offer riding lessons, trail rides and/or riding camps so perfect for keeping the kids occupied.
Trail walk at Fitzroy Falls
Going for long bushwalks is something we like doing as a family and I highly recommend this spot. It’s so beautiful and the waterfalls are breathtaking.
Parents usually are often big fans of this spot as they have animals for the kids to pat. There is also a farm shop, organic market garden and grass-fed cattle butchery, if you want to pick up some beautiful, fresh produce.
Grab a drink and settle down for the afternoon. It’s a good spot for lunch too. And the scenery is just gorgeous.