April 1, 2019 / By Rosie Stevens
It’s no secret that the Southern Highlands makes a beautiful getaway destination all year round, but there’s something particularly special about this idyllic collection of towns as the seasons turn colder. Autumn brings hues of deep red and gold to the region’s colonial heritage charm, gardens and diverse landscape, offering a wealth of things to do and see.
Here’s what’s on in the Southern Highlands this autumn.
Wine Harvest Feast (image above)
The arrival of autumn means it’s grape-picking time in the Southern Highlands, and the locals like to celebrate the wine harvest with a long lunch at the award-winning boutique Far Ago Hill Vineyard in Canyonleigh.
This vineyard has no cellar door for public access, so it’s a unique opportunity to experience a stunning private vineyard as the autumn colours start to flood the highlands. You’ll feast on a gastronomic exploration of local produce surrounded by music, conversation and breath-taking views. The cost is $175 for a long three-course lunch, wine and entertainment. Sold!
Where: Far Ago Hill Vineyard, Canyonleigh
When: Saturday 23 March 2019 from 12.30–3.30pm
Set in the heart of the Southern Highlands, the Bowral Autumn Music Festival has firmly cemented itself as one of the region’s annual highlights. This popular celebration of music attracts leading Australian and international chamber musicians, with its mixture of classical as well as contemporary Australian chamber music. Whatever your tastes, it promises to be an exciting three day festival for all to enjoy!
Where: Church of St Simon & St Jude, 38 Bendooley Street, Bowral
When: 29–31 March 2019
Bundanoon Highland Gathering Festival (image above)
The 42nd annual Highland Gathering Festival is where Bundanoon becomes Brigadoon for a day! If you're looking for the perfect family day out then head to Australia's favourite Scottish Highland Gathering; bringing classic Scotland down under, with a wee bit of classic Aussie flavour.
You can enjoy a street parade with marching pipe bands, children's decorated floats, The Tartan Warriors: Bundanoon Stones of Manhood, Mary Kiani: Scottish Singer, Bob MacInnes and Friends: Fiddlers performing in the Fiddlers Tent, Scottish Highland and country dancing, plus 120 speciality crafts, souvenirs and food stalls.
Where: 62 Erith Street, Bundanoon
When: Saturday 6 April 2019
Taking place on Easter Saturday, 20 April, the Burrawang Easter Market is one of the longest running markets in the Southern Highlands and makes a great day out for the whole family, especially for those that love browsing a huge range of stalls!
Spanning locally grown food products, art and crafts, gardening tools, clothing and jewellery, there are over 150 stalls to choose from at Burrawang, alongside rides, face painting and farm animals to look at. A true family day out!
Where: Hoddle Street, Burrawang
When: Saturday 20 April 2019
Forest Bathing With Wildfest (image above)
Want to try something different over the Easter long weekend? Well, Forest Therapy could be the answer! Forest bathing is the research-based practice of creating physical and psychological wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments, lead by a certified Nature and Forest Therapy guide.
An experience offered through Wildfest — the nature tourism company that is bringing glamping and nature-based activities through the Southern Highlands and into the ACT, forest bathing promises to be a memorable experience for all.
Where: Meeting place is Robertson
When: Saturday 20 April 2019, 10am–12pm or 2–4pm
A Butcher, A Baker, A Bunch Of Makers at Berrima District Museum
Celebrating the talented artisans of the Southern Highlands, the Berrima District Museum brings you a beautiful exhibition in its new digital gallery, showcasing the very best of local art, design, food and wine. The exhibition utilises state of the art technology to bring to life the stories of the artisans in their own words, allowing you to discover the most interesting makers in the region and see beautiful artwork created especially for the exhibition.
Where: Berrima District Museum
When: 20 February – 31 July 2019
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