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Bowral is situated on the southern side of Mt Gibraltar or "The Gib" as locals fondly call it. A climb to the summit should not be missed as the peak affords fine views of Bowral and Mittagong below and of the breathtaking scenery of the rest of the Southern Highlands beyond. The mountain is ringed with well marked walking tracks and picnic facilities.
Bowral, then known as Wingecarribee, was originally the site of the property of Surveyor General and explorer, John Oxley. His son subdivided the land and established a private village which grew steadily, first catering to the needs of the newly arrived railway workers and then after the railway was operating, as a handy holiday resort for tourists from Sydney.|
It fast became the commercial centre of the Southern Highlands and today is still the preferred spot for a relaxing weekend away for thousands of Sydneysiders and others each year.
Many of Bowral's earlier visitors built stately mansions for their summer escapes and some of these historic homes together with their magnificent gardens can be appreciated by visitors today. The conversion of some of these homes to tourist accommodation provides popular venues for a relaxed and opulent stay.
Other buildings, commercial, official and churches, of historical interest are found throughout the town, restored to their original splendour.
Eating in Bowral is a delight with a good range of cuisines, ambiences and prices. From a cappuccino and snack whilst shopping to a night out on the town with silver service and good wine, you'll find just the right venue in Bowral.
Accommodation is offered with a wide variety available. The upmarket resorts are mostly located in examples of the aforementioned stately homes and many older and charming guest houses also open their doors with a warm country welcome to tourists. Other accommodation includes motels and licensed hotels, apartments and lodges, caravan and camping areas.
Natural attractions around the area are easily accessible and will top off a good all round short break or an extended stay in Bowral.