The Southern Highlands of Sydney is where the countryside blooms and blossoms. The city life subsides and is replaced by glorious countryside, heritage gardens, pristine national parks, rolling hills and a quaint, laid-back lifestyle befitting a place similar to an English or French countryside.
The Southern Highlands is around 110km from the Sydney CBD and had a population of just under 48,000 in 2016. The region is one of the fastest growing when it comes to house prices. The Southern Highlands real estate median house price increased 26% in 2020-21 to average around $2.5 million in some areas.
Things to see and do in the Southern Highlands
The Southern Highlands is home to several smaller towns, each with its own unique history and place in the hearts of Sydneysiders and Australians more broadly. Bowral, for example, hosts the International Cricket Hall of Fame, featuring a fair few of Australia's national cricketing heroes. Corbett Gardens in Bowral plays host to the Tulip Time Festival - where over 100,000 tulips are planted annually. Close by is Burradoo, a suburb home to many historic manor houses as well as large modern architectural homes on small acreages. Berrima is another little village tucked away from it all. It happens to be the oldest Georgian settlement in Australia, with a history stretching back centuries.
Wine connoisseurs unite in the Southern Highlands dozen or so wineries - chief among them being the world-renowned Artemis pinot noir. The climate of the Southern Highlands makes it an excellent environment to grow grapes and make wine.
If you're looking to escape the city and live a quieter life, then any one of the small villages that make up the Southern Highlands may be the perfect place to live. Perhaps take a road trip for a weekend and explore the magic of the Highlands, you never know, you may never want to leave.