"IN THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS" Bowral by balhannah
Bowral Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 198 photos
The name Bowral was derived from Bowrel, which was the Aboriginal name given to the area. Bowrel is thought to have meant "large" or "high", referring to Mt Gibraltar, the nearby Mountain which has quite a few excellent lookouts.
Once the railway line had been completed, Bowral soon became a summer holiday retreat for many wealthy Sydney residents. These Sydneysiders had come to the area to not only get away from Sydney, but due the Southern Highlands' cooler climate, to escape the often scorching and humid Sydney summers.
Left behind are magnificent mansions and spacious gardens containing many European deciduous and evergreen trees, exotic plants and flowering annuals.
This area is a "gardeners delight," my only wish is that more of the private homes would open up their gardens for the public to view.
With the Southern Highlands having very distinct seasons, the best time to visit Bowral would be during either autumn or spring.
During autumn, the trees explode with bright reds and oranges, and the air is crisp, nice to sit around the wood fire in the evenings.
Spring, and the area is in full bloom with springtime annuals such as the popular tulip, and many of the local gardens become open to the Public, including one of the most esteemed gardens in the world, the famous Milton Park.
This area is beautiful in Spring, and this year (2009) I had the chance to visit many of the open gardens in the area.
Bowral is also of interest to Cricketing fans who would remember it for where Sir Donald Bradman lived as a child for a short time.
The Bradman Museum of Cricket is located next to Bradman oval.
Located in the pretty Southern Highlands, 126kms from Sydney, Bowral and the surrounding towns are worth a visit or a longer stay.
On these pages, I have included the nearby towns of .........
MITTAGONG, BUNDANOON, MOSS VALE & BERRIMA,
........as they are all in close proximity to Bowral.
- Pros:Beautiful Mansions and gardens
- In a nutshell:I love this pretty area and the changes of the seasons
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