Bowral captures attention with ease. Spotted at the base of Mount Gibraltar, the town exudes elegance thanks to its bountiful gardens. The best time to visit is September-October for the annual Tulip Time festival. Or head to Bowral Lookout to admire these colourful surrounds.
The life of Australian sporting legend Sir Donald Bradman is extensively celebrated in Bowral. The Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame delves into all matters bat and ball.
Goulburn is Australia's first inland city and has a compelling past that can be relived on one of many heritage walking or driving trails. St Saviour's Cathedral and Sts Peter & Pauls' Old Cathedral display wonderful examples of grand architecture. Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre provides another glimpse into the past.
The Big Merino allows more than just an obligatory photo – retrace the history of wool in Australia and purchase wool products. Or enjoy a refreshing beer at the historical Goulburn Brewery.
Nearby Bungonia National Park is a gem-filled Capital Country find with its caves, waterfalls, and endless supply of glittering views.
Yass is another welcoming town where an absorbing past can be revisited along heritage trails. A visit to Cooma Cottage is essential as it reveals the feats of famous explorer Hamilton Hume.
A rich offering of wineries around Yass form part of the Canberra District wine region, an exceptional cool-climate area that has earned many awards.
The charming town of Young also earns attention for its grapes and is at the heart of the Hilltops wine region. However, cherries are its trademark and the National Cherry Festival each December proudly showcases Young’s love for this fruit. Wander through the Chinese Tribute Garden, which is a leading Young attraction.