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                                         UPFRONT | Southern Highlands
  OUR TOWNS AND VILLAGES
THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS IS MADE UP OF MANY TOWNS AND VILLAGES, EACH WITH ITS OWN UNIQUE CHARACTER, CHARM AND ATTRACTIONS. HERE’S A CHEAT SHEET SO YOU CAN GET ACQUAINTED WITH JUST SOME OF THEM. TO DISCOVER MORE, AND FOR MORE DETAIL, MAPS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION, VISIT DESTINATION SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (SOUTHERN-HIGHLANDS.COM.AU).
  BURRAWANG
Quaint and historical, Burrawang boasts old world charm, country hospitality
and one of the best NAPLAN achieving primary schools in New South Wales. The newly renovated Burrawang Village Hotel, with its huge grassy lawns overlooking rolling hills, is a popular accommodation and dining spot. As is the award winning Burrawang General Store Cafe across the road, with its great food served all day long and restored self contained accommodation. The 1883 School of Arts building in the main Hoddle Street plays host to the village’s annual ball and the not to be missed Easter markets, which are a highlight
of the Highlands market calendar and attract more than 10,000 visitors.
EXETER
The historic Exeter Village Hall and adjoining park and oval lie at the heart of picturesque Exeter, a village of leafy streets and grand rows of trees. Local treasure the Exeter General Store performs its role as bookshop, post office, gourmet cafe and food store admirably. If browsing is on the cards, you’ll find The Village Pump Antiques is worth a look. The Exeter village markets are held on the first Saturday of each month in the grounds of the village oval.
BERRIMA
This pretty 1830s village has history
(the heritage Old Berrima Gaol, iconic Berrima Courthouse and National Trust listed Harper’s Mansion); nature (the Wingecarribee River runs through it); fantastic food (Eschalot, Josh’s Cafe
and Feast at Berrima, plus excellent patisseries, cafes, local makers and artisans) as well as Australia’s oldest continuously licensed inn, the Surveyor General. The Berrima Schoolyard Market is held on the fourth Sunday of every month from February to November in the grounds of the local primary school.
SUTTON FOREST
It might be small but Sutton Forest has stuff going on with Montrose Berry Farm, where you can pick your own berries in summer, The Everything Store, which lives up to its name, and the stunning Red Cow Farm gardens with its recently opened seasonal garden shop, definitely worth a visit or two.
HILL TOP
This northern village has a rich history
as a former railway town and is now gateway to Australia’s largest rail museum, Trainworks at Thirlmere. Don’t miss the exhilarating Cave Creek walking track too.
FITZROY FALLS
The tiny village of Fitzroy Falls, surrounded by farmland and wilderness, takes its name from the 81 metre waterfall in adjoining Morton National Park. The nearby Belmore Falls are equally spectacular. Head to the
Fitzroy Falls picnic area for great
views of the falls and for bird watching opportunities – you’ll experience the sounds of lyrebirds if you’re lucky. The deck at the Falls Cafe is a great spot for refreshments as is the nearby Fitzroy Falls General Store.
JOADJA
An area of farms and bushland on the periphery of the Southern Highlands, Joadja is steeped in history, once home to more than 1000 Scottish immigrants who mined shale oil in the late 1800s. The success of Joadja Estate winery, and more recently Joadja Distillery,
has firmly put Joadja on the map.
CANYONLEIGH
Made up of large rural properties, Canyonleigh lies at an altitude of
700 metres and is fast gaining a reputation as a wine producing area of the Highlands. Situated on the drier western edge of the region, it is a great place to spot native wildlife.
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