Australia has highlands?! I thought Scotland was the only country with highlands. Obviously, I have been watching a bit too much Outlander lately. I mean really who can’t get enough of Jamie Fraser?
Anyways, Australia does have its own highlands, located in New South Wales about 100 kilometers southwest of Sydney. Therefore, they are aptly named the Southern Highlands. The Southern Highlands is home to beautiful wineries, historic towns, and national parks.
On our way home from Canberra last weekend we drove through the Southern Highlands and made a few stops along the way. From Canberra, we had an early start with the plan to stop at the Big Merino in Goulburn and in Berrima for breakfast. Coffee’s in hand we hit the road. On our road trip, we passed Lake George, which really is and isn’t a lake at all. The lake does not really have any water in it, the lake is endorheic meaning that there is no outflow of water to other external bodies of water, such as rivers or oceans, but converges instead into lakes or swamps, permanent or seasonal, that equilibrate through evaporation. The unique thing about Lake George is that it relies solely on rainfall to fill it.
The Big Merino
Our first stop was Goulburn, to visit the Big Merino. Australia is home to a number of big things so whenever we are near I try and stop to get a photo and tick it off my list. You can check out my list of Australia’s Big Things here.
Cherry Tree Hill Winery
Our second stop was not scheduled, in fact, while we were driving down the highway Patrick and Brad (Patrick’s Dad) saw a sign for the best Reisling in New South Wales and decided we had to stop. So here we are 10 am on a Sunday morning going for wine tasting! The vineyard we stopped at is called Cherry Tree Hill Winery, and the views here were absolutely stunning. The lady running the cellar door was amazing and we were able to try some of the Cherry Tree Hill’s best wine. We ended up buying a few bottles of the Reisling and got back on the highway headed for Berrima.
We finally made it to Berrima, a small historic town in the Southern Highlands. Here we stopped for breakfast at a cute cafe and afterward, we walked around and visited the cute shops in the village. I liked Berrima it really took me back to the country and the simple lifestyle. After living in Newcastle and visiting multiple cities you forget how nice it is to be out and away from everything.
Our trip through the Southern Highlands was brief, but it made quite the impression and I definitely want to go back to explore more of this beautiful part of New South Wales.
Have you been to the Southern Highlands? If so what would you recommend?