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January 2014

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Illawarra Folk Festival Ice Escape in the Shoalhaven Picton Rodeo Dining Guide Markets Wine Trail What's On

Ice Escape

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Looking for some cool fun this summer? Try the Ice Escape at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre After the overwhelming positive feedback in 2013, the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre is giving you another chance to go ice skating! For two and a half huge weeks in January 2014 the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre will be home to a world class indoor ice skating rink measuring 25 by 15 metres. There will be 60 minute ice skating sessions every day, plus much more. There will be Wednesday night ice skating sessions for advanced skaters.

Thursday nights will host a two hour U18’s ice skating disco session. Friday nights will host a two hour retro ice skating session and Saturday nights will host a two hour ice skating session featuring movie clips. There will also be Camp Chillin’, which provides supervised day care between 9am – 4:30pm, Thursdays and Fridays. The Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre will also be providing an opportunity to have a private ice skating party. The ICE CAVE party is recommended for

ages between 4-12 yrs, they include a 60 minute ice skating session and party food. On Friday 10 January a special Ice Cube Dinner will be available. The package includes; 45 minute Retro themed ice skating session, followed by a 2 course dinner and 2 hour beverage package. During your meal continue to watch the retro ice skating session and listen to the cool retro tunes!

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Monthly Market Guide

Robertson Market

A guide to local art & craft, fresh produce, collectables & more. Coledale School Markets

Cobbitty Market

Stalls, BBQ & devonshire teas available 1st Sat (except Jan & Feb) 8-1pm Cobbitty Public School, Cobbitty Ph: 0438 512 728

4th Sunday (except Dec) 9-4pm. Coledale School. Ocean location. Hand-made, handgrown products & collectables. Buskers welcome. Ph: 0425 277 118

Bronzewing Markets

Camden Fresh Produce Market

2nd Sat (except Jan) 8:30am to 1:30pm Uniting Church Thirlmere Way, Tahmoor A great local market selling crafts as well as plants. Ph: 4681 8627

Camden Lion's Market

Large quantity varied stalls 3rd Sat (except Jan) 9am – 1pm Camden Showground Argyle St. Ph: 0417 230 418

2nd & 4th Sat 7 – 12 noon. Fresh local produce, gourmet food, plants, flowers, coffee and cakes. Camden Town Farm. Cnr Exeter and John Sts. Ph: 0477 224 881

Bundanoon Village Market

Over 40 stalls of gourmet goodies, fresh produce, plants & art & craft. 1st & 3rd Sun (except Jan) 8.30am-2.30pm. Bundanoon Hall. Railway Ave. Ph: 0430 391 941

Lots of stalls. Good food & refreshments 2nd Sun (except Jan) 9am -3pm School of Arts. Hoddle St Robertson. Ph: 0408238575 or 0248851381 after 5pm

Lilac City Country Market

Local art, craft & produce, planta, bric-abrac & cakes. Activities for kids. 1st Sat (except Jan) Montague St, Goulburn Ph: 4821 1839

Wollongong Produce & Creative Traders Every Friday 9-3pm Crown St Mall.

Freshly made & grown produce. World food to eat. Art, crafts & music. Ph: 0425 277 118 or email: admin@wollongongmarkets.com

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4th Sat 9am-2pm (except Dec) Village Hall Colo Vale Ph: 4889 4390

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The Illawarra from the Fly

From the Editor January Get into the holiday spirit in the Southern Highlands during January. We begin the new year with a host of events and things to do that will be sure to capture the interest of visitors and locals alike. Early in the month there will be thrills and spills in Picton when the town hosts the annual Picton Rodeo. The event is not just a Rodeo but a day and evening of entertainment and fun during a full 19 event, adrenalin pumped Rodeo. In the Wollongong region, the Illawarra Folk Club will hold its annual award winning Folk Festival, offering an eclectic mix of music from a variety of cultures and styles. This year's featured artist will be Archie Roach.

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again! Lots of fun and entertainment plus the usual parade and awards ceremony will make this event in Berrima a day not to be missed. Take the opportunity to play on a world class skating rink at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in January. This huge, two and a half week program, includes night skating, skating disco, ice skating to movie clips and more. Organise a party for the 4-12 year olds and let them enjoy the Ice Cave and party food. As you travel throughout our scenically diverse region, be sure to carry your iMag with you and have a safe and happy stay!

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Contents Markets 4 'Must See' Attractions 14 Map 16-17 22-23 Wine Trail Dining Guide 24 What's On 25 TOWNS Campbelltown, Camden 7 Wollondilly 11 Mittagong & Bowral 12 Berrima & Moss Vale 18 Robertson 26 Goulburn 28 Wollongong 31 FEATURED EVENTS Ice Escape Illawarra Folk Festival Picton Rodeo Australia Day in Berrima

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Macarthur Summer Enjoy a

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What will you do? Explore the Australian Botanic Garden View the latest exhibition at the Arts Centre Book a seat on the Macarthur Food Tour Book a place on the Progressive Wine Luncheon Take a stroll along one of our Heritage Trails Fly over Macarthur on a scenic joy flight Bushwalk the Georges River Get outdoors with paintball or laser skirmish Picnic in a local park Go horse riding Visit a museum Watch a movie Peruse the local markets Visit Gledswood Homestead for a Day on the Farm Pick up the pace at Fastlane Karting Play a round of golf Have a day at the races in Menangle Take the kids to indoor play centres or mini golf Shop till you drop Dine in style at High Tea Go bowling Watch a local theatre performance Sample local wines at cellar doors

For a full list of events and further information, contact Destination Macarthur Ph: 1800 655 991 E: info@macarthur.com.au

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Camden Town Farm

Macarthur

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Camden, Narellan, Campbelltown Macarthur - the best of both worlds! Where can you find a vibrant city with modern delights, enjoy the tranquillity of nature reserves and historic charm, but also revel in adrenalin packed activities. Macarthur is less than an hour’s drive south-west of Sydney and includes the cities of Campbelltown and historic Camden. Throughout the region, the history of colonial settlement is reflected in the large number of heritage listed buildings; Camden Park House and Macarthur Park are fine examples of 19C architecture prevelent in the area. The Macarthur district played a significant role in the birth of the Australian Wool, Wine and Wheat industries. History books tell us that John Macarthur was responsible for our success as producers of fine Merino Wool, but historical records show that Elizabeth Macarthur, his wife, played a larger role than he did. John & Elizabeth Macarthur established convict built Belgenny Farm on part of the original 5000 acres granted to the family by Lord Camden in 1805. Today, Belgenny Farm is a major educational centre with direct links to our agricultural history. It offers specialised educational and environmental tours, giving young people and special interest groups a chance to learn about agriculture and its history in NSW. Macarthur is rich in history but also in art & culture. There is a diverse range of cultural venues including

a number of small boutique art galleries such as Struggletown Fine Arts Complex. Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Campbelltown Entertainment and Exhibition Centre are the entertainment heart of Macarthur. Macarthur is bordered by scenic hills, nature reserves and the Georges and Nepean Rivers. The beauty of the nature reserves and wildlife trails will surprise and delight with spectacular flowing streams, rock escarpments and native flora and fauna. For a superb day out, visit one of Macarthur's most interesting attractions; Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan offers a lovely family day out in the midst of 416 hectares of Australian bushland. The facility includes picnic areas, a restaurant, over 10 kilometres of walking tracks and a native flora research facility and NSW Seedbank. VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Campbelltown VIC 15 Old Menangle Rd, Campbelltown Ph 4645 4921 www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au

What to See & Do Campbelltown Arts Centre Japanese Gardens and Teahouse Mount Annan Botanic Garden Fine dining at our many cafes and restaurants Boutique shopping & markets Macarthur Square – shopping, leisure, dining and entertainment complex Horse riding, Laser Skirmish Joy flights, Hot Air Ballooning and Skydiving Major Regional Festivals Fisher's Ghost Festival Ingleburn Alive Camden Antique Fair Camden Festival New Year's Eve Celebrations

Campbelltown visitor information centre

CAMDEN INFORMATION CENTRE 'John Oxley Cottage' Camden Valley Way, Elderslie Ph 4658 1370 www.camden.nsw.gov.au

4645 4921 ...will take you there!

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Look No Further Than Macarthur

COBBITTY VILLAGE

MARKETS

The Original Country Market First Saturday of each month (Except January and February)

8am-1pm BBQ and devonshire teas available

100 Stalls Cobbitty Public School Grounds Cobbitty Road, Cobbitty

Ph: 0438 512 728 www.cobbittymarkets.com.au

Finding an interesting weekend getaway that the whole family can enjoy may seem like an impossible task but, rest assured, families travelling to the Macarthur region will find activities aplenty. Located just 45 minutes from the Southern Highlands, Macarthur offers a great combination of modern urban action and rural relaxation. It is an ideal location for a day trip, short break or weekend getaway. Craving some adventure? Enjoy a gallop across the countryside at one of the region’s horse riding venues; take a spin around the go-kart track Michael Schumacher style (we have both indoor and outdoor tracks) or test your mountain biking skills at The Australian Botanic Garden’s Enduro Trial - an international standard, purpose built mountain bike trail

which provides hours of fun for riders of all standards. For hands-on fun join in a workshop at the Campbelltown Arts Centre and afterwards, head next door to the Japanese Garden to feed the koi fish or discover the outdoor artworks in the sculpture garden. If you love the outdoors, spend the day exploring the Australian Botanic Garden or head out to the Dharawal National Park and experience the recently opened O’Hares Creek Trail and Lookout. To experience a slice of country life head out to Gledswood Homestead for some whip cracking, sheep shearing, damper tasting fun at one of their ‘Day on the Farm’ events. Rainy day? Not a problem. Escape the

Camden R.S.L.

play...relax...be entertained CHINESE RESTAURANT Open Daily Lun 12 - 2.30pm, Din 5.30pm. Snack Bar & A-La-Carte Menu

ROCK & ROLL & SWING CLASSES: Mon 7-9pm LINE DANCING: Tues-11.30am Beginners-11.30-12.30 (18 yrs & over $3) TRIVIA: Wed 7.30pm Lots of fun and prizes, teams of two or more. CLUB BINGO: Fantastic prizes & raffles. Thurs 10.45am MEAT MARKET: Fri 5pm , drawn at 6.30pm. Includes LUCKY MEMBERS DRAW LTPS/11/07262 ENTERTAINMENT: in the Ken Bond Lounge - Fri 8.00pm Party Bands. LIVE BANDS: Sat 8.00pm - Free entry RAFFLES: Sun Fill the fridge! Stock the Pantry! Tickets 5pm. Drawn 6.30pm. Includes Lucky Members Draw. LTPS/11/07262 DOWN MEMORY LANE: Sun night entertainment from 5.30pm Membership: now open - $5.50 incl GST

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for Summer Holiday Fun! weather at the Hollywood themed Mega Mini Golf indoor centre, one of the biggest in Australia, featuring elaborate fantasy sets designed by a Hollywood movie props expert. Macarthur also has an indoor roller skating area as well as numerous indoor laser tag, ten pin bowling and children’s activity centres. Like to scare yourself silly? Then join in on a psychic lead ghost tour of Gledswood Homestead, which are held every Friday night. Experience the homestead by torchlight and connect with the spirits that reside in the convict built cellar. The beautiful homestead and its spirits are waiting for you to share their stories. If you’re a parent stuck at work during the school holidays and worried about keeping the kids entertained, a

camp at Teen Ranch may provide the solution. Held each school holiday, the week-long overnight camps allow kids to participate in archery, horse riding, canoeing, ropes courses, abseiling, rock climbing, swimming and a whole range of sports. The camps are available for children aged 10 to 17 years. Grownups can enjoy a visit to the local museums, galleries or try some wine tasting at one of our boutique wineries. Or why not fly high above the valley in a vintage tiger moth flight or float on cloud nine in a hot air balloon? If you are feeling peckish, indulge in a bite to eat at one of our award winning restaurants or cafes. Macarthur is fast becoming renowned for its living heritage, natural landscapes, adventure tourism and

COME INTO THE

true Australian experiences. It is a vibrant, bustling area that still retains a country feel. Stay for the day or for the week, Macarthur's many attractions and hospitality will keep you coming back! For further information, contact the Macarthur Visitor Centres: Ph: 1800 655 991 E: info@macarthur.com.au W: www.macarthur.com.au F: www.facebook.com/visitmacarthur

Garden

Discover Australia’s largest botanic garden, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. At 416 hectares in size, you can experience rolling hills and ornamental lakes set amongst displays of Australian plants. Free guided tours leave most days from the Visitor Centre. There are walking trails, a mountain bike track and an on-site café.

Your Garden Open 10 am – 5 pm Narellan Road, Mount Annan To find out more visit rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au or phone 4634 7935.

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Indigenous Star Archie Roach at the Illawarra Folk Festival - 16-19 January Legendary Indigenous singersongwriter, Archie Roach is the new headline act for the 29th annual Illawarra Folk Festival at Bulli Showground. Roach has shared the stage with superstars Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tracy Chapman during a stellar career. This year his latest album, Into The Bloodstream, was named Album of the Year in both the National Indigenous Music Awards and the Deadly Awards. “Archie is a fabulous artist, and an icon among Indigenous performers in this country,” festival artistic director David De Santi said. The festival will be a showcase for Indigenous talent as organisers have booked Indigenous artists Shellie Morris and Glenn Skuthorpe.

The festival would still boast its biggest international lineup ever, with 12 overseas acts from Gambia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the US, the UK, Canada, Brazil and Japan. They’ll be joined by more than 130 acts from around the country and the Illawarra for the annual four-day festival of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance. The Illawarra Folk Festival is the largest folk festival in NSW – attracting up to 10,000 people to Bulli over the four days. Early bird tickets for the festival are now available on the website: www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au or by calling 1300 887 034 at $125 for a season pass - a saving of $55 on the gate price.

Archie Roach

Tickets can also by purchased at Bulli PCYC, Albion Park Post Office, Illawarra Folk Club concerts and events. Children under 12 will be admitted free with their paying parent. For more information, visit www. illawarrafolkfestival.com.au Ph: 0418 424085

Experience summer amid the vast, natural beauty of Wollondilly. Go to visitwollondilly.com.au or call us at the Visitor Information Centre on 02 4677 8313

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Wollondilly

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Picton, Thirlmere, Bargo, Appin Wollondilly is a popular destination for a Tree Change or holiday. The area features Razorback Range, Burragorang Valley and towns like Picton, Appin, Thirlmere and Warragamba. Wollondilly, on the south western outskirts of Sydney and at the foothills of the Southern Highlands, is surrounded by spectacular, natural beauty and rural pastures. It is proudly known as “The Catchment”, supplying the bulk of Sydney’s drinking water and is a mecca for nature lovers boasting 21 bush walks, wildlife sanctuaries, lookouts and National Parks. The district is rich in history. The earliest known inhabitants of the district were the natives of the Gundangurra Tribe, who gave the area its name. The word Wollondilly is attributed to having three meanings, including:

"A place where spirits dwell" and "Water trickling over rocks". Today, the life and liveliness of the area attracts visitors who come to participate in adventure activities and sports. Wollondilly boasts many unique Bed & Breakfast facilities offering perfect service, home made meals and local knowledge. For the true country experience you can book a Farmstay and enjoy horse riding, farm animals, tractor & hay rides or if you prefer more traditional accommodation, Wollondilly also boasts a variety of motels, pub style and camping facilities. Visit www.visitwollondilly.com.au to check out the wide variety of accommodation available. Give the Visitor Centre a ring for more details on 46778 313

What to See & Do Nepean, Cataract, Cordeaux, Avon & Warragamba Dams Burragorang Lookout Wirrimbirra Sanctuary Trainworks in Thirlmere Major Regional Festivals Thirlmere Festival of Steam Picton Rodeo VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Old Post Office, Argyle St, Picton Ph: 4677 8313 E: tourism@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au www.visitwollondilly.nsw.gov.au

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Picton Rodeo - 4 January 2014, 12 noon onwards

A NATIONAL TRUST (NSW) PROPERTY

A special place to visit! Native animals up close, native plant nursery, Australiana gift shop, picnic tables.

OPEN: Tues - Sun, 9am - 4.30pm ENTRY TO WIRRIMBIRRA IS FREE 3105 Remembrance Drive, Bargo

Ph: 4684 1112

Victoria Park, Menangle St, Picton The Picton Rodeo is on again in January 2014, so come and experience a day of exciting thrills and spills. This year the event will attract some of the best competitors in NSW. The Rodeo action kicks off with Open Saddle Bronc, Open Bare Back, Open Bull Ride, Novice Bull Ride, Novice Bareback, Jnr Steer Ride, Junior Steer Ride, Rope and Tie, and Steer Wrestling. There will also be a Mechanical Bull Ride.

Amusements rides, refreshments, BBQ and Bar facilities will add to the enjoyment of this full-day event. As well, you can tap those toes to some real country music and browse through a variety of stalls. Make a day of this once-a-year event and treat the family to all the excitement that only a Rodeo can provide!

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Leafy Bowral

Mittagong & Bowral Discover the natural beauty, glorious gardens, antiques, art and the heritage of the area. The Southern Highlands is a playground for lovers of fine wine and hearty food. Mittagong - the gateway to the Southern Highlands Mittagong township is rich in history and is known as the gateway to the Southern Highlands. The town has a real sense of yester-year, with a number of stunning heritage buildings. The centre of town offers a delightful shopping experience with homewares, clothing, needlecraft, antiques, jewellery and health and beauty outlets. Indulge the tastebuds in one of the many cafes, restaurants, clubs and coffee houses. In the midst of the township is Lake Alexandra where the kids can play, the big kids can picnic or just enjoy

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the quiet relaxed environment on the edge of the Lake. Mittagong is south west of Sydney in the Nattai River Valley between Mt Gibraltar, known locally as ‘The Gib’ and Mt Alexandra, both extinct volcanic peaks. Bowral - home to the International Cricket Hall of Fame Bowral is a most delightful country town situated in a valley at the foot of Mt.Gibraltar. Due to the high altitude of the Southern Highlands, the town enjoys gorgeous autumns as exotic European trees and shrubs change their colour in preparation for the winter months. The shopping precinct in Bowral has an atmosphere like that of few other country towns as it offers an eclectic variety of boutiques, bookstores, antique and craft shops, restaurants and cafes.

What to See & Do All Aboard Model Railway Corbett Gardens in Bowral Southern Highlands Wineries Lake Alexandra International Cricket Hall of Fame Major Regional Festivals Antiques & Collectables Fair Tulip Time Bowral Autumn Music Festival Art Studio Trail VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES International Cricket Hall of Fame & VIC, St Jude St Bowral Ph: 4862 1247 Destination S/Highlands 62 - 70 Main St, Mittagong Ph: 1300 657 559 www.southern-highlands.com.au

Great fun for all the family

All Aboard Model Railways is one of the premier attractions in the Southern Highlands. Journey through the world of model trains with our unique displays and trainscaped miniature garden.

www.allaboard.com.au BRAEMAR

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RAILWAYS

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68-72 Old Hume Hwy, Braemar. Nth Mittagong

Open 10am-4.30pm, 7 days

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Mittagong

Mittagong, your gateway to the Southern Highlands

Stay, Play, Wine, Dine and Relax!

Visit boutique wineries close to the Mittagong township. Mittagong has a number of art galleries, cafes, restaurants. antique, home wares and craft shops. Commune with nature, take a walk or just give the kids a break at Lake Alexandra.

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Indoor Play Centre

A great sun safe way to use up excess energy

Open 6 days Tues - Sun

Pavers, retaining walls, pergolas, garden sheds, gates, arbours, cubbys, fencing, dove cotes & lots more.

Unit 1/227 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong

OPEN 7 DAYS

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96 Bowral Rd, Mittagong

( just south of the Mittagong Marketplace)

Ph: 02 4871 3750

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NEW DEALER IN THE MITTAGONG ANTIQUE CENTRE

G & R Collectables

unique, unusual antique lamps and furniture Open 7 days 10-4.30pm Shop 23 Mittagong Antique Centre. 85-87 Main St Mittagong.

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Australia Day in Historic Berrima Historic Berrima readies itself for another great family day for the Australia Day Celebrations; Sunday 26 January 2014 The Australia Day Celebrations in historic Berrima over the last 10 years have grown to be one of the Southern Highlands premier tourist events. Visitor numbers are in the vicinity of 5000 to 8000 thousand every year and on the increase. What’s the attraction? Probably the location. No other

village in the Southern Highlands can lay claim to a more historic and picturesque backdrop in which to celebrate this day in our nations calendar of public holidays. With over 60-market stalls, local and interstate, and entertainment for all the family, grand parades vintage cars, fire engine displays, fresh produce markets and face painting, there is something for every one. The atmosphere is one of a real Aussie family day out with

a bit of patriotism and pride in our country thrown in for good measure. The official part of the day starts at the Historic Berrima Court House Museum at 9.30 am with the young citizen of the year awards. This is followed by an address by the Australia day ambassador. After the awards ceremony its off to enjoy the rest of the day to hunt for that allusive piece of craft, either in the market square or in the more traditional shops in Berrima. The Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service will have static displays of their tankers and units as well as rescue vehicles. This will provide the opportunity for all of us to pay them a visit and thank them. So sometime during your day out on 26 January don’t forget to visit the men and women who are the front line of our safety during times crises, if only to say g’day and thanks.

Lake Alexandra

A man-made Lake in the Mittagong township. Find an abundance of birdlife, walks, BBQ facilities and a fantastic playground. A delightful venue for a picnic or a stroll through the reserve. Queen St Mittagong.

Goulburn Historic Waterworks International Cricket Hall of Fame

Trainworks

'MUST SEE' ATTRACTIONS in and around the Southern Highlands Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk

This 500 metre elevated walkway has 2 cane levered arms, taking visitors to the edge of the escarpment, offering awe inspiring views over the valley to the ocean. With a visitor centre, complete with café, retail and regional information, the FLY is a fantastic destination that will inspire young and old. Knights Hill Road, Knights Hill Ph:1300 362 881 www.illawarrafly.com

All Aboard Braemar Model Railways

All Aboard Model Railways is one of the premier attractions in the Southern Highlands. Journey through the

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world of model trains with the unique displays and trainscaped miniature garden. 68-72 Old Hume Hwy, Braemar Ph: 4871 2966 www.allaboard.com.au

Fitzroy Falls

Visitor centre and café in the Morton National Park. The boardwalk is suited to wheelchairs and the falls are only a few minutes from the car park. Nowra Rd, Fitzroy Falls. Ph 4887 7270

Trainworks Australia’s newest and

biggest rail experience. Open 7 days Steam Train rides every Sunday. 10 Barbour Rd, Thirlmere Ph: 4681 8001 www.trainworks.com.au

Home to two unique, operational, steam engines, each over 100 years old. Picnic in the grounds or lunch at the Pumphouse Cafe on steaming days. Open Sunday and School Holidays 10am-4pm. Mon & Tues 10am – 2pm. Marsden Weir, Goulburn. Ph: 4823 4448

Australian Botanic Gardens; Mt Annan Discover Australia’s largest

Botanic Garden, 416 hectares in size. Experience rolling hills and ornamental lakes set amidst displays of Australian plants. Walking trails, a mountain bike track and an on-site café. Open 10 am – 5 pm Narellan Road, Mount Annan. www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au Ph: 4634 7935.

The International Cricket Hall of Fame Visit the Bradman Museum

and relive the experience and learn the facts! St Judes Street, Bowral www.internationalcrickethall.com Ph: 4862 1247


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St Jude Street, Bowral NSW 2576 Phone: 02 4862 1247 Free “Bradman Centre” APP www.bradman.com.au

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ROBERTSON RECOLLECTIONS Antiques, collectables, books & music, fine China, furniture, tools, pottery, paintings & prints. Open 6 days, 10-5pm. (Closed Wed) 26 Hoddle St, Robertson. Ph: 4885 1080

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Over 360 years of Antiques; Georgian, Victorian & Edwardian periods. 17thC, 18thC & 19thC. Open 6 days: 10am-5pm (Closed Tues) 24 Bowral Rd, Mittagong Ph: 4872 2397

Nattai

National Park

Blue Mountains

(Closed Tues & Wed)

Blue Mountains

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Bundanoon Berrima - a shoppers paradise Berrima is a unique, historic village offering a day tripper the most wonderful array of food and shopping experiences in a living history environment. Established as a township in 1831, Berrima is a preserved Australian, Georgian, colonial town. It is located in a picturesque valley on a bend of the Wingecarribee River. The town was laid out in the manner of an English village around a village green. The centre of the village today is a living museum, with many of the original buildings, including the gaol, still providing a unique atmosphere within the town. Today, Berrima is a favourite day trip destination for Sydneysiders and Illawarra and Canberra residents. It offers exquisite boutique shopping, antiques and great food. Moss Vale, the Shire Capital Moss Vale is the gateway to the Hume Highway and the Illawarra and is central to Southern Highland townships and villages and to Highland attractions. The town retains an atmosphere and charm of yesteryear due to an effort to preserve and restore old public buildings and private homes. Some buildings date to the 1860s 1890s, the Old Post Office. The Moss Vale Hotel, Court House and the historic Railway Station are fine examples of the 19C architecture. Leighton Gardens, in the centre of town, is as pretty as a picture in spring and autumn with massed displays of flowers and shrubs.

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Bundanoon, a "place of deep gullies". Early industries in the district included timber milling, sandstone quarrying and farming. Today Bundanoon retains many of its early 20C buildings and has a 'yesteryear' charm about it. Bundanoon has its share of interesting craft shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, nurseries and picnic areas. You can hire a bike, walk through nearby Morton National Park, enjoy picnic spots, native flowers and birds and see kangaroos and wallabies at dusk on the edge of town. Take a walk to "Glow Worm Glen" and discover how the Glow Worms live and glow. Bundanoon is a bushwalkers paradise with fourteen suggested walks; most have vantage points with spectacular views across the valleys. Probably the most visited lookout is the one overlooking the Grand Canyon 3km from the town centre.

Enjoy the very best of

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Breakfast & lunches available every day NOW FULLY LICENSED Open 6 days 8 to 5pm. Closed Tuesdays

Cnr Mt. Broughton Rd & Werai Rd. Werai. www.werai.com.au E:tables@werai.com.au

Ph: 024883 4664

What to See & Do Berrima Courthouse Museum Berrima District Museum Leighton Gardens in Moss Vale Southern Highlands Wineries Berrima Goal Major Regional Festivals. Australia Day in Berrima Bundanoon Winterfest Bundanoon Garden Ramble Moss Vale Show Brigadoon in Bundanoon VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Old Courthouse Museum & Information Centre Cnr Wiltshire & Argyle Sts Berrima Ph: 024877 1505

The Pines Pastoral Retreat, Relax and Refresh 6 historic cottages set in 700 acres of rural quietness and privacy - self catering. Stroll around the rolling hills and valleys of the farm www.thepinespastoral.com.au E: cottages@thepinespastoral.com.au Ph: 02 4868 3523 Mob: 0418 200 138

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Mt Annan Botanic Gardens

Neeny's Playhouse

Big Merino

School Holiday Activities! Wirrimbirra Wildlife Sanctuary Native animals, native plant nursery, gift shop, picnic tables. 3105 Remembrance Drive, Bargo Ph: 4684 1112 www.wirrimbirra.com.au Mount Annan Botanic Garden This garden features BBQ and picnic facilities, themed gardens, a restaurant, a plant nursery, gift shop, walking tracks, interactive sculptures and guided tours. Mount Annan Dr, Mount Annan Ph: 4634 7935 All Aboard Braemar Model Railways. A world of model trains, displays & miniature gardens. 68-72 Hume Hwy, Braemar Ph: 4871 2966

The Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk Viewing platform, cafe, gift shop. 182 Knights Hill Rd, Knights Hill via Jamberoo Rd. Ph: 1300 362 881 The International Cricket Hall of Fame Historical material associated with the game and its greatest batsman. St Judes Street, Bowral. Ph: 4862 1247 Fitztroy Falls Walks to the Falls, stunning views, visitor centre, cafe & picnic & BBQ facilities. Nowra Rd, Fitzroy Falls Ph: 4887 7270 Trainworks Australia’s newest and biggest rail experience. Open 7 days Steam Train rides every Sunday. 10 Barbour Rd, Thirlmere. Ph: 4681 8001 www.trainworks.com.au

Goulburn Waterworks Museum Marsden Weir. (off Fitzroy St) Goulburn Ph: 4823 4448 The Big Merino Museum. Gift Shop has products made from fine Australian Merino Wool. Cnr Hume & Sowerby Sts. Goulburn Ph: 48822 8013 Lake Alexandra Stroll along the lake, take a walk, have a BBQ or play on the superb playground equipment. Queen St, Mittagong Neeny's Playhouse Hours of fun for Children 0-12 years. Indoor Play Centre. A great sun safe way to use up excess energy. 1/227 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong. (Just south of Mittagong Marketplace)

Ph: 4871 3750

H IGHLAND TRIKE TOURS You choose the pace – passive, exhilarating or adrenaline rush!

BUNDANOON PIONEER FLASK When visiting Bundanoon, come and visit the friendly staff at Pioneer Flask Cellars and choose from a range of Beer, Wine and Spirits (including locally produced Beer and Wine).

Why not treat your loved ones with a gift voucher! Experience the Southern Highlands with your own chauffer driven Motor Trike. The most unique way to see the Southern Highlands and visit its many attractions. www.highlandtriketours.com.au enquiries@highlandtriketours.com.au

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Browse through craft shops, art galleries and antique shops. Visit the Courthouse Museum and then enjoy a Guinness and a meal at the Surveyor General or at one of the many eateries within the village. Stroll through the village streets and laneways and admire the historic buildings. For maps and information, visit the Berrima Courthouse

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BERRIMA NAMEPLATES Cast Aluminium Home & Property Names Made To Order

Ph/Fx or E-Mail for Brochure

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Fresh baked bread & rolls daily. Home made soup & sandwiches. Large selection of hot pies. Devonshire teas & delicious cakes. Great coffee. OPEN 7 DAYS from 8:00am Shop 6, Mrs Oldbucks Cnr. Berrima

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Self - Contained Accommodation Beautifully restored sandstone cottages

60 Old Mandemar Rd, Berrima www.greenwood-cottages.com

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For that unique gift that really counts. Hume Hwy, Berrima The white shop @ the top.

Old Hume Hwy.Berrima

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THE COURTYARD CAFE

The Bay Tree Gallery

Breakfast & Lunch Morning & Afternoon Teas

Local Artwork and a large range of quality gifts and fashion accessories

Open 6 days 9.30 - 4pm

info@thebaytreegallery.com.au

Closed Thurs except Sch Hols

Shop 2, 3 & 4 Berrima's Retreat (behind the Lolly Shop)

Ph: 02 4877 2729

Mrs Oldbucks Pantry

116 Old Hume Highway Berrima

Open 7 Days 9am till 5pm

Ph: 02 4877 1333

Berrima Bakehouse Motel YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.... 17-19 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima info@berrimamotel.com.au www.berrimamotel.com.au

Ph: 4877 1381

SPRINKLES Christmas Shop Open All Year

Delectable jams • Toppings • Sauces • Honeys • Chutneys • 120 teas • Confectionery • Gourmet delights. www.mrsoldbucks.com.au

Large range of Christmas decorations & Australian Christmas animals.

Ph: 4877 1489/1800 440 144

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Mrs Oldbucks Cnr, Berrima

OPEN 7 DAYS 10-5

Unique Country Style Pottery and Home wares from around the world.

8 Jellore St, Berrima

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The first vineyard that you discover once you leave the M5 motorway from Sydney is The Hermitage vineyard, the home of Marist Brothers Wines. Originally acquired over 100 years ago for the training of the Brothers, the 155-hectare estate is today a sacred place of quiet and tranquility. In addition to the assortment of cool climate wines produced on the 13 hectare vineyard, including sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris, pinot noir and merlot, a selection of homemade jams and relishes is also available for you to taste. $2 Coffee available as well as a range of orchids. Not to be missed on your visit is a viewing of the beautifully restored neo- gothic style chapel.

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Premium quality cool climate wines 18 Merrigang St, Bowral Open Thursday - Sunday

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Centennial Vineyards and Restaurant are situated in a breathtaking vineyard setting just 3 minutes drive west from Bowral.The emphasis is on quality food and wine. Visit our cellar door and taste from our multi-award winning wines then have lunch overlooking the vineyards. As the Highlands’ most awarded producer of quality wines, we currently have 20 wines available for tasting with something to tempt everyone’s palate.

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Indulge in a golden moment at Mount Ashby Estate Winery. Our Cellar Door and” La Pallette” Cafe are open Thursday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment. Enjoy award winning wines, local produce amongst Sally Beresford Antiques and French Farmhouse Tables. Situated 50 metres from the corner of Nowra and Yarrawa Roads Moss Vale

Wine Trail Reference Guide

Banjo's Run Vineyard ⑨

1. Tertini Wines

212 Sally’s Corner Rd, EXETER NSW 2579

2. Bousaada Winery

Open: Cellar Door: Sat & Sun & Public Holidays

3. Artemis Wines 4. Centennial Vineyards 5. Marist Brothers Wines

11am - 4pm (other times by appointment)

Ph: 0408 228 724 or 0416 038 724 Email: bill@banjosrun.com.au www.banjosrun.com.au

6. Diamond Creek Estate Cellar Door 7. Southern Highlands Wines 8. Mount Ashby Estate 9. Banjo's Run Vineyard

Cellar Door, Award Winning Wines Group bookings welcome, Tastings in the vines, Family run, Rural setting, Friendly Working farm, Telephone and online sales

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The Country Tandoor Indian - Restaurant - authentic Indian Cuisine

The Gumnut Patisserie

DINE IN | TAKE OUT | DELIVER BYO

Cnr Cavendish & Dalton Sts, Mittagong

Dining Southern Highlands

Open: Tues - Sun Lunch 11-3pm , Dinner 5-9pm

Cafe serving Coffee, Naan & Cheese Breads 3/185 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong (located at Market Place in heritage cottage)

Ph: 4871 3243

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Wolfgang's German Restaurant Authentic German & Swiss Cuisine Open: Lunch, Sat & Sun 11.30 - 2.00pm Dinner, Wed - Sun 5.30pm till late Highlands Arcade, (behind ANZ Bank) 279-287 Bong Bong St. Bowral www.wolfgangsrestaurant.com.au

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Striving tirelessly to provide you with perfection every time!

Mittagong: open Mon - Sat, 7 - 5pm Ph: 4872 2172 Bowral: open 7 days, 7.30 - 5pm Shop 7 Grand Arcade, Bong Bong Street, Bowral

Phone: 4862 2819 Pastry Chefs utilising the finest of ingredients, combining tradition and pride, to craft exquisite pastries, desserts and pies with no compromise on quality. ENJOY!

The Magpie Cafe Berrima Open 7 Days Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Selection of home-made cakes, scones jam & cream.

BYO. Old Hume Hwy, Berrima

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What's On January/February Picton Rodeo 4 January 2014. Gates open 12 noon. Events at 2pm. Picton Showground. Open Saddle Bronc, Open Bare Back , Open Bull Ride , Novice Bull Ride, Novice Bareback, Jnr Steer Ride, Juvenille Steer Ride. There is a Mechanical Bull Ride, BBQ, Bar and refreshments, music plus stalls and amusements. Ph: 4681 8060 www.pictonshow.com.au The Little Engine That Could 4 - 7 January 11am & 12pm. Trainworks, 10 Barbour Rd, Thirlmere. A fun and engaging performance based on the perennial kids’ favourite, The Little Engine That Could. When a happy locomotive pulling a toy train breaks down, the toys try to find another engine to take them up and over the mountain. They ask the pompous passenger engine, the powerful freight engine and the old steam loco but it’s the little blue shunting engine who saves the day. This classic story of the power of optimism and persistence is brought to life to charm and delight visitors of all ages. Following the show, make your own Little Engine to go up and over the mountain. “I think I can, I think I can…” www.trainworks.com.au Ice Escape 9-25 January Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Take the opportunity to play on a world class skating rink at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre in January. This huge two and a half week program includes night skating, skating disco, ice skating to movie clips and more. Organise a party for the 4-12 year olds and let them enjoy the Ice Cave and party food. Ph: 1300 788 503 www.shoalhavenentertainment.com.au Disneys, The Little Mermaid JR 17 - 25 January Mittagong Playhouse. This exciting adaption of the 1989 Disney classic brings to life the story of Ariel, a little Mermaid who dreams of being a part of the human world and trades her voice for legs to win the chance to find her true love. Details - ph: 024871 2888 BBQ & Bands in Belmore Park - Goulburn 18 January 10am-4pm. You are invited to a BBQ & performances by local artists in the Belmore Park. Come down and show your support for mental health awareness. Ph: 0423 577 269 Illawarra Folk Festival 2014 18 to 19 January New South Wales’ biggest and most diverse folk festival is on again. For four days from January 18-19 the Bulli Showgrounds will be home to the 29th annual Illawarra Folk Festival – with its sensational line-up of folk, world, acoustic, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music, as well as poetry, dances, workshops, parades and sessions. www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au Ph: 1300 887 034 Lisun Exotic Mushroom Tunnel Tours 26 January 10.30am and 12.30pm. Disused Railway Tunnel, Mittagong. Only held 4 times a year, these tours are hugely popular. Guests can see a wide variety of exotics growing in this 600 metre

long disused railway tunnel - once part of the single track between Sydney and Canberra Lead by guru Dr. Noel Arrold. Guests will be conducted through the tunnel and learn how it evolved. Ph: 0423 727 847 Berrima Australia Day 26 January Historic Berrima. Over 60-market stalls local and interstate and entertainment for all the family. Ph: 4877 1505

Illawarra Folk Festival

Marulan Australia Day Celebrations 26 January from 9.30am. Marulan District's Australian Day Celebrations. Tony Onions Park, George Street, Marulan. Entertainment, demonstrations and procession. Ph: 4841 1505 Australia Day Celebrations - Goulburn 26 January 7.30am. A great family fun day with a festival atmosphere! Free BBQ breakfast entertainment, market stalls, food, games & activities. Ph: 4823 4550

Picton Rodeo

Australia Day, Campbelltown and Ingleburn 26 January Ingleburn Festivities: The Greg Percival Community Centre and Hallinan Park, Ingleburn. 9am - 1pm. Campbelltown Festivities: Koshigaya Park is where the party really gets started, with a jam-packed evening of free entertainment and activities. 4pm - 9.30pm. Ph: 1800 655 991 Australia Day Celebrations 26 January 8am to 12 noon Picton Botanic Gardens. Wollondilly Shire Council does Australia Day with flare ! Opening with a bacon & egg breccy while you watch the guys from Sydney Skydivers drop in with a giant Aussie flag in tow. Australia Day Awards, musical performances and BBQ lunch are only a few of the features throughout the day. www.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au New Design 2 Until 2 February. Sturt Gallery, Range Rd, Mittagong. Sturt's own showcase of new work by established and emerging artists and designers, presented in specially created "room" settings to give a real feel for how objects work together. Ph: 02 4860 2083 www.sturt.nsw.edu.au Kangaroo Valley Show 14 - 15 February. Kangaroo Valley Showground, Moss Vale Rd Kangaroo. The friendliest Show with the greatest views! Soak up Kangaroo Valley’s warm, welcoming atmosphere and its stunning natural beauty. Enjoy two unforgettable days of family fun, country style competition and great entertainment! Give your kids a real country experience. Ph: 44 651 540 Southern Highlands Quilters Guild Quilt & Craft Show 15 - 16 February. Mittagong RSL Club, Bessemer St, Mittagong. A large display of quilts, wallhangings, mini quilt challenge, textile art display & a pincushion challenge. Members handmade crafts for sale & a number of traders tables for that special purchase. Ph: 4885 2970

Australia Day Celebrations

Ice Escape in the Shoalhaven

Kangaroo Valley Show

Quilt & Craft Show

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Robertson Robertson is a pretty rural village with breath-taking scenery, spectacular waterfalls and rainforests in nearby National Parks. Lush surrounding farmland and country lanes complete the picture for this 'not to be missed' visitor friendly village, which lies at the edge of the Southern Highlands. In Robertson, you’ll find cosy cafes and restaurants, antiques and collectables, galleries with regular exhibitions, and a heritage railway station. Many shops specialize in goods that are both hand - made and Australian. The building known as ‘The Cheese Factory’ is a ‘must see’ in Robertson as it now houses a collection of shops offering, cheese, gifts, craft, collectables and a cafe. The village is worth visiting both for itself, and as an ideal base to explore a spectacular hinterland, it is recognized as the “green heart” of the

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Southern Highlands on account of its superb rural scenery. Ridge roads with sweeping views contrast with sheltered tree-clad lanes, making this a delightful place for a scenic drive. There is much to discover. Stud cattle, sheep and alpacas graze green pastures. Rich, deep, red soils grow the legendary “Robbo Spuds” - Australia’s most sought-after potatoes. Nearby are three of the longest drop waterfalls in Australia. They all plunge from rugged sandstone escarpments into rainforest canyons and valleys. Barren Grounds nature reserve has wonderful wild flowers and easy plateau walks to coastal views. The Illawarra Fly turns exploring the cliff tops into a great adventure with treetop walkways, a soaring tower, and sweeping coastal vistas from Port Kembla to Kiama.

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Delicious pies, pastries, sausage rolls, soups and a variety of other foods made on the premises. Illawarra Highway, Jamberoo intersection, 3km east of Robertson

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What to See & Do Visit spectacular Fitzroy Falls Robertson Rail Heritage Station Budderoo National Park Belmore Falls Carrington Falls Illawarra Fly Robertson Cheese Factory Major Regional Events Springtime in Robertson Robertson Show Robertson Open Gardens VISITOR INFORMATION: Robertson Cheese Factory 107 Illawarra Hwy, Robertson Ph: 4885 2000 or 4885 2400 For information about Robertson go to: www.robertson.nsw.au

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And Chats Cafe & Restaurant Eat in or takeaway Open 7 days Illawarra H/way Robertson

Ph: 4885 1444


'Free guided tours' and 'free meet the ranger' sessions in the Treetops. Your journey starts deep in the rainforest, as part of nature, and finishes at the edge of the Illawarra Escarpment in absolute awe of nature. If you are looking for a unique natural high, discover Illawarra’s highest natural high. One of Australia’s premier rainforest experiences, the incredible elevated steel walkway features two gently swaying cantilevered arms and a tower raised nearly fifty meters off the forest floor. Situated 710metres above the sea, the stunning views take in everything from the rainforest canopy to the Royal National Park out over

Lake Illawarra and out to the South Pacific Ocean. This summer the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk is offering daily free guided tours at 11am and free Meet the Ranger sessions at 2pm. Offering a great chance to learn more about the rainforest, local fauna and flora and of course what it takes to be a Ranger at the Illawarra Fly. Tours run for approximately one hour and ranger sessions run for about twenty minutes Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, wheelchair and pram accessible and those with limited mobility can take advantage of the free courtesy cart

to get them to and from the steel walkway. Bookings are encouraged! Visit www.illawarrafly.com.au Where: 182 Knights Hill Road, Knights Hill NSW 2577 Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Guided Tour: 11am Meet the Ranger: 2pm Price: For best price guarantee book online. Walk up: Adult $25 and child $10 (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult). Contact: 1300 362 881

Come and explore the shops & cafe at the

ROBERTSON CHEESE FACTORY

OPEN 7 DAYS

Cheese & gourmet foods - Cafe- Australian Art Work - Local Crafts Gelato & Sweets - Lifestyle - Collectables & Old Wares & much more........

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Rocky Hill War Memorial: Don Fuchs Photography

Goulburn

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Australia’s first inland city Goulburn is a thriving rural and commercial centre and offers country style living and hospitality. The city is rich in heritage and natural beauty and any visitor interested in the history and development of this beautiful city will be delighted during guided and self guided tours of historic sites, homesteads, cathedrals, cemeteries and points of interest. The first white explorers sited the land that was to become the first inland city from Mt. Towrang in 1798, but it was not explored until some 20 years later. Governor Macquarie declared it the Goulburn plains in 1820. Land seekers settled the area from 1818 onwards.

By 1841 Goulburn had a population of some 1,200 people - a courthouse, police barracks, churches, hospital, post office and was the centre of a great sheep and farming area. It became an administrative centre for the district taking in surrounding townships for the new County Argyle. It is home to the Big Merino & the NSW Police Academy and its secondary industry is based on a mix of private and Government enterprise. In the private sector, firms are engaged in wool scouring, cotton products, footwear, heavy and light engineering, building related undertakings, retail distribution and concrete products.

What to See & Do Goulburn Historic Waterworks Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre Riversdale Historic Homestead Goulburn War Memorial & Museum The Big Merino Major Regional Events Lilac Festival Roses Festival Taralga Heritage Rally The Pumpkin Festival The Apple Day Festival Windellama Field Day VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 201 Sloane Street, Goulburn Ph: 02 4823 4492 www.igoulburn.com E: info@igoulburn.com

An eclectic mix of hand-made items at Gallery on Track in Goulburn Housed in a wonderfully refurbished railway barracks building is Goulburn’s Gallery on Track, this Gallery is run by the Goulburn & District Arts and Crafts group, which began in 2002, and has had several locations over the years, but none so suitable as the current building. Boasting 100 + members, this talented group of local and regional artists and craftspeople provides Gallery on Track

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with its amazing array of hand-made artworks. You’ll find a huge variety of items, such as jewellery, handbags, timber goods and furniture, leather belts and bags, garments, paintings, prints, textile creations, glassworks, ceramics, lamps, quilts, a glorious selection of scarves, and so much more - from classic to quirky!

The Gallery also features special exhibitions, such as the Artist-of-theMonth exhibitions in one section of the Gallery, and other exhibitions for which members provide artworks, based on a particular theme. Work is also underway on the garden in the grounds of the Gallery. Gallery hours: 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Blackshaw Rd, Goulburn - follow the signs from the corner of Blackshaw Rd and Sloane St, just behind ‘The Bowlo’. Onsite parking.

Phone: 4822 7889 www.galleryontrack.org


Historic Goulburn

Riversdale

Colonial, Georgian Homestead and former Coaching Inn (1837) • Colonial furniture • Arts & crafts. • Formal Gardens • Cottage Gardens • Picnic facilities • Kitchen • Toilets

The Big Merino A celebration of Australia's fine wool industry

Showcasing beautiful fashion items made from this brilliant and versatile natural fibre. Cnr Hume and Sowerby St, Goulburn

Ph: 4822 8013 www.bigmerino.com.au

Historic Waterworks Marsden Weir, Goulburn Home to two unique, operational, steam engines, each over 100 years old. Picnic in the grounds or lunch at the Pumphouse Cafe on steaming days.

Open: Sunday and school holidays 10am-4pm. Mon & Tues 10am – 2pm. Steaming Dates for 2014: 9 Feb, 9 Mar, 8 June, 26 Oct. Further dates to be advised.

Ph: 4823 4448

Open: Sun 10am-3pm. Mon, Tues, Thurs: 10am - 2pm Groups any day by app

Twynam Dr, North Goulburn. Mob: 0414 951 955 or 0409 953 859 E: riversdale@nationaltrust.com.au

War Memorial A unique war memorial boasting spectacular views of the city. Charming museum located in the old caretakers cottage, containing memorabilia from all wars. Lookout open every day. Tower and Museum open weekends, pub & school hols 10am - 4pm.

Goulburn is rich in heritage and natural beauty and any visitor interested in the history and development of this beautiful city will be delighted during guided and self guided tours of historic sites, homesteads, cathedrals, cemeteries and other points of interest. Take in the grandeur of this beautiful historic city by strolling through its streets and laneways! The following historic sites are a real treat for those who appreciate buildings of historic significance; St Saviour's Cathedral, The Big Merino, which was built in 1985 as a monument to Goulburn and the surrounding district’s fine wool industry, Riversdale Homestead, a historic 1830s Inn which was purchased in 1875 by Edward Twynam who later became Surveyor General of NSW, St Clair Folk Museum & Archives, Goulburn War Memorial & Museum and Goulburn Historic Waterworks. The Waterworks is the only complete, workable, steam powered municipal water supply left in its original location in the Southern Hemisphere and is located in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Wollondilly River.

Memorial Drive, Rocky Hill, Goulburn

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From the Lighthouse in Wollongong Harbour

Wollongong

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Wollongong - where the mountains meet the sea! Wollongong is located 80 kilometres south of Sydney and is bordered by the Royal National Park to the north, Lake Illawarra to the south and the Illawarra Escarpment to the west. The Wollongong coastline offers 17 sparkling surf beaches that are patrolled by lifesavers from September to April. Beaches are generally in easy walking distance from shops, hotels and clubs. Stanwell Park to the north of Wollongong City, could be regarded as the gateway to the Illawarra region and is an ideal spot for day trippers. Bald Hill Lookout, a magnificent platform looking south over Wollongong City, has outstanding views of the Illawarra and its escarpment. Watch hang gliders and para gliders or marvel at the spot

where Lawrence Hargrave first took flight. Experience the Grand Pacific Sea Bridge, 665 metres over-the-ocean, near Stanwell Park; spend some time exploring northern coastal villages while heading down the cliff hugging roads hanging above the ocean. North of Wollongong the coastal villages are famous for their unspoilt beaches and rock pools, unique art and crafts, great fishing and surfing spots as well as many cafes and restaurants. From those northern villages, the Grand Pacific Drive makes its way into the city of Wollongong. There you will find an array of shopping outlets, restaurants and cafes, golf courses, art galleries and more.

What to See & Do The Grand Pacific Sea Bridge Wollongong City Gallery Wollongong Science Centre Illawarra beaches and rock pools Wollongong Harbour & Lighthouse Merrigong Theatre Crown Central Shopping Centre VISITOR INFORMATION: CROWN CENTRAL - SHOPPING CENTRE

174 / 200 Crown Street, Wollongong Ph: 02 4228 5999

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WOLLONGONG ART GALLERY Exhibitions - January 2014

Open Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm. Weekends & Public Hols from noon - 4pm Burelli St, Wollongong

www.wollongongcitygallery.com Ph: 02 4228 7500 THIS MONTH: Local: Current 2013 A survey of work by ten Illawarra artists Until 2 February

Presence and Absence

Painting, photography and new media Until 23 February

The Green Cathedral A celebration of surfing on the south coast. Until 16 February

Local: Current 2013, is the fifth in a series of yearly exhibitions which investigate local artists’ practice and features the work of Natasha Benten, Sue Bessell, Moira Kirkwood, Nick Pike, Shining Rainbow, Robert Reid, Kate Stehr, Vyvian Wilson, Emily Windon, Zuza Zochowski. The Green Cathedral celebrates the history and culture of surfing on the

south coast. The exhibition includes Contemporary Surf Art, classic boards and memorabilia, photography and film. Shooting the Curl (until 2 March) features photographs of local breaks, barrel riding, underwater waves by surf photographers and a looping slide show of ‘Gong surf images from private Illawarra albums. The Boardroom (until 9 March) includes an impressive display of boards, and local surf memorabilia from deep within the garages of local shapers and collectors. Presence and Absence, curated by Dr Michael, includes works in traditional and new media. Artists Ben Cauchi, Paula Dawson, David Eastwood and Leonie Watson explore the ambiguous relationship between presence and absence.

Leonie Watson, Slow Deep 2011. Oil on Linen, 101.5x76cm

Paula Dawsona. Hologram (for Mr Spielberg), 2008, laser transmission on f...

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The perfect environment to nurture kids. Just over an hour from Sydney airport and minutes from Mittagong’s thriving shops and schools, Renwick captures all the natural charm of the Southern Highlands. Surrounded by idyllic rural and mountain views, cycleways and pathways, this thriving community invites the whole family to enjoy country living at its best. That’s why we’d like to invite you to visit the 7 new display homes now open.

Make Renwick your home today. Call or visit the Sales Centre on Renwick Drive, Mittagong. We’re open Friday to Monday, 10am – 5pm.

landcom.com.au/renwick

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Highlands and Illawarra iMag January 2014  

Your free monthly information guide on what to do where to go and what to see in the Highlands and Illawarra region.

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