Region: Southern Agricultural

The Southern Highlands mark the northern extremities of the Southern Agricultural region of New South Wales. One of the many special things about the Southern Highlands is that you don't have to travel far to discover the many picturesque towns and villages, each with its own history and identity. The Southern Highlands is a gourmet lover's delight - there is wine Tasting, Cellar Doors Sales, Berry Picking, Home Made Preserves, Sauces, Vinegars, Spices and Salad Dressings, Robertson Potatoes, Fresh Produce, Road Side Farm Produce Stalls, the list goes on.

The Hume Highway winds its way south from the Southern Highlands through rich, rolling countryside. Towns like Goulburn, Yass and Gundagai dot the countryside and are steeped in early colonial history. To their south of Goulburn and Yass is the Australian Capital Territory and Canberra, the nation's capital. Beyond the ACT is a treasure trove of former goldmining towns and mining camps in what is known as the Southern Goldfields of NSW.

The almost tree-less Monaro Plains to Canberra's south herald the Snowy Mountains, Australia's highest mountains. they are home to the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, the biggest civil engineering project ever undertaken in Australia, and the New South Wales ski resorts.

How To Get There

By road south from Sydney via Hume Highway; by road north from melbourne via Hume Highway.

By rail from Sydney either via the twice-daily Sydney to Melbourne XPT service. Trains stop at Moss Vale, Goulburn, Gunning, Yass Junction, Harden, Cootamundra, Junee, Wagga Wagga, The Rock, Henty, Culcairn and Albury. The Canberra Xplorer is a daily rail service to Canberra (stopping at Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale, Bundanoon, Goulburn, Tarago, Bungendore, Queanbeyan and Canberra). The Canberra Xplorer service connects by coach to Bombala, Bibbenlake, Nimmitabel, Cooma, Bredbo and Michelago.

Best Time To Go

The inland region of southern New South Wales is predominantly a year round destination. It enjoys a mild temperate climate. Highland regions are much colder in winter, and are popular destinations for "Christmas In July" festivities.

The mountainous areas of the Great Dividing Range in the south east, which extend across the border into eastern Victoria, are the highest mountains in Australia and host an annual ski season between June (Queens Birthday long weekend) and 1st week in October. Outside the ski season, there is little or no snow, which sees a shift in the type of visitors from skiers to other recreational activities such as walking, riding, fishing etc.

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