Explore Southern Highlands Brewing, The Taphouse, Moss Vale


Our favourite local haunts in the New South Wales Southern Highlands

International travel and state borders remain restricted, yet our desire to share, travel and explore remains. It is still possible to gain that sense of discovery and adventure when visiting places close to home. In fact, restrictions can help us to appreciate what we have right in our own backyards, including our own region here at Bird and Barrel…

If having the opportunity to explore and support so many amazing, creative regional businesses and communities doesn’t convince you to visit the NSW Southern Highlands, the convenience and proximity to population centres such as Sydney and Canberra will.

Just a short drive from Sydney and Canberra, the Southern Highlands is the perfect distance for a day or weekend trip leaving you time to find and enjoy your own favourite spots. So come and explore our back yard and sample The Highland life, just like a local.

We love showing visiting friends and family around the highlands and these local spots offer some of the best experiences in the region.

We’re keen to share our favourite spots for a coffee, wine, lunch, scenic drive or stay with you, so you can enjoy our part of NSW as much as we do. From Bowral to Bundanoon, from Exeter to Mittagong, from Robertson to Fitzroy Falls, think of this a fail-safe list for your trip to the highlands; places the locals support and love and where we take our visitors to when they come to stay. Go old school and print it out as a reference, or click through on the business links as you plan your itinerary and explore The Highland experience.

With our recommendations spread across The Highlands area, there’s enough to keep you busy for a year of day trips! Focus on getting to know one area, or sample experiences across The Highlands as you see fit.


(Feature image: Southern Highlands Tap House, Moss Vale)

1. Coffee Spots (first things first…)
2. Cafes and Casual Eateries
3. Creative Experiences
3. Foodie Discoveries
4. Pub Grub with Atmosphere
5. Garden Bliss
6. Walking Tracks
  • Belmore Falls, Robertson
  • Burradoo to Moss Vale, End of Railway Parade, Burradoo
  • Cherry Tree Walk, Bowral
  • Lake Alexander, Mittagong
  • Mt Gibralter Walking Trail, Bowral
7. ‘Time-warp’ Experience
8. Posh Nosh Dining Experiences
9. Wineries for Lunch
10. Cellar Door Experiences
11. Homewears and Gifts
12. Antiques and Collectables

We hope you love visiting The Highlands as much as we do and enjoy discovering some of your own favourites. With such an amazing array of wonderful places, businesses and experiences to explore we’re sure you’ll be looking forward to coming back for more… time and time again.


Bird and Barrel. xo