Bowral is a major town in Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, Australia.
Bowral has a reputation for brilliantly maintaining an old-style facade that harks back to colonial times. As such, it's great for antique shopping and other quaint Australian artifacts and holds a overall friendly air that makes it a popular destination on the South Coast. The Tulip Time festival is held annually, running for two weeks from the last week of September. Bowral's other claim to fame is that it's the town where all-time Australian cricketing hero Sir Donald Bradman spent his seminal years. Visit the Bradman Museum and Brad man Oval while you're here for a special sense of history.
Bowral is accessible by car via the Hume Highway from Sydney heading towards Canberra or Melbourne. It is about 136 km south-west from the Sydney CBD. It takes about 80 minutes to get to Bowral from Sydney which makes it ideal an ideal location for Sydneysider weekenders and daytrippers. The town is accessible from the nearby town of Mittagong by going on the Highlands Way road due south as well as Old South Road and the town of Moss Vale via Highlands Way due north.
Bowral Station is part of the Southern Highlands Line that goes to and from Central Station in Sydney every 40-60 minutes on a weekday and every 1-2 hours on a weekend. Services after certain late night hours and days trains are not in use until earlier the next morning so it would be smart to grab a train timetable and plan ahead.
During the week, Bowral also has the Bowral Sydney Airport Services which is an airport shuttle service which goes to all the terminals of Sydney Airport from and to Bowral. The bus charter is only three times a day and on the weekend only once depending on the bookings. This service must be booked and services can go to Central Station and Sydney Cruise Terminal upon demand.
Priors Scenic Express runs a coach service from Parramatta, Liverpool and Campbelltown to Bowral six days a week. This service then travels onto Kangaroo Valley, Nowra and the South Coast as far as Narooma.
Bowral CBD (primarily Bong Bong Street and its surrounding streets) has boutiques, cafés and attractions such as the Bradman museum and Corbett Gardens which are all within walking distance of each other. However, attractions like the golf clubs, cellar doors and wineries, manor houses and other attractions are short driving distances around Bowral which would either require a car or taxi.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day on Bong Bong Street. They are stationed at the taxi bay which is in the middle of Bong Bong St during the day and at night can be summonded via a taxi phone near the bay. Meter rates are almost double the city rate, however, like most taxi services concessions are accepted if you are a pensioner.
Driving your own form of transport is recommended because like all rural areas Bowral itself is just one attraction of many attractions that make up the Southern Highlands like Berrima, Wombeyan Caves and the ghost town of Joadja which are not accessible by public transport but by driving.