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Bundanoon is a village in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It has a choice of cafes, craft shops, bakeries and a historic pub. It is located adjacent to the Morton National Park which has opportunities for bushwalking, cycling, and admiring the views over the gullies.
It has a population of around 1000, and caters well for tourists. The town centre is usually quite busy on a Sunday, with a bit of coffee and craft shop feel.
The town sells itself on having a somewhat Scottish sounding name, despite the fact that the origin of the name is likely derived from the local Aboriginal dialect. The town hosts the Brigadoon at Bundanoon festival annually, which attracts around 20,000 people to the village.
The town itself is all within easy walking of the train station. The park entrance to the Morton National Park is around 1.5 km from the town. There is a picnic area and some walks located just inside the park. The walk to the lookouts if a further 4 km or so.
You can get around the town and to the National Park by bicycle. Bicycles can be brought on the Cityrail train from Sydney free of charge, off peak. They can also be hired in Bundanoon. Some of the Cityrail services are operated by buses, so check that it is a train services, as buses are awkward for bikes.
You can access the National Park, lookouts, bushwalks, and town by car. There is a daily admission fee of $7 to take cars and motorcycles into the National Park. Bicycles and pedestrians are free. Annual NSW Parks pass holders are free also.
Brigadoon at Bundanoon, annually in April, is a celebration of everything Scottish.
Shop around the small craft, second hand clothing, and antique stores.
Note that Bundanoon is the first town in Australia to ban bottled water - they sell reusable bottles and have refilling points on the main street for your own bottles.
Other drinks and refreshments are available at the following places:
Mobile reception is limited. Some parts of town and the Morton National Park have a signal on some networks, other parts do not. There is a payphone by the post office near the station.
See the rest of the Southern Highlands.