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Robertson is a small town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.


Robertson is a small township located in the Capital Country of New South Whales. At high points, the town boasts spectacular views of the land and ocean. A high annual rainfall and a rich red soil has made this town one of the prime potato growing locations in Australia.

Visitors can also see the abstract monument which, while unmarked, is assumed to be the "big potato". The rich red soil of the land is unique to the location and is a reminder of the dense rain forest which once covered the area. The land was cleared by settlers to make space for housing, business and farming.

Get in

By car via the Illawarra Highway (which connects to the Hume and the Princes Highways). When you reach the top of the Macquarie Pass you are at Robertson. The pie shop is on the highway. The rest of the town is a short drive away.

Cityrail [1] services Robertson by bus twice daily from Moss Vale and Wollongong.

The 3801 Cockatoo Run [2] heads up the range to Robertson on Sundays.

Get around

Robertson is a small town, and the village can easily be seen by foot.


Robertson itself is immediately surrounded by agricultural land. The movie Babe was filmed here, and the farms (somewhat unsurprisingly) look much like the set of the movie. The flies walking in the area during summer.

  • Robertson still has the train track, still has the station, but no regular passenger train service any longer. The Robertson train station is still in perfect condition, and heritage listed. Freight and coal trains do pass this way frequently, so do be careful to not walk on the tracks.
  • The Macquarie Pass National Park [3] lies just to the west of the town, with cliffs, rainforest, coastal views and waterfalls. There is no entry fee to the park.




  • The famous Robertson Pie Shop, is on the highway, has big signs, and some interesting decor. The pies aren't the best in the world (as claimed) but they certainly aren't the worst. A nice place to stop.


  • Robertson Inn, (Robertson main street). It has a nice log fire in the winter. Serves pub meals. Quite a local crowd there usually, as well as some passing through.



Get out

If you have a car, the surrounding national parks along the range are well worth visiting. Fitroy Falls is an easy trip out of town. The rest of the Southern Highlands is only 30 minutes away.

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