For a generation it was farmed by his sons, who in the 1860s subdivided part of the land for a private village which quickly grew into a town.
Bowral is now the commercial and retail centre of the Southern Highlands located just over an hour from Sydney and worth a visit at any time of the year.
The town’s main streets are lined with many boutique stores, restaurants, cafes and art galleries and every weekend is filled with fun things to see and do including markets.
The beauty of the townscape and countryside, and the climate has been enhanced over the past 100 years with the planting of exotic deciduous trees and traditional “English” gardens.
Bowral enjoys very distinct seasons with many choosing either the autumn or spring simply to experience the transformation of trees and blooms.
During autumn trees explode with bright reds and oranges while spring finds the English gardens in full bloom with vibrant springtime annuals and perennials.
From September to October, Bowral’s annual Tulip Time event brings many thousands of visitors every year and has become one of Australia’s leading floral festivals. Corbett Gardens at the centre of Bowral displays 100,000 tulips as well as other vibrant springtime bulbs, shrubs and trees.
Peppers Accommodation at Bowral
Located on the outskirts of Bowral, Peppers offers the majestic 100-year-old country estate Peppers Craigieburn. This stunningly refurbished rural guest house delivers beautifully appointed accommodation options and a wealth of onsite activities to enjoy making for an idyllic and relaxing escape from the stresses of city life.
Within the Southern Highlands, Peppers also offer the retreat, Peppers Manor House.