Bowral, Tulip Festival - photo credit: Destination NSW
The Southern Highlands perfectly lends itself to a driving tour. The largest township of the Southern Highlands, Bowral is the perfect place to base yourself to enjoy day trips throughout the Highlands. While in Bowral, wander through the meticulously manicured gardens and enjoy a spot of boutique shopping. Then meander along winding roads, flanked on either side with rolling green hills to Moss Vale. Marvel at the myriad of quaint buildings from the 1860s – 1890s or explore the nooks and crannies of antique stores. Continue on to Exeter and Berrima to pick up an array of beautiful Highlands produce and wine and dine your way around the countryside. Lending itself perfectly to a culinary adventure, here you can find our gastronomic guide to the Highlands.
Your Southern Highland’s retreat - Peppers Craigieburn and Peppers Manor House
Finders Township Pier – photo credit: Visions of Victoria
On the Mornington Peninsula, you will quickly slip into a slower pace of life. From paddocks and pastures, to rocky outcrops and quiet beaches, there are so many different worlds ripe for exploring.
Starting in Fingal, make your way south down to Cape Schanck to discover the original 1859 lighthouse. Continue on to Flinders Township, explore the historic buildings and pick up a treasure from one of the several antiques stores. Then follow the picturesque roads back north to Arthurs Seat Lookout, after a drive through lush greenery you will be rewarded with the breathtaking view over Port Phillip Bay, the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas.
Your Mornington Peninsula resort – Peppers Moonah Links
Cedar Creek Falls- photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
Airlie Beach has long been referred to as the gateway to the Whitsunday’s, with visitors dreaming of crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. Why not tread the path less travelled, yet equally rewarding, and explore this lush, abundant area of Australia by land. Just a 30 minute drive away from the town of Airlie Beach, you will discover the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls, set in a natural rock amphitheater, this is the perfect place to delight in a picnic lunch under the shade of the white cedar trees. After indulging in your delectable meal, continue your drive along to Conway Beach, a beautifully secluded stretch of sand, this is the perfect place to sit a while and recharge the batteries. From here the choice is yours, either head back to Airlie Beach, or venture into the lush National Park for a leisurely walk before returning to relax after a day of adventuring.
Your Airlie Beach escape – Peppers Airlie Beach