A DIVERSE LANDSCAPE
The Southern Highlands has a plentiful array of natural attractions and experiences. Meandering waterways, recreational walking paths, cycle ways, magnificent gardens, cool climate vineyards and golf courses are just some of the outdoor delights the area offers.
If indoor pursuits are more to your liking, a fine selection of galleries, restaurants and cafes are all within minutes of Gibraltar Park estate. Throughout the year seasonal festivals showcase the local produce and talent. The colour of the Tulip Time and spring open gardens, the sumptuous Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival, Bong Bong Picnic Races and the Southern Highlands Art Festival are among the many highlights.
FROM YOUR DOORSTEP
Bowral’s scenic rural location has the advantages of two major cities, Sydney and Canberra both under 110 minutes away via the Hume Motorway. If you prefer the comfort of train travel, the Southern Highlands Line, CountryLink and XPT trains take you to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
The coastal beauty of the Illawarra from Shellharbour to Gerringong is an easy day trip through green mountain vistas. Whatever sparks your interest; the country, the city and the coast are at your disposal.
Bowral has all the large regional centre amenities at hand. Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA supermarkets are here as well as fresh food grocers, patisseries, bakeries, and pharmacies. Shopping arcades and plazas are filled with boutiques, antiques and specialty stores. Health professionals and medical practices service the area and Bowral Hospital and the Southern Highlands Private Hospital are seven minutes from Gibraltar Park estate. If you like movies with a difference, the Empire Cinema is a real treat. Just on 100 years old, it is fully refurbished in period style and the oldest regional cinema in Australia.
Rich in history, the town name of Bowral has suggested origins from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘high place’. Mt Gibraltar rises from the Southern Highlands landscape and forms the magnificent backdrop to Gibraltar Park. Running under the mountain and Gibraltar Park estate is a remarkable 150 year old railway tunnel, hewn through sandstone and hard shale 70 metres below the ground. Originally providing transport infrastructure in the 1860s, it was superseded and during WWII used by the RAAF to safely store explosives. Post war in the 1950s it was converted to a boutique mushroom farm that now supplies exotic varieties to local and international markets. Much of the Bowral area formed part of a land grant to the famous explorer John Oxley in 1923. The township of Wingecarribbee was the precursor to Bowral and many of the historic homes and civic buildings make Bowral such a sought after and culturally attractive place to call home. A taste of that historic architecture is enjoyed every day at Gibraltar Park in the grand manor house. Now refurbished to a magnificent clubhouse, residents of the estate will enjoy the advantages of the old and the new tastefully intermingled.
NEARBY CONVENIENCES AND ATTRACTIONS
- Highlands Marketplace shopping centre 3 mins
- ALDI and Coles supermarkets 5 mins
- Empire Cinema 4 mins
- Highlands Golf Club 6 mins
- Bowral Fine Art Gallery 4 mins
- Bradman Oval and Museum 6 mins
- Shellharbour beaches 60 mins
- Sydney Airport 66 mins
- Country Club Golf Course 5 mins
- Bowral and District Hospital 7 mins
- Southern Highlands Private Hospital 6 mins
- Corbett Gardens 5 mins