Bowral Travel Guide

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Bowral, then known as Wingecarribee, was originally the site of the property of Surveyor General and explorer, John Oxley. His son subdivided the land and established a private village which grew steadily, first catering to the needs of the newly arrived railway workers and then after the railway was operating, as a handy holiday resort for tourists from Sydney.

It fast became the commercial centre of the Southern Highlands and today is still the preferred spot for a relaxing weekend away for thousands of Sydneysiders and others each year.

Many of Bowral's earlier visitors built stately mansions for their summer escapes and some of these historic homes together with their magnificent gardens can be appreciated by visitors today. The conversion of some of these homes to tourist accommodation provides popular venues for a relaxed and opulent stay.

Other buildings, commercial, official and churches, of historical interest are found throughout the town, restored to their original splendour.


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