Less than two hours’ drive from Canberra and nestled in the hills of the NSW Southern Highlands, Bundanoon (population 2,729), is in the Wingecarribee Shire and on Gandangarra and Dharawal lands. Formerly known as Jordan’s Crossing, Bundanoon’s Aboriginal name means “place of deep gullies”. The town’s Scottish ambience is an apt backdrop for tree-lined streets, historic sandstone buildings, lush green foliage and rainforests, cherry blossoms and delightful cafes, eateries, gift shops, and practical offerings of a butchery, grocery store, and newsagency. Visitors and locals can enjoy many activities and attractions including cycling, bushwalking, picnicking, and the scenic Fitzroy Falls and Morton National Park, the latter with imposing gorges, rainforests and wildlife. Winter visitors need to rug up throughout until Spring, though summer temperatures rarely rise above 30°. The 1922-built Bundanoon Hotel has long been a favourite of Canberrans seeking a quiet sojourn, while other comfortable accommodation includes: Baniara Cottage Bundanoon; Rockwell Bundanoon; Osborn House Bundanoon; the Bundanoon Country Inn Motel, and Idle A Wile Bundanoon. The village and its surrounds is a very comfortable place to prop, especially when wanting to sample the natural environment and many activities and attractions of nearby places, including Exeter, Sutton Forest, Moss Vale, Bowral, Robertson, Mittagong and Berrima. The larger town of Goulburn is less than an hour’s drive away. For more on Bundanoon and environs, see: https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/southern-highlands/bundanoon
Geri Bryant-Badham is a Canberra-based freelance researcher and journalist.
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