Bowral, located in the Southern Highlands of NSW, known for it’s beautiful gift shop boutiques, grand Victorian weatherboards and affluent townsfolk. My husband and I spent a few days relaxing and enjoying the best Bowral has to offer.
Staying in the Gibraltar Hotel, when we walked in we were amazed. The grandness of the art and modern style of the hotel was a lot more than we expected. We were lucky enough to stay in a Woodlands Deluxe Room, which has picturesque views across a golf course (with a lake that was full of ducks – love).
We were spending two nights, so we swiftly booked a massage and facial at the luxury Bowral Spa located in the hotel. Yes, it was good.
The art featured around the hotel was elegant botanical drawings, they were striking, by UK award winning artist Susannah Blaxill.
During our time in Bowral we thought we would take our time and see where the days took us. Bowral’s history extends back for approximately 200 years. Driving around to find the hotel we were gracefully greeted by lavish gardens and estate like Victorian homes, I had to do some googling to find out a little more about the place.
As more affluent British people started to move into Bowral in the late 1800’s the citizens of Bowral started planting European and English trees to make the area feel a little more British. The legacy still lives on, with many original homes begin maintained and gardens flourished.
One of the key tourist attractions in Bowral is Corbett Gardens, as one of the regions oldest parks dating back to 1911 becomes the centrepiece of the Spring Garden Festival held in September with over 100,000 tulips on display.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Bespoke Letterpress, known for their couture letterpress wedding stationery. They frequent as a major stall at The Finders Keepers Market and this Christmas had a pop-up stand at The Strand in Sydney.
Recently they’ve opened The Press Shop with a lovely little cafe located in the centre of town in a beautifully restored strip of shops, fun and delightful. Marble penny tile table tops, hints of mint pantone, open and airy letting the sun shine right into the cafe. What a beautiful fit out.
The Press Shop also features a retail store with some of the best stock Bespoke Press has to offer. Of course I couldn’t help myself and bought a few greeting cards while drooling over their delicious stationery.
Next door to The Press Shop is Dirty Janes. A mecca of antiques, a favourite of stylists – it was impressive. Recently renovated this landmark building on Bong Bong St is home to the most unique shopping experience full of curios, homewares and a dainty garden. You could spend hours trawling through their beautiful wares, searching for your very own Dirty Janes piece.
Inside Dirty Janes is the Tea Salon, very retro, known for Bowral’s finest High Tea with a selection of gourmet sandwiches, soups, cakes and of course scones with jam and cream.
Run by a father and daughter due Athol & Jane, who have over 20 years experience in the antique game. I hear you ask so who is Dirty Jane? Their website boasts an old story – worth a read. Who is Dirty Jane?
Only a short drive from Bowral, Mittagong is home of Sturt Gallery. Established in 1941, it’s one of the major cultural attractions of the Southern Highlands region. Sturt offers a range of contemporary craft and design classes including Furniture Design and Jewellery.
On our visit we were graced with an exhibition Materialise featuring artists from Braidwood, Queanbeyan, Canberra and local to the Southern Highlands region. Beautifully crafted objects that tell a story, it was nice to see some local art whilst we were in town.