The Southern Highlands

If you are looking for a change of scenery, the Southern Highlands offers an idyllic getaway. Located between Sydney and Canberra, the Southern Highlands offers picturesque landscapes and historic country towns with an array of cafes, restaurants and activities to enjoy.

The Southern Highlands region is specifically centered on the commercial towns of Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Robertson and Bundanoon, with a number of smaller towns such as Burradoo making up the region. A great way to take in all of the sights is to choose from a number of tourist drives that will take you through historic townships, Morton National Park, to cellar doors and galleries.

An ideal time to visit the Southern Highlands is in September when Tulip Time is in full swing. Located in Bowral, the largest town in the Highlands, Tulip Time is the largest annual floral festival in NSW South of Sydney. With beautiful flowers, market stalls, a street parade and entertainment, there is something on offer for all ages. If you are searching for a retreat from city life, sales agents Bowral and nearby sales agents Burradoo can provide you with the break you need. As well as Tulip Time, Bowral is also home to The Bradman Centre (a must see for any cricket fan), a range of eateries, wineries and boutique shops, making Bowral an ideal getaway anytime of year. For those interested in architecture, real estate Burradoo offers a mix of historical manors and large architectural homes with beautifully manicured gardens.

During the cooler months, the Southern Highlands is also home to the traditional Scottish Highland Games. The Scottish cultural festival is run annually in April, where the town of Bundanoon is transformed into Brigadoon. Once again catering to those of all ages, Brigadoon is a great family friendly day outing with large band parades, Scottish dancing and highland games running throughout the day.

If you are after a more permanent change of scenery, perhaps sales agents Moss Vale will be able to assist you. Known as the Southern Highland’s rural center, Moss Vale has livestock sale yards, farmers markets and agricultural shows. The highlight of Moss Vale would be the Leighton Gardens which must be seen during Autumn or Spring.

For a change of scenery and change of pace, you should definitely consider the Southern Highlands for your next getaway. Catering to young and old, there is something for everyone.



Kiama is a small town 120 km south of Sydney in the Illawarra, NSW.

It is a lovely seaside township which has surfing beaches, caravan parks and many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. On weekends the town comes alive with people, many who are visitors from Sydney, as it is such a short drive.

Kiama’s great ocean climate means that it has warm summers and mild winters.

With areas for safe viewing, the Kiama Blowhole is a major attraction. There is a coastal walking track which currently allows people to walk from Minnamurra to Easts Beach, past the Blowhole and also a smaller blowhole, called the Little Blowhole. The Little Blowhole is situated between Easts and Kendalls Beach, being on a headland south of the central part of Kiama.

It is now possible to walk along the cliffs, all the way to Gerringong. It took years to construct the Kiama Coast Walk. This walk is a 22 kilometre track which extends from the mouth of the Minnamurra River at Minnamurra, north of Kiama, to Werri Beach, near Gerringong, south of Kiama. Some of the land was previously private property and was declared public reserve to enable the public to access the walkway. The walk wanders past headlands, rivers, beaches and Kiama’s town centre, to Blowhole Point and then on towards the Little Blowhole, and passes more beaches and bays before it ends.

Bombo is a few kilometres north and has a famous rock formation known as Cathedral Rocks. There are other rock formations on the headlands and cliffs, as well as walk going along the Kiama coast. Bombo Beach is a well-known surfing beach.

It took 17 years of hard labour to hollow out Kiama Harbour. This was flooded in 1876 and enabled large steamers such as those from the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company to enter. This resulted in an incomparable sea trade. The Harbour still houses many fishing and other boats and the wharf has a popular seafood cafe and seafood market where it is possible to buy local fish.

In 1881 the Kiama Pilot’s Cottage was completed, and this historic building is now a local history museum and tourist information centre, which is open on weekends. In 1887 Kiama Lighthouse was built, originally with an oil burner, and in 1969 the light was electrified and connected to mains electricity, with a battery back-up. The current light source is a 120V, 1000W quartz halogen lamp. The tower is closed to the public, but the general site is accessible by road with plenty of parking available. The Kiama Lighthouse is on Blowhole Point and is close to the Kiama Blowhole. The point also has a fascinating rock pool and there are seaside cabins close by.

The Kiama Post Office is one of many historic buildings in Kiama. On nearby Terralong Street there is a war memorial, an historic fire station which is used for exhibits and a shopping centre. This street has a mall of cafes, restaurants and art galleries.

Saddleback Mountain and Noorinan Mountain provide a dramatic backdrop to the township.

Further attractions are Jerrara Dam, west of Kiama, which was built in the 1800s to supply water to the area and is now a reserve. Jamberoo Park is a water-ride theme park which is very popular among both locals and tourists and is about 10 minutes inland, at Jamberoo. Also, just north of Minnamurra is Killalea Recreation Area, a nature reserve on Bass Point.


A holiday in Ulladulla

Appropriately the name Ulladulla is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘safe harbour.’ The sunrise over Ulladulla Harbour is a sight to behold and the small pleasure boats moored there make a wonderful display. Ulladulla is a great holiday destination.

The harbour is the home port to one of the largest commercial fishing fleets on the south coast of NSW. Every Easter a Blessing of the Fleet Festival is held. This colourful festival has been held since 1956. The tradition originated in Sicily, Italy and is centuries old. It is continued in Ulladulla by the descendants of the original Italian fishing community. The actual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony is held at Ulladulla harbour on Easter Sunday, after a street parade with colourful floats and street stalls. The Princes Highway is the main road running through the town and is usually closed for the day.

Ulladulla Harbour is a minor port administered by the previously named Land and Property Management Authority, which was responsible for land titles, property information, valuation, surveying, and mapping and spatial information in New South Wales. This is now called the New South Wales Land and Property Information, a division of the Department of Finance and Services in the Government of New South Wales.

A wooden jetty was built in 1859. This was because the Illawarra Steam Navigation Company had told the farmers that they would not call again at Ulladulla unless better mooring facilities were provided. The Illawarra Steam Navigation Company was a shipping company that serviced the south coast of New South Wales, Australia from 1858 to the early 1950s. The company was formed through the amalgamation of the General Steam Navigation Company, the Kiama Steam Navigation Company and the Shoalhaven Steam Navigation Company. Each of these companies serviced parts of the south coast with their respective vessels.

After merging, the new company held a virtual monopoly in regard to shipping on the south coast. Their fleet visited every significant port between Sydney and the border of Victoria. The company transported passengers and a range of produce, including livestock, and so it became known as the ‘Pig and Whistle Line’. More than twenty steamships were part of the company’s fleet, over the years. These included the Merimbula and the Eden. Most of the ships were purpose-built according to the needs of the company, and they were built in shipyards in Australia and abroad.

The jetty was replaced by a stone pier after seven years. The pier was built by the government on the natural reef. The Illawarra Steam Navigation Company built a store on the harbour foreshores. This storehouse was for the receiving of produce for shipment to and from Sydney. There was a weekly cargo service to Ulladulla until the mid-1950s.

The Ulladulla Lighthouse was built in 1873 on the harbour breakwater. In 1889 it was relocated to Warden Head, a headland south of Ulladulla Harbour, and is active today. This lighthouse which guards the entrance to the Port of Ulladulla is one of only two wrought iron lighthouses in NSW, the other being the Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse.

Tourism is  one of the main causes of growth of the township of Ulladulla. The underdeveloped beaches are beautiful and the fishing is great. There are cafes and restaurants and plenty of shops to browse in.

Nearby are the lovely towns of Mollymook and historic Milton. Also part of the Milton-Ulladulla district is Narrawallee which is a coastal village consisting predominantly of a residential suburb, bordered by a tidal inlet to the north and Matron Porter Drive.

Bondi Beach

Bondi’s famous waves, beautiful water and golden sands make it a great place for surfing and swimming – but that is not all Bondi has to offer. Bondi Beach offers a year-round beach lifestyle which attracts not only the young and vibrant and energetic but also those in need of recuperation and comfort. Throughout the year Bondi is alive with vibrancy and excitement and warmth.

Great coffee shops and restaurants abound for breakfast while basking in the sunshine.

Then go for a walk from Bondi to Coogee on the Coastal Walk. Spectacular coastal scenery awaits you, with beaches, rockpools and parks along the way. The path from Bondi to Coogee is 6 km of winding walkway and begins just near the Bondi Baths. It takes about 1-2 hours to complete while walking at a fairly leisurely pace.

Every spring, part of this beautiful coastal walk is transformed by sculptures in the famous Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, which is the world’s largest yearly free outdoor sculpture exhibition. The coastal walk is transformed into a 2 km long art gallery which features over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and around the world.

Up a set of steep stairs near the start of the walk, in Marks Park, there are a number of Aboriginal rock carvings. This is one of the walk’s highest points and a great whale watching spot between May and November, which is the migration season. On the way south to Coogee/Tamarama you’ll pass by Mackenzie’s Point Beach. This is one of the smallest beaches in NSW and is only accessible at low tide. While a terrific place for surfing, the beach is not suitable for swimming, however it is a lovely place to relax by the water.

As the coastal trail winds towards Bronte Beach take the stairs near the rock pool to the cliff top board walk. This will give you fantastic panoramic views of Tamarama, Bronte and Bondi to the north and Malabar Headland to the south. Rest and relax at one of Bronte’s cafes, or just find a shady spot under a tree.

As you continue on from Bronte, the walk passes by the historic Waverley Cemetery perched on top of sandstone cliffs and rock platforms. If you follow the cliff path you will reach Clovelly Beach. This beach is popular for swimming and snorkelling and rests in the narrow bay between Bronte and Gordons Bay. There is a challenging steep staircase that needs to be climbed to reach Gordon’s Bay, but it is worth the climb with its clifftop views.

The scenic track continues from Clovelly and ends up at Coogee Beach. There you will find picnic areas in the park and BBQ facilities. You may enjoy a swim in either the protected beach or in Wylie’s Baths. Also there are many cafes and bars in the area for a drink before the walk back.

Plenty of buses are available which link Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly, so you can join the walk at many of the various stages.

Outdoor living – indoors

When you are at the seaside you need to be aware of the weather – it changes from hot to cold, stormy to sunny – in a flash. You can be a part of all the weather changes and feel the elements by having an ‘outdoor room’. This room can be a patio, a balcony or verandah which is furnished comfortably and stylishly. The real secret of the versatility of this room, though, is how it connects to the house.

Brio has multiple designs and styles of exterior folding systems for you to use when creating that special indoor/outdoor space. Architecturally-inspired, Brio’s systems give you a unique experience by enabling you to open up large spaces so that people traffic and fresh air and sunshine can flow. Brio’s impressive concepts offer ease of handling when opening and closing the doors. Luxurious and beautiful, the freedom of inspired external living arrangements is yours.

You can feel as though you are outdoors when in fact you are undercover – experience the wildness of a stormy evening while having the comfort of being sheltered from the elements.

Brio’s terrific pleated insect screen has been designed to be used with folding doors or sliding doors. Keep unwanted insects away while still having the delight of fresh air. The superior look and feel of exterior sliding door hardware and folding door hardware designed by Brio means that you do not compromise on quality. Brio has doors which are easy to open and close and which are stylish as well.

With the added extras of a BBQ or a pizza oven and sink, your outdoor room can become a place of versatile entertaining for family and friends. Especially in cooler climates you may wish to add a fireplace for comfort and warmth so that even in cold weather you can sit outside and enjoy the seascape or the view.

Brio’s designs will capture your imagination and the heart of your family as they enable you to draw on the knowledge and experience of the company to expand your living areas at home or at your beach house.