March 23, 2015

A short stay in the Southern Highlands, NSW

Entrance to Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral
Gardens on the grounds of Peppers
Mount Ashby Estate, Moss Vale
Selection of wine to sample and buy, Mount Ashby Estate
Antique store, Mount Ashby Estate
Biota Dining, Bowral
One of many historic buildings in Berrima
Berrima Correctional Centre
Berrima schoolyard market
Steph's Gourmet food market stall
Over the weekend we spent a short twenty four hours in the Southern Highlands, 110km south west of Sydney. Visiting Moss Vale, Bowral and Berrima our visit mainly revolved around food.

With slightly cooler weather to Sydney it really was the best climate to eat and drink. Our food adventure started at Mount Ashby Estate in Moss Vale, a boutique vineyard and cellar. Keeping dinner in mind we ordered light, sharing a Charcuterie board for two and each enjoying a glass of Pinot Grigio.

Heading back to Bowral, about ten minutes away, we checked into our room for the night at Peppers Craigieburn. Our room, a Morton Wing room was a little smaller than expected. A positive though was the porta cot had already been set u.

That evening we dined at Biota, we choose the five course degestation without wine, instead choosing to order our drinks as the night went on. The dining experience was enjoyable, not rushed we enjoyed our five courses over a two and a half hour period.

The next morning we had a country style buffet breakfast (included in our package) at Peppers before we checked out and headed to the historic town of Berrima.

In Berrima, a town smaller than Bowral we stopped at a few historic sites before heading to the markets at the local school. At the markets we purchased some fresh figs, gourmet produce from Steph's gourmet food and a fabric memory board to hang in Gabby's room. Before heading home we stopped at Stones Patisserie for lunch where we ordered a beef, mushroom and red wine pie with salad and vegie crisps and a pumpkin and parmesan soup.

Overall despite it only being a short trip it was quite enjoyable. Next time if the weather permits I would like to visit Fitzroy Falls and perhaps the Wombeyan Caves.