Discover the best top things to do in Mittagong, Australia including The Grape Escape, Southern Highlands Welcome Centre, Highlands Food & Wine Tours, Artemis Wines, Lake Alexandra Reserve, Tertini Wines, Eden Brewery, Mount Gibraltar Reserve, Sturt Gallery, Perennial Hill Gardens.
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5 based on 194 reviews
Let The Grape Escape take you on a bespoke wine tour and more, experience our beautiful Southern Highlands for yourself and all it has to offer, join us at some of the fantastic cellar doors and vineyards, take advantage of the many special events throughout the year like Tulip Time, Food & Wine Festival, Jazz in the vines, and many many more! Hope to see you on one of our tours soon! Cheers, Scott and Mira
This was our second booking with the lovely Kate on The Grape Escape, and it more than lived up to expectations!
Three of us were on a “mini break” in the Southern Highlands, and had a wonderful day out - Kate arranged the trip according to our interests, and was totally flexible. We visited Artemis winery, welcomed with a warm fire, a wine tasting and a cheese platter. On to the beautifully restored Old Bank at Mittagong for lunch in the dining room, and the friendly staff there were kind enough to show us through some of the stunning accommodation available.
In the afternoon we went to The Chinoiserie Gardens in Mittagong, perfect timing for the stunning collection of tree peonies and herbaceous peonies, set amongst other beautiful plantings. Kate is a delightful guide and companion with a comprehensive knowledge of people and places in the region, and she will tailor your trip to suit you. Thoroughly recommended for anyone visiting the area!
4.5 based on 136 reviews
Make the Southern Highlands your next short break destination, and you will find a treasure trove of destinational attractions, like award winning restaurants and wineries, magnificent Gardens,rare antiques, authentic heritage and amazing natural wonders.The Southern Highlands Welcome Centre is a great place to begin your journey. FREE Maps, Fact Sheets, Brochures, WIFI are just the start of your experience.
Staff here are always helpful and knowledgeable about the Highlands. There is an increasing range of local produce available for sale, and also a handy stop-off for toilets.
5 based on 65 reviews
Welcome to Highlands Food & Wine Tours. We are here to give you a great wine tasting experience in one of Australia's greatest food and wine districts. The NSW Southern Highlands boasts some of Australia's best wine makers who have won accolades for their wine making both throughout Australia and around the world. There are also many food producers who produce premium food products. We have a list of weekend tours on our website and are also available for weekday tours.
This food and wine tour is real must do. Spotted on TripAdvisor and it lived up to its deserved reputation. John was a great driver - punctual, knowledgeable and drives a comfortable, air-contained bus. The four wineries were impressive, staff friendly wine gurus and lunch...MoreI am glad you both enjoyed your tour. It was great that you were able to join us for the day. I look forward to seeing you both in the Southern Highlands again someday.
4.5 based on 66 reviews
With an ambience of rustic Australian elegance, the Artemis cellar door is the perfect environment to enjoy a tasting of our finely crafted wines, ciders, meads and beer. Warm and welcoming by the fire in winter, laid back and casual on our lawn by the vines in summer. Everyone is welcome at our Cellar Door. It doesn't matter how much or how little you know about wine, just sit back and enjoy personalised service from our friendly cellar door staff. We are passionate about wine and look forward to sharing our knowledge with you. Complete your tasting experience with one of our local produce boards. Cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, terrines and pates are served on a locally made recycled timber board. Available at all times. We can also provide other casual dining options upon request for groups and functions. With the emphasis on abundance and the best produce simply prepared, enjoy wood fired pizza, or perhaps spit roasted meats or a BBQ brunch.
Recommended to us by a friend and we had a lovely time. Tasted wines and ciders. Victoria was knowledgable and informative about the wines we tried. We did not feel pushed into buying, but we did because we wanted too. Very enjoyable place to visit with a friendly atmosphere.
4.5 based on 69 reviews
4.5 based on 56 reviews
We are open 7 days, 10am-5pm from the 1st March 2016
Tertini understand how to do wine tasting right. An unassuming door leads into a lovely space decorated with various trophies and the like with ample Seating and, thankfully on what was a decently hot day, air conditioning. We were greeted warmly by the excellent Craig and his staff, seated promptly and offered a complimentary cheese platter to accompany our tasting.
Although they were busy, we were taken through their full range of wines which included a couple not generally on the tasting list. There was plenty of attention given to allow us to discuss different varieties as there were several Italian grapes that we were not familiar with.
As should be the case, there were some that we were not massive fans of, although often not the same wines, some that were lovely and some that were most fans of. No pressure to purchase anything but the quality of several of the wines combined with the excellent and attentive tasting experience saw us walk out with several cases!
4.5 based on 25 reviews
After having a beer at the RSL Club, our friends took us to the Eden Brewery.
The best "Paddle" selection I've sampled for many years.
Great flavours, excellent tasting notes and explanation of each beer.
Jacob was very informative and certainly knew his beers.
For the road, and if local, try their Growler. Great value and even better, you can return and refill too for a modest price.
4 based on 41 reviews
Mt Gibraltar is said to be the highest point between Sydney and Canberra and offers some spectacular views over the local area, includling the towns of Mittagong and Bowral, and then stretching to the distant Blue Mountains. There are three Lookouts - Mittagong, Jellore and Bowral. All offer wonderful views but my own favourite is the Bowral LO, which almost seems to hover directly above that town, No question, it is steep mountain.
There are picnic facilities at the LOs that are a little dated though still did the job. There is also a Rim walking track but we found that the section between the Jellore and Mittagong LOs, which are right next to each other, quite hard to follow. Didn't even try to find the much longer track to the Bowral LO.
4.5 based on 38 reviews
Sturt Gallery is a gem, nay a jewel. Some very talented artists and artisans have work on display and for sale. The area is well lit and spacious enough to display all manner of exquisite pieces and some rather unusual clever handicrafts. Delicate silver jewellery, beautiful glass ware, tiny crafted eggs delicately painted to delight all.
The Gallery is worth a visit to all in and around or going to the Southern Highlands.
4.5 based on 10 reviews
We commenced construction of the garden in 2001. Although we didn’t have a ‘master plan’ we knew we’d be able to create an interesting garden due to the slope of the 1 acre block. There were some existing eucalypts on the property in the lower, bottom corner and also a group to one side at the top of the block. The rest of the property was just paddock. We wanted to minimize the amount of lawn and maximize the garden areas. There was sufficient lawn for the kids to play on while growing up however that has diminished as the kids left the nest! We wanted to create an exceptional conifer area and rockery garden. We also wanted to incorporate as many different types of perennials into the Gardens as possible. Some gorgeous perennials you’ll discover in the garden are Pulmonarias, Campanulas, Salvias, Geums, Penstemons, Filipendulas, Monardas, Lysimachias, francoas, Helianthus, Rudbeckias and many more! We have a lot of hedging which is a very important element in a garden and helps to create atmosphere & mystery throughout the garden.We’ve planted many exotic trees, deciduous and evergreen. The garden includes some really rare trees such as Dacrydium cupressinum (New Zealand Rimu) , Cunninghamiana lanceolata (China Fir); Cedrus atlantica glauca pendula (Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar);Abies lasiocarpa compacta (Dwarf Arizona Fir); Cedrela sinensis (Chinese Cedar); Pseudolarix amabilis (Japanese Larch)and Fagas sylvatica pendula (Weeping Beech) to mention a few standouts. We also have a fairly substantial collection of Sambucus (Elderberry), almost a national collection! The shrub bay has some excellent rare & unusual specimens valued for their various shapes and colours. We have an interesting collection of ‘Cornus’ trees & shrubs including the rare Cornus alternafolia argentea. The sunken garden with a dwarf Mondo ‘lawn’ is nicely enclosed to offer a private and cool place to dwell on a hot summers day. The double Mixed Borders are a delightful area for a summer picnic. The newly created island bed at the front consists of 95% herbaceous perennials and is in full glory at the height of Summer. Some interesting English ‘Hurdles’ can also be seen throughout the garden. The dry-stone walls you’ll see not only perform well as retaining walls but look absolutely beautiful too. Workshops:- Perennial Hill will be running a series of One Day Workshops this year covering various topics such as ‘Learn to Propagate’; ‘Introduction to Perennials’; ‘Gardening in a Cool Climate’ & ‘Creating a Summer Border’. These workshops will only run pending sufficient numbers. Please see the website for further information: Please phone to confirm opening dates prior to your visit.
We visited 'Perennial Hill' in early November 2015 and were blown away by the beautifully landscaped grounds and array of different plants - it's an absolute oasis. The garden has been created in the style of an English cottage garden and features many impressive sandstone dry stone walls throughout. We're so looking forward to returning later in Summer to see how the garden has changed!
Perennial Hill is a must do destination for anyone visiting the Highlands!
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