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Australia has endless beaches, barrier reefs and cosmopolitan cities. Deserts make up much of the interior where you could drive for days and not see a soul. When we’re not travelling we choose to call Australia home, so we have plenty of local haunts to share if you’re planning a trip ‘down under’.

overland track

By road, rail or air Australia can be traversed in many ways, just remember it’s a long way between everything! Tasmania on the other hand is a compact island full of adventure options. Including the Overland track hike.

pumphouse point

Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair is a unique wilderness retreat which combines luxury with a genuine communal atmosphere set in the World Heritage Listed Lake St Clair National Park. A top pick for a special occasion!

aboriginal flag

Australia was only been settled by Europeans in 1788. However the indigenous Aboriginal people have inhabited Australia for over 65 thousand years.

Travelling in Australia

Autumn tree Moss Vale
Posted by Warren | 18 Aug 2018
Southern Highlands Weekend Escape

Whether it be a country wedding or simply a weekend getaway that brings you to the Southern Highlands, you will no doubt be in search of some events and activities...

Southern Highlands Wine Tour
Posted by Warren | 10 Aug 2018
Southern Highlands Wine Tour Guide

The Southern Highlands boasts some of the best conditions for cool climate wines in Australia. Being just over an hour's drive from either Sydney or Canberra, it's easy for many...

Pie Time
Posted by Warren | 28 Jun 2018
Top 5 ‘Pie-land’ Experiences

Our expedition to sample the pies of all 26 bakeries in the Southern Highlands Pie Trail is over. With so much variety on offer when eating the humble pie, it was...

Stones Patisserie Berrima - Award-winning Head to Tail Pie
Posted by Warren | 25 Jun 2018
Stones Patisserie Berrima

We began this pie trail run at the 2017 PieTime winner, Southern Rise Bakery in Moss Vale. It was fitting then that we finished it with the newly crowned 2018 PieTime champions,...

Two Skinny Cooks Berrima
Posted by Warren | 25 Jun 2018
Two Skinny Cooks Berrima

Berrima is a hot spot for pies in the Southern Highlands. Four bakeries in Berrima make it to the official trail yet there are more bakeries in Berrima to choose...

Shaggy Cow Mittagong - Pie
Posted by Warren | 25 Jun 2018
The Shaggy Cow Mittagong

The Shaggy Cow Mittagong is a popular lunchtime venue on the turn-off to Bowral. It has quite a gourmet and seasonal menu with all food made fresh on-site. Despite not...

mcvitty grove cafe pie
Posted by Warren | 25 Jun 2018
McVitty Grove Cafe

McVitty Grove Cafe is on the remote and winding Wombeyan Caves Road about 7km from Mittagong. Rolling hills quickly take over the scenery and you instantly ease into a relaxed frame...

The Scottish Arms Bowral
Posted by Warren | 23 Jun 2018
The Scottish Arms Bowral

Persistent rain on this pie run made it feel like I was in the Scottish Highlands rather than the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Which of course was a...

southern pies kangaroo valley bridge
Posted by Warren | 21 Jun 2018
Southern Pies Kangaroo Valley

I admit I was a bit delirious when I arrived at Southern Pies in the township of Kangaroo Valley. After running a marathon punctuated with 3 stops at various pie shops...

barrengarry general store worlds best pies
Posted by Warren | 20 Jun 2018
Barrengarry General Store

Pie lovers would know the Barrengarry General store. It has been displaying the bold claims of 'The World's Best Pies' on its roadside sign just outside Kangaroo Valley for many years....

fitzroy falls general store
Posted by Warren | 18 Jun 2018
Fitzroy Falls General Store

The newly crowned 'Best vegetable pie in NSW & ACT' the Fitzroy Falls General Store is an unassuming dark horse on the Southern Highlands Pie Trail. With no listing on...

mount ashby estate
Posted by Warren | 18 Jun 2018
Mount Ashby Estate

There is no telling where running around the Southern Highlands can take you. La Palette Cafe, located in Mount Ashby Estate just outside Moss Vale was like being whisked away into a...

exter-general-store-sign
Posted by Warren | 13 Jun 2018
Exeter General Store

I had actually already passed by Exeter General Store some days ago by surprise whilst heading out to Heatherbreas Pies at Sutton Forest. I thought this the first time and...

farm club australia werai
Posted by Warren | 13 Jun 2018
Farm Club Australia, Werai

Farm Club Australia is a working farm, accommodation, cafe, nursery and soon to be outdoorsy mecca. It is only 10km off the Hume Highway from Sutton Forest yet it is in...

Pie Time
Posted by Warren | 13 Jun 2018
The Mill Cafe Bowral

The Mill Cafe Bowral is a large warehouse whose bohemian style interior wouldn't be out of place along a street in Sydney suburbs like Surry Hills, Darlinghurst or Newtown. It's eclectic...

stones patisserie bowral
Posted by Warren | 11 Jun 2018
Stones Patisserie Bowral

A contrast to recent runs, this was only a 2.5km jog through the streets of Bowral to Stones Patisserie just off Bong Bong St. A few extra runners joined in the...

robertson pie shop
Posted by Warren | 10 Jun 2018
Robertson Pie Shop

Let's say up front, Robertson Pie Shop is an institution. A family run business for the last 37 years, all family and friends were on deck when we visited in...

hilltop village bakery oven
Posted by Warren | 08 Jun 2018
Hilltop Village Bakery

Hilltop Village Bakery is a community-minded bakery in this remote outpost of the Southern Highlands. A scenic run was had through equally remote Colo Vale with farmlands making up much...

whatman pie bradman museum
Posted by Warren | 04 Jun 2018
Stumps Cafe in the Bradman Museum, Bowral

Australia's favourite son, Donald Bradman 'The Don' perfected his cricketing talents here in the Southern Highlands before taking his unmatched skills to the world. Apart from his batting records, many...

Heatherbraes Pies
Posted by Warren | 03 Jun 2018
Heatherbrae’s Pies, Sutton Forest

It was a long 26km out to Heatherbrae's Pies Sutton Forest. Winding country roads were well suited to a Sunday motorcycle ride. Alas, I'd have to proceed on two feet!...

courtyard cafe berrima
Posted by Warren | 02 Jun 2018
Courtyard Cafe Berrima

We were pleased to attend the official launch of the Southern Highlands Pie Time event in Berrima. We got the low down on Pie Time events happening across June and...

Southern Highlands Pie Trail Run
Posted by Warren | 01 Jun 2018
The Great Southern Highlands Pie Trail Run

There are few items you could list that immediately say 'Australia' better than the humble meat pie. That staple satisfying snack to grab on the run or road trip. A...

burrawang general store
Posted by Warren | 30 May 2018
Burrawang General Store

This was the first of the 'long runs' for the Pie trail run. It was exactly 20km to run out to Burrawang. The Burrawang General Store has been in existence...

gumnut mittagong pies
Posted by Warren | 11 May 2018
Gumnut Patisserie Mittagong

Part of the Southern 'Pielands' Gumnut franchise. The Gumnut Patisserie Mittagong acts as the beating heart of this local Gumnut pie enterprise. It forms the warehouse where the famed Gumnut...

chelsea bakery pie rack
Posted by Warren | 11 May 2018
Chelsea Bakery Mittagong

Chelsea Bakery Mittagong is a dark horse in the pie trail stakes. A simple setup with some delicious pies. The run over from Burradoo felt longer than expected but relatively...

Mt Oxley Aboriginal Tribute
Posted by Warren | 09 May 2018
Gumnut Patisserie Berrima

The run to the Gumnut Patisserie Berrima was up and over Oxley Hill. Running was under clear and sunny skies, yet not too hot, a wonderful time of the year...

gumnut patisserie bowral
Posted by Warren | 08 May 2018
Gumnut Patisserie Bowral

Repeated winners of the Royal Easter Show pie competitions, Gumnut Pattiserie Bowral is considered royalty by locals in Bowral. The shopfront windows are littered with gold medals it's difficult to...

Posted by Warren | 04 May 2018
Southern Rise Bakery Moss Vale

As winners of the 2017 Southern Highlands PIE FEST it made sense to start at the Southern Rise Bakery in Moss Vale. The run was very pleasant following the trail along...

byron bay lighthouse
Posted by Warren | 22 Mar 2018
East Coast Australia Road Trip

With just over a month to spare, an East Coast Australia road trip was in order. With no fixed itinerary, we uncovered a few gems. After a 3-month Chilean road...

Pumphouse Point
Posted by Warren | 12 Sep 2016
Pumphouse Point, Tasmania

Another splintered oak log is loaded onto a well established fire. The flames envelope the log like embracing an old friend coming in from the cold. In the distance the sun...