Plan your escape to
Needlecraft & Fibre Arts
in the Southern Highlands
The ultimate destination for Needlecraft and the Fibre Arts lovers
The Southern Highlands is a unique pocket of New South Wales, surrounded by nature, rolling hills and magnificent views. Renown for its distinctive seasons and the sense of feeling a world away, yet it is an easy drive from Sydney, Canberra and the Illawarra. The perfect destination for a break away.
Inspired by its relaxed feel and natural beauty, the Southern Highlands is a popular place to visit and live for those seeking a space to undertake the handmade and creative arts. The Southern Highlands Needlecraft and Fibre Arts community is large and varied with embroiderers, patchworkers, quilters, appliquérs, smockers, stumpworkers, lacemakers, spinners, weavers and feltworkers. The area is also home to many fabulous needlecraft suppliers and exceptional specialists in their fields. Follow the trail through the towns and villages that make up the Southern Highlands and soak up some creativity.
The Needlecraft and Fibre Arts Trail unearths creatives, boutique stores, soft furnishing & homewares retailers, galleries and makers spaces throughout the region. From leading needlecraft supplier Victoria House in Mittagong, to quality patchwork and quilting specialist Berrima Patchwork to Bowral’s internationally recognised Stumpwork author Jane Nicholas OAM, you’ll find needlecraft around every corner of the Southern Highlands.
Our Towns & Villages
Conveniently situated between Sydney, Canberra and the South Coast, The Southern Highlands is the perfect place for needlecrafters to visit and be inspired.
Made up of towns and villages, the Southern Highlands is an unique mix of natural beauty and old world charm. Each of its towns and villages has its own distinctive character with friendly locals welcoming you to explore and enjoy this beautiful area that is Australia Centre of Excellence for Needlecraft and Fibre Arts.
Visit the Southern Highlands & discover the Needlecraft & Fibre Arts Trail
The beautiful Southern Highlands is easily accessible. Ideally situated between Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra.
TRAVEL BY CAR
FROM SYDNEY: 1 hour from Sydney via the M5 motorway. Heading south from Sydney take the first exit to Mittagong to enter the Southern Highlands.
FROM CANBERRA:1.5 hours north from Canberra. Travel via the Federal and Hume Highways. Use the Southern Highlands exits to Moss Vale, Berrima or Mittagong.
FROM WOLLONGONG: 1 hour from Wollongong travelling the M1, take the Picton Rd/B88 exit towards Picton/M31/Hume Highway and take the first exit to Mittagong (exit 11). Alternatively, follow the M1 and Illawarra Highway, then onto Tourist Roa passing through Roberston, follow Kangaloon Road to Moss Vale.
TRAVEL BY TRAIN
Sydney trains and NSW Trainlink services stop at various Southern Highlands towns daily.
For more information call 131 500 or visit https://transportnsw.info/
TRAVEL BY COACH
Coaches operate between Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra. Bookings can be made directly with coach companies.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE RECHARGE STATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Visit Destination Southern Highlands: https://www.visitsouthernhighlands.com.au/operator/recharge-station-welcome-centre/ for a list of electric vehicle recharge stations in the Southern Highlands.
Places of interest, where to eat, stay, dine whilst visiting the Southern Highlands
Destination Southern Highlands
The Southern Highlands is the perfect destination for a short break away. Discover all the region has on offer here. Plan your visit, find things to see and do, discover what’s on, where to stay & eat and trip ideas.
Mary Poppins Birthplace
Did you know the Southern Highlands town of Bowral lays claim as the birthplace of Mary Poppins? Discover why Bowral has a compelling claim to be her birthplace.
Mittagong Antiques Centre
Emporium of vintage, collectables and antiques.
With over 45 dealers exhibiting their wares sourced from all around the globe, you will
need to allow yourself time to explore the wondrous array of antiquities, collectables and fine arts, including arts by local artisans.
Southern Highlands Booktown
Since 2000 the region has augmented its cache of local authors, publishers and book-lovers with a suite of bookshops and literary festivals to lay claim to its status as Australia’s First Booktown. Discover the Booktown Trail.
Step back in time with a visit to the Berrima Courthouse. Take a tour through the magnificent Georgian building, view “The Berrima Story” which chronicles the village from the 1830s to the present day, and the fabulous light and sound show in the Courtroom of one of the most notorious cases in not to be missed.
Berrima village is the perfect spot to slow down and breathe in the country air. Surrounded by bespoke boutiques, vintage shops, art and handmade galleries, charming places to spend the night and delicious dining options to relax and soak up village life.
Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame
The Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame is a permanent cultural exhibition dedicated to the game of cricket. Featuring exciting and interactive displays and cafe. Well worth a visit!
Bundanoon is the ‘Quintessential Southern Highlands Experience’ and is brimming with things to see and do.
Known locally as the “Green Heart of the Highlands”. With national parks and waterfalls to walk and ride through and, lovely wedding venues, charming restaurants and shops, a variety of accommodation options, a thriving art community, a friendly and unpretentious
“working village” atmosphere and events all year round.