Destination guide

Explore the Southern Highlands from holiday homes to rent

From its colonial heritage and cool-climate wines to its breathtaking waterfalls and vast national parks, the Southern Highlands makes an ideal spot for a quiet, country retreat. The lush, rolling hills and unspoilt bushland are the perfect base to explore the quaint villages and natural spaces, all within close proximity to holiday homes to rent.


Historic sites near Southern Highlands holiday rentals

The Southern Highlands’ rich history is celebrated in various heritage sites. Holiday homes may be found close to sites like Bradman Museum & International Cricket Hall of Fame, a museum devoted to the sport of cricket, and the NSW Rail Museum, a railway museum with heritage trains and memorabilia. History buffs will also enjoy Harpers Mansion, a heritage-listed homestead and museum with Georgian architecture and expansive grounds, and the Nepean Dam, a heritage-listed art-deco dam on pristine bushland.

Things to do

What to do near Southern Highlands holiday homes

Southern Highlands is filled with places to explore during your trip. You’ll find holiday homes near such places as the Mount Gibraltar Reserve, a wildlife-filled eucalyptus forest with trails and lookouts, and the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, a nature reserve with hiking trails and a variety of wildlife. You may also want to visit the Wingello State Forest campsite and hiking area with its beautiful scenery and trails, and the Sturt Craft Centre, an art museum with pottery, paintings and other artwork. The Sunnataram Forest Monastery, a Buddhist monastery with spectacular architecture, is also a must-see location.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands is a foodie’s paradise, thanks to its rich volcanic soils that produce everything from beef and dairy to vegetables and truffles. The high altitude is ideal for cool-climate wines, which are available throughout the region, and fine brews. The unique culinary tradition of the Southern Highlands is also influenced by the diverse cultural traditions of New South Wales, which includes cuisine from Europe, Africa and Asia, providing unique dishes. Holiday homes in the Southern Highlands put you within reach of all this gourmet food and tradition, whether you want authentic Australian food, cultural fusion cuisine or a fun night out with wine and cocktails.

Family friendly

Family fun near holiday homes in Southern Highlands

Families will enjoy the range of outdoor activities available for kids of all ages. Holiday homes may easily be found by family-fun places like Tallowa Dam, a spillway for fishing, camping and kayaking with a nearby lake, and Macquarie Pass National Park, a rainforest park that includes trails and waterfalls near prime birdwatching spaces. Kids will also enjoy the Nattai National Park, a protected parkland with hiking trails and campsites teeming with wildlife, and the vast Belanglo State Forest filled with planted and native trees and campsites.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Southern Highlands

If you’re looking to enjoy a romantic holiday with a loved one, the Southern Highlands sets the stage for a couple’s retreat. You can find holiday homes close to attractions like Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens, which is a garden space with native and exotic plants among endemic species, and Morton National Park, an expansive national park with hiking trails, roaring waterfalls and campsites. Carrington Falls, a picturesque waterfall with viewing platforms and picnic areas, and the Corbett Gardens, a beautiful garden with vibrant wildflowers and seating areas, are also great to visit.

Where to stay near Southern Highlands?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 501 holiday rentals near Southern Highlands. From 22 Farmhouses to 321 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Southern Highlands is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Southern Highlands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Southern Highlands. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Culburra Beach: 1,046 holiday rentals
  • Berry: 872 holiday rentals
  • Kangaroo Valley: 432 holiday rentals
  • Kiama: 481 holiday rentals
  • South Coast: 4,588 holiday rentals offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Southern Highlands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Southern Highlands?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Southern Highlands with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Culburra Beach: 1,046 holiday homes
  • Berry: 872 holiday homes
  • Kangaroo Valley: 432 holiday homes
  • Kiama: 481 holiday homes
  • Bowral: 253 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Southern Highlands? offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Southern Highlands. From travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wollongong City Gallery: 378 holiday rentals
  • Centennial Vineyards: 356 holiday rentals
  • Minnamurra Rainforest Centre: 899 holiday rentals
  • Bendooley Estate Book Barn: 347 holiday rentals
  • Blue Mountains National Park: 517 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Southern Highlands listed on where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.