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 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 500 holiday rentals near Southern Highlands. From 25 Farmhouses to 438 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.