Wollongong to the Southern Highlands … road trip!

12.49pm, Saturday 5th May, Old Hume Highway, Goulburn, NSW, Australia

Afternoon, folks – it turned out the easiest way to get from Wollongong to Canberra without bothering anyone else, or going back to Sydney to get a plane or a train on to Canberra was to take a one-way rental car and drop it at the Canberra airport. The good thing about this mini roadtrip south from Wollongong to Canberra means that I’ve been able to have a look at The Southern Highlands – the home of two very staunch Yalumba fortresses – the Moss Vale Hotel and the Surveyor General’s Inn. We did a neat Rare & Fine trade lunch and tasting at Samuel’s restaurant in Thirroul (lovely old, surfer-filled village on the coast just north of Wollongong) last Tuesday, and we were lucky enough to have the proprietors of both pubs make the trek across for the event.

But first – our starting point – Wollongong Harbour this morning …


Then on through Bowral – birthplace of Australia’s legendary cricketer Sir Donald ‘The Don’ Bradman – to Moss Vale, also home to the Bong Bong Picnic Races, which we’re tangled up with each year.

Here’s Tom’s pub at Moss Vale …


Then it was on to historic Berrima to have a look at Ross and Carol’s place – the Surveyor General’s Inn …


Where they offer quite the unique babysitting service …


Thanks a huge amount for the support, folks, and we’re already planning our trip next year for the Southern Highlands Yalumba dinner with you all, and we’ll definitely remember to pack the thermal underwear! It’s cold up there!


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