Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Highland Hamper Company

From a hamper to delight the most discerning taste buds to a hamper that truly pampers, The Highland Hamper Company offers an extensive range of hampers that showcase the finest products of the NSW Southern Highlands. You can even personalise your hamper gift with a bottle of some of the best wines the area has to offer. 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Southern Highlands based creative Monique Germon has recently launched her unique retail concept, Story. As Monique explains on the her site, Story is a tale in two parts: it's a unique online store stocking locally handcrafted homewares, fashion and accessories, and it’s also a platform for narrative and online storytelling. Story facilitates the curation of ideas through product, word and the exploration of a new kind of narrative.

Visit Story to learn more about this unique and interesting concept…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Goodie Bags…

Perfect packaging for the perfect bomboniere, you can fill these Goodie Bags with anything you like. And, even better, the Goodie Bags come in a variety of colours and can be personalised with stickers, labels or even ribbons to tie in with your wedding theme.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Lionel Richie - Sunday 27th March 2011

Following his special AFL Grand Final performance in October, iconic performer Lionel Richie will be returning in March 2011 for a tour of Australia and New Zealand’s finest indoor arenas and A Day on the Green wineries.

After leaving audiences in raptures on his sold out 2007 tour, Richie will be back to have everyone dancing in the vineyards at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral on Sunday March 27 – with special guest, everyone’s favourite fro Guy Sebastian.

This is the fourth and final
A Day on the Green in Bowral for our landmark 10th anniversary season and we couldn’t think of a better way to end the celebrations.

In a career spanning over four decades, Lionel Richie has consistently bowled over critics and won legions of fans with his phenomenal repertoire of hits. Following his stint in popular 1970s funk band The Commodores, Lionel Richie was further propelled to fame with his self titled solo debut in the early 80s which led to him becoming a household name across the globe.

Richie’s music, a phenomenal catalogue that includes infamous pop anthems ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ and powerful ballads ‘Hello’ and ‘Endless Love’, is universally renowned and widely beloved. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards, Lionel Richie’s enduring vocals, smooth charm and mesmerizing stage presence have long rendered audiences in awe and continue to impress:

“By the show's close, not only is that deep, rich croon as effortless and powerful as ever, but Richie, having clearly saved the best for last, still has the energy to essay an extended, eyebrow-raising hip gyration to a disco megamix of his hits…Richie's every action is geared towards audience satisfaction and giving the crowd what they want.” – The Guardian (4 stars)

“When he hit the heavy, heavy, horn-driven breakdown of ‘All Night Long’, his magnum opus, the venue erupted…This is your opportunity to rock out on the biggest stage with the best. Take it.” – The Age

Richie’s 2007 Australian tour, his first in 20 years, had audiences in raptures with the consummate professional winning over both fans and critics alike with his on stage charisma and hit-laden set list and this upcoming tour is sure to follow suit.

Supporting Lionel Richie on tour will be Australia’s very own soulful pop star Guy Sebastian. Of the opportunity, Guy said: “Words can’t describe how thrilled I am to be invited on Lionel’s tour. He’s a living legend and has always been an influence on me...I grew up with his music in my ears.”

Guy has enjoyed notable success from his five previous studio albums and after completing a lengthy stint as a judge on X-Factor, is currently celebrating the release of Twenty Ten – his first greatest hits set with the addition of two new songs and an acoustic compilation. The album debuted in the Top 10 on the ARIA Album Chart and was Sebastian’s sixth consecutive release to do so.

Hot Adelaide quartet Lowrider will open the show. Two albums and hundreds of live shows later, Lowrider are a testament to the fact that the most integral part of being a successful band is making good music. With no gimmicks or special effects, this foursome have managed to build a solid reputation with their fusion of soul and funk, as evidenced on their most recent album ‘Round The World’. With support slots on the Lupe Fiasco and Alicia Keys tours, Lowrider are ready to hit the big stage again.

Come and be serenaded by Lionel Richie on his tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2011, it is a show not to be missed and the perfect Valentine's Day gift for yourself and your loved ones!

A Day on the Green is a fully licensed event. Strictly no BYO alcohol. Food will be available for purchase on site or BYO picnic. Picnic rugs & deck chairs are recommended. For all show, transport and accommodation details and playing times, go to


Platinum (4 rows only): $290 plus b/fee
Gold: $220 plus b/fee
Silver: $149 plus b/fee
General Admission: $125 plus b/fee

For Concert and Dining Package call Centennial Vineyards (02) 4861 8701.


Ticket & Transport packages available from Stuarts Coaches 02 4421 0332 For transport enquiries, call Berrima Buslines on (02) 4871 3211 or Locally Southern Highlands Taxis (02) 4872 4800.

For ticket & accommodation packages, call Southern Highlands Tourist Office 1300 657 559 or

from Ticket Master

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tour de Bowral…

The Tour de Bowral fund raising event that took place last weekend at Bowral Health Club was a huge success, with the gym raising over $1300 for the Ben Mikic Foundation. Despite the sweltering heat, 30 riders rode their hearts out, with Jen and Teysha taking turns at leading the riders through a series of hill climbs, sprints and jumps. Well done to all those who participated in the event, it was a for a great cause. Also, a huge thank you to Bowral Health Club for organising the event, and a particular thank you to Jen and Teysha for their leadership on the day! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Facial Treatment?…

After a facial treatment in the Southern Highlands? Glam Fragrance & Beauty in Bowral offers a range of treatments from leading skincare specialists including Clarins, Payot and Dermalogica. Visit Glam Fragrance & Beauty to view treatment menu.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Tour de Bowral…

Tomorrow a group of brave gym enthusiasts from Bowral Health Club will take part in an exciting 12-hour charity ride, Tour de Bowral, to raise money for the Ben Mikic Foundation. Riding in teams for 2-hour blocks from 6am on Saturday morning, Bowral Health Club will donate all proceeds directly to the foundation. Local radio station 2ST will cross live to the event throughout the day, keeping the community up to date with the progress of the riders. With prizes up for grabs for the participants who ride the most kilometres in each team, the event is set to be a fun day for all involved. If you are in the Bowral area on Saturday and would like to make a donation, there will be raffle tickets available for purchase at the gym.

About the Ben Mikic Foundation
On April 27th 2007, Ben Mikic, a talented 15 year old racing cyclist from Mittagong, NSW, was tragically killed in a collision with a car during a training ride three days after he had been selected to join the elite young rider’s team at the Illawarra Academy of Sport. Ben had proved himself as a gifted athlete in Road and Mountain Bike Racing. Ben's life goal, like many teenage cyclists was to ride in The Tour de France. Unfortunately, his gifted athletic ability was not enough to keep him safe on the road.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Southern Crush Wine Tours

The Southern Highlands are renowned for award-winning wineries, and Southern Crush Wine Tours offer all-inclusive packages so you can experience the best of the  Highlands' vineyards. With a range of tours available to suit your time requirements, numbers and budget, Southern Crush Wine Tours organise different activities at each winery, offering you a greater insight into the wine-making, grape growing and wine and cheese matching processes.

Visit Southern Crush Wine Tours to find out more…

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk

The award-winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk is one of Australia’s premier rainforest experiences. Located in the Southern Highlands, less than two hours from Sydney or Canberra, it offers a new and unique way to experience the rainforest and breathtaking views of the Illawarra Escarpment.

Treetop Walk   
The Treetop Walk is a unique attraction which enables visitors to experience a 1500-metre walk through beautiful, warm temperate rainforest. The uniqueness of the attraction in comparison to other rainforest walks is that 500 metres of this walk are nestled in the treetop canopy some 20-30 metres above ground level. The walkway culminates in Knights Tower, a spiral tower that rises to a breathtaking 45 metres above the forest floor.  Then there’s the thrills and challenges of two confronting swaying springboard cantilevers suspended 25 metres above the forest floor which take guests to the edge of the escarpment.

Sunrise Walk
Rise early for this unique dawn rainforest experience with the spectacular Sunrise Walk on offer on the second Saturday of every month. Take the Treetop Walk in the morning to take advantage of the beautiful light the sun casts over the landscape as it rises – truly magic. At sunrise, the views are not only amazing but the birds and local wildlife are quite active too. Sunrise Walks run for three hours from 6 – 9am, with times varying slightly depending on the time of year. Visitors will walk with a guide followed by a delicious hot buffet breakfast at Cafe 106. Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. Sunrise Walks cost $50 per person, including breakfast, and a 10% discount is offered to groups of ten or more.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Exquisite Eliza…

How amazing are these stunning charcoal drawings by local artist Eliza Overduin? We love the way each and every pieces captures nature in such a unique and elegant manner. Specialising in charcoal impressions and drawings, Eliza's works focus primarily on form, richly enhanced by integrating black on white through charcoal and cotton canvas. 

Visit Eliza's website to view her full portfolio and to learn more about her exquisite drawings.