Friday, December 13, 2013

Southern Highlands Wine Time

WINE TIME ... it's an exciting new festival for the Southern Highlands.

Destination Southern Highlands in conjunction with Southern Highlands Food & Wine will launch this exciting festival on the 26 February 2014. Designed to showcase the Highlands as a key food and wine destination, the festival will run until 23 March 2014. 

WINE TIME commences with the Dan Murphy Australian Highlands Wine Show on 26 and 27 February (the third annual national wine show for wines produced from grapes grown in Australia at an altitude of over 500 meters), and the inaugural Australian Cider Awards, a new national competition for Australian ciders, on 28 February, 

On 9 March, the Southern Highlands will welcome Australia’s leading wine and travel writers for Wine & Wickets. Hosted by the Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame, the event will be played at Bradman Oval. 

And guaranteed to become hugely popular, the Australian Highlands Wine Show Top 40 Public Tasting will take centre stage at Bowral Memorial Hall on  Saturday 15 March. This event will include tastings of all the Dan Murphy Australian Highland Wine Show award winners, plus the chance to meet the wine makers and sample delicious canapés featuring local produce.

Other exciting events and displays are in the pipeline, and special accommodation packages will be available for visitors wanting to stay for a weekend or longer. 

For more WINE TIME information visit Destination Southern Highlands, email them or call 02 4871 2888. 

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Highlands Tea Company

When the hustle and bustle of life becomes too much, a cup of tea can be a delightfully welcome and soothing diversion. 
The Highlands Tea Company specialises in fragrant, premium quality teas and tea blends from around the world.

Earl Grey, classic black teas, green tea, blossom, organic and chai teas are just some of the varieties available, along with gorgeous canisters, infusers, and teapots - in fact everything you need for the perfect cuppa.

And here's a truly delightful idea, perfect for an unusual and thoughtful wedding gift: the Highlands Tea Company also sells an extensive range of hampers at prices to suit every budget. Hampers start at just $39.00, through to the fabulous deluxe $129.00 hampers packaged with a beautiful jute gift box (which makes a lovely storage box for later).

And their eco-friendly and sustainable packaging makes the 
Highlands Tea Company's hampers appealing to both the eye and environment. Order on line at the or call call Amanda on 0417 444 408.

Visit Highlands Tea Company

Friday, November 8, 2013

Camelbak Highland Fling

The Southern Highlands once again rolls out its best for riders in the 2013 CamelBak Highland Fling.

Over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November, the Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon and its surrounding villages will once again welcome some 2,000 mountain bike riders, together with their families, friends and support crews, to the 9th running of the Highland Fling mountain bike marathon. This year proudly sponsored by CamelBak.

This high-profile event attracts a strong field of both Australia’s elite men and women, along with international riders from the UK, Germany, South Africa and a strong New Zealand contingent. World champions, Olympians, and one of Australia’s largest fields of weekend warriors will be mixing it up on the trails – and experiencing what the beautiful Southern Highlands has to offer.

Each year the CamelBak Highland Fling contributes well over $1 million to the regional economy, as well as incorporating numerous fundraising projects for a variety of local community groups.

The event is more than just a race. A weekend schedule of activities combines to create a celebration of biking for everyone.

To find out more, visit CamelBak Highland Fling.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Your Event Solution

Say 'yes' to Your Event Solution and you'll say 'yes' to the wedding you've always dreamed of!

Whether you've opted for an enchanting garden wedding or a celebration under the stars, you can trust Your Event Solution to help you create the ideal setting for your special day. Their reputation for excellence is built on a foundation of exceptional service, artistic, flair and attention to detail.

Over the years Your Event Solution has worked with hundreds of couples, creating beautiful weddings that don’t compromise on quality. They offer a full planning, set-up and pull-down service, in addition to providing a wide range of silk-lined marquees, clear pavilions, chairs, tables, furniture, glasses, crockery, decor items and audio visual equipment.

Visit Your Event Solution or call them on 02 4862 3166.               

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Fitzroy Inn

Pledge your love and loyalty at the Fitzroy Inn  nestled among the foothills of Mt Gibraltar in the gorgeous NSW’s Southern Highlands.

You might like to hold your ceremony beside one of the century old oak trees, or perhaps on the historic inn's grand veranda.

The beautifully designed gardens and original colonial building make the perfect setting for the most romantic, elegant, and intimate of weddings.

A range of attractive packages have been created to meet every wedding day need and the Fitzroy Inn's helpful staff will help you select the one that’s perfect for you.

Your family and friends are most welcome to accompany you when you come along for a viewing appointment 

Call the Fitzroy Inn on 02 4872 3457 - or visit them at The Bride's Diary® Wedding & Events Expo, at the National Convention Centre on Sunday 13th October. Tickets available for purchase on the day, or online at The Bride's Diary Events booking page.                           

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty

Located in the central, private location in "High Street", Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty's aim is to pamper you from head to toe & to enhance your individual, natural beauty.

Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty's skilled & passionate therapists, treatment menu, serene, beautifully appointed space & the use of exceptional products, all blend to create a luxurious experience.

The skin & beauty clinic will provide you with the space to relax & unwind, away from your everyday routine & frantic lifestyle, while completing the necessary treatments to look after your skin & body.
At Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty, they understand the need for quality products & treatments to get the best results for you, as such, Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty only use clinically validated skin care products & cosmetics, as well as the highest quality white waxes, designed for sensitive skin, in all waxing treatments.​

Sheer Serenity Skin & Beauty have a full time Paramedical Aesthetician available to offer clinical grade rejuvenation treatments & clinically validated skin care.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2013 Tulip Time Festival Program

Destination Southern Highlands and the Tulip Time Working Party are pleased to release the full program of events and activities for this year's 53rd Tulip Time Festival in the Southern Highlands.

To coincide with his year's appointed charity partners (CanTeen Australia and Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids Inc. (4K's)) the key message is 'brighter futures' coupled with the central colour theme of red adorning local businesses, streets and gardens across the towns and villages. This theme and alignment with the children's charities has assisted to shape the program of events increasing the focus on the younger demographic.

The highlight of events for the first week include the free 2ST Radio community breakfast, exciting and interactive Carnival Dinner, story and craft time, face painting, the Street Fair and much loved Street Parade this year followed by the inaugural Billy Cart Derby down Bong Bong Street, Bowral.

Then before the weekend is over, there is the spectacular Tulips After Dark on Saturday 28th September with Bowral's Corbett Gardens becoming a fairy land of colour. The garden will come alive at 6.15pm with the children's pantomime the 'King and Queen of Green', followed by the countdown to light up the garden and entertainment by the esteemed local artist Bronwyn Kenny and her Trio. Entry to the event is by gold coin donation which will support one of this year's charity partners CanTeen Australia. Gates open at 6.15pm and all patrons are encouraged to rug up, bring a chair and enjoy the spectacular lights and entertainment. 

Stall holders operating in Corbett Gardens and adjoining Street Fair will continue throughout the evening providing patrons with the opportunity to purchase a mix of food, wine, gifts, home wares etc. so there is even more reason to come and enjoy the starlight program.

Not to be outdone, the second week offers more again with story and craft time, children's pantomime 'Why Alice painted the Tulips Red', walkabout with the reptiles, Priceline Beauty session, face painting, 7's Rugby Carnival and the grand final for the Battle of the Banger's 'cook off' in Berrima. 

For full details of these and other Tulip Time events, please visit Tulip Time or call Debbie Pearce, Destination Southern Highlands Event Coordinator on 02 4871 2888 or by email.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ivory Princess Bridal | SALE - 24 August

Ivory Princess Bridal, is a small bridal gown business situated in the Southern Highlands and is family owned and run.

With a background in photography and graphic design, Emma, owner of Ivory Princess Bridal, fell in love with Bridal wear and has begun designing her own collections.

Ivory Princess Bridal's Gowns range from $600 - $1500 inc G.S.T., giving all brides an opportunity to own their own beautiful wedding gown at such affordable prices.

This weekend, 24 August 2013, come and visit Ivory Princess Bridal between 9am and 2pm for some fantastic savings on bridal gowns! There is 15% off all goods on racks - AND if you
place an order, you will receive a 10% discount! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Alison Lawson Cakes

                  Be prepared for all kinds of ‘sweet’ inspiration for your next celebration!

Alison Lawson is a bespoke cake artist located in Bowral, Australia. Originally a primary school teacher, Alison is now a proud wife, and mother to three gorgeous little boys.

Through her love of baking, artistic desire, and fine eye for detail, it wasn’t long before ‘Alison Lawson Cakes’ was born.

Alison is passionate about creating edible works of art for special occasions, taking great pride in using beautiful recipes.  Only the finest ingredients are used to freshly bake cakes, cookies, cupcakes, meringues and other sweet treats from scratch –  to order only.

As a party stylist and writer, Alison has contributed articles to Highlife Magazine, Highland Baby and Child and My Little Jedi e-magazines.  Alison also contributes baking and decorating tutorials for the dessert blog Best Friends For Frosting.

Alison’s cakes have been featured in Cosmopolitan Bride magazines, as well as in well known cake and styling blogs such as Amy Atlas and Half Baked – The Cake Blog.
When not baking, styling and writing, Alison enjoys spending time with her family in and around their home in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia.


 Contact Alison Lawson Cakes

Monday, July 22, 2013

Winter Warm Up at Endota Spa

Endota Spa: ahhh-mazing. Certified endota skincare, Dermalogica and Jane Iredale mineral make-up.

Experienced spa professionals to assist you with treatments from 1-4 hours, facials, microzone, skin bar, remedial and relaxation massages, waxing, deluxe manicures and pedicures, scrubs, wraps and so much more...

Winter Warm Up
45 minute facial + 45 minute massage - only $99
PLUS free wild orange spritzer (valued at $30)

Visit Endota Spa.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

FoodPath Culinary Tours..

FoodPath Culinary Tours runs a range of food tours and other activities in the Southern Highlands of NSW - including farm tours, market tours, food - focused walking tours and fruit and nut picking in season. As well there are food related workshops such as preserving, pasta making and cheese appreciation. They also have a FoodPath long table at Biota Dining on Celebration Sunday every month.  

From time to time there are specialty workshops such as spice appreciation with Herbie Hemphill, gelato making and Sicilian desserts with Luigi de Luca. 
To find out what is coming up follow Jill's blog, "like" the FoodPath Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. If you subscribe from the website you can go on a mailing list for monthly updates. 

Group bookings and conference groups are welcomed and FoodPath can customise a tour or experience to shut your needs. 
Our farm tours are normally guided self drive (you follow us), but a bus can be organised for larger groups. Prices are adjusted accordingly. 

Come along and experience something different - and have fun while you do. 

Visit Food Path Culinary Tours

Thursday, July 11, 2013

MMC Makeup Specials!

As a bride, your special day should be nothing less than flawless, memorable and stress free! MMC Makeup's tailored bridal packages include the scheduling of all makeup techniques from start to finish, so you can rest assured there will be no unexpected surprises and all your needs are met. 

Your trial session will ensure the best result is achieved including a specialised nutrition plan to ensure your skin will be absolutely radiant on your wedding day!
MMC Makeup currently has two fantastic special offer packages available ...

End of July Makeup Special
Special event makeup two for the price of one!*

Pinup Girl Special - July to August 
Two for the price of one Pinup and Rockabilly Makeup packages!*
Release your inner Pinup girl and enquire with MMC Makeup how to make the perfect Pinup girl look! 

**Visit MMC Makeup for prices.

Visit MMC Makeup.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Try Flavours of the South with Highlands Foodie Group

'Flavours of the South' is one of the highlights of the Southern Highlands events calendar showcasing the best of foods, wines, vineyards, music, activities throughout the region with the Highlands Foodie Group.

Known as a "road trail of interesting happenings" an indexed full colour brochure/map leads the visitor to each of the event with the choice of experiencing them all, or just one or two on the trail.

When: Saturday, June 8th to Monday, June 10th 
Where: Various locations and times.

‘Flavours of the South’ is the next big weekend event from the Highlands Foodie Group this Queen's Birthday and they’ve lots of happenings with old favourites and new along the trail from Tahmoor to Moss Vale. 

The full program can be downloaded via the Highlands Foodie Group website or hard copies of the brochure are now available – call 02 4871 2524 for details. 

Visit the Highlands Foodie Group.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Spend Wint-ahhh with Endota for Only $80

This June get cosy with a 30 minute facial and 30 minute massage for only $80 at Endota Spa. One hour in spa and suddenly it's wint-ahhh...

Offer valid Monday through Friday, June 1st to 30th. Conditions apply, see the Endota Spa website for details.

Visit Endota Spa.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Ideas From Endota

Everyday is Mother's Day at endota spa!

Special Offer:

- 30 min glycolic 'peel and go' treatment

ONLY $60!

+ offer valid monday to saturday only.
+ not valid sundays or public holidays.
+ cannot be used in conjunction with gift vouchers or purchased as a gift voucher.
+ subject to availability.
+ offer valid 1-31 may 2013.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas:

Skincare Starter Pack ~ $50
The works! A great little sample and travel pack

down to earth ingredients:
  • fig n sugar cleanser (20ml)
  • aloe & jojoba face scrub (20ml)
  • bush honey & macadamia skin drink (20ml)
  • rosehip & myrrh face mask (20ml)
  • cinnamon & honey lip balm (15ml)
  • spa headband

ahh-mazing pack ~ $80
Bursting with body essentials!
  • body bar
  • lilly pilly body moisturiers (170ml) 
  • cinnamon & honey lip balm (15ml)
  • lavender hand cream (20ml)
  • native mint foot cream (20ml)
  • manicure kit
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Spoil Mum This Mother's Day With A Lovely Lunch at Biota

You will enjoy 4 courses with a glass of bubbles on arrival for $95 per person only at Biota Dining in Bowral this Mother's Day.

Additionally, every Mother will go in a draw to win a $200 voucher to spend on Deshabille sleepware at Lin and Barrett store in Bowral.

Mum will also have the chance to win a beautifully relaxing 1 hour Organic Facial at Endota Spa Bowral.

What a fantastic way to spend the day!

Visit Biota Dining.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bendooley Estate, Berrima

From intimate to extraordinary, Bendooley Estate in the Southern Highlands caters for every occasion…

Bendooley Estate will design a unique wedding celebration, exclusively for you. They pride themselves on being flexible and creative, whilst always paying attention to the finer details. The team will work with you to cater for your every need without forgetting about your budget.

Bendooley Estate has a stunning location to suit each aspect of your wedding: the ceremony, the signing of the register, the wedding photographs, and the reception – whether an informal gathering for a dozen, or a larger celebration for up to 250 cocktail style or 150 sit-down.

Bendooley Estate is a little bit different; a place with genuine country warmth and intimate elegance where you can truly celebrate your special day.

The property offers a variety of locations to perfectly suit each aspect of your celebration, whatever the season.


The expansive private gardens with their ancient European trees, the circular rose garden, the lake with its very own jetty – all are picture perfect location choices for your special ceremony. 

Wine lovers might prefer to gather in our cool climate vineyard or perhaps choose a 
spot on the verandah, which wraps around the old Book Barn and enjoys expansive rural vistas.

The Book Barn's sandstone forecourt and gardens can also be set up for your ceremony, or choose from one of the many delightful churches within a ten-minute drive.


The Barn:
Imagine your wedding in a vast converted barn with soaring cathedral ceilings, exposed timber beams and surrounded by beautiful leather-bound books.

With the help of an award-winning architect this historic barn has been transformed into a truly versatile space. It will continue to house the iconic book shop, but has been re-designed as the ideal wedding venue, complete with enormous rustic iron chandeliers, dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system. The barn seats 150 or can accommodate 250 people for a more casual event.

A Marquee in the Garden:
If you envisage a beautiful marquee as the setting for your reception, the gardens at Bendooley homestead offer the perfect location. Bendooley's lakeside gardens are beautiful all year round and can accommodate marquees catering for up to 200 guests. Marquees are for hire.

Bendooley House:
This stately and historic homestead provides the perfect venue for a smaller reception of up to 18 people in the dining room and up to 40 seated on the sandstone verandah. On arrival, proceed down driveway lined with magnificent old oaks and European trees, to a truly beautiful wedding setting.

The gardens, the picture-perfect lake, the remarkable 19th century trees, the historic homestead, the Book Barn, the vineyard, the rolling hills and rural vistas - any and all of these spaces make all 200 acres of 
Bendooley Estate a photographer’s dream.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Artsnic Photography – April Bonus Offer!

Many couples view their wedding reception as the most important part of their wedding day. It's a time when all the formalities are done and you can relax and celebrate your big day with the people you love.

Create some magic memories with Artsnic Photography's bonus offer. Choose (at no additional cost) a personalised guest book or signature frame with your engagement session photos, OR a same-day slideshow of your wedding photos at your reception!

To be eligible for this very special bonus you must book your wedding with Artsnic (and pay a small deposit) by May 15th, 2013.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please contact Artsnic for more details. 

Visit Artsnic.