Do you go on Sunday day trips? A spur of the moment decision, normally decided the night before? Or is this just us? If this sounds like you, we recommend a trip to Bowral.
It appears not many people realise you can catch the train on an adult opal card on Sunday and the most it will cost you is $2.60.
That is right $2.60 for the entire day.
Where: Bowral, Nsw
Getting there: Train. We actually had to catch 3 trains. But if you live in Macarthur NSW you only need to catch one.
Time: It took us about 3 hours via train. But this will depend on where you leave from.
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Things to do:
The Ted Springett Memorial was created to Honor the Bowral Businessman and philanthropist who lived in Bowral until his death in 2012 at the ripe old age of 92.
If you are a cricket buff you can visit the Donald Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Sir Donald Bradman was an Australian cricket legend. Affectionately known as ‘The Don.’ He was born in South Australia but grew up in Bowral. He was a keen cricketer from an early age and by the age of 19, he made his first-class debut. In 80 tests he scored 29 centuries and is regarded as the finest batsman of all time. To learn more about this cricketing legend and the game if you are a sporting we recommend you visit the museum.
Just outside the Museum is Mary Poppins Statue. The statue marks the Birthplace of Mary Poppins as a character. As the Authur P.L. Travers (born: Helen Lyndon Goff) lived in Bowral from 1907 – 1917. Although it was not until 1933 London when P.L Travers began writing Mary Poppins, the character was born in childhood stories she would create for her sisters.
The Tulip Festival runs between the last week of September. With the highlight being Corbett Gardens. 75,000 tulip bulbs are planted throughout the garden. An entry fee is required during the tulip festival. But is a public garden and is free for the rest of the year.
The Cherry Blossom Memorial Walk is the walk we did on our recent trip to Bowral. Although the Cherry blossoms were not out when we visited it was a lovely tranquil walk that showcases the natural beauty of the town. The walk was created to honor Vietnam War Veterans. The path itself is around 5km long.
Where to eat:
Cafe Rocca: This Cafe has mixed reviews, but we were not disappointed. The service was good and the food was hearty and delicious. Normally we resign ourselves to having mediocre coffee when we leave Sydney. But the coffee was better than we expected. Not quite a single origin level, or as complex as we like but a well rounded, well-made cup. We ordered a Mushroom Bruschetta with avocado, olives and balsamic vinegar and A tomato based Italian Sausage Pasta.
But let us be honest we really came to Bowral for dessert. Enter Gumnut Patisserie.
Mmmm. Doesn’t that look good? We can tell you it was. The cakes here are definite standouts.
The date scone we had, however, was a bit dense and dry. Scones are one of those interesting baked goods that you either excel at making or do not bother trying. They bring even good bakers to their knees, so we won’t hold this one against them.
Overall it was a great day out and we would recommend you plan a trip. Beats driving in Sydney Traffic and is great to mix things up.