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Located at the base of Mount Gibraltar, Bowral is just 115 km south-west of Sydney and on Cityrail’s Southern Highlands line.

Bowral is famous for its country gardens and fields of tulips in spring.  In a past era Bowral served as a rural retreat for the elite gentry of Sydney, resulting in the establishment of many historic estates and manor houses in the district.  It is home to the Bradman Museum, which is dedicated to the achievements of cricketer Sir Donald Bradman.  Author P.L. Travers who wrote Mary Poppins spent her childhood in the town and began her life as a storyteller there.

One hundred and fifty years ago the area where Bowral now stands was open pasture stocked with sheep and cattle.  Known as 'Wingecarribee', it was the property of the sons of John Oxley - famous explorer of the early colony of New South Wales.  Ten years later, a road traversed the property and a few rough huts huddled together in the valley proclaimed the birth of the village of 'Wingecarribee'.