- Old world charm with historic buildings
- Southern gateway to Morton National Park
- 140 km south-west of Sydney, population 1,937
Why go there
Bundanoon is one of the Southern Highlands villages that retains its old world charm and connection with the natural beauty of Morton National Park. Popular since the 1920s as a tourist destination, the village has fine old guesthouses, an excellent health retreat, cafés and antique dealers – the perfect package for a short break.
The first Europeans to investigate the region were ex-convict John Wilson and his party, who were sent there by Governor Hunter to gather data on the area. Hunter wanted to discourage convicts who were escaping and heading south in the belief that China was but 250 km away!
The land was opened up for cattle pastures in 1818, and the village began to emerge in the late 1860s. A post office was established in 1872 and coal mining commenced in 1867.
Because of its proximity to impressive natural scenery, Bundanoon started to attract tourists in the late 1880s. By the 1920s Bundanoon was as popular as the Blue Mountains as a tourist destination.
Things to do
- Explore the bushwalking trails in Morton National Park, one of NSW’s largest parks. Maps are available from the visitor information centre.
- Follow William Street to the east of town to find the sandstone grotto known as Glow-Worm Glen. Glow-worms can only be seen at dusk – so a torch is needed for the return walk.
- Brigadoon at Bundanoon is a Highland Gathering festival held in autumn that features Scottish pipe bands, Highland games and a street parade.
- The local markets are held on the first Sunday of each month in the Bundanoon Memorial Hall.
- The 11 km of road that runs through Morton National Park, which is popular for bike rides.
- The antique and art and crafts shops in Railway Avenue.
- A visit to nearby Exeter, known as "Little England" because of its exotic trees and private gardens.