- Historic agricultural town and setting for the movie “Babe”
- Situated at the top of Macquarie Pass amid rolling green hills
- 128 km south of Sydney, population 1,020
Why go there
Set on the Illawarra Highway close to the edge of the escarpment, Robertson is a favourite stop for travellers making a loop drive through the Southern Highlands and Illawarra.
The town makes an excellent base for exploring the natural wonders of Budderoo and Morton national parks, which feature a number of spectacular waterfalls and bushwalking trails.
Robertson and its environs have several retreats and B&Bs, many with an outstanding historic flavour.
The area was settled in the 1860s and pioneers soon recognised the potential of its distinctive red soil. Robertson became the centre for the local dairy industry and for many years its cheese factory produced a well-known cheddar. Today potatoes are the region’s major crop. Several of its buildings date from the 1870s and 80s. The Robertson Railway Station is an excellent example of its era, now a heritage site and museum.
Things to do
Sample the crafts and gourmet treats at The Old Cheese Factory.
Visit local antique and craft shops in the area.
Explore the rugged majesty of one of the State’s largest national parks, Morton National Park.
Drive the magnificent countryside where Babe was filmed.
Visit the quaint rustic village of Burrawang.
Take the Cockatoo Run, a thrilling rail loop from Sydney through Robertson, the Illawarra and the Southern Highlands, 2nd Sunday of each month.
Robertson Spring Festival in October with music and admission to private gardens.
The Robertson Show in March.
Robertson Markets 2nd Sunday of each month.
- The rainforest walking trails of Robertson Nature Reserve
- Great coffee and snacks at the Pig 'n' Whistle Café
- Spectacular Carrington Falls where you can swim in crystal clear watering holes.
- The Big Potato, a tribute to the town’s agricultural heritage.
- The Robertson Pie Shop, famous for its savoury and sweet pies.