Things to do in Robertson and the NSW Southern Highlands
At Yarrawa Hill
Guests at Yarrawa Hill report it being hard to leave! From the expansive Great Room and decks, you can soak up the surrounding bushland and views to the coast, and feel immersed in nature. Relax by the open fireplace in winter or in the hammock in summer with one of the many books from Miriam’s extensive library. You can even spoil yourself with a massage or beauty treatment at the house from Pamper Me; visit their website to see the treatments available and to book a therapist.
The bird life is incredible to watch, with the rainforest and eucalypt woodland surrounds attracting lyrebirds, rosellas, lorikeets, black cockatoos, the occasional eagle and many more. Wallabies and wombats are also commonly sighted around Yarrawa Hill and its grounds, and in season the bush is full of flowers.
Guests should note that there is good 3G reception at the house but no wifi. Guests requiring wifi would need to bring their own dongle.
With rolling green hills, majestic rural and mountain views Robertson is ideal for a peaceful 1-2 week holiday base for exploring the Southern Highlands, Illawarra and South Coast, or for a stress-free weekend escape. There is plenty to do around Yarrawa Hill. Robertson village, only 3 mins drive away, has all the essential services you will need including grocery and specialist food stores, a doctor’s surgery and pharmacy, restaurants, boutique shopping and more.
The area is well known for outstanding cheeses, and a visit to the Robertson Cheese Factory, established in 1936 is a must see for foodies. When there, make sure you try the award-winning Pecora sheep cheese, made by our neighbours the Pecora Dairy Robertson. The famous Robertson Pie Shop is close by, near the top of Macquarie Pass, and offers the best savoury and sweet pies around. For history buffs, the Robertson Heritage Railway Station, a National Trust-listed attraction is close by. Nature lovers will love exploring the rainforest walk in the Robertson Nature Reserve, close to the village. There’s also local market on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
Tulip Time, Bowral NSW
Robertson Cheese Factory, Robertson NSW
Burrawang is a beautiful Southern Highlands village approximately 10 minutes drive from Yarrawa Hill. Well known for it’s fantastic pub, the Burrawang Village Hotel with a huge grassed outdoor beer garden, perfect for leisurely lunches. The 19th century General Store is now a stunning cafe and is a must-visit for a meal or afternoon tea. There is also a wonderful butcher in the main street.
Bowral, just 20 minutes away, is the centre of chic in the Southern Highlands, with great shopping and wonderful restaurants. Sporting fans will definitely want to plan a trip to the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Tulip Time, one of Australia’s oldest and best loved floral festivals, and the region’s largest annual event, is held each spring. There are also several wineries in the region well worth a visit. We recommend visiting Centennial Vineyards, Artemis Wines, and Tertini Wines or perhaps jump on a wine tour with The Grape Escape or Highlands Food and Wine Tours.
The seaside town of Kiama is approximately 20 mins drive from Yarrawa Hill. Kiama has beautiful beaches, excellent swimming and a delightful seaside atmosphere. Visit the Farmers Market every Wednesday, enjoy fish and chips on the wharf, hire a boat, visit the famous Blowhole and Lighthouse or one of the many cafes.
Kiama Blowhole, Kiama NSW
Berrima is a beautifully preserved historic village to visit with lovely shopping and a great country pub for lunch. It is only 30 minutes drive from Yarrawa Hill. For foodies and book lovers alike, Bendooley Estate is an essential stop on a visit to Berrima, with its lovely restaurant, cellar door and iconic Berkelouw Book Barn on site.
Kangaroo Valley is another historic village close to Yarrawa Hill – around a 30 minute drive, and is popular for kayaking, canoeing, golf and wine tasting. The Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum is a great way to discover the colonial history of the area and is situated close to the historic Hampden Bridge Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge with four large sandstone turrets.
Berry Country Fair, Berry NSW
Fitzroy Falls, Morton National Park
Berry, at a 1 hour drive, is a little further afield but great for a day trip. Berry is widely known for it’s fantastic boutique shopping, great cafes and restaurants, and wineries. A visit to The Treat Factory, packed with handmade chocolates, sweets, preserves and much more is a must for foodies. The popular Berry Country Fair aka Berry Markets is held on the first Sunday of each month (expect February). There are also a number of popular annual events including the Berry Gardens Festival, Fairgrounds Music Festival, The Berry Show and Berry Merry Christmas.
Yarrawa Hill adjoins Budderoo National Park and has been designated a Conservation Area in perpetuity – we have given the whole property back to Australia.
The numerous conservation areas close by, including Morton National Park, Budderoo National Park and Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, offer outstanding walking, photographic opportunities, waterfall viewing, mountain biking and more. Fitzroy Falls, Belmore Falls, Carrington Falls and the rainforest walk at Minnamurra Rainforest are must see experiences. For the adventurous, the nearby Illawarra Fly Tree Adventures offers a treetops walk above the rainforest canopy, zipline tours, self guided bushwalks and guided tours – there’s even an after dark zipline tour for thrill seekers.
Numerous activities from riding to golf are also locally available.
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Our weekend stay was a perfect winter escape, surrounded by beautiful bushland with spectacular views to the sea from every room. The house is huge, beautifully designed and cosy; two fireplaces and central heating kept us very warm. It was so peaceful and private, nothing to disturb us but birdsong. We saw wallabies and wombats around the property and a great variety of birds. The surrounding area is fun to explore - good cafes, shops and the fabulous Cheese Factory in Robertson and bushwalk at Carrington Falls. A very special place!
Upon arrival we met Mike who was very helpful and showed us around – all the rooms are very spacious with unique and interesting furniture. The main lounge room has two fireplaces, one slow combustion that warms the entire room and an open fire place that had more than enough timber to last our stay. The view from all of the balconies overlook the mountaintops all the way to the coastline and was a great spot to enjoy a glass of wine! We cannot wait to come back – the house and atmosphere made us not want to leave!
Yarrawa Hill beautifully captures the essence of tranquility, warmth and fun. The views to the coast and private bush surrounds are amazing - whether enshrouded in mist and rain or bathed in sunshine – with balconies, massive atrium-style loungeroom and sunrooms to take it all in. The perfect place to unwind, relax in front of the fire and the bookshelves are well stocked. Although spacious, it is cosy, charming, and fun to explore. Plenty of tracks to walk, beautiful birds, and lyrebirds and wombats often waddling around. Michael does a superb job of making sure your stay is comfortable and welcoming.
The reaction upon entering the main room is WOW! It is elegantly and eclectically furnished with beautiful Indonesian furniture, film and music memorabilia. The house is a wonderful mix of large spaces and private areas, light filled, and with spectacular views from the many windows and balconies of all the main rooms including the bedrooms, the house feels part of its natural environment. It does not seem to matter what the weather is like, you can observe in wonder but still be comfortable and protected.
Generously equiped and very cosy in winter. This is a beautifully designed house with plenty of space for privacy if you want it but also a very sociable hub in the heart of the house. We stayed in winter but it was so warm, heated floors, roaring fires, electric blankets and sun streaming into every room. It was a pleasure to be there. A fair drive to most places but worth it for the peace and quiet perched on top of the hill amongst the trees. We will come back!
We spent the long weekend in this magnificent home. It was beautifully designed & tastefully decorated. Everything needed to ensure a comfortable stay was provided. The surroundings are private with amazing views. Loved it!
The perfect place to stay – serene and special with spectacular views. It has everything you could wish for with great attention to detail, is very spacious, and quiet with magnificent views across the forest and ocean. It's wonderful to relax in front of the open fireplace in the Great Room after a leisurely day exploring. Double glazed windows and central heating keep the inside comfortable, and you can relax anywhere inside or outside on the deck chairs or hammock, or watch birds in the treetops from the deck. Ideal spot for writers, artists and anyone wanting a relaxing holiday. Highly recommended.
If you want guaranteed kangaroos and the perfect luxurious hideaway Yarrawa Hill is the answer. Take luxurious snacks, booze, food and settle in. It's superbly isolated so you will have the peace to finish writing the bestseller. Go exploring, cook up a storm, and the sea is a easy drive away. If you don't fancy cooking, nearby Bowral is awash with restaurants. The wonderful extra is the interior decoration which is so beautiful and clearly gathered with love and affection. Everywhere you look you have the perfect vista, inside and out.