5 reasons to visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

5 reasons to visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival

Get ready for one of the most exciting events on the annual calendar for beer and cider lovers. The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival runs over the Australia Day long weekend (26 – 27th January).

Beer, music and food enthusiasts will have plenty to celebrate in the Southern Highlands, which is just a 90 minute drive south of Sydney.

Here are five reasons why you should visit the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival.

It’s only a short drive from Sydney

Drive just 90 minutes south of Sydney and you’ll arrive at Bowral, the home of the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival. The proximity to Sydney makes it the perfect choice for a weekend getaway. If you don’t have a set of wheels available, then you can snatch up a last minute car hire bargain at Sydney Airport thanks to DriveNow. Let the weekend road trip begin!

It’s all about the beer and cider!

The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is famous for its craft beer – each featuring something a bit different. With beer producers coming from across the country to show off their brews, this festival is all about creativity and diversity. Whenever you want a break from the drinks, there’s plenty of foodies there to cook up a storm. Expect everything from delicious barbeques, Italian, sweets and cheese.

It’s family friendly

Don’t be tricked by the festival’s name. While beer and cider are the focus of the event, this is an occasion for all the family. Bring your picnic rug and chairs to soak up the friendly atmosphere. There’s live entertainment from local artists, games and plenty of space for the kids to run around.

You can make a weekend of it by exploring nearby attractions

The Southern Highlands has plenty to offer the weekend traveller. It has national parks and hikes nearby, including the cascading Fitzroy Falls and Belmore Falls, with its stunning triple plunge pool. There are many wineries and other sites to explore among the rolling green hills. Cricket lovers must visit the International Cricket Hall of Fame at the Bradman Museum.

You’re spoiled for choice with where to stay

The area has every type of accommodation for visitors. If you want something with character, go for a place like Briars Country Lodge and Historic Inn. For stunning nature and luxury, consider Milton Park Country House Hotel and Spa. Anyone on a budget can find many comfy holiday parks like Mittagong Caravan Park.


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Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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