Southern Highland Seasons

Each seasons offers a different lens through which to see the Southern Highlands. In autumn explore local villages, enjoy Wine Harvest Feast, see the changing amber and golden hues of our hiking trails, forage for mushrooms or attend Bundanoon is Brigadoon. 

Winter brings roaring fires, whisky tastings, truffle hunts, Feast of the Beast in the forest and Winterfest. By Spring we have major events like our Wild Nature Festival Wildfest, Southern Highland Food & Wine Festival, Wild Harvest Feast and the Highlands Arts Trail. These quickly leads into Summer when swimming in waterfalls beckons, Midsummer Gospel Brunch entices or cycling through vast forests to feel the wind on your face is just the tonic for the heat.

Each time of year is unique and any time is perfect to take in the view from above via helicopter or sample some of the cool climate wines the region has become famous for.

We have created a series of seasonal day trips and we also offer bespoke itineraries. Get in touch and we can send you our wholesale brochure with compelling activities to hand craft the perfect visit in region.

Mushroom Forages (April & May)

Autumn means there are mushrooms in the forest.

For Half Day guests, your day starts as we embark on fresh Mushroom Hunt with Highland local ‘master forager’ Joanne who runs an outdoor laboratory, growing a large variety of edible flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible ‘weeds’. She supplies local restaurants like Biota and Grand Bistro with her produce. Ravenous and eager to try the freshest of mushrooms you have carefully located, we will pan fry them with butter and salt until they perfectly caramelised and serve with fresh locally made sour dough.  We offer piping hot coffee and the opportunity to taste a few local cool climate wines as well with our partners Centennial Vineyard, Tertini Wines and Cherry Tree Hill Wines.

TO BOOK our Half Day Scheduled Tours for 2020 follow the link HERE

For those wanting a full day experience, then it’s on to Bowral to explore Dirty Janes Antique Market & The MillBrowse the main street of Bowral taking in village life with all its small town charm and big city sophistication. An assortment of 70 stalls displays everything from Bakelite phones and enamel kitchenware to vintage lighting, old camera equipment and retro art. Wander down Bong Bong street to also take in The Mill precinct from the organics Bare Body & Beauty PlayStation to Yes Cheese and the handmade artisan chocolates at Ms Peacock. There is something for all the family in this urban oasis.  We then take in some wine tasting or perhaps just warm coffee by the fire as the cooler autumn weather sets in. Bendooley Estate is a magnificent 200 acre property owned by the Berkelouw family in Berrima that produces cool climate wines. Our visit includes taking in the iconic Berkelouw Book Barn and Rare Book Room as well as enjoying either a afternoon tea or charcuterie/cheese platter with your Wine Tasting.

On demand bookings can be taken for 4-20 pax.

To book group tours email info@wildfoodadventures.com.au 

Truffle Hunts with Lunch (June-Aug)

As Winter descends upon the Southern  Highlands so does the opportunity to enjoy fresh truffles. During June, July & the first half of August, Wild Food Adventures offers the opportunity to visit Robertson Truffles for an exclusive experience and take in some of the local sights as well.

First, we take in an award wining vineyard on the way out to Roberston to sample some cool climate wines. Upon arrival at the Truffle Farm we start with light refreshments and an information session on these coveted French Black Perigold Truffles before we head into the Iles and Robur Oak trees to watch the truffle dogs follow the mystical aroma of these tubular delights and unearth them from the tree roots. We finish our visit with a 2 course lunch where you get to sample these treasures with matched local wines. On our outbound trip we stop at Belmore or Carrington Falls lookout to take in the views of the region before a final warm drink by the fire at the 150 year old Grand Manor, The Robertson Hotel.

On demand bookings can be taken for 10-20 pax. Price on Application for smaller groups.

Robertson Truffles run a standard hunt each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during the June and July season. We are happy to arrange bookings for you on this 2 hour experience also. To book email info@wildfoodadventures.com.au 

Fire | Forge | Froth (Mar - Oct)

An artisan experience that is truly unique! Learn the skills of a Blacksmith with fire and forge in his workshop followed by lunch at an awarded Beer Brewing House to sample the local craft ales.

A 3-hour forge lesson from the Blacksmith on how to make your own fire poker or twisted skewer or drawn ‘S’ hook which you get to take away with you. Morning tea is provided as well as gloves, safety gear, and apron.

After tending the forge its on to the Southern Highlands Brewing Taphouse where you can sit back and enjoy lunch with their locally brewed 4 beer sampler. Each beer is perfectly matched with a shared plate dish from their award-winning chef. One sampler consisting of 4 x 200ml (equivalent of 2 schooners in total) is included for each guest (Aust Blonde/ American Pale Ale/ Porter/ Celtic) 

Then its a leisurely drive back to your hotel in time to enjoy dinner that evening.

On demand bookings can be taken for 2-20 pax 

To book email info@wildfoodadventures.com.au 

Hops | Harvest | Brew (Feb)

During hops season we have arranged a very special micro brewery tour starting at the farm where all the ingredients are grown.

Pick up from Circular Quay at 8am in Sydney and return at 5pm

This tour starts the day at the Southern Highlands Brewing Property in Sutton Forest where they grow the hops to make their locally brewed ale. Everything is part of the cycle with the water overflow being used to irrigate and the excess grain feed to their hungry Angus Beef hoard. Be part of the process from paddock to pint with a tour of the brewing plant followed by hops harvesting in the field before enjoying some craft beer tasting from their award-winning local range.

We then transfer to the Taphouse in Moss Vale to indulge in a beer matched lunch with time to explore the artisan precinct of this country town.

We anticipate having you back in Circular Quay by 5pm.

On demand bookings can be taken for 2-20 pax 

To book email info@wildfoodadventures.com.au