I’m becoming regular on the Hume Highway route between Canberra and Sydney, but mostly I make the journey either in the early morning, or late at night. It doesn’t leave much daylight for viewing the scenery or stopping for an adventure or two.
A few weeks ago I met up with a friend at Bowral, because it’s roughly equidistant between both of our homes. Yesterday, I decided to venture there again, and do some exploring.
Rush Roasting Co
Rush makes an excellent cup of coffee. And amazing muffins! Cinnamon, white choc and blueberry. Yum! It’s tucked away in a little arcade off High Street in Bowral, complete with blue crockery.
The ladies at Rush are incredibly friendly, with a beautiful café. Definitely worth checking out if you are in town.
Music: Top 40; a bit of Guy Sebastian
Vibe: Lovely. Lots of Southern Highlander women in puffy vests and riding boots.
Shop 4, The Grand Arcade, Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW http://www.rushroasting.com.au
For a such a small town, Bowral has a lot of bookstores. I spotted four yesterday. And I think that’s a great thing. Here is a quick summary of them, so you know what you’re getting yourself in for.
The Bookshop Bowral: Good range, particularly of non-fiction. Lots of home and garden books. Background music: chamber choir. 309 Bong Bong Street, Bowral.
The Brown Bookshop (ABC Center): Wooden floorboards (hard to potter around quietly). Lots of DVDs and CDs (does anyone buy CDs these days?). A good range of amusing cards. I laughed out loud! 311 Bong Bong Street, Bowral.
The Bowral Bookmen: 2nd hands books, along with a some of antique furniture and toys. They have a huge range of out of print, and rare books. 344 Bong Bong Street, Bowral.
Berkelouw Books (Outlet store): Huge! With a café! Plus the books are discounted. That’s a win in my book (pun intended). Shop 4, Gibraltar Square (behind 328-332 Bong Bong St), Bowral.
Any other places worth visiting in Bowral? I haven’t been to the Bradman Museum, but it’s not really high up on my list of things to do! If you’re heading up there in Spring, be sure to check out Corbett Gardens – it’s teeming with tulips and absolutely delightful!