What’s On In The Southern Highlands in August


Yikes! It’s August! How did that happen? Time flies when you’re having fun, they say! 

Well, you can have more fun this month because there is loads happening in The Highlands to keep that fun factor well and truly dialled up. How do we know that? Because our Event Directory has already got over 200 events listed for August! Wowsers! 

So we had a little look-see through all the awesome workshops, performances, meet-ups, exhibitions and shows, and picked out some absolute must do’s.....

Oh, and in other news.....spring is just around the corner. Praise be, baby! 

August Must Do List


FLY THIS // Kite Making Workshop at Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens 11 AUG

If there is one thing The Highlands has plenty of, it’s gusty winds! So make the most of it and go fly a kite – literally! Build, decorate and fly your own kite at this awesome workshop at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens. There will be a sausage sizzle, balloon sculpting and face painting... sounds like a fun family day out! Last year's event was loads of fun and sold out, so you'll need to hop on and grab your tickets online.

August Must Do List Kite Flying Workshop

SHOP AT THIS // Women’s Business Night Market 16 AUG

Okay, the Women’s Business Night Market might have just got the event trifecta for us! Shopping……Tick! Celebrating women in business…Tick! Gorgeous venue serving delicious canapes…..Tick! Tick! Tick! There are some super savvy businesswomen in The Highlands and this event will showcase their awesome businesses, products and services. And it’s at the stunning property that is Peppers Resort Craigieburn, Bowral! Friday August 16 – we’ll see you there!

RELAX AT THIS // Balance Winter Retreat at Retford Park 17 AUG

The serene surrounds of Retford Park is the perfect place to carve out some time to slow down, practice self-care and bring some balance back to our busy lives. We love the look of the Balance Winter Retreat on August 17 – gentle yin yoga focusing on body confidence and reducing aches and pains, workshops on mindfulness strategies and nutrition – and there’s a goodie bag!! Yipppee - we love goodie bags! 

August Must Do List Retford Park Retrea

SING ALONG TO THIS // Kiki Dee at Bowral Bowlo 22 AUG and Partners in Crime at Bowral Bowlo 23 AUG

Whose go-to karaoke song is “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”? Our hands are up! Well now you’ve got the chance to sing along with the legend herself! Kiki Dee is performing in Bowral on her Australian tour, singing all of her fabulous hits – can you believe it? Bring it on! But don’t leave it too late – we reckon these tix are going to move super quickly. And this looks like a rollicking good night out! The awesome Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy are bringing their hilarious, new live show Partners in Crime to Bowral too. Celebrating the music of legendary duos like Sonny & Cher and Dolly & Kenny (we love Dolly!), this night is a rollercoaster ride of classic songs and high energy entertainment. The amount of fun Rhonda and Lara have on stage is infectious – you’ll love it! 

August Must Do List Kiki Dee

EAT THIS // The Butcher’s Cut long table dinner at Centennial Vineyards 2 AUG

One for the meat lovers! The first of a series of meat-inspired long table dinners is happening at Centennial Vineyards Restaurant. The first dinner on Friday August 2 is celebrating all things lamb with a menu that showcases the meat and produce in abundance at his Highlands property, Mandamar Farm. We’ve seen the menu and our mouth is watering…..have a read for yourself here. What an awesome way to celebrate locally grown, seasonal produce! Bookings essential. 

RUN THIS // Wingello Trail Festival 31 AUG

This one-day running festival is for runners of all abilities with distances from 1km through to 50 big ones! The looping tracks and extensive fire trail network at Wingello State Forest offers up a dynamic terrain for hardcore trail runners through to beginners. You can camp onsite AND – we love this part – there’s a DJ onsite too! Love a bit of oonce oonce.…

August Must Do List Wingello Trail Festival

RELIVE YOUR YOUTH // Dragon performing at Bargo Sports Club 17 AUG and James Blundell at Mitta RSL 2 AUG

If you’re over the winter sun in Bowral, maybe the April Sun in Cuba (okay……Bargo) will brighten your day! Aussie band, Dragon are performing all their iconic songs at Bargo Sports Club on August 17. Or if you like your rock a little more country, pull on a pair of RM’s and head to Mittagong RSL to see Aussie country music legend James Blundell smash out his back catalogue of catchy tunes. 

CAPTURE THIS // Southern Highlands Photography Competition CLOSING 16 AUG and David Magros Bowral Photography Masterclass 21 AUG

Who loves taking pics of the gorgeous Southern Highlands? Then you’ll probz want to enter this! Wingecarribee Shire Council has launched a photo comp aiming to capture the character of The Highlands and the essence of our beautiful towns and villages. You can enter photos into four different categories – People, Place, Landscape and Buildings – and also share your own story of why you love living here in The Highlands. Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 16 August. Get snapping!


August Must Do List Photo Competition

KNIT THIS // Arm knitting workshop at The Workshop Room Robbo 31 AUG

If knitting needles and intricate stitches are a little tricky for you, but you still want to create something warm and fuzzy yourself, this workshop is the answer! Learn how to knit using your arms – yep! No knitting needles required. You can create a deliciously warm cowl or long scarf – up to you! – using only your arms. How cool! A great way to slow down, get crafty and create something beautiful. 

August Must Do List Arm Knitting

SMELL THIS // Everything Roses Experience 3 AUG

Wake up and smell the roses – literally! – at this gorgeous day out. The Everything Roses Experience includes a delicious high tea served in the stunning gardens of ‘Greenlaw’, a chance to make your own rose face scrub, rose sugar and rose tea, info on how to grow and prune your own rose garden. And you get to propagate your own rose to take home and grow! Gorgeous…..

August Must Do List Everything Roses

LAUGH AT THIS // Blackadder Goes Forth at Mittagong Playhouse 9- 17 AUG

If you’re looking for something to tickle the funny bone, look no further than Blackadder Goes Forth at Mittagong Playhouse. The legendary small screen comedy is coming to the stage with all of the bumbling hilarity the Blackadder series, written by legendary writers and performers Rowan Atkinson, Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, are so well known for. The play runs across two weekends with opening night on Friday August 9.  

EXPLORE THIS // Big Hill Cutting 

Explore the old railway line near Hill Top and Buxton. This used to be the deepest railway cutting in the Southern Hemisphere and was constructed in the 1860’s. It’s now not in use and is pretty spectacular to walk through! Start from the railway line near Hill Top shops or do what we did and take a bit of shortcut. We accessed it from the first fire trail (Coates Road) after the bridge on Wilson Drive. 

August Must Do List Big Hill Cutting




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