Bundanoon is a village in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It has a choice of cafes, craft shops, bakeries and a historic pub. It is located adjacent to the Morton National Park which has opportunities for bushwalking, cycling, and admiring the views over the gullies.
It has a population of around 1,000 and caters well for tourists. The town centre is usually quite busy on a Sunday, with a bit of coffee and craft shop feel.
The town sells itself on having a somewhat Scottish sounding name, despite the fact that the origin of the name is likely derived from the local Aboriginal dialect. The town hosts the Brigadoon at Bundanoon festival annually, which attracts around 20,000 people to the village.
- Trains service Bundanoon from Sydney with a connection at Campbelltown. The train station is right in the centre of town, and a short walk to the Youth Hostel. Services run around every two hours, so check timetables. Opal cards can be used on the trip, or buy single tickets. Standard network trains all the way to Bundanoon are now rare and you usually have to take a bus from Moss Vale. An alternative is to take the long-distance (NSW Trainlink) services to Canberra (3 daily) or Melbourne (2 daily), which both stop in Bundanoon – you can book ahead on the website (trains usually fill up) and the fare is around $30 one-way.
- Bundanoon is clearly signposted at turns from the Hume Highway, almost half way between Sydney and Canberra. The town centre itself is around 10 km from the freeway.
The town itself is all within easy walking of the train station. The park entrance to the Morton National Park is around 1.5 km from the town. There is a picnic area and some walks located just inside the park. The walk to the lookouts if a further 4 km or so.
You can get around the town and to the National Park by bicycle. Bicycles can be brought on the train from Sydney free of charge and they can also be hired in Bundanoon. Some of the services are operated by coach services, so check that it is a train service, as buses can be awkward for bikes, although the drivers are usually obliging.
You can access the National Park, lookouts, bushwalks, and town by car. There is a daily admission fee of $7 to take cars and motorcycles into the National Park. Bicycles and pedestrians are free. Annual NSW Parks pass holders are free also.
- 1 The Gullies (Morton National Park). Tourists have been coming to see the Gullies and the lookouts in Morton National Park since the late 1800s. The views are still impressive and the National Park is well maintained. It is about 5km drive from the town to the Gullies, and only a few metres of walking is required. There are also numerous walking tracks through the Park, in various states of maintenance, and abandoned coal mines.
- 1 Glow Worms (Morton National Park). nightime, generally from December to February. The glow worms can be seen in Glow Worm Glen in Morton National Park. Go to the end of William St, which starts 300m east of the station on the south side. You will need a torch for the steep steps and path to the bottom. Stay very quiet and keep the torchlight away from the bugs to preserve the view for yourself and others.
- 1 Bundanoon General Cemetery, Ferndale Road (take Ellsmore Rd north from the station, turn left at Old Wingello Rd and look for Ferndale Rd veering off to the right). A typical atmospheric country cemetery.
- 1 The Old Goods Shed – Bundanoon History Group, Railway Ave (outside south side of train station). 9:30AM-2:30PM Su. A small photographic history of Bundanoon staffed by volunteers. Only open on market Sundays. Free. (updated Apr 2018)