Warm, delicious, and endlessly comforting, there’s nothing quite like a generously stuffed pie. The Southern Highlands is famous for this iconic Aussie eat, with an astonishing 40 outlets across the region. So synonymous with pies is the Southern Highlands in fact, it’s even got its very own Pie Trail and a Pie Time festival each June.
What better way to savour this iconic delicacy than on a pie-inspired road trip to the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands, under two hour’s drive from Canberra?
Have a pie-centric road trip in the Southern Highlands
Dotted across the Southern Highlands you’ll find bakeries, cafes, food carts, hotels, and pubs galore. The one thing they have in common? They all sell their own signature Australian pies and are part of the official Pie Trail. While it might be quite a feat to conquer all 40 of them, you can browse each outlet and plan your pie road-trip according to which ones you want to visit.
Perhaps you like your pastry crammed with classic fillings like beef and potato or lamb and rosemary? If so, look no further than the award-winning Gumnut Patisserie, with locations in Bowral, Mittagong, and Berrima. For more fanciful flavours with an artisanal twist, head to Bowral’s Sonoma Bakery for green curry chicken or beef stroganoff pies.
How can I experience Pie Time?
Spanning the entire length of June, Pie Time is the Southern Highlands’ annual pie extravaganza. Although eating them takes centre stage, this month-long fiesta hosts pie cycle tours, pie-themed events and showcases a Pie Drive itinerary that calls in at the region’s most epic pie sellers.
Indulge in a Pie and Pinot experience, where your flaky pastry bake will be matched with a local Pinot wine. Enjoy a sweet-filled pie with a glass of bubbles. High Tea? Here it’s all about Pie Tea – a fun twist on this classic afternoon dining ritual.
What else is there to see and do in the Southern Highlands?
With its fertile green hills and bushland plains, the Southern Highlands offers scenic driving in spades when cruising from pie shop to pie shop. But there’s plenty more to pack into your road trip as well. Its heritage towns ooze with historic charm and offer some of Australia’s best antique shops. Search for treasures at Bowral’s famous Dirty Janes and one-of-a-kind finds at the Mittagong Antiques Centre.
Love wildlife? The Southern Highlands is on the Great Western Wildlife Corridor, which makes it a great destination for to spotting native koalas, platypus, and kangaroos.
The Southern Highlands at a glance
- The Southern Highlands is 166km and one- and three-quarter hours’ drive from Canberra.
- There are 40 pie outlets on the official Pie Trail, with most located in Berrima, Burradoo, Bowral Mittagong and Moss Vale.
- The Pie Time festival takes place each June and hosts pie-related experiences.
- Explore the Southern Highlands many antiques shops and local wildlife when visiting.
Who is the Southern Highlands good for?
Foodies, couples, retirees, families, gastronomes.
Listed below are three charging stations along the way to help with planning your trip.
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Tesla 2 Plugs 7 kW2 Stations
120 Commonwealth Avenue Yarralumla 2600 ACT
Truckstop 31 Restaurant
Wall (AU/NZ) 1 Plug1 Station
10 George St Marulan 2579 NSW
Mittagong RSL Car Park
CHAdeMO 1 Plug 50 kW1 Station
NRMA CCS/SAE 1 Plug 50 kW1 Station
9 Bessemer St Mittagong 2575 NSW