Bowral Railway Station
|Population:||11,493 (2006 census)|
|Elevation:||662 m (2,172 ft)|
Bowral // is the largest town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. It has a population of around 11,500 and the largest business and entertainment precinct in the Highlands.
In a past era, Bowral served as a rural retreat for the elite gentry of Sydney, resulting in the establishment of many historic estates and manor houses in the district. Today, Bowral is universally associated with the cricketer Sir Donald Bradman, who is commemorated by the Bradman Museum and other monuments at the Bradman Oval. It also hosts the annual Tulip-Time Festival held in the town in September.
Bowral is the national birthplace of fictional nanny Mary Poppins, as author P. L. Travers spent her childhood in the town and began her life as a storyteller there.
It is within close driving distance to the other main Highland towns, being 5 kilometres (3 mi) from Mittagong, 9 kilometres (6 mi) from both Moss Vale and Berrima and within a reasonable distance of 27 kilometres (17 mi) from Bundanoon and 26 kilometres (16 mi) to Robertson.
The town of Bowral can include the suburb of East Bowral and the village of Burradoo which are located adjacent to the town.
In recent years, Bowral has become a haven for retirees and empty nesters, commonly from Sydney: 14.2% of Bowral's population is aged 55–64 years (compared with the national average of 11.0%) and 26.5% is aged over 64 years (compared with the national average of 13.3%) (2006 Census). Bowral is a town that caters well for the elderly, having many retirement villages, some located only minutes' walk from its central business district and hospitals.
Bowral is about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from the Hume Highway, which goes north to Sydney and south to Canberra, the Snowy Mountains and Melbourne. In the past, Bowral served as an overnight stop-over for travellers.
Bowral has a rail station on CityRail's Southern Highlands line which under Cityrail services goes to Sydney and Goulburn and under CountryLink goes to Canberra and Melbourne. It has public bus routes to Nowra, Albion Park and Wollongong. A private operator provides a service six days a week from Bowral to Greater Sydney (Campbelltown, Liverpool and Parramatta) and to the Shoalhaven and south coast of New South Wales.
Bowral enjoys warm summers and quite cool to cold winters.
|Climate data for Bowral|
|Record high °C (°F)||40.0
|Average high °C (°F)||25.4
|Average low °C (°F)||13.3
|Record low °C (°F)||2.1
|Precipitation mm (inches)||82.0
Bowral is perhaps the best known of the towns and villages of the Southern Highlands, and in recent years has become the commercial centre of the Wingecarribee Shire. Bowral is known for its boutiques, antique stores, gourmet restaurants, and rich coffee culture. It has other attractions such as Joshua rowland
Bowral is home to the Bradman Museum, which is dedicated to the achievements of cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. Occasionally, the Australian Cricket Team play a friendly game at the Bradman Oval, which is located adjacent to the museum.
Bowral is also the setting for "Tulip Time", a Spring celebration where over 100,000 tulips and 25,000 flowers are planted in the town centre. Held every September and October, Tulip Time has become one of Australia's leading floral festivals. In Spring, the town is also very popular with gardening enthusiasts who come to view some of the world's most beautiful formal gardens designed by landscape luminaries such as Paul Sorensen, who designed the gardens of Invergowrie.
Bowral lies at the heart of the Southern Highlands BOOKtrail, Australia's first booktown project.
The population swells during winter because of the heat, when thousands of visitors book into the local hotels and B&Bs to enjoy winter getaways. Bowral is home to a number of manor houses and hotels dating back to the 19th century which have served as retreats for the elite gentry of Sydney.
Bowral is overshadowed by Mount Gibraltar, which rises to 863 metres (2,831 ft) above sea level and has lookouts over Bowral and neighbouring villages and towns such as Mittagong, Moss Vale and the ranges near Bundanoon. Near some of the lookouts are picnic and barbecue areas. The mountain also serves as residential area and bushland reserve.
Schools in Bowral:
- Bowral High School
- Bowral Public School
- Chevalier College (Burradoo)
- Oxley College (Burradoo)
- Southern Highlands Christian School (East Bowral)
- St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School
Churches in Bowral:
- St. Simon's and St. Jude's Anglican Church
- St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church
- St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
- Bowral Uniting Church of Australia
- Bowral Church of Christ, Scientist
- Bowral Baptist Church
- Bowral Salvation Army
Past and present notable residents of Bowral
- Jimmy Barnes: singer and band member of Cold Chisel
- Noeline Brown: journalist, radio presenter and socialite
- Sir Donald Bradman: Australian cricketer
- Ita Buttrose: journalist and businesswoman
- Richard Carleton: journalist and reporter, most notably for 60 Minutes. Born in Bowral
- Bryce Courtenay: South African novelist
- P. L. Travers: author of Mary Poppins
- G. F. J. Dart: headmaster of Ballarat Grammar School 1942-1970
- Lorrae Desmond: actor (A Country Practice). Born in Mittagong
- Peter Garrett: current Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts and band member of Midnight Oil
- Geoff Jansz: celebrity television chef
- James Kemsley: cartoonist, creator of Ginger Meggs
- Graham Kennedy: "The King" of Australian Television
- Geoff Morrell: artist, actor Blue Heelers
- Alex Murray-Leslie: artist and musician, singer and band member of Chicks On Speed
- Craig Reucassel: popular television satirist
- Genevieve Turner: journalist
- Toby Lawson : ABC personality and expert rugby commentator
- Arthur Upfield: author of the Boney detective novels, lived in Bowral until his death in 1964
- Anthony Hird: Author of "The Linford Wristy Chronicles"
- Billy Birmingham: Comedian, aka "The 12th Man"
- Mark 'Cal' Callaghan: Lead singer of GANGgajang
- Nathan Hindmarsh: Parramatta Eels Captain [NRL]
- Merv Hicks: Rugby league international
- ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bowral (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=UCL112600&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
- ^ Commonwealth of Australia (16 January 2004). "Place Names Search: BOWRAL". Australian Government - Geosciences Australia. http://www.ga.gov.au/bin/gazd01?rec=40178. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
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- ^ okTravel - Bowral Profile
- ^ "Bowral". Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. http://www.gnb.nsw.gov.au/name_search/extract?id=MnIOXtqb. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
- ^ AusStats : UCL112600 Bowral (Urban Centre/Locality)
- ^ Statistics of Bowral
- ^ Retirement villages in Bowral at Villages.com.au directory
- ^ "Climate statistics for Bowral (Parry Drive)". Bureau of Meteorology. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_068102.shtml. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
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- Wingecaribee Shire Council - Administering and Based in Moss Vale
- Information on Bowral and its History
- BookTown Australia
- "The Southern Highlands News". (local newspaper). http://bowral.yourguide.com.au/home.asp.
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