7 Awesome Bucks Weekend Ideas In The Southern Highlands
Celebrate with your mates in the Highlands
Your mate’s getting hitched – well, that’s awesome! So, what to do to celebrate and give him a memorable transition from bachelor to hubster?
Here’s seven awesome bucks night or bucks weekend ideas to keep all sorts of bachies entertained.
1 // Pretty fly for a soon-to-be-married guy
Experience the great outdoors with fly rod in hand and wading boots on. Book a guided day out with local fly-fishing expert, Angus Reynolds. Angus heads up the Southern Highlands operations of Aussie Fly Fisher and knows all the best spots to find trout locally. Follow a day of fishing up with some seriously goooood Mexican and slow cooked barbecue deliciousness at Dos Hombres in Bowral. The iron smoked brisket and fried chicken is messy but totally worth it. Then kick back after dinner with a few beers up the road at the Royal Hotel. Fishing. Tick. Meat. Tick. Beer. Tick.
2 // Good old boys drinking whisky and rye
Hey, there are some kickarse distilleries and breweries in the Highlands. Joadja Distillery has whipped up some pretty amazing spirits and Coburns Distillery, which is the new kid on the whiskey block! If you like your brewski’s, head to Wyadra Brewing (their beer is only made from rainwater!), the award-winning Southern Highlands Brewing and Eden Brewery. We recommend you hook up a private tour or van with one of our local operators and lock in a few private tastings and visits with lunch at The Taphouse in Mossy (owned by the Southern Highlands Brewing team) and finish up the day with paddles of beer at Eden Brewery - they have food trucks onsite most weekends, so there'll be plenty of food deliciousness to go with the awesome beer too.
3 // Straight down the middle
There are stacks of awesome golf courses dotted across the Southern Highlands and whoever said “golf is a good walk spoiled” obviously never spent the morning playing 18 holes at Bowral Golf Club. Considered one of the best country courses in NSW, it has a cracking view from the club’s deck for post-round festivities! Get a round in first thing, then relax with lunch from the club’s bistro. Base yourself at Berida Hotel - it's just around the corner from the golf course - and after golf and lunch, settle in to their onsite bar Gin Trading Co before dinner next door in Bistro Sociale. Follow that up with a pub crawl down Bong Bong Street – you’ll hit The Bowral Hotel, the Royal and the Impy (in that order!).
4 // Get on your bikes and ride!
If pulling on the padded pants and firing up the Garmin is your bachie mates idea of fun, then base yourself in the southern village of Bundanoon for the weekend. Check in to the Bundanoon Hotel and explore the local area on your bikes. Wingello State Forest’s single tracks have been impacted by the bushfires, but the goal is to have them ready to roll over by the end of 2020. Penrose State Forest is an easy 15-minute ride from Bundanoon. While it doesn’t have as many single tracks for the mountain bikers, it wasn’t impacted by fire and has loads of gravel riding and fire trails to explore. Follow up your ride with a night at the Bundy Hotel and a recovery lunch in the beer garden (and in the warmer months, hit the hotel’s swimming pool!).
5 // Get your crackerjack on
Bowral Bowlo’s barefoot bowls is a great afternoon for a group of mates during the warmer months. Grab some snacks from the Jack High Bistro – you’re allowed to eat by the green (just not on it) – and settle in for an afternoon of beer sand bowls. Hopefully, we’ll kick COVID to the kerb soon because the Bowlo gets awesome Aussie bands and singers to play live.
6 // Shootin’ the breeze
Spend the afternoon at the Berrima Clay Target Club. They happily host bucks groups. Base yourself in the town of Berrima and head to PepperGreen Estate’s Tasting Room for something awesome to eat. They do biiiig servings there and delicious share platters, so no one will be going hungry. If you want some space to yourself, PepperGreen’s Private Cellar Room is the perfect place to kick back, have a few laughs, drink amazing local wine and eat kickbutt food. Then head to the newly refurbished Surveyor General Inn just up the road for some quiet nightcaps.
7 // Going bush
If going off grid and getting back to nature with the boys is how the groom relaxes, there are plenty of awesome camping spots in the Highlands to escape to. Combine a night in the bush with a gravel ride. There are some great places west of the Hume out towards Canyonleigh. Give the team at The Fixed Wheel a call or drop into their store in Bowral for some more info and get kitted up while you’re there too!
And if you need to be ferried around [probz a good idea if a few beers, wines, ciders and bourbons are on the agenda], get in touch with Ned from Illustrious Prestige & Performance, a local premium professional chauffeur company. Ned has a very cool Merc and a snazzy Jag in his fleet - perfect for getting from A to B and back again for a bunch of blokes [especially if your bachie mate is a car fan]. Check Illustrious Performance & Prestige out here.
Have fun, fellas!!
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