Who is Bundanoon?
Bundanoon is a country town of approximately 2,500 people,
with a strong sense of community.
There are well over 65 businesses in Bundanoon, 50 of which
have commercial premises, ranging from a butcher to several
nurseries, from health retreats to cafes and restaurants. From
service stations to bicycle hire. Only ten of these businesses
will be affected by the bottled water changes.
Bundanoon has retained its village atmosphere with a
streetscape that reflects its heritage as a bustling resources
centre (timber, stone and coal) and tourist location in the
early part of last century. These days the town plays host to
Australia’s largest Scottish gathering with the annual
Brigadoon festival. It also attracts over 1,500 mountain bike
enthusiasts for the Highland Fling bike races. As well as
seasonal events like the Garden Ramble and Winterfest.
Tourism is the mainstay of the town
Bundanoon takes its name from a term used by the local
aborigines to describe the spectacular deep gullies that drop
from the sandstone escarpments of the wild Morton National
Park, whose boundary gate is just 15 minutes walk from the
Post Office. The natural beauty of Bundanoon’s environs
continues to attract people a century on from its hey day when
68 guest houses graced the town.
Where is Bundanoon?
Bundanoon is located in the Southern Highlands of NSW,
Australia. It is approximately 150 km South West of Sydney,
about a 2 hour drive away. Immediately to the south-east of the
village is NSW’s fourth largest public precinct in Morton National
Park. To the north are lush rolling hills of rural countryside. At
672 metres above sea level Bundanoon experiences all four
seasons, complete with occasional snow.
What other community initiatives is the
Bundanoon town involved in?
The Bundanoon community is very proactive in a diverse range
of activities which are seen to be of benefit to the town as a
whole. The Bundanoon Community Association acts as an
umbrella organisation for many of these projects. There is a
volunteer group, known as the Green Team, who undertake
projects such as weed eradication, foot track maintenance,
mowing, planting, mulching, as well as preparing a map of walks
in the area. The team’s work is supported by proceeds raised
from another initiative, the Garden Ramble.
The Bundanoon History Group manages an extensive collection
of photographic, written and oral history material. Winterfest is a
two week long arts festival. The community also produce and
distribute free-of-charge a not-for-profit publication known as the
Jordan’s Crossing Gazette, (referencing the town’s earlier name).
There is a vibrant Arts group putting on numerous productions
and Bundanoon is recognised as a cycling ‘hub’.
There are many other volunteer community groups in the town,
but of relevance from a sustainability aspect are two initiatives:
'Transition Bundanoon', which seeks to help the town become
resilient in the face of challenges like climate change and peak oil.
'Don’t Bore Bundanoon' committee, who are actively opposing
the application by a non-Bundanoon business, Norlex, to
commercially extract water from a bore within the village.