Will ye no come back again?

If the skirl of pipes through a morning mist brings on a fit of goose bumps …

If the swing and flip of Mel Gibson’s kilt has been known to raise your pulse rate …

If damsels in uniform and daggers tucked into brawny blokes’ socks leave you in a swoon …

… you may want to don your Tamoshanta, grab your trusty camera, and treat yourself to a visit to the Southern Highlands of NSW where the sleepy village of Bundanoon, for a brief moment in April each year, becomes …


Campbells and Conichies, MacDonalds and MacGregors sport tartans and sporrans and kirtles. ..

West Highland Terriers and Irish Wolfhounds bear up bravely under bows, coats and bandanas, all in appropriate plaid.

Sword fights break out …

… cabers are tossed (and dropped !!)

… and the lifting of the massive stones of manhood causes jaws to drop and eyes to water as the ‘min’ turn puce with effort.

The stallholders are stocked up and waiting to introduce you to the delights of haggis, or maybe a Jimmy Hat to impress your mates.

It’s possible to indulge in a dram or two of Malt if you’ve come by steam train, or a blend of Scottish Tea if you’re driving yersel hame!
Take a lesson in thrust and parry, have a throw of the hammer (if you aren’t susceptible to a hernia!) …

… or sit back and enjoy the dedication of dogs and their owners …

From the opening parade, to the massed bands of the grand finale it is an experience that will live with you for a long time. In fact I would wager a Scottish Pound or two that, as April rolls around in subsequent years, the memory of dew-dampened grass, coal-scented steam and the plaintive call of the piper’s lament, will tempt you back – at least one more time – to visit BRIGADOON.

DATE: Early April each year.

GETTING THERE: Bundanoon, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, is 137kms southwest of Sydney – no more than two hours drive from Sydney via the M7 and the Hume Highway. A helpful map can be found at http://www.maplandia.com/australia/new-south-wa....
Steam trains also run from Sydney and Canberra especially for the event.

ACCOMMODATION: Around the Brigadoon weekend, more than 20,000 people pour through the village so accommodation is well booked up. It is advisable to check ahead if you intend to make a weekend of it. http://www.thesouthernhighlands.com.au/southern...

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Morton National Park with hiking trails, antique shops, art and craft stores, and a local market which is held on the first Sunday of every month. The Post Office serves delicious meals, and the Bike Shop makes wonderful coffee!

FURTHER INFORMATION: http://www.southern-highlands.com.au/

  1. © Rosalie Dale 2009
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Will ye no come back again?

Rosalie Dale

Stockinbingal, Australia

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One of the most captivating events I’ve ever attended is “Bundanoon is Brigadoon” in our Southern Highlands. The transformation of this village into a byegone era is successfully seductive. For a few hours you are entranced and transported back in time. Water fights, egg tossing, and all of the activities mentioned in the article remind us of delightful simple pleasures our society has left behind as ‘unsophisticated’. It is with greqat reluctance that one eventually leaves and returns to … dare I say the ‘real’ world?!!

If I’d known I would be writing a piece about this event, I would have taken different shots! NEXT TIME I will be more prepared!

_ FEATURED in Australian Travel Photography & Writing Group June 2009_

Again Featured in Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 11 Jan 2010

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