Whether you’re a fan of antiquing, slogging through scribbly bushland or tucking into fish and chips in little beachside towns, it’s never a bad idea to head southwest to the Highlands. Plus, most of this area is well serviced by train lines, so you can get there pretty cheaply without a car. Check in at the charming Bundanoon Hotel; it’s warm and cosy just like an old pub should be (from $89 a night), then head to Dirty Jane’s in Bowral. This part-gallery, part-market has a covetable collection of vintage and antique wares spread across three large warehouse spaces. Trawl through the rows of well-priced furniture, lighting, vintage clothing, jewellery and more, then finish it up with a drink at Dirty Jane’s Tea Salon for a bona fide high tea experience for $29 per person.