There are few items you could list that immediately say ‘Australia’ better than the humble meat pie. That staple satisfying snack to grab on the run or road trip. A simple blob of sauce on the top and you’re off. A pie in whichever variety you choose will salivate the driest of mouths. The expectation of piping hot meat and gravy housed in a soft and flaky pastry.
After a few weeks based in Bowral, nestled in the Southern Highlands of NSW, there were ample flower shows, art exhibits, farmers markets, even group dog walks to attend. Yet one festival stood out from the others. Pie Time is a celebration of the humble pie for the entire month of June. There are 26 pie shops listed on the official Southern Highlands Pie Trail, and it was without much hesitation that we decided to try them all whilst in residence.
As good as a pie tastes there is the obvious concern for the waistline. So to keep the bulge at bay it was decided that running to each pie shop would help burn the calories consumed. With 300-400km of running to cover, the Southern Highlands Pie Trail Run was born. The challenge? To run to all 26 Southern Highlands Pie Trail bakeries and sample their pies before the official Pie FEST in Bowral on 23-34 June.
Top 5 ‘Pie-Land’ Experiences
We bring you the Top 5 Pie-Land Experiences after sampling from all 26 bakeries on the Southern Highlands Pie Trail.
Southern Highlands Pie Trail Map
The Best Southern Highlands Pies
Here we list the all the pies sampled along the Southern Highland Pie Trail with a link to the detailed review on each bakery and its signature pies.
Farm Club Australia, Werai
Robertson Pie Shop
Gumnut Patisserie: Bowral | Mittagong | Berrima
Barrengarry General Store aka. ‘World’s Best Pies’
Mount Ashby Estate
Chelsea Bakery Mittagong
Fitzroy Falls General Store
Burrawang General Store
Stumps Cafe, Bradman Museum Bowral
The Mill Café, Bowral
Courtyard Cafe Berrima
Heatherbraes Pies, Sutton Forest
McVitty Grove Cafe
Hilltop Village Bakery
Stones Patisserie: Berrima | Bowral
Southern Rise Bakery: Moss Vale & Robertson
Two Skinny Cooks, Berrima
Southern Pies Kangaroo Valley
Scottish Arms, Bowral
Exeter General Store
Shaggy Cow, Mittagong
Southern Highlands Pie Trail Bakeries
- Exeter General Store
- Montrose Berry Farm – only open during Berry Season 🙁
About The Author
Ever since venturing out the back gate into the bush as a kid, I've had a curiosity to escape and explore as often as I could. It's fair to say that my curiosity has continued to grow instead of fade as the years go on. It eventually came time to turn a few scribbled notes into some legible stories and travel tips for anyone with a similar curiosity as me.