A postcard rural community, Robertson is nestled in the splendid Southern Highlands – a beautiful region of rolling farmlands and escarpment rainforest, magnificent waterfalls and spectacular lookouts.
Robertson has a population of 1,849 and is comprised of approximately 51% females and 49% males. It has an indigenous population of 31 (1.7%) and the median age is 41.
Robertson is in the Southern Highlands on the Illawarra Highway. It is a two hour drive from both Sydney and Canberra.
The town’s distinctive rich red volcanic basalt soil, known as Robertson soil, combined with a good rainfall and cool winters has made the town famous for its potatoes which are celebrated with the unusual ‘Big Potato’.
The closest airport to the Southern Highlands is Sydney Airport. A Bowral to Sydney Airport Bus operates daily to Sydney CBD and airport, which is within a one and a half-hour drive from the centre of the Shire.
Sydney trains and NSW Trainlink services stop at various Southern Highlands towns daily.
Express coaches depart Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and the South Coast daily.
The major sources of employment in Robertson are:
• Health care and social assistance
• Education and training
• Retail trade
• Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Bowral and District Hospital (25 minutes away) is an acute care public hospital servicing the Southern Highlands region in New South Wales. The hospital is centrally located in the town of Bowral and is the only hospital operated outside the Sydney metropolitan area by the South Western Sydney Local Health District. It has 94 beds and an emergency department.
Robertson offers young families a playgroup, family day care and preschool service with extra services available nearby click here
In Robertson there is a supermarket, Butchery, fruit shop, French patisserie, bakery, cheese shop, seafood shop, pharmacy and newsagent. There are also some delightful stores and galleries.
For your other basic needs there is Woolworths in Mittagong and Bowral, IGA in Bowral and Moss Vale, Harris Farm in Bowral, Aldi in Mittagong and Bowral, Coles in Bowral, and a Tuckerbag in Moss Vale and Mittagong. Larger retail stores in the Southern Highlands include Harvey Norman, Retravision, Betta Electrical, Target, Big W and Bed Bath ‘n Table.
There is an Anglican and Uniting Church in Robertson.
There are also a number of places of worship in Southern Highlands including Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, Methodist and Baptist. The nearest Buddhist Temple (Nan Tien) is in Berkeley (45 mins from Robertson) and the closest Muslim Mosque (Omar Mosque) is in Gwynneville (50 mins from Robertson).
Robertson Sporting, Fitness and Activities
Local clubs include:
Robertson/Burrawang Rovers Soccer Club
Robertson/Burrawang Cricket Club
Robertson Spuddies Junior Rugby League Club
Robertson Tennis Club
Judo at the Community Centre
Outdoor Exercise and Lazy Fitness Club
Southern Highlands Sailing Club
Robertson Hockey Club
Robertson Bowling Club
Robertson Community Groups
Robertson Environment Protection Society
Robertson Garden Club
Robertson School of Arts Committee
Robertson Alternative Local Food Exchange
Buddhist Discussion Group
The Robertson Community Technology Centre (CTC) is a not-for-profit community hub for sharing and experiencing IT and cultural opportunities.
Key Annual Events
Fettlers Heritage Art Prize Exhibition
Robertson Opens Gardens
Southern Highlands Arts Festival
The Waratah Spring Fair
Points of Interest
The main features of the district are the waterfalls, the green rolling hills and the views over the spectacular Illawarra Escarpment, which can be seen from various points east of the Village. There are a variety of local restaurants, cafes, pie shops and delis serving delicious dine-in and takeaway food. The Robertson Markets are on once a month at the School of Arts on Hoddle Street, second Sunday of each month from 9am until 3pm.
The CTC offers Sunday afternoon cinema with a special selection of films, art exhibitions, music events and a book exchange.
Check out the Robertson Heritage Railway Station, a National Trust-listed attraction and nature lovers will enjoy the rainforest walking track in the Robertson Nature Reserve.