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A postcard rural community, Robertson is nestled in the Southern Highlands – a beautiful region of rolling farmlands and escarpment rainforest, magnificent waterfalls and spectacular lookouts.

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Location

Robertson is in the Southern Highlands on the Illawarra Highway. It is 143 km (2 hr drive) from Sydney and 183 km (just over 2 hr drive) from Canberra. The popular tourist destination of Bowral is 26 km (25 min drive) from Robertson.

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.

How to get there

The nearest airport to Robertson is Shellharbour Airport, which is a 40 min drive from Robertson. It offers direct flights to and from Brisbane and Melbourne. Sydney International Airport is a 2 hr drive from Robertson.

Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink services stop at various Southern Highlands towns daily.

Express coaches depart Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and the South Coast daily.

Population

Robertson is home to more than 1,300 people, the median age of residents is 42 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 1.6% of the population.

Robertson is located within the South Western Sydney NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Needs Assessment provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Bowral and District Hospital (25 min away) is an acute care public hospital servicing the Southern Highlands region. 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.

Accredited GP practices

  • Robertson Doctor

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Robertson are: hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals), local government administration, primary education, secondary education and other social assistance services.
  • Education

Robertson has one school, Robertson Public School (K-6). Additional public and private primary and secondary schools are located in Moss Vale (20 min drive) and Bowral (25 min drive) from Robertson.
  • Childcare

Robertson offers a Community Preschool for children aged 2-5 years. Further childcare services can be found in Bowral and Mittagong.
  • Shopping

In Robertson there is a supermarket, butcher, fruit shop, French patisserie, bakery, cheese shop, seafood shop, pharmacy and newsagent. Retail stores located in the Southern Highlands include Woolworths, Coles, Harvey Norman, Retravision, Betta Electrical, Target, Big W and Bed Bath ‘n Table.
  • Places of worship

There is an Anglican and Uniting Church in Robertson. There are also a number of additional places of worship in the Southern Highlands including Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, Methodist and Baptist. The nearest Buddhist Temple (Nan Tien) is in Berkeley (45 min drive) and the closest Muslim Mosque (Omar Mosque) is in Gwynneville (50 min drive from Robertson).
  • Points of interest

Robertson is a popular tourist destination with day-trippers visiting the Illawarra Fly treetop walk and zipline, stopping at the famous Robertson Pie Shop, Robertson Cheese Factory or the local pub and cafes. For nature lovers there are waterfalls, green rolling hills and views over the spectacular Illawarra Escarpment, which can be seen from various points east of the village. There is a popular rainforest walking track in the Robertson Nature Reserve.
  • Sporting activities

There is a large range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Robertson including cricket, rugby league, tennis, yoga, hockey, soccer, bowling and the southern highlands sailing club.
  • Community groups and activities

The Village of Robertson provides a list of community and service groups and an events calendar for markets, sporting and cultural events, including the Lazy Runners, Local Food Exchange, community cinema and arts guild.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Robertson. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Robertson Commons, Wingecarribee Shire Council, The Village of Robertson and Robertson NSW Buy & Sell.