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New South Wales
Bundanoon Town Centre at dusk
Bundanoon is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 2,729 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2578
Elevation 675 m (2,215 ft)
LGA(s) Wingecarribee Shire
County Camden
Parish Sutton Forest
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
28 °C
82 °F
2 °C
36 °F
1,155.6 mm
45.5 in
Localities around Bundanoon:
Penrose Bundanoon Meryla

Bundanoon is a town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire, on Gandangarra and Dharawal Country (where these two countries meet). At the 2016 census, Bundanoon had a population of 2,729. It is an Aboriginal name meaning "place of deep gullies" and was formerly known as Jordan's Crossing. Bundanoon is colloquially known as Bundy/Bundi.

Bundanoon, like its fellow Southern Villages of the Southern Highlands, has had a boom-and-bust economic cycle. The town became a well-known tourist destination early in the 20th century; its picturesqueness and the scenery of what is now Morton National Park, combined with being served by the railway network, made it a pleasant and convenient holiday area for city dwellers who could not afford more expensive accommodations at the popular Blue Mountains resort area. By the 1950s, however, changes in lifestyle, particularly the affordability of the motor car, gave city dwellers more options and Bundanoon declined.

The Sydney real estate boom of the early 21st century made Bundanoon an affordable haven within commuting distance of the city. Property values increased several-fold, and houses in Bundanoon were selling for over a million dollars by 2007.

Several houses in the town were destroyed by a bushfire in January 2020.


Bundanoon railway station is located on the Southern Highlands line. Most services terminate at Moss Vale, meaning Bundanoon only receives limited services. Sydney to Canberra services also stop at the station.

Local bus services are provided by Berrima Bus Lines.

On the day of the 2011 census, 4.1% of employed people travelled to work on public transport and 65.3% by car (either as driver or as passenger).


The 2011 census recorded 2,419 people living in Bundanoon. The town's population was significantly older than the general population: their median age was 54 years, 17 years older than the national median age of 37. Children aged under 15 made up 15.7% of the population (fewer than the national average of 19.3%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 30.2% of the population (more than double the national average of 14.0%). This is reflected in the low workforce participation, with only 988 of the 2,419 people reporting themselves as being in the labour force. Of these, 49.4% were employed full-time, 40.9% were employed part-time and 4.1% were unemployed. 76.9% of people living in Bundanoon were born in Australia; the next most common countries of birth were England 9.3%, New Zealand 1.7%, and Germany 1.0%.

Ban on bottled water

In July 2009 "Bundy on Tap", a community initiative in Bundanoon, declared itself opposed to the sale of bottled drinking water on environmental grounds; local businesses instead committed themselves to filling re-usable bottles with tap water on request. The issue of bottled water was to protest against companies Norlex and Coca-Cola (that owns Australian bottled water brands Neverfail and Mount Franklin) extracting water from the town's groundwater.


  • Rugby League – Bundanoon Highlanders Rugby League Club currently playing in the Second Division competition of Group 6 Rugby League.
  • Cricket - Bundanoon Cricket Club enters junior cricket teams for boys and girls, and senior cricket teams, in the HDCA competition.
  • Rolloff World Championships are held in Bundanoon.

Notable residents

  • David Foster (born 1944) novelist
  • Margaret Jeffrey (1896–1977) senior policewoman

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