While Australia has many cathedrals of cricket, since the opening of the Bradman Cricket Museum in Bowral in August 1996, the sport has surely found its emotional home. The Museum sits next to as pretty a country cricket oval as you’ll ever see – the Bradman Oval.
Established to honour Australia’s most famous player in the small town from which he hailed, the Museum explores and celebrates the history of Australian cricket and its place in our nation’s development (which was significant). The Museum takes the visitor on a fantastic cricketing journey, reliving great moments with rare film footage, photos and memorabilia.
Sir Don, in a career spanning 669 matches, scored more than 50,000 runs, many of them in scintillating fashion. He was famously out for a duck in his last Test innings (in England, in 1948), when he needed only a score of four or more to have finished his Test career with an average of above 100.
Did you know?
Until its name was changed in 1947, the Bradman Oval in Bowral was first known as the Glebe Wicket, and later Glebe Park.
How to get there
Bowral is a 1.5-hour drive south-west from Sydney along the M5 freeway and the old Hume Highway.
It’s also 1.5 hours north-east from Canberra, along the highway to Sydney and the old Hume Highway.
Best time to go
Official website of the Bradman Foundation
Official Tourist Information Website for the Southern Highlands
** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.