Exeter is the most “English” of all the villages of the Highlands. It’s leafy streets and lanes, clipped hedges and grand rows of trees give the impression of an age old-village in the “old country”. When settler Charles Throsby opened up the area in the 1820s, many other settlers prevailed upon the governor of the day for grants in the ‘Sutton Forest’ area. Some of these were established landholders closer to Sydney looking for wider spaces to graze their herds. James Badgery, settled here in 1821. His farm here was called ‘Exeter’, after the town in England near where he grew up. This name was later to be given to the new village over half a century later. Today the population of Exeter and Bundanoon is around 4,000 residents. Exeter is still a magnet with it’s stylish country properties and rural holdings. There is not a lot here to do but soak up the tranquility and admire the country views or perhaps drop by one of the cellar doors or pop into the famed General Store that doubles as a Post Office. However long you spend in picturesque Exeter, you will not forget your visit to this very beautiful corner of the Highlands.