Mittagong's Walks and Trails
Mittagong is known for its idyllic walks. Surrounded by the lush hillsides and waterfalls of the Southern Highlands, the area also blooms with native Waratah in the warmer months. Explore the beautiful trails through Nattai Gorge and Mount Gibraltar, along the historical railway track and cut-stone passageways of Box Vale Mine.
Gateway to the Southern Highlands
Mittagong lies between the volcanic peaks of Mount Gibraltar and Mount Alexandra, just 110km south-west of Sydney and is known as the gateway to the Southern Highlands. The town's alluring gardens are open to the public throughout the year, but it's in spring and autumn that they are in full bloom.
The picturesque town is a great place to potter, shop for antiques and books, visit local wineries or go walking, whether around the historic town itself or through the nearby parks and reserves. Mittagong has a fine collection of sandstone buildings dating from the early years of European settlement in the mid-19th century. Stroll along Main and Victoria Streets to see fine country homes, delightful gardens and browse some of the town’s specialty stores.
Stop in at the Mittagong Visitor Centre to plan your Southern Highlands journey; pick up a map of the area or just some local knowledge on where to go and what to do. You can also buy local wines here. Nearby you’ll find the Mittagong Antiques Centre, a treasure trove of antique and vintage furniture, homewares, jewelry, books, clothing, art and knick knacks.
Stop by the Sturt Craft Centre, a gallery of contemporary craft and design which also houses working craft studios in woodwork, ceramics, textiles and jewellery and offers workshops throughout the year.
Mittagong is surrounded by the lush landscapes of the Southern Highlands. Enjoy a picnic at Lake Alexandra or drive to the top of Mount Gibraltar to enjoy excellent lookouts and several short walking tracks. Check out the Cave Creek Walking Track, 14km north of Mittagong, it’s a leisurely walk of 2.6km through pretty bushland scenery. Walk to Nattai Gorge Lookout via the Box Vale Walking Track, which follows the route of an historic railway line through a railway tunnel to incredible views of the Nattai Gorge.