Enjoy wine tasting in pretty vineyards and idyllic walks past colonial buildings and beautiful gardens in Mittagong, in the stunning Southern Highlands. Browse antiques and contemporary designs in specialty shops, and explore wilderness trails only 80 minutes’ drive southwest of Sydney.
Gateway to the Southern Highlands
From wine tasting in tranquil vineyards to idyllic walks in fresh country air, picturesque Mittagong is the gateway to the beautiful Southern Highlands. Admire gorgeous gardens and parks, explore a fine collection of colonial sandstone buildings, visit wineries’ cellar doors, and browse specialty stores.
Getting to Mittagong is easy. The drive from Sydney is 80 minutes and under two hours’ from Canberra. Alternatively, you can travel by train from Sydney or Canberra. A delightful base for exploring the region, Mittagong has plenty of accommodation options to suit various budgets.
Stop at the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre on Main Street for maps and invaluable local knowledge on the many things to do and see in the region. You can buy an elegant range of local wines here, too. Stroll along Main and Victoria streets for heritage architecture and tempting shops.
Mittagong Antiques Centre is a treasure trove of collectables. Relax and enjoy cosy cafes and classic country pubs, the Mittagong Hotel and Lion Rampant Hotel. For superb contemporary craft and design, visit the Sturt Craft Centre and its shop, only 10 minutes’ walk southeast of the train station.
Rich soils and the high altitude are ideal for cool-climate wines. In the hills and valleys around Mittagong are wineries with cellars doors, including Artemis Wines and Tertini Wines. There are wine tours and restaurants such as the one at Fitzroy Inn, built in the 1830s, serving local wines.
The splendid landscape is great for walking and cycling. Enjoy a picnic in the pretty Lake Alexandra Reserve, where there’s a shared lakeside path. Walk to Nattai Gorge lookout via the Box Vale Mine walking track, which follows an old railway through a tunnel to spectacular views of Nattai Gorge.