The gateway to the beautiful Southern Highlands, Mittagong is as picturesque as it is peaceful, home to tranquil vineyards and fine colonial sandstone buildings. Breathe in fresh country air, browse specialty stores, and explore gorgeous gardens and parks.

Mittagong is only 80 minutes’ drive from Sydney and under two hours from Canberra. Alternatively, you can travel by train from Sydney or Canberra. There’s plenty of accommodation options to suit various budgets, making Mittagong a great base for exploring the region.

Sun shining on Lake Alexandra Reserve in Mittagong, Southern Highlands

A stroll along Main and Victoria streets offer heritage architecture and tempting shops. Stop at the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre on Main Street for maps and local knowledge on the many things to do and see in the area. You can also buy local wines here.

Mittagong Antiques Centre is a treasure trove of collectables, while Sturt Craft Centre is a hub of contemporary craft and design – you can explore its shop and gallery. Relax in a cosy cafe or classic country pub such as the Mittagong Hotel and Lion Rampant Hotel.

Front verandah of the 1830s-built Fitzroy Inn Historic Retreat, Mittagong

The area’s rich soil and high altitude are ideal for winegrowing. Visit cellars doors in the hills and valleys around Mittagong, including Artemis Wines and Tertini Wines, or join a wine tour. Try local wines matched with a sumptuous degustation menu at the restaurant of the 1830s-built Fitzroy Inn.

The landscape is great for walking and cycling. Walk to the Nattai Gorge lookout via the Box Vale Mine walking track, which follows an old railway line through a tunnel to views of the Nattai Gorge. Or enjoy a picnic in the pretty Lake Alexandra Reserve, where there’s a shared lakeside path.