The gateway to the beautiful Southern Highlands, Mittagong is home to some of the best preserved colonial sandstone buildings in regional NSW. Sitting at 635 metres above sea level and nestled between three mountain reserves, it’s at the heart of the local wine region and boasts more than 60 vineyards.

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

Things to do

Stroll along Main and Victoria streets for heritage architecture and lots of great 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 Southern Highlands 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 an atmospheric cafe or a classic country pub such as the Mittagong Hotel or Lion Rampant Hotel.

Winemaker Jonathan Holgate during the production of wine at Tertine Wines, Mittagong.

Cool climate wines

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 degustation menu at the restaurant of the 1830s-built Fitzroy Inn.

Hiking and cycling

The surrounding landscape is ideal 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 Lake Alexandra Reserve, where there’s a shared lakeside path.

Getting there and where to stay

Mittagong is an 80min drive from Sydney and less than two hours from Canberra. You can also catch a direct train from Sydney and the journey takes around two hours. There’s plenty of accommodation options, from caravan parks and motels to one of the oldest surviving inns in Australia, the Fitzroy Inn.