For a charming rural escape, visit Moss Vale in the beautiful Southern Highlands. Unwind and relax among rolling farmlands, vineyards, gardens and parks, and a nature reserve perfect for picnics. The agricultural centre of the region, there are livestock saleyards, farmers markets and an annual show.
You’ll be delighted with the many things to do, from birdwatching in wetlands to tasting cool climate wines, playing golf, and browsing antiques and crafts in enticing stores and galleries. Moss Vale is a great base too for exploring the Southern Highlands’ natural attractions and delicious food and wine.
A drawcard attraction of Southern Highlands is the gourmet trail. Follow the trail to Mount Ashby Estate, a boutique vineyard in Moss Vale with a cellar door and a delectable cafe. There are more vineyards and wineries around neighbouring Sutton Forest, Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong.
Places to stay suit various budgets and include cottages, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and country pubs. The drive from Sydney to Moss Vale is only 100 minutes and under two hours from Canberra. Or you can travel by train. The Illawarra Highway connects Wollongong with Moss Vale.
For nature lovers, Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve is a home for many bird species. This tranquil wetland is wonderful for birdwatching and walking, and there are picnic tables. You can also stretch your legs with a round of golf at the Moss Vale Golf Club, one of the prettiest courses in NSW.
A great way to explore the historic buildings in Moss Vale is on a self-guided walking tour. You can download the map from Destination Southern Highlands and discover the colonial and early 20th century heritage. Stop at a cafe for morning or afternoon tea or at a classic pub for a hearty meal.