Moss Vale

Moss Vale might be the agricultural hub for the Southern Highlands region of NSW, but a recent transformation means it is now also a centre creative businesses and cafes and bars. This is one of NSW’s most charming country escapes where you’re surrounded by rolling farmlands, vineyards and beautiful gardens.

Autumn trees lining Moss Vale’s main street, Southern Highlands

Things to do

From birdwatching in wetlands to wine tasting, playing golf, and browsing antiques and crafts in local stores and galleries, there’s a lot to do in Moss Vale. It’s also a great base for exploring the Southern Highlands’ natural attractions, and food and wine experiences.

Tranquil wetland setting in Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, Moss Vale

Food and wine

One top drawcard of the region is its gourmet trail. Follow the trail to Mount Ashby Estate, a boutique vineyard in Moss Vale with a cellar door and lovely cafe. There are more vineyards and wineries in neighbouring Sutton Forest, Berrima, Bowral and Mittagong.

Nature and history

Check out the Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, home to many bird species. This tranquil wetland is perfect for birdwatching and walking, and there are picnic tables. If you prefer nature with a twist, you’ll find one of the prettiest golf courses in NSW, the Moss Vale Golf Club.

Discover Moss Vale’s colonial and early 20th century heritage on a self-guided walking tour. Download the map from the Destination Southern Highlands website. You can also book a walking tour of The Pines Pastoral, a 700-acre Angus cattle farm, to get a taste of country life and calves just a few weeks old.

Getting there and where to stay

Moss Vale is a 1hr 45min drive from Sydney and less than two hours from Canberra. You can also catch a train direct from Sydney and the journey takes around 1hr 45min. Places to stay include cottages, guesthouses, B&Bs and country pubs. Sleep in a part of local history at the Argyle Hotel, first built in 1868, or the 1920s-era cottage, Corelli Cottage.