Moss Vale

An agricultural hub for the Southern Highlands, the town of Moss Vale offers a charming country escape where you can attend farmers markets, livestock saleyards and a lively annual show. Surrounded by rolling farmlands, vineyards, gardens and parks, it’s a great place to relax.

The drive to Moss Vale is under two hours from either Sydney or Canberra, or you can travel by train. The Illawarra Highway connects Wollongong with Moss Vale. Places to stay suit various budgets and include cottages, guesthouses, B&Bs and country pubs.

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

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

A 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.

Tranquil wetland setting in Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, Moss Vale

The countryside is idyllic, and the Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve is home to many bird species. This tranquil wetland is wonderful for birdwatching and walking, and there are picnic tables. One of the prettiest golf courses in NSW is at the Moss Vale Gold Club.

Discover Moss Vale’s colonial and early 20th century heritage on a self-guided walking tour. You can download the map from the Destination Southern Highlands website. Stop at a local cafe for coffee and cake, or a country pub for a hearty meal.