For rural tranquillity and beautiful scenery, Sutton Forest in the Southern Highlands is a wonderful escape. You can stay in manor houses on vast estates with panoramas of rolling green hills, rich farmlands and enchanting forests. Enjoy tasting cool-climate wines at cellar doors in vineyards.
Getting to Sutton Forest is easy. The drive from Sydney and Canberra is about 95 minutes and from Wollongong, via scenic Macquarie Pass, is 75 minutes. You’ll find a great variety of things to do and see, including idyllic country walks, gorgeous gardens, wine tasting and browsing antiques.
Amble through berry fields at the Montrose House and Berry Farm and buy delicious jams, or relax in the garden splendour of Red Cow Farm. Play a round of golf at Mount Broughton or admire the heritage in Sutton Forest, one of the first colonial settlements outside Sydney.
Hillview Heritage Hotel, built in the 1850s, was a country retreat for NSW governors between 1882 and 1958. You’ll find plenty more places to stay, from cottages to manor houses. A great base for exploring the highlands, Sutton Forest is close to natural wonders and other delightful villages.
And Sutton Forest is home to several elegant wineries with cellar doors, including Sutton Forest Estate Wines, Southern Highlands Wines and Eling Forest. There are restaurants and cafes at some wineries, or savour a hearty meal at the Sutton Forest Inn, a classic pub with a bistro and live music.
For more wineries and cellar doors, pretty Exeter is a short drive from Sutton Forest on the way to Bundanoon, a popular destination for bushwalking and cycling. Enjoy the hospitality of the winemakers at , St Maur Winery and .