Surround yourself with forests and farms in the tranquil village of Sutton Forest in the Southern Highlands, one of NSW’s most historic settlements. Escape into the grounds of a grand manor house, taste wine at boutique cellar doors, shop for antiques or perfect your golf swing.
Sutton Forest was one of the first colonial settlements outside of Sydney, so visiting today is like going back in time 170 years. The village is home to stately manor houses and estates reminiscent of the English countryside, with some buildings dating back to the 1850s, like the Hillview Heritage Hotel.
Things to do
Take a long walk through the rolling green hills or into state forest, visit gorgeous gardens, and browse for antiques. Stroll through berry fields and buy jam at the Montrose House and Berry Farm. Relax in the garden of Red Cow Farm or play a round of golf at one of regional NSW’s most acclaimed golf courses, Mount Broughton.
Food and wine
Taste cool climate wines at the cellar doors of wineries such as Sutton Forest Estate Wines, Southern Highlands Wines, Eling Forest Winery and Cherry Tree Hill Wines. Some of the wineries have restaurants and cafes, or have a meal at the Sutton Forest Inn, a classic pub with a bistro and live music.
Getting there and where to stay
Sutton Forest is a 90min drive from both Sydney and Canberra. You can also take the train to Moss Vale and transfer via local bus, with the whole journey taking around 2hr 45min. There are a number of places to stay including farm cottages, boutique hotels and Hillview Heritage Hotel, which was the official country residence for NSW governors between 1882 and 1958.