Moss Vale Business Directory
A Guide to Moss Vale
Moss Vale, or Mossy as it is affectionately known, is a town set in the glorious location of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Just over an hour's drive from of Sydney, this charming countryside town offers small town hospitality, rolling green hills, and leafy lined sidewalks all with deep roots entwined in history and culture. Moss Vale is a romantic destination and a charming holiday location for exploring the Highlands.
If you're an antiques lover, Moss Vale is a must-visit destination. As well as enjoying a central location in the region within easy reach of the other towns and villages of this lovely area, Moss Vale is the antique capital of the Southern Highlands.
The Growth of Moss Vale
Once occupied by the Tharawal people, who eventually moved on as the European settlers moved in when Governor Macquarie granted 1,000 acres of land in the Sutton Forest to Charles Throsby. Throsby Park house was built in 1834 and the area remained completely rural until the late 1860s, when the railway line was built and Sydneysiders flocked to the cool countryside. Gradually the town began to grow and is continuing to develop today. 21st century Moss Vale is a mix of thriving industry, commerce and agriculture.
Things to see and do
Heritage Walk - The history of Moss Vale is evident in the historical buildings peppering the pretty streets. The heritage trail includes the Dominican Convent, Briars Inn and the Anglican Church. Kalourgan is also here, thought to be the home of Mother Mary McKillip, Australia's first saint.
The Moss Vale Golf Course is considered to be the premier golf course in all of New South Wales. The course was completely designed and implemented in the 1930s and remains true to that model today. It's by far the most challenging course as well as the most beautiful and is a true golf lover's paradise.
The Fairy Bower Falls is a popular natural attraction that is frequented by locals and visitors alike. The hiking path starts at the Gambells Rest Picnic area in Morton National Park and there are plenty of routes for all different fitness levels. There are an abundance of waterfalls and beautiful picnic areas, but if you finish the entire thing it will take you an hour and bring you to the most incredible views from the Tooths Lookout. It is quite a steep walk, but classified as a medium graded hike.
The Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve is a stunning natural conservation area that is located on the banks of the Wingecarribee River. There is a lagoon area that is heaving with wildlife and birds, and visitors can experience platypus and kangaroos in their natural surroundings. With lots of walks and nature trails, and the perfect place to enjoy a picnic - there is a fantastic amount of facilities in the reserve.
Back O The Moon is a stunning open garden that is the perfect location for family photos or just perusing the delights of the sprawling landscaped 3 acres of breathtaking woodlands, a colourful rose garden, ponds, beautiful flowering cherries, sleek dogwoods and pine trees. It is a popular venue for photographers and wedding ceremonies and is a must see for any budding gardener, or those looking for inspiration in their gardens.
The Southern Highland Winery in Sutton Forest is set in the heart of the countryside, overlooking breeze ruffled lakes, with a back drop of rolling vineyards, lush green hills, and patchwork farm surroundings dotted with sleepy cows and spectacular views. Take a tour through the winery, learn about wine making and taste some of their wines as well. Enjoy a gourmet lunch at their restaurant afterwards and just chill out and relax in the peaceful country surroundings.