top of page


On the traditional land of the Gundungurra people, Moss Vale is often missed by tourists, but is well known by locals as one of the best places to go for a day out. Over its history, this Southern Highlands town has had many iterations – once a land grant, then an important halfway point along the Sydney to Goulburn railway line, and even a Vice Regal retreat. If you had travelled along the Old South Road some 150 years ago, you would have passed through this area which was to become the largest town in the Southern Highlands. Today, the combination of stunning heritage buildings, natural scenery, and its colourful history makes Moss Vale a must-visit destination and an easy day trip by rail or road from Western Sydney.

Old estate gledswood hills


Moss Vale Station itself is perhaps one of the grandest and most luxurious you will see. It was opened in 1867 to connect the growing township of Moss Vale which by the 1870s had begun to experience tourism popularity as a cool climate retreat from Sydney. Significantly, heritage property Hillview in Sutton Forrest became the country residence for the State Governor – now a popular country stay or wedding location. Fittingly, the Moss Vale Railway Station was given a glamourous upgrade as the private vice regal dining and waiting rooms for visiting entourages. Today, you’ll notice the rooms and gardens within this opulent station that are kept in great condition. We recommend starting your day from the railway station, right in the beating heart of the Moss Vale village centre.

Today, Moss Vale is a shopping mecca for stylish homewares, artisan goods, and elegant country clothing. Stores like Bowerbird, Nest & Burrow, HEM, Mossy Store, and Suzie Anderson Home are each local institutions. In the centre of town is the Memorial Clock and the Diamond Jubilee Park & Fountain. An elegant reminder once again of the more recent history of Moss Vale.

Start with of an ever-important coffee, and a good hearty breakfast or brunch. The Post Office Café is right next to the station, with charming bright yellow and white umbrellas. Highlands Merchant is just down the street past the very charming Leighton Gardens and with a great big flower mural on its southern wall. Always full of colourful flower displays and free to visit during Tulip Time. Rush Roasting Co, a local brand is right across the road. Pace yourself - there is plenty to see and do, and always time for more than one coffee as you explore the main street.

Take in the beautiful buildings, built over several eras. The collection of architectural styles is well preserved from grand pubs like the Moss Vale Hotel, The Argyle Hotel, Central Hotel (currently undergoing a HUGE renovation) and the very cool Flour Bar in a 60s inspired building.

Plenty to discover, plenty to eat too. An eclectic mix of cultures and cuisines from Thai to Spanish. Pub meals are always great and Bernies Diner is a fun American Style Burger Bar.

For something with a uniquely local flavour, check out the Highlands Taphouse. Featured before by WEST it’s a great place for a long lunch, a cheeky afternoon drink or a meal to take in the warm and friendly atmosphere.

Be sure to wander south along Argyle Street, under the railway bridge that divides the town. Plenty more to see and some more beautiful homeware stores to discover such as Hunter & Gatherer Collections and Coco Unika.

Just out of town, a few more must-see locations. Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve is a tranquil spot teaming with migratory birds set on the Wingecarribee River. There is a great walking trail here that takes you up into nearby Burradoo where you can get a sneak peak of some incredible homes and estates.

On the rise before the Wingecarribee River is the Briars Inn. The hotel was a favourite stopping place for the few Cobb & Co. coaches that travelled this road and is a must visit stop-in. Classic country charm, warm log fires, a stellar menu. The Sunday lunch is very popular and the share plates like their Slow Cook Lamb warm the heart and soul. This area is blessed with great wine, being a cool climate wine region, so be sure to order something local too.

Moss Vale is a surprising, delightful, characterful village in the Southern Highlands, right at Sydney’s doorstep. Visit at the right time and you’ll love their Village markets, annual show, and the dramatic change of seasons each year. Go, explore Moss Vale!


bottom of page