Moss Vale

Garden in Autumn, Tourism New South Wales

Population 6725

Moss Vale is the industrial and agricultural centre of Wingecarribee Shire and the Southern Highlands. Once it was home to the Dharawal people, but by the 1870s they had all been driven off or killed. The town stands on part of the 1000 acres (approximately 400 hectares) of land granted to explorer Charles Throsby by Governor Macquarie in 1819. For most of the last century Moss Vale was a railway town and is dominated by the architecture of the Victorian railway station.

Visitor Information

Southern Highlands Visitor Centre, 62–70 Main St, Mittagong; (02) 4871 2888 or 1300 657 559

Nearby national parks

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  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

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Nearby towns

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  • Bowral

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  • Bundanoon

    Bundanoon is a quiet village with a European feel, thanks to its green, tree-lined avenues. The first European to investigate the district...more

In Town

Leighton Gardens: picturesque area popular for picnics; Main St.

Historical walk: includes Aurora College (formerly Dominican Convent) and Kalourgan, believed to have been a residence of Mary MacKillop; brochure from visitor centre.


Sutton Forest Set among green hills, this tiny town has a shop called A Little Piece of Scotland for all things Scottish, and The Everything Store, c. 1859. Hillview House, just north, was the official residence of NSW governors 1882–1958. 6 km SW.

Throsby Park Historic Site: owned for 150 years by the Throsby family. Buildings that depict early settlement life include original stables, former barn, flour mill, Gundagai Cottage and Christ Church. Access is by tour only; bookings (02) 4887 7270; 1.5 km E.

Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve: tranquil wetland with over 90 bird species, one-third of which are waterfowl; 3 km NE.

Cafes & restaurants around town


Katers is the in-house restaurant at Peppers Manor House, a boutique-style country estate dating back to 1926, surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Southern Highlands. Katers’ menu makes the most of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Dalys Clearing camping area 14 km

Follow the signs via Belanglo Rd and Dalys Rd to this flat, grassy clearing surrounded by pine trees. Bring your own drinking water. If you’re an adventurous type, you can strike out and camp in the bush, as long... Find out more

Gambells Rest camping area 14 km

This is the only designated camping ground in the north of the park, and it’s a good springboard for 10 walking tracks. It’s less than 1 km south of Bundanoon via the Gullies Rd. No fires are allowed, so... Find out more

Starlights Trail camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 23 km

This is essentially a bush-camping site by the Nattai River, reached via the 12 km return Starlights Trail, which begins and ends in the carpark at the end of Wattle Ridge Rd. It’s a strenuous walk for experienced,... Find out more

Bendeela Recreation Area 24 km

In picturesque Kangaroo Valley, 20 km north of Nowra and 8 km west of Kangaroo Valley village, Bendeela is a hidden gem in a treasure chest of natural beauty. Camp in a secluded, shady grove next to the Kangaroo Riverand... Find out more

HQ Camp 24 km

The forest’s HQ Camp is 4 km south-east of Wingello via Forest Rd. Camping is only allowed between Easter and the Oct long weekend. There’s a map here displaying mountain-biking trails. Bring your own... Find out more

Tallowa Dam Recreation Area 25 km

You’re surrounded by beauty in this camping ground, which is swaddled by Morton National Park and tucked into Kangaroo Valley. The camping ground itself is a broad, spacious grassed area along the Kangaroo River.... Find out more

Carrington Falls camping area 27 km

This small camping area can get crowded in peak periods, so think twice if you’ve got a campervan or trailer. You’ll find it on Carrington Falls Access Rd, off Jamberoo Mountain Rd, 8 km east of Robertson.... Find out more

Grassy Gully camping area (bush camping) 34 km

You can reach this campsite via Grassy Gully Rd, which turns off Burrier Rd. It’s basic bush camping here – bring your own everything, including water and a portable toilet. There are no wood BBQs, so also... Find out more

Danjera Dam camping area 41 km

The dam’s waters cover an old gold-rush town called Yalwal; today, visitors come to the area for aquatic activities such as kayaking, swimming, fishing (the dam is stocked with rainbow trout and bass) and boating.... Find out more

Bungonia camping area 43 km

This is a spacious, well-equipped camping ground in a stunning bushland setting. There’s a conference room for hire, plenty of space for tents, caravans and camper trailers, and all the outdoor activities that the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Moss Vale Village Caravan Park 1 km

The park, 2 km south of Moss Vale, is one of two in this part of the central highlands. It is ideal for a night or two if you are planning to explore the area. Bookings are recommended all year round, and there is a... Find out more

Mittagong Caravan Park 14 km

The caravan park is 1 km north of the town centre. There is a well-stocked shop and easy access to the Hume Freeway. This is one of only two parks in this area of the central highlands. The park can get very busy, so... Find out more

Shoalhaven Caravan Village 41 km

This is a large, owner-operated riverfront park just 1 km east of Nowra and easily reached from the Princes Highway. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park 46 km

This caravan park is in a quiet location on the beachfront, adjoining the beachside baths. The shops, including some eateries, are just a short stroll away. While pets are allowed, only small dogs are permitted. This is... Find out more

Windang Beach Tourist Park 46 km

This is a council-owned, popular beachside holiday park located on the south side of Wollongong, next to Lake Illawarra. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at these times.... Find out more

Mountain View Village 46 km

This is a large, quality park with great amenities and very good facilities, including tennis courts, mini golf course and a very popular 500-metre walking track with eight gym stations. Ask about the courtesy bus that... Find out more

Big4 Easts Beach Holiday Park 47 km

This is a fabulous, large and well laid out beachfront park with very good amenities and facilities, including TV cables to all ensuite sites. The East family is a prominent owner of several New South Wales caravan parks... Find out more

Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park 47 km

Swim at the beach or sit back, relax and watch TV at this large, fabulous beachside park. It has great facilities, including ensuite sites with full Austar TV hook-up. It also has excellent amenities and is in a... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Church Hill Grange

Church Hill Grange is a two-bedroom, self-contained apartment with fully equipped kitchen – making it ideal for two couples or families of up to five people. Set among pretty English-style gardens, guests can... Find out more

Heronswood House

Heronswood House is a traditional B&B in a restored 19th-century sandstone house. The five guest rooms have private ensuites, and the welcoming lounge has a huge airy sunroom leading off into the garden of oak trees,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gordon VC rest area 9 km

21km SW of Mittagong (R) or 64km NE of Goulburn (L)

Small area just off the highway.

Mackey VC rest area 11 km

28km SW of Mittagong (L) or 57km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Kingsbury VC rest area 16 km

33km SW of Mittagong (L) or 52km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway in a pine forest. 

What's on around town

Southern Highlands Country Fair: showgrounds; 4th Sun each month.

Autumn Gardens in the Southern Highlands: throughout region; Apr.

Tulip Time Festival: throughout region; Sept–Oct.

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