A guide of what to do, see and experience in Moss Vale, NSW.
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Moss Vale is stepping out of the shadows cast by the more well-known towns of the Highlands and has undergone quite the fabulous transformation in recent years. Stunning lifestyle stores, fab cafes and restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs, a super-cool taphouse and a strong creative community has well and truly put Moss Vale on the map.
Surrounded by open fields and rolling hills, there is plenty to do if you fancy getting back to nature or catching some fresh air in Mossy. The Bong Bong Track - great for walking or cycling! - starts at the northern end of Moss Vale. Access it via Suttor Road or start at the car park north of the Wingecarribee River (turn right as soon as you go over the bridge coming out of town). You’ll also find Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve here, a birdwatchers paradise – check out the Bird Walk Track running along the banks of the river.
Moss Vale Golf Club is the place to be for those who love to hit the fairways (or the rough if you play like us!). We especially love the Drinks Cart that heads out onto the course on Wednesdays and Saturdays to load players up with sanga’s and refreshments!
There are some lovely parks in Mossy for gentle strolls, being pulled along by the dog or sitting under a tree and reading a book. Leighton Gardens is right in the centre of town and a local favourite for lunch breaks, picnics and just taking a breather! During the months of September and October, the garden beds are lit up with beautiful tulips (super Insta-worthy). Seymour Park has a fab off-leash and fenced area for dogs. Cosgrove Park on Berrima Road is also popular with walkers and puppers thanks to loads of space - it's a lovely 9 acres and is glorious at sunset.
Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve
Wow, Mossy has really stepped it up in the shopping department in recent years. We are in love with the newly opened Birch Store and could wander around the beautifully curated Bowerbird on Argyle for days – so much of the pretty in one spot. There are plenty more stunning florists, lifestyle and gift stores on Argyle Street – exploring them all will certainly fill up a few hours!
If you’re looking to update the wardrobe, the iconic Whytes Clothing (established in 1895 – yep!) is a good place to start. Made By Others stocks stunning local fashion labels as well as other well known designers - you'll always find something unique there! And Highland Lady in Moss Vale Mall always has some gorgeous fashion finds perfect for the four seasons of the Highlands (which you’ll often experience in one day!).
WINING + DINING
Moss Vale has a thriving (and super diverse!) food and wine scene. From cafes showcasing local produce to Spanish-inspired deliciousness, fresh Asian food and fine dining experiences, wine tasting and awesome pub grub, we are lovin’ it!
Head to Birch Restaurant for unique gourmet creations and amazing service – a visit to Birch is a must-do (and don’t wait for a special occasion – just go!). And we love the awesome vibe at The Taphouse, run by the Southern Highlands Brewing team – cool décor, locally made craft beers on tap and great food.
There are plenty of pubs, clubs and bars in Mossy to visit for hydration purposes– we’re big fans of the family friendly bistro at the Argyle Hotel (and their drive through bottle shop – yay!). Wine lovers should head to Wine Mosaic Lounge, there’s always plenty happening at Moss Vale Services Club, and of course if you’re looking for some kickbutt food with a side of fun and loud, head to the iconic Bernie’s Diner.
Coffee lovers, brunch fans and those who love a baked treat now and then will be well-impressed with all the local (and awesome!) cafes. Work your way – and your laughing gear - around this list of local cafes! Don't forget to grab a selfie in front of the stunning Highlands Merchant mural - it's become quite Insta-famous in it's own right!
Moss Vale celebrates it’s agricultural and farming roots with the Moss Vale Show, a must-visit on the family calendar every year – so much fun checking out exhibitions, going on rides, eating everything deep-fried and watching awesome entertainment.
There are also two markets to visit in Mossy. The Railway Street Fresh Food & Produce Market runs every Thursday afternoon, kicking off at 3pm. And while the Moss Vale Markets on the fourth Saturday of every month at the Showground aren’t running at the moment because of COVID, we’re crossing fingers they’ll be back soon.
Keep up to date with all events, workshops, live music and more happening in Moss Vale here.
STEP BACK IN TIME
If you want a quirky look at the history of Moss Vale, local resident David Baxter has got quite an interesting collection on his property in Mossy. He engaged super-talented Highlands artist, Angela MacPherson to create a stunning mural as a backdrop for the collection. It’s quite amazing and celebrates Mossy’s history beautifully – read about it here.
HOME + GARDEN
If it’s a home reno project you’re working on, or you’re looking to get out into the garden, head to these local hardwares and nurseries before rolling up the sleeves. And we are loving the new look Gubbins Pulbrook Mitre 10 on Berrima Road - they've got you covered for plants, paint, bathroom and kitchen reno's, tools, outdoor furniture and stacks more!
FOR THE KIDS
The kids can enjoy a dip year-round at the indoor Moss Vale Aquatic Centre – also good for keeping kids entertained on rainy days! Little ones will love the toddler splash pool and bigger kids can make their own fun in the 25-metre pool. If your kids prefer the adrenalin rush of hurtling up and down concrete ramps, the Moss Vale Skate Park is just behind the Aquatic Centre. The Church Street Playing Fields are awesome for kicking a footy around in the sunshine and if you have little ones who are all about climbing and seeing how high they can get on a swing, here’s a list of local playgrounds to visit.
Follow it up / bribe them with an awesome milkshake from Bernie’s afterwards and you’ll have a bunch of happy kids!
WHEN FRIENDS COME TO STAY
A seven-minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Argyle Street, you’ll definitely impress your visitors with a visit to Mount Ashby Estate. We love the rustic and relaxing vibe here. The gardens are beautiful. The wine is plentiful (and delicious!). Enjoy an afternoon cheese platter and a bottle of wine on the lawn. Or book a table (you can do it online) for lunch at the French-inspired La Palette. Wander through the beautiful antiques and fine furniture on display at Sally Beresford's French Farmhouse Tables and Antiques showroom. Or stock up on local wine at the cellar door. The quintessential country experience in one spot!
Charming Sutton Forest is a gorgeous little country village just a ten-minute drive from the centre of Moss Vale. It’s home to a fun newly renovated pub, fresh fruit and veggie store, fab café, the well-known Everything Store, Southern Highlands Winery (you’ll see this on your right on your way to the village), Mt Broughton Golf & Country Club and Red Cow Farm, a crowd favourite with over 2.5 hectares of stunning gardens. Loads to see and do. And if it’s good enough for Nicole and Keith, then it’s good enough for us!
The beer garden at the Sutton Forest Inn.
SUPPORTING LOCAL BIZ
We are incredibly lucky to have so many amazing local businesses in Moss Vale and our Business Directory is the place to find them! From mechanics to medical centres, landscapers to legal services, beauty salons to builders…..The Fold’s Business Directory has got you covered.
OTHER TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Check out our guide to the other towns and villages in the Southern Highlands.
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