For a country escape, you really cannot pass on Moss Vale – an agricultural hub located in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. Bustling with creative businesses, cafés and bars, Moss Vale is a charming part of the country where vineyards, sweeping farmlands and picturesque gardens await.
Located about a 1hr 45min drive from Sydney, Moss Vale isn’t just a fantastic place to visit and take in the sights, but it’s a wonderful place to settle down, too. As a small country town with less than 10,000 residents, you’ll be able to escape the bustle of the city and instead enjoy time spent golfing, antiquing, and wining and dining to your heart’s content.
So, what else can you expect from Moss Vale?
While you may think that once you’ve visited one winery, you’ve visited them all, this simply is not the case when it comes to Mount Ashby Estate. This idyllic French provincial property with an early Australian influence is, in a word, beautiful. With its boutique vineyard and cellar door, plus a range of stunning French-inspired cuisine on offer at the La Palette Café (including indulgent charcuterie plates), Mount Ashby Estate is a must-see when visiting Moss Vale.
The Moss Vale Golf Club is heralded as a paradise for enthusiastic golfers, and is also known for having one of the most scenic yet challenging courses in all of New South Wales. Founded in 1902, the club’s 18 Hole Champion Golf Course starts off quite hilly, before testing you further with creek crossings (12 in total!), rows of pine trees that demand precision, and a number of deceptive greens. Meanwhile, the popular Dormie House provides a stylish place in which to partake of breakfast and dinner, while the Club House will cater to your lunches.
Whether you prefer to nature walk, birdwatch or relax on a picnic blanket with some cheese and biscuits, Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve provides a tranquil wetland backdrop to your activities. The Southern Highlands might not spring to mind when you first think of wetlands, but this nature reserve has been around since the 1920s as a result of the construction of a nearby weir. Soon, birds were flocking to the area, and it was declared a wildlife sanctuary 12 years later. Over 90 bird species call this nature reserve home, making it a wonderful spot for avid wildlife lovers.
Pay a visit to a local working farm at The Pines Pastoral, where you can not only enjoy the beauty of the Southern Highlands, but also take a 1.5 hour walking tour of the 750 acre farm and its herd of over 400 prized Black Angus cows. You’ll likely come across Black Angus calves that are only a few weeks old, too! You can also stay at fully self-contained accommodation at the farm, where a log fire beckons on the colder months.
Located in the history Toose’s building on Argyle Street, Southern Highlands Brewing Co. serves local beers on tap, as well as on a custom-made beer tasting for all the beer connoisseurs out there. French brasserie favourites are on the menu here, and of course there are plenty of wines to try. There’s a kid-friendly menu as well, so the entire family can enjoy a lunch or dinner at this taphouse, run by a crew of friendly locals.
If Moss Vale sounds like heaven on earth for you, why not come and visit our Moss Vale retirement village and possibly say hello to your new home? Our gated community is purpose-build for seniors and is nestled within the beauty of the Southern Highlands.