Moss Vale is a pretty village in the heart of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It is situated on the Illawarra Highway, which connects to Wollongong and the Illawarra Coast via Macquarie Pass. It is approximately 130 km’s south west of the capital Sydney.
Moss Vale lies mostly on land subdivided from the property of the original settler in the Highlands, Charles Throsby. Throsby Park, his homestead, is now a museum, publically accessible. The name is said to be derived from an employee on the estate called Jemmy Moss.
Abound in fertile soil, agricultural holdings in the area specialize in dairy herds, mainly Holstein Frisian and there is an assortment of beef studs and sheep properties. The town has a light commercial area and houses a James Hardy plant and the Harper Collins Book Distribution centre.
Colloquially referred to as “Mossy” this picturesque town is home to several historic buildings, which can be seen in a good state of preservation or restoration.
Central Moss Vale is dominated by the station, a fine example of Victorian railway architecture, and meandering tree lined streets landmarked by a clock tower and the lush manicured Leighton Gardens that blossom seasonally.
Boasting lovely antique and boutique stores, and a large shopping centre with quaint B&B’s, self contained cottages and motels, it has become a popular tourist haunt.
Visitors can also set off on the wine trail to Mount Ashby Estate and other cellar doors nearby or enjoy a round of gold at the challenging Moss Vale Golf Club.
The annual Agricultural Show held in March, one of the largest in the state, is also one of the last old style country fairs.
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