Mittagong lies 110km southwest of Sydney CBD at the northern gateway to the Southern Highlands, nestled in the valley between Mount Gibraltar and Mount Alexandra. A small and historic community, Mittagong is the arts and cultural hub of the region and has some great antique and craft stores. The townscape of Mittagong bears the legacy of its European settlement with a collection of sandstone colonial buildings dating from the mid 1800s.
Mittagong has an industrial heritage and, as well as being home to Australia’s first ironworks, the Fitzroy c1865, was a hub for coal and shale oil mining, timber mills and blacksmiths. Mittagong foundries produced much of the iron lace used to decorate city terraces in areas such as Paddington and Woollahra in the late 1800s. The town retains its creative bent today with many craftsmen, potters and artists in residence.
A quiet and relaxed village, Mittagong lies on the edge of Lake Alexandra, created in the mid 1800s to serve as a dam for the engines hauling coal to the Fitzroy iron mines. Today the lake and parkland reserve is a flourishing bird sanctuary and features scenic walking tracks, waterfalls and picnic areas at the foothill of Mount Alexandra.
Mittagong is also home to one of Australia’s foremost girl schools. Established in 1913, Frensham School is a secondary boarding and day school with a reputation for educational innovation and a strong sense of community.
Properties range from affordable freestanding cottages and new builds to sprawling country manors giving Mittagong broad appeal and securing its place as one of the Southern Highlands’ most popular addresses.