Moss Vale is a picturesque village in the heart of the Southern Highlands, 130km southwest of Sydney CBD. Surrounded by lush rolling hills and renowned for its rich and fertile soil, Moss Vale is the rural centre of the Southern Highlands and a busy retail hub second only to Bowral. With a scenic townscape featuring wide tree-lined streets and thriving gardens, Moss Vale prospered during the late 1800s and became an important service centre for the dairying, market gardening and cattle-rearing district.
Descendants of the Throsby family played an important role in the history of Moss Vale and most of the village stands on land formerly part of historic Throsby Park. Built in 1834, the colonial Georgian estate is one of Australia’s most significant rural landholdings. Already a popular holiday destination for wealthy Sydneysiders, Moss Vale’s reputation grew when the homestead was leased to the Governor of NSW, the Earl of Belmore, as his summer residence.
Moss Vale is also renowned as the home of Tudor House, one of Australia’s leading boarding schools where Nobel Prize-winner Patrick White attended prep school. Moss Vale has prospered in recent times and despite its growth remains one of the more affordable suburbs in the Southern Highlands, though some of the region’s most exclusive estates lie just outside the village. It is also home to Moss Vale Golf Club, one of the prettiest and challenging courses in the Southern Highlands designed by Carnegie Clark in 1936.
Moss Vale offers a mix of Victorian, Edwardian and post-war homes with Spring Street in the heart of town offering some fine examples. Neighbouring Throsby Street is a heritage conservation area with a number of significant homes designed in the Victorian Free Classical style, as well as more modest worker’s cottages.
The village itself is centred on Argyle Street and offers some great antique stores, cafés and boutiques. One of Moss Vale’s prettiest spots is Mount Ashby Estate, a boutique vineyard and restored dairy farm with beautiful views and distinct French Provincial ambiance.