Towns & Villages


The population is about 500 including the villages of Fitzroy Falls and Myra Vale. Situated 700 m above sea level, Avoca is just 10-15 mins. drive from bigger towns such as Bowral and Moss Vale and around 25 mins. drive to Mittagong. The village includes a public school, with around 30 students, an events hall (Avoca Hall) and a fire station base, although it is situated further away from the main centre of the village. Avoca is situated on the main Sheepwash Road. The village also includes several dairy farms, which provide milk to many larger companies such as Pura Milk and Dairy Farmers.


Balmoral is a Northern Village of the Southern Highlands area of New South Wales, Australia.
It is the northern most village in Wingecarribee Shire.

Balmoral Village lies mostly on the eastern side of Wilson Drive. The main street is Railway Parade. The village has no Post Office or shops. It has a well-maintained Village Hall, including a children's play area, and a tennis court. The village also has a NSW Rural Fire Service brigade. There is also an active Balmoral Village Association to run events and raise money for the little community. 

 Balmoral was formerly a station on the alignment of the Main South Railway Line, and was known variously as 'Big Hill Lower Siding' (1878), 'Bargo' (1881), and 'Balmoral' (1888). On the NSW Government Railways Secretariat map, the locality was identified as Balmoral Private Village.[1] In 1919, the Picton-Mittagong Deviation was opened. The Loop Line continued to operate until 1978, and is now disused. The Balmoral station building was re-erected adjacent to the old school house (built in 1893) and the Loopline Pottery is on the same property.


The old historic Barrengarry Store is located only a short drive west of Kangaroo Valley towards Barrengarry Mountain. Claimed to be home to “The World’s Best Pies” these country style pies can be purchased fresh to eat in or have on the road or frozen to take and cook at home. Barrengarry Post Office and General Store offers great coffee, as well as old fashioned milkshakes, fudge, lollies (sweets) and locally produced jams, honey, olives, eggs, home baked treats, Akubra hats and more.

Population 666


It’s time to delve into the past and Berrima is just the village to visit. Home to Australia’s oldest continually licensed Inn – the Surveyor General, amazing colonial sandstone buildings, (one of which houses Eschalot, a hatted restaurant) and even a ghost, if you look hard enough. The MUST SEE is the imposing Berrima Court House.

Surrounding towns and villages include Joadja, Medway and New Berrima.

Population 10335


It’s time to visit the biggest and most sophisticated of all the towns and villages in the Highlands and home to an exciting and eclectic mix of eateries, (including Biota, a hatted restaurant), winereies, boutique shops, country markets and events. The MUST SEE is the amazing Bradman Centre.

Surrounding towns and villages include Mittagong, Moss Vale, Roberston, East Kangaloon, Glenquarry and Kangaloon.

Population 2,536


It’s time to dust off the bagpipes, oil the bicycle chain and put your walking shoes on. The town is a step back into the 1930’s, home to Brigadoon, but these days it’s also a Mecca for cyclists of all ages and bushwalkers, being the gateway to the Morton National Park. The MUST SEE is Glow Worm Glen. 

Surrounding towns and villages include Penrose and Wingello.
Why not drop into the General Store at Penrose or Wingello or visit the Penrose State Forest.

Population 238


It’s time to experience some old-world charm. This historic village is a great example of ‘how it used to be’ where the view from the local pub’s beer garden is an attraction in its own right. The MUST SEE is the old sign writing throughout the village.
Surrounding towns and villages include Wildes Meadow, Avoca, Belmore Falls and Robertson.

Population 398


It’s time to see the ‘outback’ of the Southern Highlands. This is where you will see kangaroos at dusk and vast rural landholdings. Visit the General Store and get a real taste of Canyonleigh.

Population 1,414

Colo Vale

Colo Vale is a Northern Village of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. It is situated 2 km north-west of Aylmerton, 5 km from the Hume Highway and 12 km drive to Mittagong.

Population 949


It’s time to experience our English heritage. This thriving village is home to a large number of English style estates, a picture postcard historic stone church and country railway station, both of which could have been lifted straight from the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. The MUST SEE is the historic St Aidans Church.

Population 216

Fitzroy Falls

It’s time to experience the Highlands most visited attraction whilst immersing yourself in nature with spellbinding views of the Falls which can be accessed from the boardwalk and escarpment rim walks. The MUST SEE is of course the stunning waterfall that is Fitzroy Falls.

Population 2,506

Hill Top

It’s time to take a different route into or out of the Highlands and be rewarded by the Shire’s northern village with a rich history as a former railway town and now gateway to Australia’s largest rail museum – Trainworks at Thirlmere. The MUST DO is the exhilarating Cave Creek Walk.

Surrounding towns and villages include Balmoral and Buxton.


A rural locality in the Southern Highlands.  Visit a Winery and the Historic Town (check opening dates and times).
Take a drive on the rural roads.

Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley is a river valley along the Kangaroo River in the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales, Australia, located west of the seaside in the City of Shoalhaven.

Population 5,767


It’s time to explore this historic town, the northern gateway to the Highlands and home to Australia’s first iron works. It is an excellent example of a country town which has managed to retain its historic beginnings, with old and new, side by side. The MUST SEE is Lake Alexandra and its resident ducks.

Surrounding towns and villages include Alpine, Aylmerton, Balaclava, Braemar, Colo Vale, High Range, Welby, Yanderra and Yerrinbool.

Population 8,579

Moss Vale

It’s time to explore the hub of the Southern Highlands, a town with strong ties to the birthplace of the Highlands and the region’s rural centre. It is home to livestock saleyards, farms markets and a traditional agricultural show. The MUST SEE would have to be Leighton Gardens in Autumn and Spring.

Surrounding towns and villages include Avoca.

Population 1,865


It’s time to taste a real potato and ‘the Green Heart of the Highlands’ is just the place to find locally grown Robo spuds. Its rich red fertile soil provides an abundance of rural farmland and a green hue through its hills and dales, famous as the town where the film BABE was made. The MUST SEE is the uniquely preserved rainforest which is the Robertson Nature Reserve.

Surrounding towns and villages include Knights Hill.

Population 477

Sutton Forest

It’s time to uncover one of the most historic of all the Highlands’ towns and villages, location of our former NSW Governor’s summer residence, Hillview, now with open days and accommodation for visitors. Today this village is also home to celebrities including ‘Nicole & Keith’ and Red Cow Farm one of the most visited private gardens in the region. The MUST SEE is the historic Peppers Manor House and its Great Hall.


Wingello is a village in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. It is about equidistant between Sydney, the capital of NSW, and Canberra, the nation’s capital.