MITTAGONG

A SOUTH­ERN HIGH­LANDS TOWN KNOWN FOR ITS AN­TIQUE SHOPS AND WINER­IES.

Country Style - - ON THE MOVE MITTAGONG NSW -

AN EMERG­ING WINE RE­GION AND a hub for an­tiques and ren­o­va­tion sup­plies, the small town of Mittagong in the NSW South­ern High­lands of­fers plenty for those visiting or re­lo­cat­ing from larger cities. The of­fi­cial gate­way to the re­gion when com­ing from the north, Mittagong is lo­cated around two hours’ drive from Syd­ney and lays claim to be­ing on the ‘sunny side’ of the High­lands. “In win­ter you can wake up here to a beau­ti­ful sunny day, then drive down the hill to Bowral and the tem­per­a­ture drops and it’s cov­ered in fog!” says lo­cal florist Ali­son Ken­non, who lives and works from her home stu­dio on the ‘Gib’ (Mount Gi­bral­tar) side of town. Known to lo­cals as ‘Mitta’, the name is thought to have come from an Abo­rig­i­nal word mean­ing “lit­tle moun­tain”, ref­er­enc­ing its po­si­tion be­tween three moun­tain re­serves. Euro­pean set­tle­ment be­gan in 1821, with farm­ing and iron ore early in­dus­tries. To­day, re­tail is the lead­ing em­ploy­ment sec­tor, with health care, ed­u­ca­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing, con­struc­tion and hos­pi­tal­ity close be­hind. “There are four or five vine­yards in Mittagong now,” says Ali­son. “It’s be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar as a wine re­gion.” With well-re­garded schools, easy ac­cess to na­ture-based ac­tiv­i­ties such as bush­walk­ing, and its re­laxed pace, Mittagong is very ap­peal­ing to fam­i­lies and re­tirees. “There are al­ways new restau­rants pop­ping up and cel­lar doors to visit, but be­cause Mittagong isn’t as de­vel­oped as, say, Bowral, it still feels like a small coun­try town,” says Ali­son. “It’s easy here. Ev­ery­thing is in such close prox­im­ity… and all the build­ing sup­pli­ers seem to be based here, which means if you’re renovating, like we still are, it’s all at your fin­ger­tips!” For more in­for­ma­tion, head to vis­itnsw.com

1 Mount Gi­bral­tar Re­serve 2 Sturt Craft Cen­tre 3 Ly­die du Bray An­tiques 4 The Old Bank Bou­tique Ho­tel 5 Cotswold Fur­ni­ture 6 Artemis Wines

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