Towns & Villages: Sutton Forest

Sutton Forest

Population: 252 (2006 census)

Brief History
The entire area between the Bong Bong River (a few kilometres north of Moss Vale) and Paddy's Creek (about ten minutes' drive toward and along the freeway south) was once called Sutton Forest.

It lies among rolling hills between the two rivers, and was the site of a number of large land grants to early settlers soon after it was discovered (1820s).

Many of these built grand homes which can still be glimpsed through the trees set back from the roads. The grandest of these was 'Hillview' (1850), built by R.P. Richardson (of Richardson & Wrench fame), purchased and extended in 1882 by the State Government as a summer residence for the Governor.

St. Patricks
St. Patrick's Catholic Church (c.1880)

Although most of these significant buildings are not now open to the public, what can be visited are the historic churches and cemeteries, and a few other historic commercial buildings, beautifully restored by their currect owners and operated as must see venues for the traveller looking for antiques and collectables.

Sutton Forest has a significant place in early Australian history, being one of the first settlements (1820s) in the new lands discovered outside the outer limits of the colony of Sydney.

There have been three villages in the area: one (private) village near All Saints Anglican Church (1861); another (official) village - off to the right about a kilometre on the road to Bundanoon, which never took off; and the current centre at the intersection of the highway where the stores are.

Here there are interesting buildings to see, and reminders of early history in the cemeteries (look for the graves of the bushranger and troopers at All Saints, and of other early settlers at St. Patrick's (c.1880 - although graveyard is earlier).

Sutton Forest has been a popular travellers' stop for 150 years. Two fine old Georgian buildings at the Equestrian Centre (1km past the stores) were originally inns; near it the original Harp Inn (now a B&B); and another stood next to the current hotel (since demolished).

The Everything Store
The Everything Store (orig.1830)

The famous 'Everything Store' (a store since the 1830s) has been a magnet for antique collectors since the 1960s. ('A Little Piece of Scotland' has now closed.)

The Old Post Office (1883) on the corner is a fine and well preserved example of a late Victorian country house; purchased by the government and used as a post office (1885-1975) it still retains the fine cedar counter and partitioning at the front of the building.

There are a number of gardens open to the public in the surrounding area, a first class resort and golf course, an international standard equestrian centre, a berry farm, and two boutique wineries.

Sutton Forest also has a number of quality self-contained and farm stay accommodation houses.

For further details see our Past and Present pages.

Cool climate wines
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes - cool climate vineyards

All Saints
All Saints Anglican Church (1861)

Sutton Forest QuickGuide

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Eling Forest
The Farmhouse (Canyonleigh)
Highfield Cottage
Kirkham Manor - self cont
Peppers Manor House
Summerlees - self cont
Sutton Forest Cottage - self cont
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Katers Restaurant
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Peppers Manor House
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Eling Forest Vineyard & Winery
Pygmy Hill Estate (Canyonleigh)

The Old Butcher Shop
The Old Butcher Shop (1895)

What to See and Do
For Visitors.
Sutton Forest is famous for its antique store.

There is a hotel and bistro, a cafe at the Equestrian Centre and Southern Highland Wines, restaurant at Eling Forest Winery. Interesting properties and old homes can be seen while driving around the country lanes.

Several good B&Bs, self-contained accommodation, and a resort nearby with first-class golf course and restaurant.

Eling Forest Winery on the freeway is a boutique winery open 7 days - tastings and cellar door sales, and Southern Highland Wines on Oldbury Road offers visitors a unique wine experience.

An international standard riding school has indoor arena, and miles of riding trails across countryside for horse lovers.

The Harp Inn
The Harp Inn (c.1830) - now a private home

For Kids.

Interesting things to find in the antique shop - including antique toys! y their shortbread!

Horse riders' paradise at the Equestrian Centre - often competitions here. See how wine is made at the wineries.

Visit All Saints graveyard and find the graves of a bushranger and troopers.

Last updated 10/11/17