Sutton Forest, New South Wales

Sutton Forest is a small village in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia in Wingecarribee Shire. It is located 5 km southwest of Moss Vale on the Illawarra Highway. Sutton Forest was originally granted, then owned by Navy Chief officer, Captain John Nicholson who recently immigrated from Scotland to Australia. This privately owned estate was originally 700 acres, this is where John Nicholson lived and died.

Sutton Forest
New South Wales
Sutton Forest is located in New South Wales
Sutton Forest
Sutton Forest
Coordinates34°34′S 150°19′E / 34.567°S 150.317°E / -34.567; 150.317Coordinates: 34°34′S 150°19′E / 34.567°S 150.317°E / -34.567; 150.317
Population477 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Wingecarribee Shire
RegionSouthern Highlands
ParishSutton Forest
State electorate(s)Goulburn
Federal Division(s)
Localities around Sutton Forest:
Belanglo Medway Berrima
Canyonleigh Sutton Forest Moss Vale
Marulan Bundanoon Exeter

Sutton Forest is located in an agrarian setting and is surrounded by farms, vineyards and is home to manor homes and estates. It is in one of the oldest areas settled by Europeans in Australia after Sydney and is somewhat reminiscent of an English village due to the temperate Southern Highlands climate and high rainfall.

Sutton Forest comprises two churches, an inn, and two specialty shops.

In 2004, a proposal to locate Sydney's second airport in Sutton Forest met with fierce opposition from locals.[according to whom?]

It was one of the first colonial settlements outside Sydney and thus has many heritage buildings such as the Hillview Heritage Hotel which was built in 1850s.[2]


In 1819 it was named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie after Charles Manners-Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury, a speaker of the House of Commons. The surrounding area is part of the lands administrative unit of the Sutton Forest Parish.


At the 2016 census, Sutton Forest had a population of 477. 81.2% of people were born in Australia and 88.4% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were Anglican 33.5%, Catholic 23.5% and no religion 22.0%.[1]


  • All Saints Anglican Church and Churchyard
  • St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church and Churchyard



Heritage listingsEdit

Sutton Forest has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Notable residentsEdit

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban own Bunya Hill, a 45 hectare estate and cattle stud farm within the village.[6]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Sutton Forest". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 July 2017.  
  2. ^ "Sutton Forest". Visit NSW.
  3. ^ "Golden Vale". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00489. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Hillview". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00442. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Whitley, outbuildings, entry gate, garden". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00504. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^
  • Exploring the ACT and Southeast New South Wales, J. Kay McDonald, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1985 ISBN 0-86417-049-1

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