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Sutton Forest
New South Wales
Sutton Forest is located in New South Wales
Sutton Forest
Sutton Forest
Location in New South Wales
Population 477 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2577
Elevation 661 m (2,169 ft)
LGA(s) Wingecarribee Shire
Region Southern Highlands
County Camden
Parish Sutton 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 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 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.

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.


In 1819 it was named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie after Charles Manners-Sutton, 1st Viscount Canterbury, a speaker of the House of Commons. In 2001 it had a population of 191. The surrounding area is part of the lands administrative unit of the Sutton Forest Parish.


  • Sutton Forest Public School

Notable residents

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

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