Historically, Mittagong was the first settled in the early 1800's, where it became the first settlement in the district.

Mittagong has been home to many varied industries, with Iron being first smelted in the area. The Joadja Kerosene Shale, Box Vale Coal Mine, and the first supply of fresh milk and butter to Sydney by the Fresh Food & Ice Co all operated out of Mittagong in bygone days.

The name Mittagong (Mirrikin, Marrakan, Mittigong and other variations) is said to mean "little mountain". Alternatives are "a companion" and "plenty of native dogs", as the Mittagong range was home to many dingos at one time. "Merrigang" (the place where the dingo puppies play) is said to be substantially the same word.

Today the town invites you to explore its history, scenery, small waterfalls, bushwalks and it's famed "Waratah" flowering in November. Enjoy a picnic at peaceful Lake Alexandra, feed the ducks, and take a peaceful stroll around the Lake - no more than 250 metres from Mittagong's main street.

Mittagong statistics

There are roughly 6,299 people that consider Mittagong home. Approximately 46.80% of people in Mittagong are male, and 39.91% of them are married. The average age is very reasonable 41.

44% of eligible workers in Mittagong consider themselves employable. Of those that are capable of any sort of labour, 55% dedicate most of their existence to full-time work. The official unemployment rate for Mittagong is roughly 5.29%. The others probably work an hour or so a week for the dole. It's good to fudge those unemployment figures. Makes it appear as if we're a productive country! Anyways, the average wage of the people that live in Mittagong is $430 per week.

There are roughly 2,769 properties in Mittagong, where 89% of them are occupied. Of these, 34% are owned by the people that actually live there. A further 26% are currently on their way to own their home. In Mittagong, 7% of properties are units or apartments. This seems to be increasing slowly thanks to the local council. The average rent in Mittagong is about $180 per week.

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Accommodation in Mittagong

Motel Melrose

31 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong, 2575, Mittagong

Within short strolling distance to the main street and set in the quaint and historic town of Mittagong, Motel Melrose is a well appointed and budget friendly place to explore the Southern Highlands from.

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Darnell Bed & Breakfast

197 Oxley Drive, Mittagong

Come and discover Darnell Bed & Breakfast, the hidden spot. Nestled among the peaceful upper slopes of Mt Gibraltar, we are only 5 minutes drive from Bowral and Mittagong, in the heart of the Southern Highlands.

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Oak Lodge Bed and Breakfast

31 Webb Street, Mittagong

Oak Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Mittagong is set in a quiet beautiful garden setting. Oak Lodge offers guests well appointed accommodation with ensuite.

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Springs Resorts

Springs Resorts

Old Hume Highway, Mittagong

Springs Resorts Mittagong RSL Motel offers 20 Separate Budget Accommodation Units with country hospitality that only the Southern Highlands can offer.

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Restaurants in Mittagong

Santino's Bistro

105A Main Street, Mittagong 2575, Mittagong

Fully licensed Italian restaurant and take-away specialising in gourmet pizzas in addition to a full a la carte menu. This is the old Vin Santo Restaurant with the original owners.

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classic thai

Shop 3 & 7, Pioneer St Mittagong Southern Highlands, Mittagong

classic thai restaurant in mittagong visit our eatout venues

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The Country Tandoor

185 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong

The Country Tandoor in Mittagong specialises in classic Indian food.

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Hong Kong Palace Restaurant

95 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong

We specialise in Chinese and Thai cuisine. Catering for all your function needs. Open 6 days/7 nights. Dine In or Take Away. Home Delivery Available.

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Cafes in Mittagong

Gloria Jean's Coffees

Highlands Marketplace, 197 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong

Gloria Jean's Coffees in Mittagong offers delicious coffee and cakes. We use Rainforest Alliance Certified beans in every cup, so you'll not only enjoy a great tasting coffee, but a cup that supports farmers, workers, their families, local communities and the environment!

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Tick Tock European Bakery/Cafe

112 Main Street, Mittagong

Come in and try our Dutch, German or Australian Bread & Pastries. Live music on weekends.

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Gilbert's Mittagong

86-88 Main St, Mittagong

Gilbert's in Mittagong offers exquisite cuisine at affordable prices.

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Kellie's Cafe

103 Main St, Mittagong

Kellie's Cafe (previously known as Charlie's Cafe) offers an Americana cafe type experience.

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Shopping in Mittagong

Southern Highlands Home Brew

Unit 3, 224 Old Hume Highway Mittagong, NSW, 2575., Mittagong

Home Brewing kits and supplies. Beer making, Distilling, Wine making & Cheese making equipment, books and ingredients

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197 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong NSW 2575, Mittagong

Michael Hill will help you find the perfect piece of jewellery from their superb product range.


Saddleworld Mittagong

77 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong

For all your equestrian needs from saddles to rider/casual apparel. Over 30yrs of combined knowledge of dressage to pony club, our friendly staff are on hand to assist.

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Groceries and More to your Door


Groceries and More to Your Door provides a personalised grocery shopping service delivered to your front door.

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