Gunning is a sleepy agricultural town just off the Hume Highway. It's the perfect town to spend the weekend in a historic homestead or pub-style accommodation, browse the rural shops and enjoy country fare.
Just an hour's drive north of Canberra, Gunning is a quiet Country NSW town that's a perfect place for a getaway between Sydney and Melbourne. In 1824, Hume and Hovell pioneered the famous route from Gunning to Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne â today, you can follow their route on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. In 1840, the Whitton Gang shot dead Hamilton Hume's brother John when he stood up to them. John Hume's grave is in Gunning Cemetery with the story engraved on top.
Pick up a brochure from Frankfield Guest House and spend some time wandering around historic stone buildings that date back to the 1800s, such as Pye Cottage. Browse the town's antique collections or arts and crafts shops. The quiet roads around town are perfect for cycling through pretty countryside.
Check the events calendar before you leave âthe local markets are worth a visit. In the wider Goulburn area, there's a very busy events calendar that includes more local markets, motorsports, fishing, high tea and lots more. There are also plenty of things to see and do where history and heritage are concerned, and there's no shortage of natural attractions or food and wine destinations.
Lookout at Bungonia National Park. Image Sara Fife for Capital Country Tourism
Barbour Park Waterway in Gunning. Image Capital Country Tourism
Art displayed at a Gunning caf. Image Capital Country Tourism