Explore one of Australia’s great colonial expeditions on the Gunning Town Tour and enjoy the spectacular Gunning Fireworks Festival in enchanting Gunning, a lovely escape north of Canberra. The historic town is a delightful base for visiting nearby wineries and prehistoric fossils and caves.
From great colonial explorers to a spectacular fireworks festival, Gunning is a charming historic town in the Goulburn region. You’ll find plenty of wonderful things to do in and around Gunning, a great base for exploring the nearby wineries and vineyards of the acclaimed Canberra District wine region.
One of Australia’s most significant colonial explorations began in 1824 from Gunning, then a frontier town. The great explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell led a daring expedition to discover new grazing land, pioneering the famous route from Gunning to Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.
You can explore this history and more on the Gunning Town Tour, a self-guided or guided tour. In the main street is Pye Cottage Museum, a colonial slab hut. Inside are intriguing photographs and agricultural artefacts from a rich wool heritage. Fine merino wool is a major industry in the area.
The Gunning Fireworks Festival in September is a marvellous event, combining a pyrotechnics trade show with a dazzling fireworks finale. You’ll find several accommodation options, including a free campground. There are enticing rural shops, cafes and the Telegraph Hotel, a classic country pub.
Gunning is lovely for driving and cycling in pretty countryside. A short drive northwest is the 1860s-built Royal Hotel Dalton and the prehistoric Fossil Rock of fossilised leaves from 40 million years ago. The enchanting town of Crookwell is northeast and the breathtaking Wombeyan Caves a day trip.
Getting to Gunning in the NSW Southern Tablelands is easy. The drive north from Canberra is 55 minutes and southwest from Sydney is 2h 40min. On a road trip between Melbourne and Sydney, Gunning is a perfect stopover. You can travel by train too from Sydney or Melbourne to Gunning.