Heritage in Taralga
Many of Taralga's existing buildings date from the 1860s to the 1890s, and most of them consist of stone from local volcanic supplies. This has resulted in an architectural style unique to Taralga that is somewhere between Georgian and Victorian, giving the town a unique and picturesque aesthetic.
Taralga was originally planned as a private village for the Macarthur family and their employees. Convicts shepherded sheep and cleared the land, landowners focused on sheep and helped pioneer Australia's wool industry and tenant farmers began dairy farms. Because the town doesn't fall along a thoroughfare, its history is evident, and it remains largely unchanged. Visit the Taralga Historical Society Museum for a fascinating glimpse into yesteryear.
Today, Taralga is home to fine wool, prime lamb and beef, lush berries, quality wine and amazing stone architecture somewhere between Georgian and Victorian in style. On the first Sunday of each month, you'll find the charming Taralga and District Lions Markets, featuring handmade crafts, fresh produce, baked goods and much more. Check the events calendar before you leave for other regular and one-off activities.
There is some pretty country-style accommodation in Taralga, or look further afield in the wider Goulburn area.
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Interior of Wombeyan Caves
Abercrombie River National Park. Image Steve Douglas for DECCW
The historic Taralga Hotel. Image Upper Lachlan Shire Council