From heritage to adventure, Queanbeyan is a charming destination on the banks of the beautiful Queanbeyan River and near elegant wineries, spectacular wilderness, historic villages and the national capital. Enjoy museums, bushwalking, fishing, and a vibrant arts and festival program.
With beautiful heritage, outdoor adventure and a vibrant arts program, Queanbeyan is a delightful city in southwest NSW and a gateway to the national capital, Snowy Mountains and historic towns as well as delicious food and wine experiences. Fishing and boating is popular at Googong Foreshores.
You’ll find many more wonderful things to do in riverside Queanbeyan, a short drive from Canberra and about three hours from Sydney. Pop into the Queanbeyan Visitor Information Centre and pick up brochures and maps and take a self-guided tour of the beautifully preserved colonial buildings.
In the fascinating 1876 Queanbeyan Museum are stories and displays about the Ngambri Aboriginal people, colonial explorers and settlers, bushrangers during the gold rush and much more. Nearby is the intriguing Queanbeyan Printing Museum, with restored machines from the 1870s to the 1960s.
You can explore more heritage, history and tales with local author Nichole Overall on her Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight tour. On the pretty banks of the meandering Queanbeyan River is the Queanbeyan Art Gallery, where exhibitions are held throughout the year in the 1880-built cottage.
A stroll across the river is The Q - Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, a popular venue for theatre, musicals, dance and exhibitions. Check out the events calendar for more fun, including the annual Big 3 Car Show, biennial 4 Wheel Drive Spectacular and colourful Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival.
A great base for exploring the Canberra District wineries in the region and spectacular natural attractions, Queanbeyan offers accommodation to suit various budgets, from riverside camping and caravanning to motels. The historic towns of Bungendore and Braidwood are within easy reach.