Discover the Gold Trail Experience, taste local gourmet produce, and visit nearby wineries and orchards in the delightful twin towns of Harden and Murrumburrah, in southwest NSW. The annual Harden Kite Festival is a marvellous family day, with kites, music, market stalls and carnival rides.
About Harden and Murrumburrah
From fascinating heritage to gourmet delights to kite flying, the charming twin towns of Harden and Murrumburrah in the beautiful Hilltops wine region of NSW are a wonderful destination. You can visit nearby cellar doors and even enter the Harden Kite Festival, a fun family event in October.
Take a self-guided heritage walk and explore the historical buildings. You can discover more about the colonial gold rush at the Gold Trail Experience, which uses interactive touchscreens to explore the intriguing history of Chinese and European miners, bushrangers such as Ben Hall, and troopers.
The Light Horse Memorial commemorates the birthplace of the first Australian light horse at Murrumburrah in 1897. You’ll find many more things to do and see, with the twin towns a great base to explore the wineries and orchards in the Young region, Australia’s cherry-picking capital.
Taste the gourmet produce of the region at delis and cafes such as Barnes Store Emporium and Cafe, the Muddy Duck, and the House of Honey. A short drive south in pretty riverside Jugiong is the Long Track Pantry, the Jugiong Wine Cellar and the Sir George, a pub in a lovingly restored 1852 building.
The annual Murrumburrah Harden Show in September is a traditional agricultural show, with plenty of amusement rides for the young and young at heart. The colourful Harden Kite Festival includes kite-flying competitions suitable for all ages. There’s also live music, market stalls and carnival rides.
Getting to the twin towns is easy. The drive is 30 minutes from Young, 90 minutes from Canberra, and 3h 40min from Sydney. Harden is also a stop on the Melbourne-Sydney railway. Places to stay suit various budgets, from motels, retreats and apartments to the Light Horse Hotel, a classic pub.