Perched atop the Great Dividing Range, the small town of Crookwell is full of lovely gardens, tree-lined streets and beautiful heritage, all only three hours from Sydney, 90 minutes from Canberra and 30 minutes from Goulburn. Cycling on the quiet country roads is a great way to enjoy your stay.

Popular things to do and see in and around Crookwell include guided tours, eclectic gift shopping, the Lindner Sock Factory, Alpaca farm visits, cafes and pubs, and scenic drives to the neighbouring villages of Laggan and Tuena. Pick up brochures and travel tips at Crookwell Visitor Information Centre.

A herd of alpacas at a waterhole, Alpaca Farm Experience, Crookwell

The area has an interesting goldmining past. Gold was discovered in Tuena and the nearby Abercrombie River in the 1850s, and the following gold rush attracted bushrangers such as Ben Hall. Try your luck fossicking for gold or stick to the popular local pastime of trout fishing.

Surrounding Crookwell is fertile farmlands. The local specialty is celebrated at the fun Crookwell Potato Festival in May. Check out the events calendar for more festivals, markets and shows, such as the monthly Laggan Village Markets and the Crookwell Garden Festival in November.

Lavender blooming at Crystal Brook Gardens and Lavender Farm, Laggan

On the grounds of the elegant Markdale Homestead is the splendid Edna Walling garden, named after the eponymous landscape gardener who applied his green touch in 1949. At Crystal Brook Gardens and Lavender Farm in Laggan you can enjoy high tea at the Paris Cafe and stroll in nine different gardens.

Accommodation options include camping, pubs and colonial cottages. A scenic drive northwest is Reflections Holiday Park Grabine Lakeside, on the banks of Wyangala Dam which is fed by the Lachlan and Abercrombie rivers. The spectacular Wombeyan Caves are only 70 minutes’ drive away.


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  1. Crookwell Australia Day

    Event dates to be confirmed: January 2019 , Crookwell

    Enjoy Australia Day at Crookwell with a family atmosphere in the air. Enjoy breakfast in the park, entertainment, and a family fun day with the presentation of Crookwell Australia Day Awards in Memorial Park, Spring Street. There will…

  2. Qigong and Meditation

    Monday 28 January 2019 to Monday 16 December 2019 , Crookwell

    The Crookwell Tea House and Gallery offers regular introductory Qigong and meditation classes on Monday nights. Drop in visitors and beginners are welcome, but should call ahead to confirm sessions are running and to book in. Qigong is a…

    28 Jan - 16 Dec
  3. The Girls Big Night In

    Saturday 02 February 2019 , Crookwell

    A fun annual community event hosted by the Crookwell Golf Club to raise funds for breast cancer research. The evening features a two course Buffet Dinner and Cocktail on arrival, special guest speaker, items for sale and Chocolate Wheel…

    02 Feb