With lovely gardens, pretty tree-lined streets and beautiful heritage, Crookwell is a perfect rural escape high on the magnificent Great Diving Range. This picturesque historic town is near Goulburn and the spectacular Wombeyan Caves are only 70 minutes’ drive away, via the village of Taralga.
Wonderful things to do in and around Crookwell include guided tours, gift shopping, Alpaca farm visits and drives to historic villages Laggan and Tuena. Gold was discovered in Tuena and the nearby Abercrombie River in the 1850s and the following gold rush attracted bushrangers such as Ben Hall. You can still try your luck fossicking.
Cycling is another way to enjoy the countryside. Trout fishing is popular, too. Pick up brochures and tips at Crookwell Visitor Information Centre for this enticing region in the NSW Southern Tables, only 2h 45min from Sydney and 90 minutes from Canberra.
Fertile farmlands grow various produce and the specialty is potato, celebrated every year 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.
One of Australia’s great country gardens, the Edna Walling Garden in the grounds of the Markdale Homestead, is open to the public during the garden festival. At Crystal Brook Lavender Farm in Laggan you can enjoy high tea at the delightful Paris Cafe and stroll in nine different gardens.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from camping and caravanning to classic pubs and beautifully restored colonial cottages. A scenic drive northwest is Grabine Lakeside, a popular destination for camping, bushwalking, fishing and boating and where the Lachlan and Abercrombie rivers meet.