The small historic town of Crookwell is a haven of beautiful gardens, beautiful tree-lined streets and fascinating heritage. Perched atop the Great Dividing Range, you’ll find historic walking trails, alpaca farms, and lovely cafes and pubs.

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

Gold rush trails

Acquaint yourself with history on a walk past heritage-listed buildings and parks. Grab a brochure for the excellent Self-Guided Walk at the Crookwell Visitor Information Centre. Check out some award-winning local wines while you’re there.

Gold was discovered here in the 1850s and the following gold rush attracted bushrangers such as Ben Hall. Try your luck fossicking for blue, green, red and yellow sapphires at the rewarding Grabben Gullen Creek (no permit is required).

Lavender blooming at Crystal Brook Gardens and Lavender Farm, Laggan

Farm experiences and local produce

For a fun day out, the Alpaca Farm Experience is a must for animal lovers of all ages. You’ll also find delicious local produce at markets and festivals, such as the Laggan Village Markets, the Crookwell Garden Festival in November and the Crookwell Potato Festival in May.

In nearby Laggan you can enjoy a relaxing dining experience along with a selection of regional wines and beers in the Laggan Pantry, nestled in the gardens of an historic building.Or got for high tea at Crystal Brook Gardens and Lavender Farm in Laggan.

Getting there and where to stay

Crookwell is a 2hr 45min drive from Sydney, 90min from Canberra and just 30min from Goulburn. Accommodation options include camping, pubs and colonial cottages, such as the elegant Markdale Homestead. Reflections Holiday Park Grabine Lakeside is on the banks of Wyangala Dam, near the Lachlan and Abercrombie rivers.