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.