Gunning is a charming town in the Goulburn region with a fascinating history of exploration and a vivid fireworks show. Learn about the Hume and Hovell Expedition and be dazzled by the Gunning Fireworks Festival, and visit nearby the Canberra District wine region and the breathtaking Wombeyan Caves.

One of Australia’s most significant colonial explorations began in 1824 from Gunning, then a frontier town. The great explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell led a daring expedition to discover new grazing land, pioneering the famous route from Gunning to Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.

The 1860s-built Pye Cottage Museum in Gunning, near Goulburn NSW

You can explore this history and more on the self-guided or guided Gunning Town Tour. In the main street is Pye Cottage Museum. Inside the colonial slab hut are intriguing photographs and agricultural artefacts from the area’s rich wool heritage. Fine merino wool is a major industry.

There are several accommodation options in Gunning, including a free campground at Barbour Park. There are also enticing rural shops, cafes and the Telegraph Hotel, a classic country pub. With its spectacular fireworks show, don’t miss the Gunning Fireworks Festival in September.

The Royal Hotel Dalton’s rustic beer garden, near Gunning

Gunning is great base for exploring the nearby countryside, whether by car or bike. A short drive northwest is the 1860s-built Royal Hotel Dalton and the prehistoric Fossil Rock, a fossil leaf deposit from 40 million years ago. The enchanting town of Crookwell is 30 minutes northeast.

Getting to Gunning on the NSW Southern Tablelands is a 55-minute drive north from Canberra and 2h 40min southeast from Sydney. On a road trip between Melbourne and Sydney, Gunning is a perfect stopover. You can also travel by train from Sydney or Melbourne to Gunning.