Explore one of Australia’s great colonial expeditions on the Gunning Town Tour and enjoy the spectacular Gunning Fireworks Festival in enchanting Gunning, a lovely escape north of Canberra. The historic town is a delightful base for visiting nearby wineries and prehistoric fossils and caves.

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  • Gunning Town Tour, Country NSW

About Gunning

From great colonial explorers to a spectacular fireworks festival, Gunning is a charming historic town in the Goulburn region. You’ll find plenty of wonderful things to do in and around Gunning, a great base for exploring the nearby wineries and vineyards of the acclaimed Canberra District wine region.

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.

Pye Cottage Museum

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

The Gunning Fireworks Festival in September is a marvellous event, combining a pyrotechnics trade show with a dazzling fireworks finale. You’ll find several accommodation options, including a free campground. There are enticing rural shops, cafes and the Telegraph Hotel, a classic country pub.

Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

Gunning is lovely for driving and cycling in pretty countryside. A short drive northwest is the 1860s-built Royal Hotel Dalton and the prehistoric Fossil Rock of fossilised leaves from 40 million years ago. The enchanting town of Crookwell is northeast and the breathtaking Wombeyan Caves a day trip.

Getting to Gunning in the NSW Southern Tablelands is easy. The drive north from Canberra is 55 minutes and southwest from Sydney is 2h 40min. On a road trip between Melbourne and Sydney, Gunning is a perfect stopover. You can travel by train too from Sydney or Melbourne to Gunning.


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