Gunning is a charming town with a place in the history books for its role in the story of colonial exploration. Today it is still a great base for exploring the nearby countryside, by car or bike. You can also enjoy an annual fireworks spectacular.
Fascinating colonial history
One of Australia’s most significant colonial explorations began here in 1824, when the explorers Hume and Hovell led a daring expedition from Gunning to Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. Explore this history and more on the Gunning Town Tour.
On 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. This cottage represents one of the last of its kind in the area.
Things to do
Enjoy an authentic country experience at the Gunning Markets, held in and around the historic Courthouse where you'll find jams, honey, arts and crafts, and homemade goods. For a spectacular fireworks show, don’t miss the Gunning Fireworks Festival in September.
You’ll also find many great cafes serving delicious local fare. Drop into the Telegraph Hotel, a classic country pub, for a hearty meal.
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 breathtaking Wombeyan Caves are also unforgettable. For delicious local produce explore the nearby Canberra District wine region.
Getting there and where to stay
Gunning is a 2hr 30min drive from Sydney and one hour from Canberra. It’s also a stop on the Sydney to Melbourne train line and the journey takes just over three hours. There are several accommodation options in Gunning, including a free campground at Barbour Park. The Royal Hotel Dalton also offers old fashioned hospitality and accommodation.