Taralga

Taralga is a friendly and character-filled town, known for its fine collection of buildings from the 1800s, emerging foodie scene and the famous Taralga Australia Day Rodeo. The historic town is also on the way to the spectacular Wombeyan Caves.

Jacarandas lining a street with stone houses in Taralga, NSW

Heritage and history

Built on land donated by the son of wool pioneer John Macarthur, Taralga was cleared and developed by convicts in the mid 1800s. Explore this history on the self-guided Taralga Heritage Walking Tour, which takes you past the heritage listed Christ the King Catholic Church.

Step back in time at the Taralga Historical Society Museum. This museum is home to a colonial cottage, slab dairy, shearing shed, blacksmith complex, all complete with colonial style fittings and furnishings.

A group exploring inside Kooringa Cave, in the Wombeyan Caves

Delicious local produce

The Argyle Inn is the oldest trading hotel in Taralga, now lovingly restored and serving fresh produce from local farms in its restaurant, a Good Food Guide hat winner. Alternatively, the Taralga Hotel is a classic country pub with hearty meals.

The area’s rich soil and pastures produce fine wool, prime lamb and beef, and luscious berries. Pick up gourmet treats at the Taralga Lions Market, on the first Sunday of the month. Find brochures and tips on things to do at the Taralga Gifts and Goodies Visitor Information Centre.

Spectacular nature

Only 40min from Taralga, the Wombeyan Caves are 430-million-year-old wonders. Explore the caves and Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve attractions, including the incredible Dennings Labyrinth cave tour.

You might have the company of kangaroos over lunch in the Wombeyan picnic area, which is just a five-minute walk from the magnificent rock formation of Victoria Arch. This area is also near the picturesque Mares Forest Creek walking track.

Getting there and where to stay

Taralga is less than three hours drive from Sydney and an easy 90min drive from Canberra. Places to stay include historic country pubs, motels, cottages, holiday homes and campgrounds close to Wombeyan Caves.