Taralga is a small, character-filled town near Goulburn, known for its fine wool production, beautiful stone buildings and the Taralga Australia Day Rodeo. The historic town is also on the way to the spectacular Wombeyan Caves, which are 430 million-year-old limestone caves.

Taralga began as a small private town on land donated by the fourth son of wool pioneer John Macarthur, James, with the land cleared and developed by convicts. Explore this history on the self-guided Taralga Heritage Walking Tour and at the Taralga Historical Society Museum.

Jacarandas lining a street with stone houses in Taralga, NSW

Many of Taralga’s buildings date from the 1860s to the 1890s. The Argyle Inn is the oldest trading hotel in Taralga, now lovingly restored and serving fresh produce from local farms in its restaurant, a 2019 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.

A group exploring inside Kooringa Cave, in the Wombeyan Caves

You’ll find places to stay in Taralga and near the Wombeyan Caves, which are only 40 minutes from Taralga. There are some great things to do in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, including Dennings Labyrinth cave tour and the striking Mares Forest Creek walking track.

You may even have the company of kangaroos in the Wombeyan picnic area, which is just a five-minute walk from the Victoria Arch, a magnificent rock formation. Getting to Taralga in the NSW Southern Tablelands is an easy drive from Canberra (90 minutes) or Sydney (2h 45min).