With beautiful stone buildings, Taralga is a picturesque small historic town near Goulburn and on the way to the spectacular Wombeyan Caves. The heritage dates back to the Macarthur family of wool pioneers. You can explore this history and more on the self-guided Taralga heritage walking tour.
Taralga began as a small private town on land donated by John Macarthur’s fourth son James, according to a local heritage study. Convicts cleared and developed the land for the Macarthur family and their employees. You’ll discover more insights at the Taralga Historical Society Museum.
Brochures and tips are available from the Taralga Gift and Goodies Visitor Information Centre. Many of Taralga’s existing buildings date from the 1860s to the 1890s. There are two classic country pubs serving hearty meals, the Argyle Inn and the Taralga Hotel, built in 1876 from local volcanic stone.
The rich soil and pastures in the area produce fine wool, prime lamb and beef, and luscious berries. Browse gourmet treats at the Taralga Lions Market on the first Sunday of the month and experience the Taralga Australia Day Rodeo. You’ll find places to stay in Taralga and near the Wombeyan Caves.
Only 40 minutes’ drive from Taralga, the limestone caves are up to 430 million years old. There are many amazing things to do and see in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, from Dennings Labyrinth cave tour to the splendid Fig Tree Cave and the striking Mares Forest Creek walking track.
You may even have the company of friendly kangaroos in the Wombeyan picnic area, just five minutes’ walk from the Victoria Arch, a magnificent rock formation. Getting to Taralga in the NSW Southern Tablelands is easy. The drive from Canberra is 90 minutes and from Sydney 2h 45min.