Taralga

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).

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Qigong and Meditation

    Monday 25 March 2019 to Monday 16 December 2019 , Crookwell

    The Crookwell Tea House and Gallery offers regular introductory Qigong and meditation classes on Monday nights. Drop in visitors and beginners are welcome, but should call ahead to confirm sessions are running and to book in. Qigong is a…

    25 Mar - 16 Dec
  2. Voci Stupende in Crookwell

    Sunday 31 March 2019 , Crookwell

    Experience some of the world's finest operatic performers in this wonderful performance at the Crookwell Uniting Church. Voci Stupende translates from Italian as superlative voices but this is barely adequate to describe the outstanding…

    31 Mar
  3. Wire Sculpting Workshop with Leanne Kelly

    Sunday 31 March 2019 , Crookwell

    Crystal Brook Gardens and Lavender Farm is proud to host a wire sculpting workshop with renowned artist Leanne Kelly. Learn how to transform wire into a delightful bird's nest sculpture. Leanne is well known for her dramatic flair with…

    31 Mar