With elegant wineries, historic villages and spectacular wilderness, the Queanbeyan region in Country NSW is a wonderful escape. You’ll enjoy wine tasting in vineyards, explore beautiful heritage, and relish bushwalking, mountain biking and 4WD touring in magnificent national parks.
A gateway to the Snowy Mountains and the nearby national capital, this marvellous region is three hours’ drive southwest from Sydney and less than an hour from seaside Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast. There are daily trains from Sydney or you can fly to Canberra Airport and rent a car.
The charming towns of Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood, the delicious food and wine experiences, and the splendid natural attractions are all within an easy reach on scenic drives. You’ll find many things to do and accommodation includes riverside camping, motels and boutique hotels.
The National Trust-classified town of Braidwood is a heritage treasure. The colonial streetscape appears in several iconic films and you can explore the gold rush in the Braidwood Museum. Nearby is , where you can stroll on the Penance Grove boardwalk in ancient rainforest.
In a pretty green valley is Bungendore and lovingly preserved colonial buildings and the enticing Bungendore Wood Works Gallery. Some of Australia’s best wood art and contemporary furniture are displayed in the gallery. You can also visit the Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery, which has a restaurant.
More Canberra District vineyards are northeast in Bywong, such as , Summerhill Road Vineyard and Affleck Vineyard. South of Bywong is Contentious Character in Wamboin, where you can also hone your trout fishing in the fresh country air at the Rainbow Springs Fly Fishing School.
Fishing is popular too at the Googong Foreshores. Nearby, in riverside Queanbeyan, are fascinating museums, heritage walks and a vibrant arts program at The Q. Check out the fun regional events calendar for more shows, festivals and markets, such as the .