From wine tasting to exquisite woodwork, the historic village of Bungendore is a charming rural escape in southwest NSW near the national capital. In a pretty green valley, you’ll discover lovingly preserved colonial buildings, markets, wineries and the enticing Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.
Getting to Bungendore is easy. The drive from Canberra is 35 minutes and from Sydney three hours. You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney, too. Places to stay suit various budgets, from a classic country pub to the fine 1885-built Carrington Inn and the luxurious Old Stone House, built in 1861.
With delightful things to do and see, explore the heritage-listed buildings on a self-guided walking tour and browse the galleries, antique stores and gift shops. The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is a famous institution, showcasing some of the best wood art and contemporary furniture in Australia.
In the Canberra District wine region, Bungendore enjoys a delicious range of restaurants using fresh regional produce and lovely winery experiences such as Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery, on a certified biodynamic farm with a restaurant.
There are more scrumptious delights. You can join a Perigord truffle hunt with a farmer, his family and truffle-smelling dogs at Turalla Truffles, a short drive from the village near the southern end of Lake George. In April, you can pick your own chestnuts at the family-operated Tweenhills Chestnuts.
The Southern Harvest Farmers Market sells a tempting range of sustainable regional produce as well as local gourmet treats every Saturday morning. Checkout the events calendar for more markets, including Captains Flat Country Markets in Captains Flat, a 40 minutes’ drive south of Bungendore.