The historic village of Bungendore is a charming rural escape located in a pretty green valley in southwest NSW near the national capital, Canberra. Here you’ll find everything from lovingly preserved colonial buildings to markets, wineries and incredible craftsmanship.
Things to do
The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery is an institution, showcasing some of the best wood art and contemporary furniture in Australia. After exploring its collection, you can poke around the town’s galleries, antique stores and gift shops to unearth everything from great vintage vinyl to bric-a-brac, local art and pottery.
The village dates back to 1837 and many of the original buildings still stand. Start your stroll in the western end of Malbon Street and head toward the 19th century red-brick railway station, which is a distinctive landmark in the townscape. Look out for the post office, Anglican Church and Bungendore Inn, all built in the 1840s.
Eat and drink
Bungendore also has great restaurants that will suit food-loving, wine-sipping crowds: navigate your way from lunch at Lark Hill Biodynamic Winery, part of the nearby Canberra District Wine region, to dinner at Le Tres Bon, a French bistro inside a farmhouse. The bistro doubles as a cooking school where you can learn how to make French fare.
In winter, join a truffle hunt at Turalla Truffles alongside Jack Russell dogs who are trained to search for the prized black delicacy. The truffle farm is a short drive from the village near the southern end of the pancake-flat Lake George. You can also pick your own chestnuts at the family-operated Tweenhills Chestnuts every April.
The Southern Harvest Farmers Market sells a tempting range of sustainable regional produce as well as local gourmet treats every Saturday morning. Check out the events calendar for more markets, including Captains Flat Country Markets in Captains Flat, a 40min drive south of Bungendore.
Getting there and where to stay
Bungendore is just under three hours’ drive from Sydney and 40min from Canberra. You can also catch the train direct from Sydney, which takes around 3hr 30min, or fly into Canberra and hire a car to explore the region. Places to stay include a campground, historic inns and a luxury B&B built in the 1860s.