A charming riverside country town within easy reach of Canberra, the NSW South Coast and the Snowy Mountains, Queanbeyan has its own distinct personality. It’s a place with a rich cultural scene, intriguing history, pretty seasonal colours, and delicious food and wine.
History and heritage
Pick up a map from the Queanbeyan Visitor Information Centre to enjoy a heritage walk of the town's historic buildings. The Queanbeyan Museum, housed in a building from 1876, tells fascinating stories about the local Ngambri Aboriginal people, early settlers, explorers and bushrangers of the gold rush era.
You can explore more heritage, history and tales with local author Nichole Overall on her Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight tour. The intriguing Queanbeyan Printing Museum nods to the past with its collection of restored machines dating from the 1870s to the 1960s.
Things to do
Visit the Queanbeyan Art Gallery, housed in an 1880-built cottage near a pretty stretch of the meandering Queanbeyan River. Stroll across the river to The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, which is a popular venue for theatre, musicals, dance and exhibitions.
The town is especially pretty in spring and autumn when it is painted with vibrant flowers and foliage. Soak up this palette in Queen Elizabeth II Park or along the Queanbeyan River, where hiking and biking trails wind through the pretty landscape. A number of other spectacular natural attractions are within easy reach.
Fishing and boating types like to gather at Googong Foreshores to catch trout, perch and Murray Cod. Check out the calendar for fun events in Queanbeyan, including the annual Big 3 Car Show, biennial 4WD Spectacular and colourful Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival.
Eat and drink
Food and wine experiences in Queanbeyan range from breakfast at a riverbank café to a pub lunch at the Royal Hotel. Visit the Contentious Character winery for tastings and cheese-making classes. It’s also great base for exploring the vineyards of the Canberra wine region, like Clonakilla, Shaw Wines and Helm Wines.
Getting there and where to stay
Queanbeyan is a three-hour drive from Sydney and just 20min from Canberra. You can also catch the train direct from Sydney, which takes around four hours, or fly into Canberra and hire a car to explore the region. Places to stay include motels, pubs and holiday parks.