A charming country town within easy reach of Canberra, the NSW South Coast and the Snowy Mountains, Queanbeyan has its own distinct personality. Start your exploration by picking up a map from 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. Informative exhibitions are also held throughout the year at 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. Check out the calendar for more fun events in Queanbeyan, including the annual Big 3 Car Show, biennial 4WD Spectacular and colourful Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival.
Each year, Queanbeyan is painted with vibrant Autumn and Spring colours. Soak up this palette with a walk around Queen Elizabeth II Park or the Queanbeyan River, where hiking and biking trails wind through the pretty landscape. The Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling Map shows the network of paths available for cyclists.
Queanbeyan is close to a number of spectacular natural attractions. It’s popular with fishing and boating types who gather at Googong Foreshores to catch trout, perch and Murray Cod. You can also source local seafood and produce at Queanbeyan Town Market, where you’ll meet farmers and growers from around Country NSW.
Food and wine experiences in Queanbeyan range from breakfast at a riverbank café to a pub lunch at the Royal Hotel and cheese-making classes at Contentious Character. It’s also close to the historic townships of Bungendore and Braidwood, and is a great base for exploring Canberra District’s vineyards, like Lark Hill Winery.