The beautifully preserved colonial village of Gundaroo in the Yass Valley is a National Trust-classified treasure, with the main street an outdoor heritage museum. This riverside escape is also home to delicious food and wine experiences, such as wine tasting in pretty vineyards.

The Grazing restaurant is in the 1865-built Royal Hotel, Gundaroo

Fascinating colonial heritage

Download a guide to the Gundaroo Heritage River Walk, a great way to explore the history of the town. This self-guided tour walks you through compelling local history, from the Colonial Inn to Clemenger’s Cottage and Old Boree Station Homestead.

Admire 19th century slab huts, and wattle and daub buildings, as well as stone and locally-fired brick structures as you walk along Cork Street. Stop by the Cork Street Cafe and enjoy gourmet pizza in the old police horse stables or outdoor courtyard.

Delicious food & wine

A leading Yass Valley restaurant is Grazing. Set inside the lovingly restored Royal Hotel built in 1865, this award-winning restaurant serves fresh seasonal produce, including fruit and veg grown in the chef’s garden. A selection of Canberra District wines complement the menu.

Taste local wines at Tallagandra Hill Winery on weekends. Joshua’s Fault welcomes visitors to its winery by appointment.

Getting there & where to stay

Gundaroo is a 3hr 15min drive from Sydney and just over half an hour from Canberra. You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Yass Junction, which takes around 3hr 40min, and rent a car for the 45min drive. Accommodation in the area includes hotels, guesthouses and cottages.