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.

Walk along Cork Street and soak up Gundaroo’s character. Admire 19th century slab huts, and wattle and daub buildings, as well as stone and locally fired brick structures. Stop by the Cork Street Cafe and enjoy gourmet pizza in the old police horse stables or outdoor courtyard.

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

Another top restaurant in Gundaroo is Grazing. In the Royal Hotel, a lovingly restored former pub 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.

Enjoy fresh, hearty meals with a modern twist at Crowes Restaurant in the Gundaroo Colonial Inn, a heritage hotel established in 1872 during the gold rush. Other places to stay include The Nest at Gundaroo, which offers accommodation in villas and a heritage cottage.

There are several wineries around Gundaroo. The cellar door of Tallagandra Hill Winery is open on weekends. Joshua’s Fault welcomes visitors to its winery by appointment. Gundaroo is 30 minutes’ drive north of Canberra and three hours southwest of Sydney.