Harden and Murrumburrah

Full of old world charm and historical buildings, the twin towns of Harden and Murrumburrah are a fascinating spot to visit in southwest NSW. Discover significant gold rush heritage, visit cellar doors in the Hilltops wine region and enter the colourful Harden Kite Festival.

Gold was first discovered in the area in the 1850s. Learn all about the colonial gold rush at the Gold Trail Experience museum, which uses touchscreens to explore the area’s history that includes Chinese and European miners, bushrangers such as Ben Hall, and troopers.

View from the street of the Commercial Hotel, Harden

The Light Horse Memorial commemorates the birthplace of the First Australian Light Horse regiment at Murrumburrah in 1897. There are lots more things to do in the area, with the twin towns a great base to explore the wineries and orchards of the Young region, Australia’s cherry capital.

Taste regional produce at delis and cafes such as Barnes Store Emporium and Cafe, the Muddy Duck and Harden’s House of Honey. A short drive south in the village of Jugiong is the Long Track Pantry, the Jugiong Wine Cellar and the Sir George, a pub in a lovingly restored 1852 building.

Lights illuminating the Sir George pub at night, in Jugiong

Visit the annual Murrumburrah Harden Show in September, a traditional agricultural show with plenty of amusement rides. The Harden Kite Festival in October has kite-flying competitions suitable for all ages, as well as live music, market stalls and amusement rides.

Getting to Harden and Murrumburrah is a 30-minute drive from Young, 90 minutes from Canberra and 3h 40min from Sydney. Harden is also a stop on the Melbourne-Sydney railway. Places to stay include motels, retreats, apartments and the Light Horse Hotel, a classic country pub.