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.


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  1. Harden's Christmas Wonderland

    Saturday 08 December 2018 to Sunday 16 December 2018 , Harden

    It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas and at Harden, you're invited to a Christmas Wonderful at Norm and Joan Porters home. See the beautifully decorated Christmas Wonderland with rooms and front veranda in full festival theme, a…

    08 Dec - 16 Dec
  2. Jugiong Writers Festival

    Saturday 23 March 2019 to Sunday 24 March 2019 , Harden

    A unique bi-annual Writers’ Festival celebrated reading, writing and fun will take place in the picturesque village of Jugiong in 2019. An enriching, inspiring, creative, entertaining weekend. 2017 event featured exciting authors such…

    23 Mar - 24 Mar
  3. Murrumburrah Harden Show

    Friday 06 September 2019 to Saturday 07 September 2019 , Harden

    The annual Murrumburrah Harden Show is fun for the whole family with agricultural exhibits, sideshow alley, rides, horse and dog events and lots of food options for the whole family . Murrumburrah Harden Show aslo showcase local produce…

    06 Sep - 07 Sep