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Experience a special blend of rural charm with big city benefits in Queanbeyan. Nestled on the banks of its namesake river, this great little city is mere minutes from the nation’s capital, Canberra, while tucked between the rolling hills of the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. More than just a border town, Queanbeyan offers a marvellous melange of relaxing nature getaways, heritage-listed treasures, delightful neighbouring villages, and a thriving downtown area that’s vibrant and friendly. This rapidly growing inland city gives visitors the best of all worlds, and your hire car will help you experience the full gamut of Queanbeyan’s attractions, while opening up the breadth of this picturesque region. Spectacular drives through gorgeous country and national parks – what a great way to unwind!
With wineries, bakeries and brilliant coffee, pubs, cafes and eateries – Queanbeyan offers all the necessities required for a holiday to savour with every sense. After a long lunch, spend the afternoon browsing through antiques shops, quirky collectibles and vintage fashions. Stumble upon the creations of local talents, including ceramics, woodwork, jewellery and any number of handicrafts. Wander the art gallery, showcasing the work of local and regional artists. Sample the wares at the fresh produce markets; try a cellar tasting at a boutique vineyard; and stop and smell the (locally grown) roses. Queanbeyan’s solar farm and mild climate supports a flourishing flower industry. Visit the nearby Tulip Top Gardens in springtime to saunter through banks of colourful blooms.
History buffs and inquisitive folk will be keen to discover the city’s array of memorials, monuments and wonderfully preserved buildings on the self-guided historic trail. From churches to lodges to bridges, Queanbeyan’s settler beginnings (from 1820) are defined in a past protected for posterity. A good handful of historic structures, like monasteries and early residences, have evolved to house modern restaurants and businesses. The Queanbeyan Museum was once the Police Sergeant’s residence; and next door you’ll find the Printing Museum with restored print machinery dating from the 1870s through to the 1960s. On the riverside, the first mayor’s dwelling was reinvented as the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre – affectionately called ‘the Q’. Today, it’s home to the Queanbeyan Players who lead an established arts scene filled with shows, events and entertainments.
In the language of the first people who began living in these parts some 20,000 years ago, Quinbean means ‘clear water’. Meandering gently through the town centre, the Queanbeyan River is indeed a refreshing place; perfect for safe swimming, fishing, bird watching and platypus spotting. The locals love the Queanbeyan Riverside Walk, a favourite with strollers, joggers, cyclists and picnic-makers. Find a place to relax and acquaint yourself with the prettiest vistas in the city.
For a nature experience that’s a little more rugged, head 10-kilometres south to the Googong Dam and Foreshores. Sailing, canoeing and fly fishing are popular water-based activities around this tranquil area, with bushwalking and mountain biking a great way to enjoy the beauty of the native forests. Take a dip at the waterholes before lunch. Keep a look out for majestic wedge-tailed eagles circling the shores while you flip your barbecue. For another untamed pocket close by, take the Molonglo Gorge Trail along the river, just north of Queanbeyan in the Australian Capital Territory. Wear some good walking shoes to cover this rocky terrain. Wildlife encounters and native Australian landscapes await you.
If you’re looking for more adventure, Queanbeyan is perfectly positioned to explore the idyllic country around the Australian Alps. It takes only a two-hour drive to immerse in the fresh mountain air and spectacular scenery of the Snowy Mountains and River. You may be inspired to ride the rapids and get into the exhilaration of some thrilling white-water rafting. Hike in the serene wilderness of the Kosciuszko National Park, home to Australia’s tallest peak. Drift in your kayak alongside platypus upon calm alpine waters. Embrace the breathtaking views and dramatic natural attractions all around you.
The enchanting villages of Bungendore and Braidwood are both at your fingertips from your base in Queanbeyan. Delicious gourmet flavours will tempt foodies to travel the 20-minutes to Bungendore, as will dining among the vines, or going on a truffle hunt in the wintertime. Explore the galleries and gift shops and pick up an antique as a memento of your visit. Braidwood is brimming with history, captured in its enchanting colonial streetscapes, with the entire town heritage-listed within NSW. Moments down the road and you’ll be at Majors Creek, a historic gold mining hub which harks on an era of bushrangers, and the arrival of Irish and Chinese prospectors.
After some rural solitude, visitors to Queanbeyan will be attracted to the bright lights of Canberra to engage in its vibrant urban allure. With a lively nightlife and arts scene, national galleries and museums galore, award-winning dining and amazing shopping – round out your trip to charming Queanbeyan with a taste of the capital, and you’re sure to finish your holiday satiated.