The country way of life

Canberra is the perfect base for exploring the rural charms just beyond the borders of the Australian Capital Territory. Jump in the car and get set for the perfect experience just for you; whether you prefer to relish the country tranquillity, or you like your holidays with a little bit more action. 

Yass Valley

Escape to Yass Valley for real country experiences without venturing far from the city.

A person fishes in a stream in the Yass Valley.
Embrace the country life and get back to nature in the Yass Valley. Image: Yass Valley Tourism

Be welcomed by locals when visiting their award-winning restaurants and cellar doors and experience life as they live it. Try gourmet pizza in Gundaroo, handmade chocolates, or taste cool climate wines in Murrumbateman.

Visit retail stores and galleries, stop by explorer Hamilton Hume’s home ‘Cooma Cottage’, a bushrangers grave in Binalong, a famous poet’s hangout in Bowning, an underground wonderland in Wee Jasper, or enjoy water sports on Lake Burrinjuck. Whatever your choice, you will leave wanting more.


Just over one hours' drive from Canberra is the Hilltops region, renowned for its glorious countryside, fascinating history and events such as the famous National Cherry Festival, usually held annually in the town of Young on the first weekend in December.

People enjoying the Cherry Blossom long Lunch
The Cherry Blossom Long Lunch. Image: Hilltops Council

Add to this the delectable offerings from the Hilltops Wine Region and a smorgasbord of delicious local produce – from pick-your-own experiences to farm gate delights – and you’ll see why lovers of fine quality food and wine flock to the Hilltops region all year round.

Upper Lachlan

Just over one hours' drive north of Canberra, with the town of Crookwell at its centre, is the region known as the Upper Lachlan.

A visit to the Upper Lachlan is not complete without stopping in at the remarkable and beautiful Wombeyan Caves. Featuring vast caverns adorned with striking and delicate formations, these caves are estimated to be between 400 and 430 million years old.

If cute and cuddly is more your style, drop in and see the furry friends at Alpaca Products Australia, a working Alpaca Farm where you get up close and personal with these extraordinary animals.

Horses in a paddock near Braidwood
Get up close and personal with nature in Braidwood


Be enticed by the country charm of Australia’s first inland city – Goulburn. Perfectly positioned just one hour north of Canberra – a world rich in heritage, culture, natural beauty and adventure is ready to be explored.

Embrace relaxed country living, with city benefits. The Goulburn region presents a unique and balanced lifestyle opportunity to enjoy stunning rural landscapes, heritage architecture, contemporary art, modern boutique shopping, relaxed casual dining and plenty of fresh air.

With remarkable attractions, regular events and a variety of accommodation options – Goulburn is the ideal destination for that short break or longer holiday.


The Queanbeyan-Palerang region, just a short drive from Canberra, features national parks and nature reserves, historic buildings and museums, and picturesque towns such as Braidwood and Bungendore – home to beautiful churches, old-time pubs, galleries and antique stores.

Bungendore is the perfect place to spend a meandering Sunday. Peruse the Wood Works Gallery, pick up a relic at Village Antiques and grab a hearty meal at the Royal Hotel Bungendore. If you manage to time your visit with the Southern Harvest Farmers Markets, you'll get to sample all the fresh and fabulous produce from the region. 

Design your own road trip around the rural gems to discover the true Aussie spirit, support local businesses and meet local legends.