The country way of life
Canberra is the perfect base for exploring the rural charms which lie 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.
Escape to Yass Valley for real country experiences without venturing far from the city.
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, staged annually in the town of Young on the first weekend in December.
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.
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.
North of Canberra is the Goulburn Region, home to Australia’s first inland city.
Speed demons will love a visit to Wakefield Park, one of New South Wales' premier motorsport venues. The 2.2km track hosts events throughout the year including car club sprints, historic meetings and motorcycle ride days. Watch, ride or take a spin yourself.
If you prefer your adventure in the air, experience the ultimate thrill with Adrenalin Skydive, where you’ll free-fall at more than 200km per hour for up to 60 seconds, then parachute glide for about five minutes while soaking up the spectacular rural views.
The Queanbeyan-Palerang region, just a short drive from Canberra, features national parks and nature reserves, historic building 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.
You’ll be needing a car for these adventures, so if you don’t have your own check out nearby hire options, and for more information on these destinations head to visitnsw.com.