Want to be close to the city and nature at the same time? With a trip to Queanbeyan, you can be. The largest city in southeast NSW, it takes its name from “quinbean”, the Aboriginal word for clear waters. Fifteen minutes from Canberra and at the gateway to the Southern Tablelands, it’s an ideal base from which to explore a range of activities. It also features plenty of accommodation options to choose from. So book a hotel, motel or caravan park to discover Queanbeyan’s charm!
Queanbeyan has a thriving arts community. Visit The Artist’s Shed or Queanbeyan Art Society, housed in an 1880s brick cottage on the banks of the Queanbeyan River. Here you can see the work of local artists or even take a class to unleash your own inner Michelangelo. Then there’s the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Known as ‘The Q’ to locals, it’s a thriving cultural hub for live theatre, concerts, film festivals and other local events. For a historical experience, head to Queanbeyan Museum to see costumes, maps, photographs and other artefacts that play a role in Queanbeyan’s rich history. Feel like shopping? Riverside Plaza is Queanbeyan’s biggest shopping centre and has plenty of places to grab some food or a bargain. Think wine is fine? Take a trip to Queanbeyan’s wineries on the escarpment of Lake George.
Maybe you want to get back to nature. Queanbeyan has that too. Head to Googong Foreshore for family activities like barbeques, bushwalking and mountain biking. Googong Dam is the largest dam in the region and the area around it is a wildlife refuge for native animals. Take a walk down Cascades Gorge or check out the London Bridge Arch, a natural landmark in the shape of a perfect bridge. Googong is also the perfect place to take your fishing rod if you feel like catching a fat trout. If you want to feel inspired, take a walk beneath the weeping willows in Queen Elizabeth Park at sunset. And for spectacular sights of the Molonglo River, walk the Molonglo Gorge trail and picnic at the Blue Tiles area.
The other great thing about a stay in Queanbeyan? It allows easy access to several exciting nearby regions: Canberra, our nation’s capital, home to Parliament House and the National Gallery of Australia; the mining town of Captain’s Flat in the Southern Tablelands; and the art galleries and studios of Bungendore. Book your Queanbeyan accommodation with us today and let your journey begin!
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