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Small Towns Worth Visiting Around Canberra?

By Soundbloke 15 October 2009 27

Could anyone give us some tips on small country towns within an hour or two of Canberra that are worth making the effort to visit? We are looking for great little country pubs, unique shopping experiences, B&B’s, restaurants etc.

We recently moved to the ACT from Sydney and are really enjoying exploring the region!

Thanks for the recent tips following our first post here. I was actually trying to find a shop selling 50’s style pin-up and rockabilly dresses for my wife. Replies to the post took us to Braidwood for the first time and a superb little shop called Hoola Hoop that sells just that type of thing. We had a great time and really loved the town.

Are there any other little towns in the region that might offer such unique little shops. More tips from locals will be greatly appreciated!

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I-filed 10:14 pm 16 Oct 09

Buzz2600#18 and Youami – excellent posts!

Don’t forget several roads heading east of the road to Cooma – there are fantastic backroads behind Bredbo etc through the hills. Amazing rocky outcrops and old farms.

RatsNest 8:09 pm 16 Oct 09

wishuwell said :

Soundbloke it might just fall outside 2 hours but have a go at Kangaroo Valley a cute little place just down from Fitzroy Falls which is worth going to on its own. Suggest you give pies at Robertson a miss though.And then carry on to Huskisson great pub then onto…oh is it Monday already?

Skip the pies at Robertson, but make sure to check out the little cafe in town. Cant recall its name but they made the nicest osso bucco i’ve ever had there. really great coffee and atmosphere too.

smilesr 2:16 pm 16 Oct 09

Wee Jasper is an interesting place though. The caves are great and there are some beautiful camping/picnic/bushwalking spots beside the river and the drive there (the back way through Uriarra Xing) goes through some lovely countryside. But there isn’t a town centre as such.
Tumut is a nice typical country town – you can drive directly west over the brindabellas (and you don’t have to have a 4WD). There’s a lovely camping spot beside the Goobarragandra river (I’m always trying to seek out good camping spots beside rivers).
And slightly further along from Tumut, Adelong is a fascinating gold-mining town with a great waterfall walk and historic town centre. It’s a lesser known place but is really well worth seeing.

H1NG0 1:36 pm 16 Oct 09

Head to Batemans Bay for a weekend and visit Mogo. Some nice crafty type shops and a great zoo.

misspris 1:33 pm 16 Oct 09

There’s a barista in Wee Jasper? What a hoot.

youami 1:08 pm 16 Oct 09

I second most of the selection above. A couple that haven’t been listed so will list now. They are not really substantial places, might have a pub or cafe or an antique store or a natural attraction of some sort but half the experience is getting there:

– Araluen
– Nerriga: (and with the new road to Nowra well on the way to being completed)
– Tarago: (quick way to get to Nerriga Rd via Oallen ford etc.)
– Lake Bathurst
– Tilba Tilba/Central Tilba
– Bungonia (caves and alternative route to Queanbeyan)

What about localities as well, not a town or village as such but districts that are vibrant and full of attractions, caves, national parks, cafes, vistas, country drives, wineries etc. etc.:

– Wamboin
– Oallen Ford
– Sassafras
– Wombeyan Caves
– Abercrombie Caves
– Porter’s Retreat

sepi 12:29 pm 16 Oct 09

PS – I have had the sullen hot chocolate at Wee Jasper too – and it is always freezing and windy there.
the Goodradigbee river is pretty, but basically the name is the cutest thing about Wee J.

There are caves somewhere near there, but I don’t know if they still do tours – and there used to be a good ugh boot shop.

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