Take your taste buds on a tour around the fantastic cafes and restaurants in Queanbeyan-Palerang to discover new favourites in the region. Covering all bases from breakfast to dinner, this road trip will guide you through Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood showcasing some of the best foodie spots the region has to offer.
Breakfast in Queanbeyan
Start the day with a cup of great coffee and some breakfast from one of Queanbeyan’s cosy cafes. Take your pick from the conveniently located Vanilla Pod at Riverside Plaza, The Riverbank of Queanbeyan Cafe overlooking the Queanbeyan River, the warm and welcoming Ciao Cafe and Cakes, the cosy and relaxing 4th Seed, or the vibrant Thirty4 Cafe and Restaurant. All of the cafes dish up great, rich coffee and cater to dietary requirements.
Once you’ve grabbed a brew, take a walk around town and the beautiful riverside on the Queanbeyan Heritage Walk or the Queanbeyan Public Art Walk before continuing to your next destination in Wamboin.
No foodie adventure in Queanbeyan-Palerang would be complete without a wine tasting, which means your next stop will be at one (or a couple!) of the local cool climate wineries. You’ll have plenty to choose from with Norton Road Wines, Contentious Character, Lark Hill, and Sapling Yard all offering wine tastings on the weekends at their beautiful cellar doors in and around the rolling hills of Wamboin and Bywong.
Lunch in Bungendore
After you have found your new favourite bottle of cool climate wine, it’s time to head towards Bungendore. The town is home to a range of cuisines from French and Greek to Thai and Modern Australian, so you’ll have plenty to choose from at lunch time. For delicious coffee and a diverse menu including high tea and custom hampers, try Kings Junction at the Village Square. Alternatively, at the other end of the square, you’ll find the retro American themed RnR Diner, where you’ll get to step back in time to the 50s and 60s. If you are a fan of light, healthy meals, head to The Gathering, which also features a permanent art exhibition. For baked goods and sweets, try Nerson’s Pie Place or Gunna Doo Bakery, or find authentic Greek souvlaki, pizza, loaded fries, coffee, and more at Zimi’s Place. For Modern Australian craft food, visit The George Bar & Dining or The Flock at the 1885 heritage building, The Carrington Inn, or indulge in beautiful French cuisine at Le Tres Bon.
Dinner in Braidwood
Last but not least, you’ll arrive in Braidwood, where you can treat yourself to a dinner at one of the local pubs or restaurants. For a classic pub meal, try the bistro at the historical Royal Mail Hotel from the 1890s. If you’re keen to explore further afield, head out out to Majors Creek for dinner at the Elrington Hotel, or experience authentic Italian cooking from a traditional family cook at GaranVale Woolshed Italian Restaurant.
While you are in town, don’t forget to browse the local galleries and boutiques, and learn more about the unique heritage town’s history with the self-guided Braidwood Heritage Walk through the main streets of town.