Braidwood & Villages

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About Braidwood & Villages

If your idea of bliss is wandering enchanted country villages, then a visit to Braidwood and the surrounding region is a must-do.

Enjoy exploring this heritage-listed town, renowned for its colonial buildings brimming with antiques, cafes, speciality shops and more.

But the fun doesn’t stop at Braidwood. Take a trip to nearby Majors Creek, a small gold mining town chock-filled with historic charm.

You can also visit the spectacular Araluen Valley – another gold mining town nestled in the Great Dividing Range – or head north to Nerriga, a tiny village brimming with history.

Wherever you go, this is the stuff country dreams are made of.

Heritage

Braidwood NSW boasts a rich Indigenous heritage. People from the Yuin Nation occupied the land for tens of thousands of years before white settlement.

European Settlers arrived in 1822, and between the 1820s and 1840s the town grew at an easy pace … until the gold rushes of the 1850s.

With nearby towns teeming with prospectors, Braidwood became a vital centre during the goldrush era.

This was a fascinating period complete with bushrangers, an influx of Chinese and Irish prospectors, and growth like never before.

But when the gold ran out, the region’s population declined.

Now offering a distinctly more laidback atmosphere, Braidwood was the first town listed on the NSW state heritage register in 2007.

Location qualities

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Outdoor recreation
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Living Heritage
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Proximity to NSW South Coast

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