A slice of country tranquility awaits in Bungendore, a historic village just 20 minutes from Queanbeyan.
Stroll amongst the galleries, antique and gift shops. Enjoy some hearty country fare for lunch, then pick up some goodies at the local produce markets.
And speaking of local produce, the region surrounding Bungendore is home to plenty of gourmet temptations.
Sip on cool-climate wines and dine amongst the vines at nearby Bywong and Wamboin wineries.
Or for something different, join a hunt during the winter truffle season at a local truffiere. Watch the dogs at work and taste the region’s famous ‘black gold.’
Happy days indeed.
Before European settlement, the Ngarigo people occupied the area around Bungendore. Explorer Allan Cunningham passed through in 1824, and a year later European settlers arrived.
Whilst many large sheep and cattle stations were established in the area, the arrival of rail in 1885 saw rapid growth in the town. This included new buildings such as churches, schools, a post office and court house.
Even though Queanbeyan was becoming the region’s major town in the late 1800s, it was Lake George and Bungendore that were proposed as potential sites for the new national capital in 1901.
Bungendore may not have been crowned the capital, but its history, charm and location continue to make it a winner for tourists and locals alike.