A holiday in Queanbeyan is all about relaxation. That’s why tourists come to this little NSW town – to get a respite from their quick-paced big city life and get a breath of fresh air in a small city where there’s no need to rush and the locals always have the time to stop for a little chat and give visitors some pointers as to what they should go and see.
Here are a few examples of fabulous little places in and around Queanbeyan.
If you want to hear a few stories about the city of Queanbeyan, drop by the Queanbeyan Museum, right in the city center. Hear the tale of Timothy Beard, the city’s founder, who was an ex-convict turned inn-keeper. At the museum, you’ll find an impressive collection of artifacts from the past two centuries. You’ll see what houses used to look like, everyday objects, and even an iron lung, the grandfather of modern ventilators.
If you’re looking for a thrill and a bit of local history, book a Moonlight Mystery Tour. We won’t spoil it for you, just know you’ll get to see some scary things, but no, there won’t be any ghosts. The best part is that such a tour always ends with a fabulous dinner at one of the best restaurants in Queanbeyan. These tours always take place after sunset for a memorable experience and since there’s going to be dinner afterward, you’ll be up until midnight. At that hour, you won’t be able to catch a bus back to your hotel, so your best option is to order a Queanbeyan cabs taxi to get back.
If you want to spend a pleasant day out in the open, visit Queen Elizabeth Park, where you can walk along the riverbank, ride your bike, or stop and have something to eat. The park is filled with centennial trees and legend has it that the willows on the riverbank started from cuttings taken from Napoleon’s graveside. The little ones will have a blast exploring the park’s playgrounds.
Who says you cannot find cultural events in a small town? When you arrive in Queanbeyan, make sure to check out the schedule of the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Throughout the year, the center offers musicals, theatre performances, or dance shows.
This is one of the most important tourist attractions in the area. It’s not far from Queanbeyan and you can follow the 6.5 km walking trail. Just be warned that the trail might not be suitable for small children as some drops are pretty steep. However, it is well worth the effort as you’ll be amazed by the scenic view of the gorge. If you want, you can bring some food with you and have a picnic by the waterfall, and a quick rest to give you enough energy for the hike back to town.