Braidwood

Population 1108

Braidwood is an old gold-rush area that has been declared a historic town by the National Trust. Gold was plentiful here in the 1800s, the largest gold discovery being a 170 kilogram piece in 1869. With gold came bushrangers, such as the Clarke Gang and Ben Hall, and Braidwood became one of the most infamous and dangerous towns in the region. The 19th-century buildings have been carefully maintained and restored, and are still in use. The town appears to be from a bygone era, which has made Braidwood a perfect setting for movies such as Ned Kelly (1969), The Year My Voice Broke (1986) and On Our Selection (1994).

Visitor Information

National Theatre, Wallace St; (02) 4842 1144

www.visitbraidwood.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Murramarang National Park

    Murramarang National Park rims the south coast for 44 kilometres and includes Durras Lake and several small offshore islands. The park...more

  • Eurobodalla National Park

    This sliver of national park runs in three sections along the south coast between Moruya Heads and Tilba Tilba Lake, just south of Cape...more

  • Conjola National Park

    Located on the state’s south coast, Conjola National Park embraces a landscape of woodland and heath, creek and river estuaries, the...more

Nearby towns

  • Batemans Bay

    Batemans Bay is a popular town for holiday-makers at the mouth of the Clyde River. It has something for everyone with rolling surf beaches,...more

  • Queanbeyan

    Queanbeyan is a growing city adjoining Canberra. Even though most of the city is in New South Wales, the outskirts sprawl into the ACT....more

  • Moruya

    This town on the Moruya River was once a gateway to local goldfields, but is now a riverside township. It is known for dairying and oyster...more

In Town

Museum Built of local granite and originally the Royal Mail Hotel, the museum houses over 2100 artefacts and 900 photographs. On display are exhibits of Aboriginal history, goldmining, the armour worn by Mick Jagger in Ned Kelly, a machinery shed and a library of local records, newspapers and family histories. Open Fri–Mon, Mon–Sun during school holidays; Wallace St; (02) 4842 2310.

Galleries and craft and antique shops: details from visitor centre.

Tallaganda Heritage Trail and scenic drive: tours of historic buildings such as the Royal Mail Hotel and St Andrew's Church; leaflet from visitor centre.

Nearby

Monga National Park This park features a boardwalk through rainforest areas dating back to the ancient Gondwana period. Penance Grove, a small pocket of rainforest, is filled with ancient plumwood trees and tree ferns. Maps at visitor centre. Access via Kings Hwy; 20 km SE.

The Big Hole and Marble Arch The Big Hole is thought to have formed when overlying sandstone collapsed into a subterranean limestone cavern creating an impressive chasm 96 m deep and 50 m wide. Wildlife in the area includes native birds, echidnas, wallabies, wombats and tiger quolls. Marble Arch is a narrow canyon 3–4 m wide and 25 m deep. It is over 1 km in length and bands of marble are visible along the walls. There are caves along the way, but special permission is required to enter some of them. Some are very dark and require a torch, so it is best to check with the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service if you intend to explore. Inquiries (02) 4887 7270; near Gundillion; 45 km S.

Scenic drives: rugged countryside; brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing: good trout fishing, especially in the Mongarlowe and Shoalhaven rivers; details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Narooma Offshore 90 km

Narooma is one of those pleasant destinations that offers piscatorial delights most of the year, ranging from gamefishing offshore to rock, beach and estuary. Situated on Wagonga Inlet, the port is best known for its... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Bushwalking on the South Coast, NSW 42 km

From meanders along isolated beaches and around heath-covered headlands, to long hikes up rugged mountains in Budawang, Morton or Deua national parks, the South Coast provides limitless possibilities for great... Find out more


Sailing - Batemans Bay 45 km

Batemans Bay Sailing Charters is eco-certified and offers sailing trips out of Batemans Bay on a 12.5-metre catamaran, from a three-hour cruise around the bay to overnight excursions.... Find out more


Picnicking around Canberra 65 km

There are many great places to unpack a picnic in the Australian Capital Territory, from the copious native areas in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, to the bird mecca of Jerrabomberra Wetlands on the Molonglo... Find out more


Sailing around Jervis Bay 89 km

Imagine. No engines. Just the flapping of a sail and the splash of the waves. The South Coast’s tranquil lakes and inlets are ideal for sailing. Jervis Bay Sailing Charters is one of several operators who will take... Find out more


Whale- and dolphin-watching around Huskisson 91 km

Many seaside towns on the South Coast have rightfully decided to champion the passing parade of marine mammals. From May to November there are more two-to-three-hour, whale- and dolphin-watching cruises than you can wave... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Royal Canberra Golf Club (Westbourne course) 66 km

When the site for the nation’s capital was selected in 1909, it was mainly rolling grassy plains with few trees. Little was known about what species might flourish in Canberra’s environment. The federal... Find out more


Narooma Golf Club 92 km

Narooma is a small coastal haven with world-class beaches. It has become renowned for the whales, seals and penguins attracted to the pristine waters offshore. But one of the town’s major attractions remains its... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Braidwood Bakery

There is nothing quite like the promise of a great local bakery. That wafting aroma of freshly baked bread and just-cooked pies is enough to make your mouth water. Throw in a sunny courtyard and a good cup of coffee, a... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Wig & Pen Brewery/Tavern 64 km

Canberra may well claim to be the real ale capital of Australia on the strength of this single brew-pub, which sees more pints of hand-pumped ale pulled than any other joint in the land. From the well-balanced and... Find out more


Campsites around town

Warri Camping Reserve 12 km

This is a picturesque spot on the sandy banks of the Shoalhaven River, 13 km north-west of Braidwood off the Kings Hwy. It’s a good place for swimming and fishing, but you’ll need to bring your own firewood... Find out more


Lowden Forest Park 17 km

To get to Lowden Forest Park, follow Lowden Rd 25 km east from Captains Flat. There are walking tracks here, as well as a picnic area and approximately 50 campsites, a 50 m walk from the carpark. Bring your own drinking... Find out more


Araluen Creek camping area 20 km

Nestled in a picturesque valley at the foot of Mt Araluen, Araluen is a small town known for its peaceful charm and stone-fruit orchards. The village is 24 km south of Braidwood and 72 km west of Moruya on the south... Find out more


Stuart Crossing camping area (bush camping) 28 km

This camping area is on Mayfield Rd, 35 km north of Braidwood. There are no facilities but the fishing’s good. Note: there’s usually a total fire ban over summer; in the colder months you can have a fire if... Find out more


Wog Wog camping area 29 km

This is one of the park’s 4 main entrances, on the central-eastern boundary of the park off Charleys Forest Rd. It’s a good place to regroup before and after an extended walk. There are a number of overnight... Find out more


Currowan Creek camping area (bush camping) 30 km

Basic bush camping is available by the Currowan Creek bridge in the forest. Bring your own portable toilet, food and drinking water.... Find out more


Berlang camping area 34 km

For bushwalkers, a pleasurable easy walk from this camping area (4 km return, 1.5 hr) leads to the viewing platform for the Big Hole, a dramatic 110 m deep, 35 m wide crater created by the collapse of a limestone cave... Find out more


Deua River camping area 36 km

There are 4 unmarked sites at this camping area on the Deua River, which make a great base for swimming, canoeing and fishing. The river crossing to the north end of the Bendethera Fire Trail is here as... Find out more


Bakers Flat camping area 36 km

You can reach this camping area near the Deua River via Araluen Rd. There’s a short walk (70 m) from the carpark to the tent sites, where you can camp under the trees on a hillside above the Deua River. Boil... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park 38 km

What makes this park so appealing is its lovely setting on a grassy bend of the Clyde River. The township of Nelligen, just 10 km from Batemans Bay, is a great place to stay for a few days or even just overnight. The... Find out more


BIG4 Batemans Bay at Easts Riverside Holiday Park 45 km

The East family name is well known in the caravan park industry and this park is one of several owned by the group. Superbly located on the north bank of the Clyde River, this park has good amenities and lovely views... Find out more


BIG4 Batemans Bay Beach Resort 48 km

This great beachfront park is about 3 km from the centre of Batemans Bay. It has good amenities and gets extremely busy; bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during Christmas, Easter... Find out more


Lakesea Park 51 km

Strategically located between the beach and the pristine Durras Lake, this park has a well-stocked shop and good facilities. With its fabulous location, it is no wonder that it is such a popular south-coast holiday spot.... Find out more


Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort 52 km

This is a large resort complex that includes a caravan park. There are extensive activities on offer, all in a great beachside location. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more


Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park 52 km

This park is set in a lovely location on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, just a short stroll from the heart of town. It is easily accessible from the highway and is often very busy.... Find out more


Kioloa Beach Holiday Park 54 km

Located south of the town of Kioloa, this large owner-operated park has good facilities, including a tennis court. It fronts onto a swimming beach where snorkelling is popular. There is also good fishing in the area.... Find out more


Racecourse Beach Tourist Park 54 km

An award-winning beachside park just 9 km from the Princes Highway, this place has good facilities including mini-golf and a tennis court. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more


Lake Tabourie Tourist Park 55 km

This is a large waterfront park with a wide range of facilities including tennis courts and canoes for hire. It has good amenities and wide, spacious grassy areas. This is a well-operated council park. Bookings are... Find out more


BIG4 Broulee Beach Holiday Park 57 km

This is a quality caravan park located on a picturesque patrolled beach. There is a resort-style pool and undercover barbecues. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Araluen Old Courthouse

This four-star cottage dates back to 1861, when it was built at the height of the Araluen gold rush. The sandstone bricks are original, made on-site. Today, this charming B&B presents a fascinating piece of preserved... Find out more


Mona

Mona offers minimalist, luxurious villa-style accommodation with a labyrinthine wine cellar, a fine-dining restaurant and snooker table. The main building dates back to 1827 and has been given an ultra-modern facelift,... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Waldrons Swamp rest area 55 km

8km N of Moruya (R) or 20km S of Batemans Bay (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees.


Burrill Lake park area 59 km

At Burrill Lake

Just off the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.

   


French VC rest area 74 km

9km W of Goulburn (R) or 78km E of Yass (L)

Just off the highway.


Bewang park area 78 km

38km N of Ulladulla (L) or 30km S of Nowra (R)

Adjacent to the highway and across the road from the roadhouse.


Chowne VC rest area 78 km

17km NE of Goulburn (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For eastbound only.


Derrick VC rest area 78 km

73km SW of Mittagong (L)

Just off the highway around some shady trees. For westbound only.


Bodalla Forest Park rest area 83 km

9km N of Narooma (L) or 32km S of Moruya (R)

Secluded well off the road in the forest.


Mundoonan No. 2 rest area 95 km

22km E of Yass (L)

Secluded area well off the highway. For eastbound only.


Corunna Lake park area 96 km

71km N of Bega (L) or 6km S of Narooma (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of the lake.


What's on around town

Picnic Race Meeting: Feb.

Braidwood Heritage Festival: May.

Rodeo: April. 

Music at the Creek: Biannually Nov.

The Quilt Event: Nov. 

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