Crookwell

Wombeyan Caves, Tourism New South Wales

Population 1994

This picturesque tree-lined township is a service centre to the local agricultural and pastoral district, and enjoys a cool climate and lush gardens. Australia's first grid-connected wind farm was opened here in 1998 and is capable of supplying electricity to 3500 homes. The Country Women's Association was formed here in 1922 and has since spread nationwide.

Visitor Information

106 Goulburn St; (02) 4832 1988

www.visitupperlachlan.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

  • Budderoo National Park

    Small but spectacular, Budderoo National Park in the Southern Highlands is notable for its outstanding Minnamurra Rainforest Centre,...more

  • Namadgi National Park

    Rolling grassy hills unfold towards the horizon, hardy snow gums create woodlands on the subalpine slopes and higher still are alpine...more

Nearby towns

  • Goulburn

    Goulburn is at the junction of the Wollondilly and Mulwaree rivers, in the centre of a wealthy farming district. It was one of...more

  • Yass

    Yass is set in rolling countryside on the Yass River. Explorers Hume and Hovell passed through on their expedition to Port Phillip Bay. Hume...more

  • Bundanoon

    Bundanoon is a quiet village with a European feel, thanks to its green, tree-lined avenues. The first European to investigate the district...more

In Town

Wind Farm: viewing platform and information board; Goulburn Rd.

Nearby

Wombeyan Caves Five caves are open to the public including Figtree Cave. Read More

Redground Lookout: excellent views of surrounding area; 8 km NW.

Willow Vale Mill: restored flour mill with restaurant and accommodation; Laggan; (02) 4837 3319; 9 km NE.

Lake Wyangala and Grabine Lakeside State Park: upper reaches ideal for waterskiing, picnicking, fishing, bushwalking and camping; 65 km NW.

Bike riding: the area surrounding Crookwell is popular for bike riding; trail maps from visitor centre.

Historic villages: associated with goldmining, coppermining and bushrangers, these villages include Tuena, Peelwood, Laggan, Bigga, Binda (all north) and Roslyn (south); maps from visitor centre.

Historical and scenic drives: explore sites and countryside frequented by bushrangers such as Ben Hall; brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Canberra 97 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


Cafes & restaurants around town

Paul’s Cafe

Paul’s Cafe is a great spot to refuel and refresh with a light meal or snack. The food here is simple, popular and reasonably priced. Hamburgers are the most sought-after choice from a selection that also includes... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Wig & Pen Brewery/Tavern 96 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

Silent Creek camping area 38 km

Silent Creek is aptly named, as the creek is often dry, but it’s a spacious camping area suitable for large groups. This is 4WD access only, via Abercrombie Fire Trail. You can come in from either Arkstone or Emden... Find out more


Bummaroo Ford camping area 38 km

This is the only camping area in the park that can be reached by 2WD. It’s on Abercrombie Rd, at the crossing of the Abercrombie River, 29 km north of Taralga via the Goulburn–Oberon Rd. If the water levels... Find out more


The Beach camping area 40 km

This is a beautiful, quiet spot next to the Abercrombie River. The small campsite is sheltered on a bend in the river, deep in the valley. A short stroll upstream is a deep calm pool where you may be lucky enough to... Find out more


The Sink camping area 44 km

You’ll need a 4WD to access this camping area, next to Retreat River on the Retreat Fire Trail via Arkstone Rd. If the river is running, it’s a good spot for fishing and swimming, and there’s also... Find out more


Wombeyan Caves Campground 48 km

While the caves are certainly the main drawcard, other activities in the reserve include swimming in the Wombeyan Gorge, hiking, canyoning and birdwatching. The extensive and well-equipped campground is along Wombeyan... Find out more


Burraga Dam camping area 59 km

Where once this dam serviced a large copper-mining operation, it now supplies water for agriculture and the residents of Burraga. It also provides a peaceful camping area, where visitors can swim, fish and picnic.... Find out more


Mount Werong Campground 60 km

A stone hut at this campground can be used as a cooking shelter (firewood not supplied), plus there are covered picnic tables. To get here, head south from Oberon on Shooters Hill Rd, turn left onto Gurnang Forest Rd,... Find out more


Abercrombie Caves camping area 61 km

This is a fabulous set-up on the banks of beautiful Grove Creek, complete with a camp kitchen and dining room, 3 amenities blocks with hot showers, a laundry and kiosk. To get here, take the Trunkey Creek–Goulburn... Find out more


Bungonia camping area 62 km

This is a spacious, well-equipped camping ground in a stunning bushland setting. There’s a conference room for hire, plenty of space for tents, caravans and camper trailers, and all the outdoor activities that the... Find out more


Batsh Camp camping area 67 km

One of the few camping areas in the southern end of the national park, Batsh Camp can be reached via the stunning Oberon–Colong Stock Route. Access by 2WD is possible in dry weather only. The campsite has fairly... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Governor’s Hill Carapark 41 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Freeway, the park is 4 km north of Goulburn and offers good facilities. An added attraction is a highly detailed model train set-up to amuse young and old.... Find out more


Yass Caravan Park 66 km

The park is just 1 km from the town centre and is a popular overnight stop for those travelling the Hume Highway. There are convenient drive-thru sites, grassy areas and clean amenities. Bookings may be required during... Find out more


Moss Vale Village Caravan Park 82 km

The park, 2 km south of Moss Vale, is one of two in this part of the central highlands. It is ideal for a night or two if you are planning to explore the area. Bookings are recommended all year round, and there is a... Find out more


Capital Country Holiday Village 85 km

Take the time to sit by the lake, relax and feed the ducks. Formerly White Ibis Caravan Park, this is a spacious park in a rural setting about 14 km north of Canberra and easily accessible from the Federal Highway. This... Find out more


Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) 90 km

This camping area is part of the Canberra Showground and may suit those with big rigs or those travelling with dogs. The park is not available during the Canberra Show or the Folk Festival; the maximum stay is 28 days.... Find out more


Mittagong Caravan Park 91 km

The caravan park is 1 km north of the town centre. There is a well-stocked shop and easy access to the Hume Freeway. This is one of only two parks in this area of the central highlands. The park can get very busy, so... Find out more


Alivio Tourist Park Canberra 95 km

Located in a quiet bushland setting 3 km from the centre of Canberra, this park makes a good base for exploring the national capital, with just a short drive to the city and most of the attractions. The park has... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gundowringa Homestead

Gundowringa is a historic country homestead (c. 1905) laden with old-world country charm, and surrounded by an award-winning garden. There is a spectacular view of the countryside from the large wraparound verandah.... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Jenolan Cabins 85 km

These basic but cosy self-contained cabins, 6 kilometres up the steep hill past Jenolan Caves, are earth-sheltered for climate control and have composting toilets and rainwater. There are great views over the mountains,... Find out more


Rest areas around town

French VC rest area 39 km

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

Just off the highway.


Derrick VC rest area 45 km

73km SW of Mittagong (L)

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


Chowne VC rest area 50 km

17km NE of Goulburn (L)

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


Mundoonan No. 2 rest area 54 km

22km E of Yass (L)

Secluded area well off the highway. For eastbound only.


Kingsbury VC rest area 70 km

33km SW of Mittagong (L) or 52km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway in a pine forest. 


Mackey VC rest area 73 km

28km SW of Mittagong (L) or 57km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.


Gordon VC rest area 75 km

21km SW of Mittagong (R) or 64km NE of Goulburn (L)

Small area just off the highway.


Bookham rest area 86 km

32km W of Yass (L) or 70km NE of Gundagai (R)

Just off the highway and opposite the cafe. Caravan parking behind the amenities block.


Carcoar Dam camping area 98 km

T/O 59km NE of Cowra (R) or 46km SW of Bathurst (L)

On the shores of the dam 2km south of the highway.


Cowra rest area 99 km

At Cowra

Just off the highway on the east side of town at Ramage Park.


Fullers Lane rest area 100 km

57km NE of Cowra (R) or 48km SW of Bathurst (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees with good views of the surrounding countryside.


What's on around town

Market: Uniting Church, Goulburn St; 1st Sat each month.

Crookwell Country Festival: traditional country festival with music, markets, sports and a parade; Mar.

Open Gardens weekends: spring and autumn (dates from visitor centre).

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