Old stone house, Tourism New South Wales

Population 38593

Queanbeyan is a growing city adjoining Canberra. Even though most of the city is in New South Wales, the outskirts sprawl into the ACT. Queanbeyan takes its name from a squat ex-convict Timothy Beard inhabited near the Molonglo River. He called it 'Quinbean' after an Aboriginal word meaning 'clear waters'.

Visitor Information

1 Farrer Pl; (02) 6285 6307


Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • 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

Nearby towns

  • Braidwood

    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...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

  • 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

In Town

History Museum: documented history of the city in restored police sergeant's residence; open 1–4pm Sat and Sun; Farrer Pl.

Printing Museum: includes memorabilia from the 1st newspaper in Queanbeyan; open 2–4pm Sat and Sun; Farrer Pl.

Queanbeyan Art Society Inc: exhibits local art and craft; Trinculo Pl.

Railway Historical Society: steam-train rides depart from station in Henderson St; check times (02) 6284 2790.

Self-guided town walks: include Byrne's Mill (1883) and St Benedict's Convent, built in the 1800s for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan; now home to a cafe and art and bead gallery; brochure available from visitor centre.


Bungendore This historic country village is set in a picturesque valley near Lake George and still consists of old stone, brick and timber buildings that have been there since the 19th century. The town square contains charming colonial-style shops selling crafts and antiques, and there are several hobby farms in the area. There is a Country Muster in Feb and a rodeo in Oct. 26 km NE. Lark Hill Winery, 7 km N of Bungendore, has cellar-door tastings and sales.

Molonglo Gorge: scenic drive and 3 km walking trail provide spectacular views of Molonglo River; 2 km N.

Googong Dam: fishing, bushwalking and picnicking; 10 km S.

London Bridge Woolshed and Shearers' Quarters: visual history of turn-of-the-century farming and settlement life. Take the easy 1 km walk to a remarkable limestone arch. 24 km S.

Captains Flat: tiny mining town, remnants of historic buildings, heritage trail; 45 km S.

Namadgi National Park: takes in much of the Brindabella Range, covering almost half of the ACT. It boasts significant Aboriginal rock art and beautiful bushland, regenerating after the 2003 bushfires. Camping and bushwalking are popular. The excellent Namadgi Visitor Centre is just south of Tharwa.

Fishing spots near town

Yaouk Valley 65 km

It was late autumn 1997 when I  arrived in Canberra to fish with  the late Chris Hole, fly-fisherman,  author and painter. Chris offered  to take me to some of his favourite trout streams that snake... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Canberra 14 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

Bushwalking on the South Coast, NSW 93 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 94 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

Golf courses around town

Royal Canberra Golf Club (Westbourne course) 14 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

Nearby breweries

Wig & Pen Brewery/Tavern 13 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

Old Kowen Homestead camping area 7 km

Situated within the Kowen Forest Pine Plantation east of Canberra, this camping area attracts horseriders, mountain-bikers and picnickers. To get here, follow Yass Rd east of Canberra Airport and turn onto Sutton Rd then... Find out more

Capital Country Holiday Village 17 km

Choose from powered and unpowered tent sites through to cabins, bungalows and lakeside villas at this holiday park, 14 km north of Canberra on Bidges Rd, just off Federal Hwy on the ACT border. Facilities include a... Find out more

Cotter Campground 26 km

Hailed as ‘the most highly serviced bushland camping area in the ACT’, Cotter Campground is set beside the iconic Murrumbidgee River, 22 km west of Canberra. The river corridor is a great spot for swimming,... Find out more

Wood’s Reserve camping area 30 km

A spacious and user-friendly camping area on Gibraltar Creek, Wood’s Reserve is 30 km south-west of Canberra and close to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. There are hot showers here, as well as picnic facilities. A... Find out more

Blue Range camping area 33 km

You’ll find this campground in Blue Range Recreation Area, inside Uriarra Forest, 35 km west of Canberra via Brindabella Rd and Blue Range Rd. This is the site of the heritage-listed remains of a World War II... Find out more

Honeysuckle camping area 34 km

From the 1960s to the 1980s, a space-tracking station operated at Honeysuckle Creek; today, it’s the site of a well-developed campground that comfortably accommodates small and large groups. It’s 16 km... Find out more

Orroral camping area 39 km

Suitable for smaller groups, Orroral Campground is 18 km south of the visitor centre via Orroral Rd. It’s situated near a creek, from which you can get water as long as you boil or treat it before drinking. You can... Find out more

Lowden Forest Park 39 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

Warri Camping Reserve 46 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

Bush camping areas 49 km

Contact the Namadgi Visitor Centre for advice and information about bush camping in Namadgi National Park.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park 1 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

Canberra South Motor Park 7 km

This large, older-style park is on the south side just a few kilometres from Canberra. For those navigating with a GPS, the park has no street number but is opposite number 250. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter... Find out more

Alivio Tourist Park Canberra 16 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

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) 16 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

Capital Country Holiday Village 17 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

Yass Caravan Park 65 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

Governor’s Hill Carapark 82 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

BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park 88 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

Rainbow Pines Tourist Caravan Park 90 km

This is a popular holiday park where trout fishing, sailing and canoeing are all available. It is on the shores of Lake Eucumbene, about 7 km from the Snowy Mountains Highway. A minimum-length stay applies in all... Find out more

BIG4 Batemans Bay at Easts Riverside Holiday Park 94 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Hamiltons Townhouse Motel

The four-star accommodation at this family-owned-and-operated motel in the heart of Queanbeyan includes a variety of options, such as exclusive spa rooms, family suites and deluxe guest rooms. Recently renovated, with... Find out more

Quality Inn Country Plaza

Reputedly offering the best accommodation in Queanbeyan, guest rooms here are very well appointed and are more what you would expect at a four-star hotel than a country motel. There are 22 rooms, offering a choice of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mundoonan No. 2 rest area 61 km

22km E of Yass (L)

Secluded area well off the highway. For eastbound only.

French VC rest area 73 km

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

Just off the highway.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 77 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.

Bookham rest area 81 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.

Adaminaby park area 82 km

At Adaminaby

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Jounama Creek camping area 85 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

On the edge of a creek 300m (unsealed) east of the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Pines camping area 87 km

19km NW of Talbingo (L) or 22km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Rest House park area 87 km

28km W of Adaminaby (L) or 63km SE of Talbingo (R)

Adjacent to the highway at the Rest House.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 87 km

23km NW of Talbingo (R) or 18km S of Tumut (L)

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yolde camping area 87 km

7km NW of Talbingo (L) or 34km SE of Tumut (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub in Kosciuszko National Park.

Derrick VC rest area 88 km

73km SW of Mittagong (L)

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

Humes Crossing camping area 88 km

16km NW of Talbingo (L) or 25km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Kiandra park area 88 km

35km NW of Adaminaby (R) or 56km SE of Talbingo (L)

Adjacent to the highway.

Talbingo park area 88 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

Yachting Point camping area 89 km

12km NW of Talbingo (L) or 30km SE of Tumut (R)

Open grassed area just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Chowne VC rest area 90 km

17km NE of Goulburn (L)

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

Tumut park area 91 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

What's on around town

Queanbeyan Gift: footrace; Nov. 

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