Just a 35-minute drive along the Kings Highway east of Canberra but a world away from city life, is the historic NSW village of Bungendore.
Proclaimed in 1837, Bungendore is home to numerous cafes, speciality and gift shops as well as historic stone, brick and timber buildings.
Located in a beautiful valley near Lake George, it’s popular with Canberrans not only as a stopover enroute to the coast, but also as a day trip destination. With its charming streetscapes, ample opportunities for browsing and shopping, eateries, Saturday markets and nearby wineries, Bungendore offers a refreshing change of pace and scenery.
Why not take time to explore the heritage-listed buildings on a self-guided walking tour and see all that Bungendore has to offer.
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Bungendore.com.au – the website of the Bungendore Chamber of Commerce and Industry – lists an array of specialty shops, galleries, accommodation, eateries and wineries in the region. Here are some of our favourites:
Village Antiques: Village Antiques is brimming with the eccentric, the unusual and the hard-to-find. They also stock dramatic architectural objects, iron fountains, statuary and gifts.
32 Malbon Street, Bungendore
T: 6238 1499
Gib Street Courtyard Art Connection:
An artistic space that caters for classes, drop-ins, displays of artistic efforts and boutique events, complemented by health and wellbeing services located in the main building. The Courtyard is set within mature gardens featuring wonderful old elm and black walnut trees, an ambling wisteria, sculptural conifers, a shady fern corner, fish pond and more. Local artists are invited to contact Gib Street Courtyard Art Connection about displaying their works. Email [email protected]
FoodLovers Bungendore: A foodie’s haven, here you’ll find freshly-made salads and fruit salads, fresh juices, a variety of fresh breads (including organic Italian and Turkish breads), award-winning gelato, fresh fruit and vegetables including some organic (most produce is sourced direct from the grower with the balance coming fresh from the Sydney markets). Deli items include freshly made smallgoods and quality cheeses.
50 Molonglo Street (Kings Hwy), Bungendore
T: 6238 0018
The Big Green Cup Café: If you’re after that perfect cup of tea or coffee, check out The Big Green Cup and while you’re there, try one of their fresh, locally baked cakes, biscuits and muffins. After something a little more substantial? You’ll also find a range of rolls, toasted sandwiches, homemade soups, worker’s platters, curries and other hot pots.
Open daily 8am-5pm.
Shop 7-8, The Village Square, 23 Malbon Street, Bungendore
M: 0457 156 754
Bicycle retail shop providing bicycles and scooters, parts, accessories and servicing.
12-14 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore
M: 0422 231 191
Markets: The Southern Harvest Farmers Market is a weekly market held every Saturday 9am-12pm on Butmaroo Street, Bungendore. Stallholders offer a great range of fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, meat products, fresh seafood from the coast, local preserves, honey, cheese, eggs, garlic, wine and oil.
Capital Wind Farm: At one time the largest wind farm in NSW, the Capital Wind Farm has a capacity of 140.7 MW. It has open days and people who are interested in getting close to the wind machines must register.
Visit infigenenergy.com/community/open-days for more information.