Despite having long carried the stigma of being Canberra’s little, albeit older, cousin across the border, the river city has flown under the radar and flourished into a dynamic destination blending modern amenity and rich history.
While many Canberrans might not think of it this way, Queanbeyan is a serious destination.
It has modern restaurants nestled in heritage buildings and a picturesque main street precinct lined with major shops and specialty stores.
There’s also district markets, shows at The Q or exhibitions at Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery or Form Studio and Gallery, and many special events throughout the year worth crossing the border for.
Get in touch with the big outdoors and familiarise yourself with the Queanbeyan region’s many gorgeous natural wonders with some bushwalking or cycling at Molonglo Gorge or a spot of rock climbing at White Rocks, a natural limestone cliff perfect for beginners.
And if you’re looking to relax in natural surroundings, grab a coffee and take a casual stroll along the Queanbeyan River.
Explore the neighbouring towns of Bungendore and Braidwood and the surrounding historic villages nestled amidst picture-perfect scenery.
Whether it’s for a day trip or a weekend getaway, the charms of Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood are perfect for a refreshing, enriching experience.
Delight in the region’s rich artisan culture and treat yourself to something special, then refuel with local food and wine.
Queanbeyan’s rich history is worth exploring too, and is hard to miss given the beautiful heritage-listed building dotted throughout the city.
Proclaimed as a settlement in 1838, this tiny township grew and became the epicentre of a thriving primary producing district. Nineteenth century churches, public houses and historic buildings can still be seen today.
Canberra’s foundation in 1913 changed Queanbeyan significantly. It created new avenues for employment and boosted building and housing development.
In 1972, with a population of over 15,000, Queanbeyan was proclaimed a city; in the 2016 census, a total of 36,348 residents called it home.
An ever changing and evolving locale, it’s a similar story in nearby Googong, a flourishing township brimming with natural beauty and a stone’s throw from Googong Dam.
So whether you’re looking to experience something different, or are craving a much-needed catch-up with nature, Queanbeyan and its surrounds have got you covered.
For more information on the Queanbeyan-Palerang Region, contact or visit The Visitor Information Centre in its heritage-listed building at 1 Farrer Place, Queanbeyan, or go to visitqueanbeyanpalerang.com.au
Queanbeyan fast facts
- According to the 2016 census, Queanbeyan has a population of 36,348, Bungendore 4,178, and Braidwood 1,651.
- Proclaimed a settlement in 1838, the city we know today has grown from a squattage held by ex-convict and inn keeper Timothy Beard on the banks of the Molonglo River.
- Queanbeyan has a number of heritage-listed sites including Rusten House, Queanbeyan Railway Station, and the Queanbeyan rail bridges over the Queanbeyan and Burbong Rivers.
- Queanbeyan has produced many great sporting stars including world squash champion Heather McKay, racing great Mark Webber and rugby league legend Ricky Stuart, many of whom are celebrated at the Queanbeyan Sporting Gallery at Q-One Indoor Sports.