Main Street of Goulburn
Main street of Murrumbateman
Historic Braidwood
Cooma Cottage at Yass
Village Square in Binalong

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CAPITAL COUNTRY - Around Canberra, the Nation's Capital

To the south of Sydney, Capital Country is the area around Canberra stretching from Goulburn in the north to Yass and Bowning in the south, then east through Canberra and across to Braidwood. It is bordered in the north by the Southern Highlands, in the South by the Riverina and Snowy Mountains and to the east by the South Coast.
A substantial part of the area is not in New South Wales at all as the Australian Capital Territory sits at its centre and houses the Federal political capital of Canberra. This does ensure however, that the district has facilities at least as good as will be found elsewhere across the country in major capitals. Heaven forbid visiting dignitaries could not find a 5 star deluxe hotel or a Gucci accessory to take home for the wife or mistress.
The principal towns are Goulburn, Yass and Queanbeyan. Near Yass there is a substantial wine producing area around Murrumbateman and the drive between Goulburn and Canberra along the Federal Highway is accompanied by a large lake to the left (which is occasionally dry) but is a pleasant diversion with parking areas to pull over and enjoy.
Yass is a major stop along the Freeway between Sydney and Melbourne and the tiny township of Binalong, some 25km west is where notorious bushranger of the Ben Hall gang, Johnny Gilbert, is buried and the township is well worth a stop to soak up the atmosphere of a real country town.
Goulburn is where you will find the 'Big Merino'. Australia boasts many 'Big Things' (including the egos of politicians in nearby Canberra) and this is one of the most famous. There are also many historic and beautiful old buildings to see and the main street has everything you could want if you need to do a bit of shopping.
To the east of Canberra, Queanbeyan is a substantial city with plenty to do. Further east, Bungendore and Braidwood are hsitoric towns with Braidwood being a listed town by the National Trust.
Accommodation is plentiful with motels, hotels, caravan parks and B&Bs in all major centres at a reasonable price. Capital Country is around 3 hours drive south of Sydney and there are regular trains and coaches along the highway and an airline service to Canberra.

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PLACES OF INTEREST:

  • Cooma Cottage: Yass
  • The Big Marino at Goulburn:
  • Johnny Gilbert's Grave: Binalong
  • Australia's First Wind Farm: Crookwell
  • Historic Braidwood: National Trust Listed
  • Canberra: (See separate listing - ACT)
  • Australia Radio Telescope: Tidbinbilla
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ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES:
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INFORMATION CENTRES:
Information is available from the Visitor Centres in the district.

Goulburn Visitor Information Centre
201 Sloane Street. Goulburn, NSW 2580
Ph: (02) 4823 4492 Fax: (02) 4822 2692
Free call: 1800 353 646
Tour Area: NSW - Capital Country
Email: info@igoulburn.com
WWW: Goulburn Visitor Website
OPEN:
9am-5pm weekdays
10am-4pm weekends & public holidays

Yass Visitor Information Centre
Coronation Park. Yass, NSW 2582
Ph: (02) 6226 2557 Fax: (02) 6226 1509
Local enquiries: 1300 886 014
Tour Area: NSW - Southern Highlands
Email: tourism@yass.nsw.gov.au
WWW: Yass Visitors Website
OPEN:
Weekdays 9.30am - 4:30pm.
Weekends 9.30am - 4pm. Winter Weekends 10am - 3pm.
Public Holidays 10am - 4pm.
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Canberra and Region Visitors Centre
330 Northbourne Ave, Dickson ACT
Free Call: 1300 554 114
Tour Area: ACT - Canberra
WWW: Canberra Tourism Website
OPEN:
9am-5pm weekdays
9am-4pm weekends and public holidays
Closed Christmas Day

Crookwell Visitor Information Centre
106 Goulburn Street. Crookwell, NSW 2583
Ph: (02) 4832 1988 Fax: (02) 4832 0119
Local enquiries: 1300 657 559
Tour Area: NSW - Capital Country
Email: info@visitupperlachlan.com.au
WWW: Crookwell Visitors Website
OPEN:
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm Weekends
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday

Bungendore - (Braidwood) Visitor Information Centre
Shop 2, 38 Ellendon Street. Bungendore, NSW 2621
Ph: (02) 6238 1422
Tour Area: NSW - Capital Country
Email: tourism@bungendore.com.au
WWW: Bungendore Visitors Website
OPEN:
Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Closed: Christmas Day - Boxing Day - Good Friday
Information in Braidwood is available at the National Theatre, Wallace Street, Braidwood NSW
Ph: (02) 4842 1144 Fax: (02) 4842 1140

Boorowa Visitor Information Centre
Old Courthouse Building, Boorowa, NSW 2586
Ph: (02) 6385 3885 Fax: (02) 6385 1333
Tour Area: NSW - Capital Country
Email: manion@boorowa.nsw.gov.au
WWW: Boorowa Visitors Website
OPEN:
10am - 5pm daily 10am - 5pm public holidays. Closed Christmas Day.

Queanbeyan Visitor Information Centre
1 Farrer Place. Queanbeyan, NSW 2620
Ph: (02) 6299 7307 Fax: (02) 6299 1520
Tour Area: NSW - Capital Country
Email: tourist@queanbeyanbusinesscouncil.com.au
WWW: Queanbeyan Visitors Website
OPEN:
9am - 5pm Weekdays. 9am - 12 noon Weekends


HOW TO GET THERE:
By rail or coach from Sydney. Daily Services.
BY ROAD:
From the North:
By car along the Hume Freeway from Sydney or from Cowra off the Great Western Hwy.
From The East and South East:
Kings Hwy off the Princes Hwy from Bega. North along the Monaro Hwy from Cann River in Victoria.
From the South:
Along the Sturt Hwy from the West through Wagga Wagga to join the Hume Highway from the South through Gundagai.

Airlines:
QANTAS, Virgin, Jetstar operate frequent domestic routes to Canberra airport.


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