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Proclaimed in 1837, the township of Bungendore quickly became an important crossroad linking Goulburn, Braidwood, Queanbeyan, Canberra and Cooma. Many of the most important buildings – the post office, an Anglican Church and the Bungendore Inn – were constructed in the 1840s.
Bungendore is a friendly, historic village in Country NSW, 30 minutes' drive from Canberra and 3 hours south-west of Sydney. This traditional Australian country town with a relaxed bush village atmosphere is set in a pretty green valley in the NSW Southern Tablelands.
The town offers numerous specialty shops and old stone, brick and timber heritage buildings, providing an evocative glimpse of 19th-century life in rural Australia. Discover art, craft and antique shops in the Bungendore Village Square and browse the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery for sculpture, craft and furniture.
If food and wine take your fancy, Bungendore has two wineries for you to visit – sample the fine local wines at Lark Hill and Lerida Estate, both of which are also restaurants. If you crave the great outdoors, there is an abundance of natural attractions further afield in the Queanbeyan area – don’t miss Googong Foreshores or Monga National Park.
There’s a small but charming selection of accommodation in town, and many more places to stay in the surrounding area.
The first European exploration of the Bungendore region was by Charles Throsby and his party. Explorer and botanist Allan Cunningham passed through the district in 1824. European settlers had arrived within a year of his visit. A station was established in the area around 1824.
The beginnings of the town date from about 1835 with Bungendore being officially recognised in 1837. A lock-up was constructed the next year, along with The Harp Inn, which is now the Lake George Hotel/Motel. A licence has been held non-stop since 1838 but the building has been much changed.
A mail service commenced in 1836 with a post office constructed in 1840. The current post office was built-in 1882. Bushranger William Westwood (known as 'Jacky Jacky') was active in the region in 1840-41. Jacky Jacky was briefly locked up in the Harp Inn during 1840.
The Bungendore Inn (1847) was later used as a Cobb & Co staging post. Only fragments of the Inn remain today. By 1848 there were 30 people in the town. The population increased to 63 by 1851.
Churches, schools, hotels, a flour mill and a courthouse (1864) were all added to Bungendore before 1970. The former Beehive Hotel, constructed in 1859, is still standing. The stone courthouse (1864) is currently the Bungendore police station.
The stone St Mary's Catholic Church was an 1862 construction while St Philip's Anglican Church was built-in Gothic Revival style in 1864. The original St John's Presbyterian Church (1875) was torn down to accommodate the railway. The current St John's was erected in 1886.Rail reached Bungendore in 1885 and this contributed to a period of prosperity in the 1880s. The railway station (which shut in 1987), gatekeeper's house and stationmaster's residence all date back to 1884-85 and were built-in Gothic Revival style. The Royal Hotel (1882) was constructed in preparation for the rail connection. The original 1855 Royal Hotel is also still standing but is currently a private home.A coaching inn constructed using hand-made bricks in 1888-89 is currently the Carrington Motel and Restaurant. It has also been used as a store, a bordello and a private home.
Queanbeyan became the major centre for the region, leaving Bungendore as a small service town to the surrounding farming enterprises.