Nearby Villages & Towns
Surrounding Bungendore are some lovely towns and villages well worth visiting during your stay in Bungendore. They range from a short 20 - 40 minute drive from Bungendore, which can be visited directly, or as part of your travel plans across the Kings Highway, within the Capital Country or along the Poacher's Way.
At the end of this section is a detailed map of the surrounding towns. Below is some information about some of these lovely nearby towns, villages and attractions.
LAKE BATHURST & TARAGO
The beautiful Lake Bathurst is an attractive tree-lined village surrounded by farm stays and B&Bs. Tours of the fuel stores, lake and the nearby Woodlawn Bioreactor are available by prior arrangement for groups. Be sure to ask about the nearby WWII fuel stores. Places of interest include the Lake Bathurst Function Centre and Lavender Gardens Tea Rooms where the proprietor also does group tours of the now closed Woodlawn Mine, Lake Bathurst (the lake it's self and the World War 11 stores. For more information, visit www.igoulburn.com.
Eleven kilometres along the Braidwood Road from Lake Bathurst lies the village of Tarago. The village boasts a number of historical buildings, particularly the Anglican Church, the Railway Station dating from 1884, and the Loaded Dog Hotel established in 1848.
Sheep and cattle production have been the mainstay of the district's development. The Tarago & District Show is held in March and includes a dog show, horse show, shearing competition and entertainment for all ages. For more information about the show, visit www.igoulburn.com/Events/AnnualTaragoShow.aspx.
The Loaded Dog Hotel, a popular stop for motorcyclists, also hosts the annual Loaded Dog Motorcycle Rally, in May each year. For more information visit www.loadeddoghotel.com/home.htm.
There are a range of attractions worth visiting at Captains Flat. The Captains Flat Hotel houses the second longest bar in the southern hemisphere. The entrance to the Lake George Mine, buried when the mine was closed, was uncovered again in early 2006. You can view of the Mine Site as it is today. The Outsider Coffee Lounge and Gallery. The Outsider Restaurant, situated in the main street, is one of the most popular restaurants in the region.
For more information, visit www.captainsflat.org.
Lake George (or Weereewa in the indigenous language) is a lake in south-eastern New South Wales, about 30 minutes drive north-east of Canberra along the Federal Highway heading towards Sydney. Lake George has long had a reputation for mystery. It's an unusual place where the water comes and goes, and it draws visitors to its vast, wind ruffled surface. Lake George is a phenomenon. It has been known to disappear virtually overnight.
For the past 25 years it's also drawn wine growers and winemakers, and more recently, the annual "Weereewa A Festival of Lake George".
Think twice before simply driving through historic Braidwood. This gracious Village is located 48 km south-east of Bungendore. Braidwood offers grand examples of 19th century buildings in Braidwood's main street, while 1950's workers' cottages are sprinkled throughout the side streets and in the surrounding villages.
Braidwood offers heritage trails, scenic drives, historic gardens, fishing, outdoor adventure sports, with rugged mountain ranges, wild rivers, awesome forests and unlimited "off the beaten track" territory to explore. And whislt you're there, don't forget to visit their award-winning Braidwood Bakery on the main street.
For more information, visit http://www.visitbraidwood.com.au.
BUNGENDORE WINE DISTRICT
Bungendore and surrounds, is home to several cool-climate wineries in the area, including Lark Hill, one of the pioneers of Bungendore’s wine-growing industry. Throughout Bungendore, Wamboin and Lake George, vignerons produce fabulous wines, and there are plenty of award-winning restaurants and great wine bars in and around the historic villages of Gundaroo and Collector, where you can relax and meet the locals.
Some of our wineries in the district – including Lambert’s, Millimani, Koonaburra, Affleck and Madew Wines – produce chardonnay, semillon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, muscat and riesling.
For more information about our nearby "Liquid Geography", simply visit: www.canberrawines.com.au.
TOURING BUNGENDORE AND SURROUNDS
To incorporate Bungendore into your next holiday plans, you may also like to visit the following sites:
Kings Highway to Discovery Trail
The Poacher's Way
Capital Country Tourism