Embarking on a roadtrip from Sydney to Taralga, NSW, provides the opportunity to experience quaint villages and scenic landscapes. Begin your journey from Sydney, Australia’s largest city, and head towards the southwest on the M5 motorway.
Roadtrip Sydney to Taralga NSW
Here’s a suggested itinerary with things to do along the way:
Day 1 Sydney to Taralga with a stay in Bundanoon
- Start in Sydney: Make your way to the M5 motorway. Drive through the beautiful Southern Highlands region, known for its lush landscapes, quaint villages, and cool climate. You’ll be in Mittagong in no time.
- First stop Mittagong – a charming town known for its picturesque landscapes, historical sites, and outdoor activities. Walk the main street and admire the historic buildings or enjoy a peaceful stroll and picnic around Lake Alexandra, a picturesque lake surrounded by lush greenery. Definitely worth a visit is the Sturt Craft Centre and Gallery which showcases contemporary and traditional Australian crafts, ceramics, textiles, and more. If you’re in Mittagong on Market Day (the 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month except if the 5th Saturday falls between Christmas and New Year) to sample fresh produce, artisanal products, and handmade crafts. The markets often showcase the region’s unique offerings.
- Take a bird’s eye view at Mittagong Lookout or Nattai National Park Lookout to capture stunning panoramic views of the town, its surrounding natural beauty and glorious sunset. If you’re staying overnight, then consider these nearby attractions:-
- Carrington Falls: Explore the nearby Carrington Falls, located within the Budderoo National Park, a breath taking waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest, offering various walking tracks and opportunities for bushwalking and photography.
- Gibbergunyah Reserve: Go bushwalking in Gibbergunyah Reserve, an area with scenic trails, native flora, and fauna. The walks range from easy to moderate, providing a chance to connect with nature.
- Wineries and Vineyards: Discover the Southern Highlands’ burgeoning wine scene by visiting some of the 20 or so local wineries and vineyards. Enjoy wine tasting sessions and tours to learn about the wine-making process. Visit the Southern Highlands Wine Trail to work your way through these, noting it’s easy to chase lots, so we suggest you choose your wine style and follow those rows of vineyards!
- Mittagong Maltings: Visit the Mittagong Maltings, a historic industrial complex that has been repurposed into a vibrant space with shops, galleries, and cafes. Explore the unique architecture and enjoy local art and crafts.
- Mount Gibraltar Reserve: Hike or cycle and don’t forget to pack your picnic and discover Mount Gibraltar Reserve, a natural reserve offering scenic trails and viewpoints. The summit provides stunning vistas of the Southern Highlands and beyond.
- Mittagong Golf Club: Enjoy a round of golf at the Mittagong Golf Club, surrounded by lush greenery and a peaceful atmosphere.
- Wombeyan Caves: Interested in a detour? Then consider visiting the spectacular Wombeyan Caves when it reopens to the public. Check for opening times, guided tours and a chance to explore stunning geological formations.
Travel only another 30 minutes and stay at Cottage at 31, Bundanoon, base yourselves while you venture farther afield across the countryside.
Day 2 Bundanoon, Goulburn, Crookwell, Taralga and surrounds
- Next stop Goulburn: the first inland city of Australia. Take some time to explore Goulburn’s heritage precinct and visit attractions such as the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre and the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum. Admire the park, the orchid pavilion and its historic city with well-preserved architecture. Grab a bite to eat at Bryants Pie Shop located at 170 Auburn St, Goulburn NSW or any number of good cafes or visit the Big Merino, a giant sheep-shaped structure, and explore local museums and galleries. Visit Goulburn Historic Waterworks, an 1885 pumphouse and steam beam engine that provides a glimpse into Goulburn’s early water supply system. Don’t forget Wollondilly Lookout and Stonequarry Creek Dam a bit of a detour but a picturesque location for a relaxing stop and perhaps a picnic. You can head back to Bundanoon, or if you want to keep going today, your
- Next stop is Crookwell: Crookwell is a small town located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, in the Upper Lachlan Shire that’s the epitome of quiet, rural life that’s surrounded by a rich agricultural and pastoral district. Local produce is the pride of the region where you’ll find local spuds and produce making their way to plates in local cafes and restaurants.
- Arrive in Taralga – a historic village with a peaceful, country atmosphere. Take a self guided Historical Walk around Taralga to explore the town’s historic buildings and sites, including the Taralga Courthouse and the St. Simon and St. Jude’s Church. Visit the Taralga Historical Society Museum to learn more about the town’s history and heritage. Have lunch at Matt’s bakery or Grand Dettie, enjoy classic pub favourites at the Taralga Hotel or the oldest still trading hotel in Taralga,
- The Argyle Inn for more sumptuous cuisine (check for times). If you happen to motor through early on a Saturday morning, the Argyle Inn offers a ‘Shop our Menu’ between 8am to 10am and indulge in freshly baked, bread, pastries, charcuterie, ferments, prepped proteins as well as local vegetables from Glenbrae Produce and Holmbrae free range eggs.
- Take in the art at the Orchard Street Gallery formerly known as the Taralga Art Gallery. If you have time and you’re interested in history, pay a visit to Galong Cemetery located on Galong Road which holds the graves of early settlers and historical figures.
- Tips for the Road Trip:
- Check the weather and road conditions before starting your journey.
- Make sure to have enough fuel or electric charge in your EV especially if there are long stretches between towns.
- Take your time to enjoy the journey and the beautiful countryside.
- Capture the picturesque landscapes and historical sites through photos to remember your road trip.
Enjoy your road trip from Goulburn to Taralga, immersing yourself in the charm and history of the Australian countryside.