The friendly country town of Crookwell in NSW Capital Country is located between Sydney (two and half hours drive) and Canberra (ninety minutes drive) and receives day trippers and visitors from both, as well as from the nearby town of Goulburn NSW, almost directly south.
The town has preserved its colonial heritage well, there are numerous buildings that have survived from that era here, evoking images of the past as you walk the main street (Goulburn Street). It is not hard to imagine the horses, carts and wagons that plied this region only a hundred years ago. Many of the shopfront buildings still have their build date at the top.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, Crookwell played an important role in the development of the region. Over the years, the surrounding farming region became a major potato growing region and still is. Cattle are also grown here, as is wool. You will even see Alpacas roaming the fields now, kept for their fine wool, considered even better than the Merino sheep wool that is also raised here.
Since then, cars and motorbikes now traverse the streets and the pace has picked up a bit, yet you can find the country charm has not left. A classic regional town in the picturesque Great Dividing Range, it has much to offer the visitor.
Food lovers will not want to miss the Lavender, Herb and Chilli Festival held every January in Crookwell.
Celebrating with breakfast in the park, entertainment, family fun and more. Spring Street, Memorial Park.
With the importance of potatoes as a food source, you can learn from the experts. Celebrate the Spudtakular:
Locals and visitors alike will not want to miss the Annual Crookwell Show, displaying the best Crookwell and the surrounding region has to offer. The competitions alone are worth effort, see the Ewe flock event, prize Cattle, Horses, Alpacas, Dogs and even the Showgirls.
The Crookwell Visitors Information Centre can provide you with even more local information on the festivals, attractions, places to eat, places to stay and places to visit. They even have an Alpaca products section for you to peruse.
106 Goulburn Street
Crookwell NSW 2583
Phone: +061 2 4832 1988
You can also head from Capital Country to the stunning South Coast for great beaches, national parks and resorts: South Coast of NSW.
Main Photo: Main Street of Crookwell, NSW Capital Country
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Photo: Crookwell Shire Town Clock
Photo: Accommodation, drinks and food at the Crookwell Hotel