About Queanbeyan

The Countryside of the Nation's Capital


Queanbeyan is a prospering river city on the move. For more than 175 years people have been moving to Queanbeyan and the region in search of a better lifestyle.

Queanbeyan is the largest city in Southeast NSW. It is a mere 15 minutes from Canberra, 10 minutes from the domestic airport and 3.5 hours from Sydney.

Queanbeyan has many cultural attractions and lively events.  Nearby are the snowfields and historical towns of Bungendore and Braidwood in the Southern Tablelands.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 42,000
  • Height above sea level: 576m
  • Area:172.88kms
  • Distance to Parliament House: 12kms
  • Distance to Canberra Airport: 9kms


The town's name comes from the Aboriginal word ‘quinbean' that translates to ‘clear waters.' The town became a township officially in 1838 and was part of the gold rush, and then stayed prosperous to its neighbouring relationship with Canberra.

The commencement of the building of Canberra in 1921 created new avenues for growth at every level.

The city celebrated its 175th birthday in 2013 and events run throughout the year that lead up to a major celebration on September 28th.

Things to do in town

  • Take the walking tour that winds through the Queanbeyan's museums and historic buildings
  • Explore the many nature reserves and national parks to see the animals in their natural habitat
  • Stop by the Googong Foreshores- take a picnic, a walk, or try out a new water sport
  • Head up to the Rex Cross Lookout and see Canberra and Queanbeyan from up above
  • Step back in time and take a scenic trip on the historic steam train  to the village of Bungendore  and take in a country market.


Queanbeyan is home to some of the regions most diverse events. The city has a great array of artists who exhibit year round in the many galleries, October/ November every year sees some of these artists open up their workshops for the 'must do' Artists Trail. 'The Q' Performing Arts Centre is one of the cities hidden gems and puts on world class theatre across the year.

The Queanbeyan Rodeo is one of the best in the state, the list goes on... for more information on all the great events please have a look at the events page, there's an event for everyone in Queanbeyan.

Must See/Must Do

The beauty of Queanbeyan is that everything is so centrally located, it's a true country city. There are plenty of places to stay, from caravan parks to hotels and motels, all of which are close enough to walk to from the main CBD where visitors can find shopping, restaurants, and clubs.

  • Take in a show at the Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
  • Stroll through the beautiful Queanbeyan Park
  • Visit the Queanbeyan Historical Museum located in the residence of the old police sergeant and check out the incredible wall mural from another era, truly brilliant!!
  • Go to the Googong Foreshores and do some trout fishing
  • Walk the ridge trail that circles the Molonglo Gorge and pack a picnic that allows you to eat over great views

Nearby villages are a combination of heritage and wonderful galleries and boutique shops, not to mention the wineries and cellar doors around Lake George and Bungendore.

Queanbeyan is extremely proud of its past and is confident of its future as a great place to live and visit - come and see for yourself!!

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