Things to do locally

  • At the courthouse, play tennis,  swim in the pool and enjoy the outdoor spa which can be heated with notice
  • Explore Monga or the Deua National Parks.  Monga is a remnant rainforest from when Australia was attached to Antarctica ( Gondwanaland)
  • Digest our large range of books written by locals about the area. Many by renowned local resident Jackie French.
  • See a movie on the big screen,  at the Araluen Federal Hall on Saturday night
  • Gold pan at the Araluen Creek where alluvial gold (gold specks) still runs through. Especially after heavy rain. We have adult and children’s gold pans for loan.
  • Visit the historic Araluen Anglican and Catholic cemeteries. On the way, pass the spectacular blossom display in the surrounding orchards during early spring.
  • Buy stone fruit when in season (Nov-Feb) directly from the Araluen growers. There are more than 50,000 fruit trees in Araluen
  • Lunch at the café in the largest Araluen orchard ( 30 ooo trees) on the weekends.  www.wisbeysorchards.com.au/
  • Night spot on local roads. You’re sure to spot wombats, wallabies and kangaroos. Perhaps the occasional deer.
  • Sit still and bird watch
  • Explore Braidwood (20 minutes away).  The  first entirely heritage listed town in NSW.
  • Take a self guided walking tour of the town and cemetery
  • Take in the street activities whilst enjoying a meal or snack.
  • Browse the shops-antique, art, quilting, bric-a brac, lamps.
  • Sample fine local treats such as Dojo bread and local wines. The Araluen market grower sells his freshly picked harvest on Friday mornings in Braidwood.
  • Visit the Braidwood museum on weekends
  • Walk to the local pub for a game of pool and a chat with locals. Take in the view while enjoying a meal and refreshments.
  • Visit the local farmers market in Braidwood www.braidwoodfarmersmarket.org.au
  • Visit Major’s Creek pub and enjoy a refreshment on the verandah. (20 minutes drive). A gold mining project is underway there.
  • Take a detour to Braidwood through the picturesque Reidsdale area.
  • Stop at the Reidsdale Cheese Factory (15 minutes away) for a ploughman’s lunch on weekends.
  • View the pressing room where they produce wine, cider, juice and unusual condiments. Enjoy taste testing at their cellar door of produce, sourced from the local area whenever possible. Sign up to their newsletter for events including bread, cheese or sausage making, and long table lunches with local guest speakers www.braidwoodmade.com.au
  • Walk Araluen’s historical Shoebridge track. We’ll take you to the start point. It was built of stone and funded by a local storekeeper (Shoebridge) as an all weather track from Araluen to Bateman’s Bay, after a devastating flood in 1860 trapped many in Araluen during the gold rush. Many perished.
  • Go for a trail ride at the local horse riding school especially for beginners. Saddlecamp has many activities throughout the year for children.  Sleepovers for girls only. No experience necessary. www.saddlecamp.com.au
  • Join in the many regular festivals and events- eg annual national airing of the quilts, monthly markets, rodeo, show, open garden’s scheme, Jackie French’s open day, music festivals, Braidwood cup (horse racing), go carting, hat rally, art exhibitions, antique car rally, cooking school, two fires festival, Braidwood folk club (third Thursday of month; see calendar of events)