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Meet five new trails celebrating the best of the Southern Tablelands Region. Because wine-not?

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Home to rolling farmland, historic towns, cool climate wineries and produce-driven restaurants, five new Southern Tablelands Trails celebrate the many charms and undiscovered gems of the region.

Created with support from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, these five new Southern Tablelands Trails take in the best of  Lake George, Bungendore, Goulburn, Tarago, Collector, Laggan, Marulan and Queanbeyan, with something for everyone to enjoy. Foodies, adventure-seekers, family travellers and those in search of authentic country experiences can follow the trails as a day trip, use them as inspiration to plan their own adventures, or just hit the road to discover somewhere new.

Read on to celebrate the best of the Southern Tablelands Region, because wine-not?

Trail 1: Wine, Water, Wonder

Centred around the mysterious Lake George, this trail will give you a taste of the good  (and quiet) life. Join the locals for coffee at the community-minded Some Café in the tiny village of Collector before cruising along the aptly named Vineyards Road. Stroll between the vines and meet the passionate winemakers at Lerida EstateLake George WineryContentious Character and Lark Hill Winery. Once you’re feeling suitably serene, head into the town of Bungendore to refuel at The Gathering Café or pick up locally made pieces at Leather and Trading before rolling into the sleepy town of Tarago, where you’ll find vintage treasures, tasty eats and  Yarralaw Springs.  With a cellar door is made entirely of straw bales, it offers unique ambience.

Trail 2: Vibrant Villages & Passionate Producers

Connect with the locals , chat over a beer and savour delicious local produce on this trail through the charming villages dotting the rolling hills north of Goulburn. Kick off your road trip at The Albion Hotel, in the heart of the village of Grabben Gullen, with a menu focused on seafood caught fresh by the local Fishing Club before heading to Crookwell, where you can meet a member of the Lindner family (who have been making socks for almost 300 years!). The amiable hosts at the Laggan Pantry will serve you an exceptional six-course meal made with produce grown in their kitchen garden and greenhouse but in the historic town of Taralga, you can taste a tipple at one of two pubs dating back to the 1870s. Who said history can’t be fun?

Trail 3: Wild Hume: Nature & History

Take things up a notch and feel your heart race along the Wild Hume trail, the most adventurous of the five. You’ll start slow, exploring the historic towns of Tallong and Marulan where the pretty streets are lined with 19th century buildings and bustling cafés. Then it’s time to hit the accelerator with a few laps of the Pheasant Wood Circuit, a professional standard racing track, before discovering Bungonia National Park where you can tackle Grade 3 hikes, lose yourself below ground in winding caves or set up camp in the remote bush where you’ll feel the peace of total solitude. Finally, embark on a self-guided Heritage Walk of Goulburn, Australia’s first inland city, where grand colonial buildings hint at an opulent past just waiting to be uncovered. It’s the perfect combination of nature and history.

Trail 4: Off the Beaten Track

Lace up your boots and take the slow road from Queanbeyan to Braidwood on a trail that invites you to feel free to linger in unexpected places. Step back in time and take the back road to Captains Flat, a historic town where heritage walks, sensory gardens and pristine nature await. Depending on your schedule and fitness levels, there are a number of walks to choose from in Lowen Forest Park and Berlang State Conservation Area. Just make sure you talk to the publican at the Erlington Pub in Majors Creek – she’s also the village’s mailman and Justice of the Peace. While you’re there it would be rude not to take some time to explore Braidwood’s abundant charms, like chic cafés, delicious delis and stylish art galleries . We recommend popping into the heritage-listed Albion Café in Braidwood (which has been featured in several films!).

Trail 5: Recharge in the Great Outdoors

This region is known for its tapestry of colour and this trail lets you drink in the natural beauty . It’s also a fun one for the whole family, with farm visits, trout fishing and water sports! Start big, at the Big Merino in Goulburn, then continue exploring the great outdoors at nearby Markdale, a working sheep and cattle farm, followed by a stroll to the stunning five-acre Edna Walling Garden. In summer, visit the aquatic playground of Wyangala Dam for kayaking, wakeboarding or water-skiing;  and for a longer escape, pitch a tent lakeside. Then, it’s on to Crookwell, where you can choose to hand feed alpacas, catch a trout or toast the sunset with cheese and wine at Kingsdale Wines. Bliss.

For more information on the Tablelands Trails and to plan your visit now, go to visitnsw.com.

Feature image: Destination NSW.

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