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Four road trip destinations that are two hours away from Canberra

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It’s time to make the most of the warm weather and plan a little interstate trip.

Why? Because we love spreading our love across the border – and from country to coast, there are plenty of stunning locations that are conveniently located two hours (and under) away from Canberra.

Here are four suggestions for your next trip out of town. Get inspired, get booking, and thank us later.


Only an hour away from Canberra, if you’ve driven past Goulburn on the way to Sydney, it might be time to stop this ‘country town with a city heartbeat.’ While it might look quiet, don’t be fooled – there’s plenty to do.

Why we love it: From great shopping to stunning rural landscapes, Goulburn really does have it all. You can easily spend hours exploring the historic town (which has some stunning Federation architecture) and learning about its historic heart. It’s the perfect destination if you only want to get away for the day.

What you need to do: Goulburn is a foodie’s delight and for those searching for some country hospitality, you can’t go past Roses Café. Serving authentic, warm, and home-cooked food, the menu covers everything from coffee to cinnamon toast and homemade pies to homemade sweets. But if you want to treat your tastebuds to some high-quality, cool climate wines, there are plenty of boutique wineries in the area – including the ever-popular Lerida Estate.


Taking the time to visit the Cherry Capital of Australia during its cherry-picking season seems only right. Running from October until January, go for the fresh fruit and stay for the charming atmosphere.

Why we love it: As well as some delicious cherries, in this historic gold rush town you’ll also discover many other stone fruit orchards, cool climate wines, and plenty of fun outdoor adventures.

What you need to do: Starting their pick-your-own cherry season early, the family-owned and operated Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door is one of Young’s biggest tourist attractions – and it’s not hard to see why. Spend the day filled with picking juicy cherries, dig into house-made cherry pies and ice cream, sipping on award-winning wines, and take home some tasty treats. Heaven.


There’s more to this laidback town than meets the eye. Located in the beautiful Riverina, in this country town you’ll not only find some great outdoor adventures, but boutique wineries and a rich history.

Why we love it: The perfect mix of a slow-paced attitude with plenty of things to do, Gundagai is the ultimate road trip destination for when you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

What you need to do: After stopping at their famous monument – The Dog on the Tuckerbox – town highlights include enjoying a gin flight, fishing at the junction of the Murrumbidgee and Tumut rivers, and the Architectural Heritage walk. After your day of exploring, a burger and beer at the Tumblong Tavern is a must.


Okay so we know that Moruya is actually just over two hours away, but with the combination of country life near the beach, it’s well worth driving the extra 15 minutes.

Why we love it: From paddling a kayak along the river to eating fine French fare overlooking Deua National Park, Moruya has plenty to see and do. And while there are plenty of adventurous pursuits, the tranquil scenery and beautiful beaches will leave you feeling very relaxed after your getaway.

What you need to do: Have a gourmet picnic at Moruya Heads lookout, book into The River Moruya for a meal made with fresh seafood and classical French techniques, and follow in the footsteps of the Brinja-Yuin people as you walk the Bingi Dreaming track. If that doesn’t inspire you, a day at the beach is well spent.

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