No matter where you are from, Queanbeyan is the place often overlooked when looking around Canberra and surrounds.
Its motto, ‘country living with city benefits’ is literally the best way to sum up this thriving town.
It has a welcoming small-town vibe with some fantastic places to visit and explore.
Did we mention that it is extremely central to most Canberra suburbs and amenities?
Let’s take a closer look some of Queanbeyan’s hidden gems – we guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what this town has to offer.
Morning coffee at 4th Seed Cafe
The best way to start your morning in Queanbeyan is a coffee and breakfast at 4th Seed. 4th Seed.
4th Seed is an exciting espresso bar, located in Queanbeyan’s new outdoor dining precinct. It serves premium coffee and fresh innovative food. The atmosphere is vibrant – especially when you’re there with the locals for your 7am coffee fix!
On offer are some great seating options, from long tables in front of the window, to stools and tables out the front, as well as their gorgeous dining space out the back.
The service at 4th Seed makes the place standout too. You’ll be impressed by the staff’s super efficient and friendly manner.
A stroll along the Queanbeyan River
The Queanbeyan River is a perennial stream. Part of the Molonglo catchment, it is a focal point of the town and region.
It’s a great spot to sit in either the morning or afternoon or enjoy a picnic with friends. It’s the spot if you’re looking for place to relax and unwind. Filled with some beautiful wildlife, the area is great for platypus spotting too!
If you’re up for a touch of walking, the Queanbeyan River Walk is an 18km walk and takes you all the way to Googong Foreshores, located just south of Queanbeyan.
Alternatively, you could also stop in at the Riverbank Cafe, which has a delectable menu and looks out over the river.
See a show at The Q
One of Queanbeyan’s prime attractions is The Q – The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. It is a premier entertainment facility in the city, and is located right in the central business district surrounded by the Library, Bicentennial Hall, Council Chambers and offices, restaurants, pubs and the retail sector.
This is a 346 seat venue that hosts a multitude of quality productions and exhibitions, which are popular with both locals and interstate visitors. From orchestra’s to stage shows, concerts and more, The Q is the place to visit for a fun evening out in Queanbeyan.
Keep an eye out via their website for upcoming productions that may tickle your fancy!
Take a wander through Molonglo Gorge
How’s this for a hidden gem!
Located just a short way down Sutton Road is Molonglo Gorge, which is a picturesque natural corridor, surrounded by impressive rocks and a beautiful scenic environment with pools, cascades and small waterfalls.
Feel like you’re worlds away in the bushland as you explore the natural landscape.
Ideal for children too, Molonglo Gorge has a recreation area which is great for a picnic, and there are barbecue facilities and toilets nearby as well.
Lunch at The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel Queanbeyan is an iconic Queanbeyan site. First built in 1850, it was re-built and opened as the Royal Hotel in 1926.
For generations this iconic venue, located on the corner of Monaro and Crawford Streets, has been the birthplace of many celebrations. With an award winning bistro and fantastic lineup of live music, it’s easy to see why.
Recently renovated, The Royal Hotel has two levels open to the public. Both levels boast original 1920s features, while the upper boutique event space has luxurious accessories and accents.
The food at The Royal Hotel is about complimenting quality produce with variety and fusions. The menu features both classic pub bistro favourites as well as fresh delights.
Afternoon tea/cake at Ciao Cafe & Cakes
Locals call Ciao Cafe & Cakes the best cafe and bakery in town!
Locally-owned, this cafe and bakery is best known for their baked goods, rich coffee and warm, welcoming atmosphere.
This is the ideal place to spend quality time with friends and family, while enjoying one of their mouth watering cakes or baked goods.
Alternatively, you can pop in and grab a takeaway!
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