South Eastern

Rainforest stream in south eastern New South Wales.
Rainforest stream in south eastern New South Wales.
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Batemans Bay

This area is a popular tourist centre with facilities for boating, fishing and other aquatic sports. It is 280km south of Sydney.

The inlet on which the town stands was named by Captain James Cook in 1770 after Captain Bateman of HMS Northumberland.

Kangaroo on the beach at Batemans Bay.
Kangaroo on the beach at Batemans Bay.


Bega is 430km south of Sydney. It is an important commercial and service centre for the rich agricultural and pastoral districts surrounding the town. Bega is particularly noted for its cheese production.


Cooma is on the Monaro Plateau, and is 425km south-west of Sydney. It is the gateway town to the Kosciusko National Park and the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The name Cooma comes from the Aboriginal word meaning either 'big lake' or 'open country'.

Snowy River, Cooma.
Snowy River, Cooma.


Just 3 hours from Sydney is the historic and friendly town of Crookwell. Situated 914m above sea level on the Great Dividing Range, the tree-lined township of Crookwell dominates the area's great natural beauty.

Because of the cool climate, gardens in this high country are spectacular. Fabulous displays of massed bulbs in Spring, and glorious colour changes in the trees during Autumn, mean the whole district is ablaze with colour.

The original name of Crookwell was Kiamma, an Aboriginal place name meaning 'good dishing ground'. The first rainbow and brown trout to be released o the mainland occurred in 1888 in the Wollondilly River. Today there is still an abundance of sparkling streams for trout fishing and fossicking for gold and sapphires.



Average summer day temperature: 28.1°C
Average winter day temperature: 11.4°C
Average annual rainfall: 720.0mm

Goulburn is located on the Hume Highway 211km south west of Sydney. Being situated on the Southern Tablelands, Goulburn experiences warm summer temperatures and cold winter days, even with occasional snow.

Goulburn and its surrounding area were first settled by Europeans in the early 19th century, so there are many historical buildings to visit in the area.

Goulburn Courthouse.
Goulburn Courthouse.


Gundaroo is a small historic village located about 35km from Canberra in Gunning Shire. The village has been the subject of number of studies and publications including a report by the National Trust. It is an important example of a typical 19th century Australian village.The buildings, most constructed between 1860 & 1890, are generally in good condition.

The historic Gundaroo Pub has been a traveller’s hotel, Cobb and Co stopover and a private home. In recent years it's been a unique licensed function centre known for its traditional bush flavour open fires, big hearty meals and live music.

The town was the subject of the Banjo Patterson Poem "The Bullock of Gundaroo".

There is a surviving common that was established in 1860 along with an old park/cricket oval 1st established in 1874.

The Historic Gundaroo Pub
The Historic Gundaroo Pub


Located on the Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW, Jindabyne is known as the gateway to the Kosciusko National Park. The town once played an important role in the development of the Snowy Mountain Hydro-electric Scheme, but now services the local grazing district.

Lake Jindabyne, with the township of Jindabyne in the background.
Lake Jindabyne, with the township of Jindabyne in the background.


Situated on the South West slopes of NSW between Yass and Canberra, Murrumbateman consists of samll area farms and is a cool climate Wine-growing area.


Narooma is located on the Princes Highway south of Sydney and is a popular spot for holiday makers. Montague Island is a wildlife sanctury that is located 8km offshore. There's great ocean, beach, and estuary fishing, a spectacular golf course on the clifftops, world class diving, whale watching and surfing

Boats at Narooma.
Boats at Narooma.




The town of Yass is located on the Yass River some 280km southwest of Sydney between Goulbourn and Canberra. The original inhabitants of the area were the Ngunnawal people, however, in 1821 Hamilton Hume first came to the area, then he returned again in 1824 with William Hovell when they were undertaking an expedition to Port Phillip Bay. Today you can visit the Hamilton Hume Museum in Yass.

The attractiveness of Yass has increased since the main highway now bypasses the town. The historic buildings and delightful scenery and relatively short distance from Sydney and Wollongong, make this a ideal place for a day trip.