A Guide to Queanbeyan, Australia
The city of Queanbeyan in New South Wales (NSW) is a charming town, conveniently located near the Australian capital Canberra. Since the Canberra airport is just 10km away, many tourists find their way to the picturesque Queanbeyan region, which straddles New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
To reach Queanbeyan, you can take a coach, a taxi or a train, calling at a heritage-listed old station, which offers you just a taste of what to expect in this town of 36,000 people. It’s quiet, it’s steeped in local tradition and gives you a real feel of the true Australian spirit.
Getting Around Queanbeyan
Since the city of Queanbeyan is a small town filled with quiet, tree-lined streets and pleasant houses, a visitor to Queanbeyan should take a walk around the city center to get themself acquainted with the local atmosphere. If you’re in no particular hurry, just wander around the place, sample a bit of the local cuisine or look for souvenirs in little artisan shops.
By the way, the locals are very friendly and eager to meet foreigners so they’ll be glad to help you if you need directions to get anywhere.
If you happen to have your bike with you, you’ll be more than happy as you can enjoy an afternoon riding along the banks of the Queanbeyan River or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can head out to the spectacular Googong area and see the dam.
Local taxi cab services
As any seasoned traveller will tell you, visiting a new place and walking for hours is exhausting even if you go at your own pace and stop every now and then to get a coffee or a beer. At some point, your legs will feel tired. Still, if someone just pointed you to a nice little restaurant across town what can you do? That’s easy, take a taxi. It’s a small town, but they have a great option for a local Queanbeyan taxi service called QBN Cabs, which operates 24/7. Get their phone number and you can order a taxi at any hour. This way you can enjoy your dinner and get back to your hotel when you’re ready to turn in for the night.
By the way, if you’re planning to stay in the Queanbeyan region for several days, you should download the app as QBN Cabs also services the surrounding areas. There are many nice places you might want to visit around Queanbeyan.
If you plan on heading into Canberra (Australia’s Capital City) you can book a local taxi from the Canberra region. Canberra is just a 15 minutes commute from the City of Queanbeyan.
If it’s your first visit to Queanbeyan, you’d do well to visit the Tourist Information Center at 1 Farrer Pl., where the friendly personnel can direct you to the most important attractions in the area. They can also give you maps and timetables for regional buses that can take you to nearby places such as Jerrabomberra, Sutton and Murrumbateman. They can also clue you in about the discounts you might get. Keep in mind that public buses do not operate late at night. However, if you miss the return bus to Queanbeyan you can always order a taxi to get you back to your hotel.
Rideshare services like Didi and Uber also operate in the city of Queanbeyan however since the city is considered to be a regional city, rideshare options at odd times of the day like late at night or very early in the morning will be limited.
Best Things to Do in Queanbeyan
Here are some of the best things to see and do in Queanbeyan:
- Queanbeyan Museum
- Riverside Plaza Shopping Mall
- The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Theatre
- Molonglo Gorge
- Burbong Station
- Queanbeyan Park
- Queanbeyan Art Centre Gallery
- Christ Church
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Lanyon Drive Cemetery
Popular Hotels and Places to Stay in Queanbeyan
These are some of the best value hotels:
- Grand Manor Motor Inn
- Central Motel & Apartments, BW Signature Collection
- Golden Age Motor Inn
- Crestview Tourist Park
- Hamilton's Queanbeyan Motel
- Canberra Ave Villas
- Leagues Motel
- Mid City Motor Inn
- Country Plaza Queanbeyan
- Margeurita Motel
- Olympia Motel
- The Capital Airport Motel
- Queanbeyan Motel
- Rainbow Motel
- Parkway Motel
- Queanbeyan Tourist Information Centre
- 1 Farrer Pl. Queanbeyan NSW 2620
- Telephone: (02) 6298 0241, 1800 026 192
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