The first white settlers began arriving in the region as early as the 1820s, and in 1860 the town of Crookwell was officially named. Today, a series of historical walks will immerse you in the town’s proud and turbulent history. Wander down the tree-lined streets and past majestic buildings that have seen their fair share of good and bad times.
Drop into the Visitor Information Centre for maps of the historical walks. The Centre also has a remarkable variety of local goods, art and craft on display and for sale. Choose from a selection of lavender creams and oils, pickles, jams and beautifully soft clothes made from alpaca fibre.
When the region was first settled, wheat, potatoes, sheep and cattle were the main produce of the Shire. Today, Crookwell is home to more unusual industries. The first fully commercial grid-connected wind farm in Australia was erected in Crookwell and generates enough power for 3,500 homes. The massive 36-tonne steel towers are 45 metres high and have a blade diameter of 44 metres.
Socks, in every colour of the rainbow, are another surprising product of Crookwell. How often do you get to buy a souvenir that keeps your toes toasty?
Enjoy Christmas from April to December at a shop dedicated to this festive time of year. Enter a magical wonderland that features Christmas items from all over the world!
Wander through a nursery that specialises in cold climate plants or pick your own fruit (in season) at the orchards that welcome visitors all year. Visit the museum or take a ride on a railway trike at the Crookwell Railway Station (2nd & 4th weekend of each month).
The Crookwell and District Fishing Club hatches and releases approximately 150,000 rainbow and brown trout into streams and public dams each year so your chances of landing ‘the big one’ are pretty good. Other fish caught throughout the Shire include bream, catfish, cod and yellow belly. Popular fishing spots throughout the district include: Crookwell Water Supply Dam, (Iron Mine Road, off Redground Road), Pejar Dam, Wyangala Dam, Reedy Creek, Laggan and Golspie, Phils River, Bolong River, Lachlan River and Abercrombie River.
Grabine is best known for its Lakeside State Park, on the shores of Wyangala Dam. The dam is ideal for all sorts of water sports and the roped off area with pontoon is great for children and children at heart. A nearby playground, plenty of barbecues, picnic shelters, free tennis and golf, plus good facilities make this a wonderful recreational playground. The camping ground also has vans and self-contained cabins and the well stocked kiosk means there is no need to hop in the car during your stay. When the lake is at full capacity, it is 2.5 times the size of Sydney Harbour.