Fine wool, fat lambs, prime beef, plentiful potatoes, lush berries, quality wine and heritage buildings – the good things in life are found in the peaceful small town of Taralga. Recognised as a settlement in 1825, Taralga was established as a town in the 1860s and is home to 370 people today.
The town preserves and protects a unique building style. Buildings from the 1860s to the 1890s were built from local stones and rocks rather than quarried. This resulted in an architectural style somewhere between Georgian and Victorian, with larger windows and grander constructions than settlers enjoyed in other parts of the country.
Pick up a guide map from one of the pubs or stores and stroll past buildings unlike any others in Australia. The Historical Society’s Museum, is housed in the former Methodist Church (c.1868) and is open for visitors on weekends. The museum showcases artefacts and historical photos of early life in Taralga, archives and family history. In the grounds, you can wander through the old dairy building and a restored settler’s slab hut.
A private museum 10 km out of town displays Australiana and antiques. Enjoy a drop at a cool climate boutique winery or pop into a country tearoom for a hearty ploughman’s lunch or a tasty cheese platter. Browse through the town’s eclectic range of shops, purchase locally made jams, lavender scented candles or a soft and cosy alpaca wool scarf.
You can stay in a country pub, luxury bed and breakfast or get back to nature in a farmstay. Time your visit for the 2nd Sunday of the month and be treated to the colour and atmosphere of a true country market.
Check out the pink lawn at the Bowls Club, visit the berry farm or travel on to explore the mysterious Wombeyan Caves.
You will find an unattended information centre at 29 Orchard st, Taralga.