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Tarago, NSW, Australia
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About Tarago

Originally known as Sherwin's Flats, Tarago is a small country town in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales that’s famed for its bushranger history. It was a major producer of copper, lead and zinc during the 1980s and 1990s at the Woodlawn Mine and has recently become a hub for renewable energy projects.

Things to do

Stroll through the centre of Tarago to admire its historic buildings, which include the 1884 Tarago railway station and St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, built in honour of those who served in World War I. Also of note is the iconic Loaded Dog Hotel where notorious bushrangers such as Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall used to meet.

Make the short drive north from Tarago to the tiny village of Lake Bathurst, which features tree-lined streets that are home to a fine collection of 19th-century buildings. It shares its name with a nearby lake and wetlands that provide a haven for wading birds, including Australasian shovellers and near-threatened blue-billed ducks.

Tarago can also be used as a base for visiting Goulburn, which was declared Australia’s first inland city in 1863. It’s famed for its “Big Merino” sheep, historic architecture and cool-climate wineries, as well as its quaint cafes serving up regional produce. If you want to stretch your legs, head east to Bungonia National Park, a rugged outdoor playground that offers everything from caving to rock climbing and hiking.

Getting around

Tarago is around an hour’s drive from Canberra and Canberra Airport while Sydney is 2.5 hours away. Regular trains connect from both capital cities to the Tarago railway station. The town is compact enough to explore on foot while having your own vehicle is best for visiting the surrounding attractions.