Queanbeyan is the entry city to the A.C.T. (Australian Capital Territory) from the East. Not that long ago Queanbeyan was a fringe town that tugged the Canberra rapid and explosive growth and development activity. In recent years Queanbeyan has mirrored the Canberra growth. The advantage Queanbeyan has over Canberra is this is a real town/city.

The word Queanbeyan is the anglicised form of 'Quinbean' - an Aboriginal word meaning "clear waters".

The town grew from a squattage held by ex-convict and inn keeper, Timothy Beard and Queanbeyan was officially proclaimed a township in 1838 when the population was about 50.

Traces of gold were discovered in 1851 and lead and silver mines also flourished briefly.

Early settlers were harassed by bushrangers, of which James Shaw, William Millet, and John Rueben, John Tennant, Jacky Jacky, Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall were some of the more notorious. A colourful and fearful start for such a small community.

Heritage management has been threatened, but there is sufficient evidence to suggest control of the future has been wrested from the destructive ‘develop at all costs mantra’

The churches have most likely led the way with all of the early structures still active parishes. Multicultural faiths thrive in Queanbeyan.

The three hotels likewise are trading in century or approaching century old buildings.

The Heritage Museum gives a great insight into the past. The Print Museum will be of interest to some.

The Queanbeyan War Memorial is a four part acknowledgment.

Allow a week to take in all that is on offer in this region. For the Bustout traveler being based in Queanbeyan has lots of advantages over Canberra.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course