Straddling the Queanbeyan River, home to photogenic platypus, this charming country town is a blend of old and new. An easy walking trail reveals Queanbeyan’s history and buildings, many housing exquisite restaurants with delicious local food and wine. Take in its beautiful parks, surrounding nature and stunning seasonal colours. Active type? You can fish, sail, canoe and hike around Googong foreshore or ski the Snowy Mountains in winter. Head into Canberra, 20 minutes’ drive away, to satisfy all your political and cultural needs. And make sure you’ve got somewhere great to lay your head by booking one of these Queanbeyan hotels through Culture Trip.