Queanbeyan is a convenient stopping point on the way to the Snowy Mountains on the Monaro Highway. It is also convenient to Canberra if you have a car. It is close to the airport, and free parking and motel accommodation is easy to come by.
There are some attractions in the town itself, and it certainly offers the full range of facilities and supplies.
There is a large tourism information centre in town, offering information on Queanbeyan, and wherever you may be heading to next.
Queanbeyan lies to the southeast of Canberra.
By car, from Sydney or Melbourne follow the signs to Canberra, and then turn off to Queanbeyan shortly before arriving. Driving from Sydney it is not necessary to go through Canberra at all.
By plane, Canberra airport is as close to Queanbeyan (9 km) as it is to Canberra.
NSW Regional Trains connect Queanbeyan with Canberra and Sydney's Central Station. There is no direct rail link with Melbourne.
Murrays Coaches travel between Sydney and Canberra and can stop at Queanbeyan on the way.
Canberra's bus network does not extend into Queanbeyan.
QCity Transit bus service have buses to Canberra Civic and to Woden, at least every hour. You can interchange with the Canberra bus network at Civic. The ticketing system for ACTION buses in Canberra (MyWay) is not compatible with the one in use in Queanbeyan, and transfer fares are not available.
Queanbeyan has several dedicated mountain bike trails, making cycling a suitable option to explore the town and its natural surrounds.
- Queanbeyan Suspension Foot Bridge
- Queanbeyan Printing Museum, 20 Farrer Place, ☏ , , ✉ email@example.com. Su 2-4PM except public holiday weekends. The museum has preserved a collection of fully operational printing presses that were used in Queanbeyan from the 1870s to the 1960s. Free admission.
- Queanbeyan Art Society Gallery, 6 Trinculo Place, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 10AM-1PM. Showcases the talent of local and regional artists. Competitions, exhibits and art classes are regularly run. Free.
- Watch the Queanbeyan Whites Rugby team play at 'Campese Oval'. Former players include Wallaby Great David Campese, Australia's highest paid player Matt Giteau, Scottish International Dave Muir and James Wark.
- Southern Harvest Farmers Market, Crawford St, ✉ email@example.com. A weekly event every Thursday 3-6PM. All of the produce on offer is locally grown or made. Raw produce includes vegetables, meat, fruit honey, dairy and eggs. Value-added produce ranges from olive oil to wine and preserves to cakes.
- Riverside Plaza, 131 Monaro St, ☏ . The main shopping centre in town.
- 1 Turquoise Turkish, 72 Monaro St, ☏ . M-Sa 1-9PM. The most authentic Turkish and Middle Eastern restaurant in the area. The pides, kebabs and meat platters are well spiced. Plentiful salads and vegetarian options too.
- Melita Food Bar and Coffee Lounge, 45 Monaro St, ☏ . Coffee with country-style cafe food and country town hospitality.
- Lime Leaves Thai Restaurant, 24 Lowe St, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Very busy and lively. Has a fireplace that crackles in the winter.
- Walsh's Hotel, 40-48 Monaro Street, ☏ . The oldest pub in Queanbeyan. It contains the town's biggest garden. There is regular live music playing. Pokers night and raffle events going on. Has accommodation too.
A list of hotels in Queanbeyan is available on the local tourism website. Hotels in Queanbeyan are generally less expensive than those in Canberra.
- Crest Motor Inn, 60 Crawford St, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. Has the basic amenities (swimming pool Foxtel, tea and coffee). The building is a bit dated and could do with an upgrade.