Beyond our gate, there is much to explore:


A five minute walk past resplendent gardens and stop-and-take in mid-to-late 1800s stone buildings. Then you will discover the General Store also known as The Binda Pub.  Opposite are the Binda parklands and Cricket Oval. Beyond lies the architectural gem St James, built in 1864 with gothic influence and in bluestone.


Our food trail has come of age and has some superb options:

  • Zestt” in Crookwell is only 15 minutes drive. This has been refurbished in 2019 after the noted Catherine Duff returned to give Crookwell a 7 days a week licensed restaurant for lunch and dinner plus coffee and snacks during the day.
  • The Laggan Pantry” initiated the food trail and is making a real name for itself. Just 23 minutes from Hillcrest via Crookwell, Sal and Evan have added the Laggan Brewery boutique beers. Open for lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday and for dinner on Friday and Saturday. Bookings essential.
  • The Laggan Hotel” just across from the Laggan Pantry has a very nice pub-gourmet restaurant and great atmosphere. Also on tap are Laggan Brewery ales. Seven days a week 10 am to midnight.


Our food trail has come of age and has some superb options:

East for nearly 1 hour is the delightful old stone village of Taralga: Two key hotels

  • The Argyle Inn” of Hugh Wennerbom and Keith Kerridge opened in 2018 and picked up a 1 SMH Chef’s hat. Booking necessary.
  • For Australian gourmet pub cuisine there is “The Taralga Hotel”.

North for 1-1/4 hours is the heritage town of Milthorpe: Really quaint old buildings and plenty do so and see and just 20 minutes from the foodie mecca of Orange and close of Bathurst. Two restaurants stand out – “Tonic” with 1 SMH chef’s hat and “The Old Mill”. Both require bookings.

South for 1 hour is old country village of Gundaroo: Just 35 minutes from Canberra central. “Grazing” in the old Royal Hotel is well know for its food.

Southwest for 1-1/2 hours is the village of Jugiong: Two stand outs are the “Sir George Hotel” and the “Long Track Pantry”.


North for 1-1/2 hours is Orange:  Gourmet Travellers best:

  • Star Cellar Door – Singing Bridge
  • Best Large Cellar Door – Philip Shaw Wines
  • Best Small Cellar Door – Angullong Wines
  • Best Cellar Door with Food – Borrodel
  • Best Cellar Door Tasting Experience – De Salis

South for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours as you get close to Canberra are Gundaroo, Murrumbateman and Hall:  Stand out vineyards are:

  • Gundaroo’s Gundog Estate – with James Halliday Five Red Stars
  • Murrumbateman’s Shaw Vine – Premium Cool Climate Wines
  • Murrumbateman’s Clonkilla – Major Award Winner
  • Murrumbateman’s Helm Huon Hooke’s 2018 Top wineries
  • Hall’s Capital Wines – with James Halliday Five Red Stars
  • Hall’s Nick O’Leary – as James Halliday’s Top 10 Best $ Value 2019


ABERCROMBIE CAVES: Some 50 minutes north of Hillcrest on the way to Milthorpe/Orange/Bathurst are the Abercrombie Caves where the biggest feature is the renowed ‘Archway’, the largest limestone arch in the Southern Hemisphere.

WOMBEYAN CAVES: From Hillcrest, 1-1/2 hours east via Taralga are the Wombeyan Caves formed in marble.

TARALGA WILD LIFE PARK: Located just minutes outside Taralga Village and with a wide range of animals and birds.



Just 15 minutes from Hillcrest with a population of 2,500. A major IGA with very good delicatessen, excellent butchers, and some interesting shops to explore:

  • Arcadia with a wide range of pop-up shops under one roof
  • Lindner Socks – famous for its quality and for manufacturing on site with fascinating machinery that can be viewed
  • Top Paddock for home wares gifts and accessories
  • Crookwell Footwear for country shoes and clothing


Just 15 minutes from Hillcrest is the Crookwell Golf Club, a visitor friendly club. Visitor fees are $20 a round. Course is open seven days a week, but Saturday is locals comp day. This is a nine hole, 18 tees with abundant trees, well groomed fairways and water obstacles. A very nice country course.



  • Laggan Lavender, Herb and Chilli Festival
  • Taralga Campdraft
  • Taralga Rodeo


  • Crookwell AP&H Show 1
  • Crookwell Irish Heritage Weekend 1
  • Laggan Pig Races
  • Gunning PA&I Show


  • Taralga AP&H Show
  • Binda Picnic Races
  • Laggan Pub Car Show
  • Bigga’s Biggest Market


  • Jerrawa Show
  • Art in the Garden – Festival of Floral Arts
  • Collector Village Pumpkin Festival
  • Crookwell Potato Festival
  • Crookwell Bake & Brew


  • Taralga Art Show
  • Crookwell Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS)


  • Grabine Freshwater Fishing Competition


  • Gunning Fireworks Festival
  • Korean Culture Weekend (Tea House & Gallery, Crookwell)


  • Crookwell Rotary Swap Meet
  • Crookwell Mary Gilmore Festival


  • Crookwell Garden Festival 1
  • Taralga Vintage Farm Machinery Tractor Trek 1
  • Taralga Vintage Farm Field Days 1