ST. ANDREW'S ANGLICAN CHURCHBuilt between 1856 and 1862.I thought this church was beautiful, even though I did not get a chance to go inside. It is built of local granite and features gargoyles and a tower.Of historic reference it is noted that several early photographic records of Braidwood were taken from it. If you do get a chance to go inside,...more
The main street of Braidwood is where most of ths historical sites and buildings are located. This is along the main road from Canberra to Batemans Bay. Parking is easy as there are many parking lots along the road. Easy to walk around and explore this lovely town, and take a lot of photos :)A visit to Braidwood can be a side trip if you are in...more
The Braidwood Hotel is a must see when you are at Braidwood. This historical building is located at one end along the main street of the town. There is a pub on the ground floor where you can order some drinks and snacks while enjoying the rustic charm of this place. There is also a pools table section on the ground floor.more
BRAIDWOOD’S MASONIC TEMPLE............Was one of the earliest lodges in NSW. The present façade was completed in 1907THE LITERARY INSTITUTE....................Built in 1869, with additions to it in 1891, was the venue for many Balls and Dances.THE JOINT STOCK BANK................Built in 1855, was Braidwood’s first Bank..more
THE COMMERCIAL BANKING COMPANY BUILDING...................Built 1888, as a Bank and a Bank Manager’s residence. An Italianate façade reflects the prosperity of the Gold mining era.THE OLD BAKERY.............Supplied bread to Braidwood residents for nearly 80 years. The old bread ovens are still inside the building.The new Braidwood bakery, is...more
Braidwood was a town that I spent about 2 hours walking around, there were so many interesting buildings here.To see the sights of this Town, I had already picked up a walking map from a previous Tourist Information centre, but I did see an Info centre located in the main street if you want to pick up one here. The map is extremely well done, has...more
The 'Pink" building in my photo is the Braidwood Hotel, which was built in 1859 and is the oldest still licensed Hotel in Braidwood. Accommodation is available in what was one of the grandest Hotels in its era. Evidently, there is a magnificent Ballroom inside.The Museum, was not open when I walked by. The building is made out of local granite, and...more
Writing restaurant tips for Braidwood is perilous, as some come and go while others change ownership. And so it is with the Nambawan.
Originally opened by former residents of New Guinea (which explains the name in New Guinea Pidgin – “Nambawan Coffee Haus” translates as “Number One Coffee House”). It since has changed hands and, it must be said, no longer offers quite the value it did previously as servings are smaller and salads are no longer included with dishes. While there still is a small gallery of Melanesian art (and other art by native people of the Australia/SW Pacific), that is not as large as it was and the menu, once entirely in Pidgin has been ‘anglicised’.
All that said though, this remains a pleasant lunch stop which we often visit. The coffee is good and the food interesting, slightly different and tasty. We visited recently and had Chicken Satay (I forget the former name for this dish) and Bula (spicy small beef rissoles served with brie), formerly known as Bikpela Bulamakao. Maybe the former dish names were just considered too difficult for most!
Main photo: Melanesian art inside
Second photo: The Nambawan
Third photo: Chicken Satay
Fourth photo: Bula.
Favorite Dish: Prices below are for main courses.
Braidwood is a small town, so the best way to explore is simply by walking around. There is a main street where most of the sights and shops are located.Best time to visit is during Spring (Sep to Oct) or Autumn (Mar to April) where the weather is cooling and dry, ideal for walking and outdoor activities.more
Braidwood is along the highway from Canberra to Batesman Bay. The only way to reach is by driving (about 1 hour from Canberra).When you reach Braidwood, there are no problems with parking your car as there are many parking lots. You can rent a car in Canberra which is the best way to travel in this region as there are hardly any long distance buses...more
Every Sunday, the volunteer rural fire brigades in our district conduct their weekly radio checks at 0900. By the time all are called by the regional centre and each truck calls back, it is quite a lengthy process. Quite often, the crews will then do some maintenance or brush up on training. Either way, if you are passing by, you can expect to see the fire trucks outside the fire stations every week. I would be very surprised if they didn’t welcome a visit, should you be interested in having a closer look. And yes, because of its regular hour of a Sunday morning, the trip to the fireshed is often referred to as being off to church. The photo shows the trucks at my local brigade ‘Farringdon’, some 20km south of Braidwood.
When heading west out of Braidwood towards Canberra on the main highway, be careful of sudden dust storms that can spring up and completely obscure your vision of the road.
Pull over carefully and wait for the gust to pass.
There are few petrol stations and their prices for automotive fuels, typically, are somewhat higher than you'll find at Canberra, Goulburn or Bateman's Bay.
Fun Alternatives: The alternative is simple - just ensure before your trip that you have enough to take you to a more major centre.
Most Australians probably are familiar with “ant nests”. This large earthen structure was built by insects. Although they are called “ant nests’, the insects which build them as homes really are not ants, they are termites. The pile of mud is somewhat like an insect skyscraper, full of passages and corridors and (I am told) with a quite stable...more
That was about it really for the gorge natural, though the gorging continued when we sat down and pigged out on Pauline's (George's wife) delicious soup. A very refreshing drop at that point in our travels with the thought of the climb out ever on our minds though the lyre bird did its best to distract us while we ate.Once the climb is finished...more