Unique, charming and fascinating, the historic twin towns of Harden and Murrumburrah are nestled in the heart of the Hilltops wine region. Set amidst a landscape of colour and natural beauty, the towns form part of Australia’s agricultural heartland, and boast plains that are rich in wheat, stonefruit, olives, sheep and cattle. However, Harden-Murrumburrah also offers a wealth of surprises, with each corner revealing yet another breathtaking secret.
While twins by nature, the towns do harbour distinctive personalities. Harden is a retail hub, bursting at the seams with boutiques and niche stores housing a treasure-trove of hidden gems. A walk down Albury Street in Murrumburrah, on the other hand, is a trip down memory lane. Be consumed by the town’s heritage, both modern and colonial, and pay a visit to the Historical Museum, the Federation Star and the tribute to the First Australian Lighthorse.
The twin towns offer a wide range of accommodation and dining options to suit every taste and budget. Enjoy the warm country hospitality of the Light Horse Hotel, or indulge in a little R&R at the idyllic Colenso Country Retreat. Discover firsthand why the Harden Shire is rapidly gaining a reputation as a fine food and wine producer by exploring the local cafes and restaurants, or head out to the source with a trip to the region’s lush orchards and wineries. Harden-Murrumburrah is a place dripping in old-world charm and modern splendour, and at only one-and-a-half and three-and-a-half hours from Canberra and Sydney respectively, there’s no time like the present to get swept away.