Discover Harden, NSW

By Rosie Fairfield-Smith of Flemings Property Services

Step into the captivating past of Harden, NSW, where tales of gold rushes, notorious bushrangers, and the legendary Australian Light Horse come alive amidst a backdrop of timeless charm and genuine country warmth.

Harden, NSW is a peaceful town situated on the South West Slopes of New South Wales. It consists of two interconnected towns, Harden and Murrumburrah, with no clear boundary between them. The origin of having two towns dates back to the establishment of Murrumburrah in the 1840s. When the railway arrived in 1877, a new station called Harden was built a mile away from Murrumburrah, leading to the division of the two towns.

Harden-Murrumburrah is an agricultural region known for its fertile soils and cool, dry climate, making it ideal for cultivating various crops such as wheat, oats, canola and lupins.

Agriculture plays a vital role in the local economy, with both towns serving as service centers for the surrounding district.

Abundant In History 

Murrumburrah has a rich history dating back to the late 1820s when the Murrumburra sheep station was established. The town was officially named Murrumboola in 1858, derived from a Wiradjuri word meaning “two water holes.” In 1880, the name was changed to Harden for reasons that remain uncertain.

Visitors to Murrumburrah can explore the historic village along the Murrumboola Creek, featuring notable buildings such as the Harden-Murrumburah Historical Museum, Murrumburrah Court House, churches, and the impressive Murrumburrah Mill Silo Art. In Harden, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church stands as the town’s centerpiece, while Neill Street offers a preserved glimpse of the past.

Nearby attractions include Wallendbeen, known for its local cricket team and connections to bushranger Ben Hall, and Galong, renowned for its walled cemetery and St. Clement’s Monastery.

The region’s history encompasses the presence of the Wiradjuri First Nations people, explorations by Hamilton Hume and William Hovell, the establishment of Murrumburrah sheep station, and the ongoing growth and development of the towns.

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Perfectly Positioned  

Harden, along with its neighbouring towns of Jugiong and Binalong, is conveniently located just 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Canberra and Wagga. If you’re heading to Sydney, it’s a scenic journey of approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes

Food and Wine

The Harden region offers a delightful culinary experience for food and wine enthusiasts. Local specialties showcase the region’s agricultural richness and include fresh produce, dairy products, and meats. You can indulge in farm-to-table dining experiences that highlight the local flavors. A few of our Flemings favourites: 

– Jacksons Bakery and Cafe

The Light Horse Hotel Murrumburrah

The Muddy Duck Murrumburrah

– The Harden Country Club

The Sir George Jugiong

Long Track Pantry Jugiong

– Ziems Quality Meats

Moppity Vineyard


The Cranfield

– Grove Estate Wines

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Outdoor Activities

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Harden region offers a range of exciting activities. Cyclists and mountain bikers will appreciate the scenic routes and trails available in the area. You can embark on thrilling rides while enjoying the picturesque landscapes. The region also provides opportunities for fishing and boating, with its rivers and water bodies. Immerse yourself in the natural environment and engage in birdwatching or wildlife spotting. The tranquil setting is ideal for leisurely walks or more adventurous hikes. 

Natural Beauty

The Harden region is blessed with captivating natural beauty. Its scenic landscapes and picturesque countryside provide a peaceful retreat. Explore the nearby national parks and nature reserves, where you can encounter diverse ecosystems and enjoy breathtaking views. The region is dotted with rivers and waterways, offering opportunities for relaxation and water-based activities. Take advantage of the numerous hiking and walking trails, which allow you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding nature.

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