The world-famous Bungendore Wood Works Gallery was established by David MacLaren in 1983. Almost every significant Australian or New Zealand artist in wood has exhibited at the Gallery at one time or another. Down the road in Canberra is the Australian National University (ANU) Furniture Workshop as part of the ANU School of Art. Founded in 1982 by the late great George Ingham, many a craftsperson and designer has spent time there and hold fond memories in their hearts.
There is a vibrant community of practicing fine woodworkers in the region including Dunstone Design, Scott Mitchell, Rolf Barfoed, Myles Gostello, Eugene Zacharewicz, and many more. No other region in the country has so many practicing wood workers per head of population and no institutions have had as much impact on Australian fine woodworking as the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and the ANU Furniture School. This is why we chose to locate Wood Dust here, to be amongst the woodworking community of Southern NSW, the Wood Working Heartland of Australia.
The Queanbeyan/Bungendore region is collectively known as Palerang (or more commonly Queanbeyan-Palerang). The Ngarigo people are the traditional owners of the Bungendore region. The city of Queanbeyan sits right on the intersection between Ngarigo and Ngunnawal land and is generally considered to be Ngunnawal land.
With a modern population of around 36,000 people, Queanbeyan is one of the largest cities of inland NSW. Queanbeyan is located right on the border with the Australian Capital Territory but retains its own distinctive character.
Bungendore Village has a mixed population of people including practicing artists, rural workers and local small business owners. Bungendore is on the main road from Canberra to the coast and sees a lively number of travelers over the summer months.
The region can be easily reached by road, rail or air. Queanbeyan and Bungendore are on the Canberra Rail Line from Sydney. Canberra international airport is 38 minutes from Bungendore Village. Palerang can be reached along the Kings Highway from the coast, or by several roads from the inland.
Palerang is iconic Australian countryside with rolling hills, Lake George, wide plains and productive pastoral lands. On the very doorstep of Canberra, the Nation’s capital, the region boasts country living with city amenities and cultural institutions.
Historic buildings, art galleries, local produce, farm stays, a dynamic community, fine wines and fresh produce make Palerang a great setting for a relaxing break. The popular annual Arts Trail provides visitors with a comprehensive list of the region’s makers, with an opportunity to visit them in their studios.
Palerang boasts many wineries and fine dining opportunities. The district is also famous for its truffles, with truffle hunts and truffle cooking classes and tastings all part of the fun. Bungendore is less than an hour’s drive from the Pacific, three hours from Sydney, two hours from the Snowy Mountains and half an hour from Parliament House in Canberra.
Australia is known for its unique wild life and laid-back lifestyle. The most common mistake made by international visitors is simply failing to appreciate the size of the country. It is common for the uninitiated to try to include too many destinations in one short trip. Palerang is an ideal base to explore the real Australia without rushing for city to city in a whirl of time consuming air travel and transfers.
Wood Dust Masterclasses
Yarns at the Q
The Q Theatre
Timber & Tool Marketplace