Bungendore is a well-preserved historic town that was first settled in 1837. It is about 30 km east of Canberra. It is probably best known for the Wood Works Gallery, one of the world’s great craft and fine art establishments, which has been operating for 32 years.
Right & below: Wood Works Gallery.
Left and far left: the most impressive piece in Wood Works Galley is the Hannah Cabinet . It took Geoff Hannah 6 years and 34 different Australian and international timbers, 4 pieces of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone to build it. It has 18 doors and 140 drawers. This is the third that he has made. If you are interested in buying it, the asking price is $1.6 million.
There are some excellent eating places, and plenty of old buildings to look at on a wander around the town. I’ve included some of my favourites here:
Below: Gibraltar Street.
Below: Turallo Terrace.
Below: St Mary’s Catholic Church & interior, 1862
St Joseph’s Convent
Below: Royal Hotel
Right: must be time for lunch. Wood Works Cafe - the best lunch in living memory.