Tarcutta is a popular stop on a New South Wales Outback road trip, renowned for its charming country personality and inviting village. Within the township you’ll find coffee shops and gift shops, while the surrounding region reveals tranquil waterways and sprawling national parks.
Things to do
Tarcutta boasts a collection of charismatic dining establishments within its village, including the iconic Horse and Jockey Hotel, known throughout the region for its contemporary Australian cuisine and local beers. If you need a pick-me-up, duck into Coffee @ Joe’s for a freshly-brewed coffee. The Halfway Restaurant and Cafe is right across the road and features fresh sandwiches and sweet treats.
A famous stop for truck drivers, Tarcutta commemorates its regular visitors with the National Australian Truck Drivers Memorial, which also preaches driver safety. The park with the memorial also has a barbecue for a leisurely lunch. You can also stroll along Tarcutta Creek, which takes you past lush native flora and fauna, such as kookaburras and kangaroos.
Are you looking for a unique souvenir or hidden treasure? Check out the Farmhouse, which sells beloved handicrafts and one-of-a-kind clothing. You can also purchase locally manufactured knitwear from Tarcutta Textiles or camping and travel supplies from the hardware store, Tarcutta Rural.
If you’ve got time, explore the fascinating national parks surrounding Tarcutta, including Kosciuszko National Park, which is two hours’ drive away and features Australia’s tallest mountain and glistening alpine lakes. You’re also a two-hour drive from Burrowa - Pine Mountain National Park, where you can explore two rugged mountains connected by a lush ridge.
Tarcutta is a 2.5-hour drive and Canberra and 4.5-hour drive from Sydney on well-signed highways. You can also fly into Wagga Wagga Airport, which is 25 minutes from town. You can explore the town centre on foot or use a car to venture further afield.