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The Block

The Block-At the edge of Queanbeyan's CBD sits grand homes each with their own stories of the town's past. The Block is bounded by Lowe, Isabella, Crawford and Rutledge Streets. The walking tour looks at the contributions made by the families of the Block to Queanbeyan's European history.

The Block was home to some of Queanbeyan’s most significant people including the Founder of Canberra, entrepreneurs and businesspeople who drove the development of Queanbeyan and Canberra plus odd and eccentric characters of the town. There are historic buildings including Benedict House, Queanbeyan’s first public school, the first pre-school and St. Stephens built in the 1870’s. The walking tour is a glimpse into the symbiotic relationship of Queanbeyan and the Federal capital. Poets, journalists, politicians, postmen and brewers all played a role as did the businesspeople who contributed to the growth of both towns.

Event date

Event Details

1 Lowe Street, Queanbeyan, New South Wales

Parking is available at Harris Park, Lowe Street or the nearby Queanbeyan showground. There are no public toilets in the vicinity. The tour will take between 60 to 90 minutes beginning at 10am on April 20, 2024.


The walking tour will take between 60 to 90 minutes starting at 10am on Saturday April 20, 2024.

Entry fees:
Prebooking requiredphawke49@bigpond.net.au
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Limited to a small group of 12.