Thursday, 02 April 2020 Sydney

Visit, Live & Invest in Harden Shire::

About Harden


The twin town of Harden-Murrumburrah lies in the centre of a region in New South Wales, strong in agriculture, viticulture, and many thriving businesses. Harden-Murrumburrah lies on the Sydney to Melbourne XPT train line. The town has two busy shopping precincts which contain fantastic retail outlets and eateries. There are an abundance of services available, including wonderful schools, medical and retirement facilities, sport and recreational facilities. Harden-Murrumburrah is blessed with an abundance of Australian history including being the birthplace of the first Australian Lighthorse and being an integral part of the 1850s Gold Trails. The Harden Shire is emerging as a region strong in food and wine production and is a proud member of the Hilltops region, along with Young and Boorowa.


The Harden Shire encompasses the three villages of Jugiong, Galong and Wombat. Wombat is known for the Wombat Hotel, its’ cherry and fruit production which brings an influx of people to the region during fruit picking season, the Australia Day Tractor Pull and the Annual Biker’s Rally held in September. Galong is home to the St. Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre and a historical cemetery. Galong is an area strong in production of all things agriculture – whether it be grain production or stock breeding. Jugiong is renowned for its’ breathtaking views and old-world charm, its’ state of the art sporting facilities and its’ thriving retail precinct.


The Harden Shire is a perfect place to live, work, raise a family, or simply visit. Your opportunity awaits.





Harden Shire is located adjacent to both Capital Country (ACT Region) and the Riverina Region in the South West area of NSW. The twin towns of Harden Murrumburrah are situated just 60klm from the main Sydney - Melbourne Highway, and offer the perfect location for any business seeking to expand or relocate.


The Shire is located on Burley Griffin Way, which is the main link road from Canberra to Griffith and provides easy access to the major population centres of Eastern Australia. Canberra, the nations capital, and Wagga Wagga, Australia's largest inland city, are both within 90 minutes drive.

How to get here




Countrylink runs daily services from Melbourne to Sydney & Sydney to Melbourne with Harden being placed midway on the line between these destinations. Council is a CounrtyLink Agent, with tickets available from our office, or alternatively, visit the CountryLink website to purchase tickets online




Bus Services run Daily from Harden to Canberra.




Harden is located a short half an hour drive from the Hume Highway via Jugiong or Binalong on the Burley Griffin Way.


Shire Villages

The Harden Shire lies in the centre of a region in New South Wales, strong in agriculture, viticulture, and many thriving businesses. The twin town of Harden Murrumburrah lie in the centre of the Shire, and the Villages of Wombat, Jugiong and Galong are all within a half hour drive.



The village of Wombat is situated 20 km North-West of Harden. Wombat is renowned for its cherry and fruit production, the annual Australia Day Tractor Pull and markets and the annual Bikers Rally.


Drop in and enjoy a counter meal and cold beverage at the Wombat Hotel.



Galong Village is situated 21 kilometres East of Harden and is the centre of a historical area which is home to St. Clement's Monastery, and its' historic cemetery. 


Galong is known for its' agricultural production - whether it be stock or grain. Galong is a stunning representation of the Harden Shire.



Jugiong is located 37 kilometres South of Harden, along the picturesque Murrumbidgee River.


With excellent river access and the desire to fish our main waterways Jugiong is a perfect place for the weekend.  Jugiong has excellent sporting facilities including a swimming pool, showground and equestrian facilities. Jugiong is mostly well known for is breathtaking views, old world charm, and thriving retail precinct.


Kingsvale is the production centre of the stone fruit industry within the Shire. During Spring, the countryside is alive with the blossoms of the many varieties of fruit trees.
Many properties offer produce from their orchards, and a visit to the various orchards and vineyards is a delight to our many regular tourists.

Stats & Facts

The results of the 2011 Census for the Harden Shire can be viewed at ABS.


Shire Map (PDF 296 kb)

Area: 186,121 hectares
Population: 3,584
State Highways: 26km
State Main Roads: 58km
Regional Roads: 77km
Shire Roads and Streets: 736km
Bridges: 31
Parks and Reserves: 97 hectares -Including pools, playgrounds, sports ovals [cricket, rugby league, rugby union, soccer fields and golf courses)
Post Codes
Harden Murrumburrah, Kingsvale, Prune Vale, Wombat 2587
Galong 2585
Jugiong 2726
Emergency Services
Police Service Dentist
Ambulance Service Rural Fire Service
NSW Fire Brigade State Emergency Services
Medical Centre Rural Fire Service
Distances to Major City
Wagga Wagga 130 klm - 1.5 hrs
Canberra 125 klm - 1.5 hrs
Sydney 377 klm - 3.5 hrs
Melbourne 560 klm - 5.5 hrs
Site Valuation of Land
Town of Harden: $15,000-25,000 average block
Rural Area:

$2,000-2,200/acre average