Crookwell, New South Wales

Crookwell is a small town located in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia, in the Upper Lachlan Shire.[2] At the 2016 census, Crookwell had a population of 2,641.[1] The town is at a relatively high altitude of 887 metres and there are several snowfalls annually, especially during the winter months. The nearest major centre is the city of Goulburn which is about a half-hour drive to the south-east of the town. Crookwell is easily accessible to the state capital of Sydney and also the federal capital of Canberra.

Most employment is based on rural industries, and the district is renowned for potato farming. Crookwell is also home to what was NSW's first wind farm, which consists of 8 turbines, and is located a few kilometres out of town on the road towards Goulburn.

A railway once connected Goulburn and Crookwell, which opened in 1902, but passenger services to Crookwell station ceased in 1974,[3][4] and the last goods train ran in 1985. The line is technically not closed, but has been listed as out of use, and in some locations is now impassable.


Prior to white settlement the area was inhabited by the Gundungara people. The first Europeans known to be in the area were the exploratory party of surveyor James Meehan which camped 1 km south of present-day Grabben Gullen (12 km south-west of Crookwell). John Oxley passed to the north and east later that same year. Crookwell was originally known as "Kiama".[5] The area around Crookwell was first settled in the 1820s, and had received its current name by the 1860s. After this, selection of blocks occurred; and the population of was over 100 by midway through that decade. The first allotments were sold at the end of the decade. By the mid-1870s the population had already reached 1000 people.[6]

Heritage listings

Crookwell has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


In the 2016 Census, there were 2,641 people in Crookwell. 85.8% of people were born in Australia and 91.4% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were Catholic 34.9%, Anglican 30.1%, No Religion 14.3% and Uniting Church 7.8%.[1]


Crookwell is the seat of the Upper Lachlan Shire Council local government area (LGA) of New South Wales, Australia, formed in 2004.


Crookwell is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Sydney via Goulburn, and 1.5 hours from Canberra. Other than the main road to Goulburn, minor roads link Crookwell with Bathurst, Boorowa, Grabben Gullen, Laggan, and Taralga.

Crookwell railway station is the terminus of the now disused Crookwell railway line.

Crookwell has a small unpaved airstrip approximately 5 km south of the town. [8]


Radio stations

Radio stations with transmitters located in Crookwell include-

Depending on location some Goulburn, Illawarra, and/or Canberra based radio stations can also be heard.


Crookwell has a low powered transmitter broadcasting ABC Television.

Residents wishing to receive a wider range of channels and in digital can attempt to receive signals from either Canberra (Black Mountain), or Orange (Mount Canobolas), although Crookwell is located in the fringe area of both transmitters.

Another option is to use the VAST free-to-view satellite service, which offers a similar range of channels.


The local newspaper, the Crookwell Gazette has been published since 1885.

Photo gallery

See also


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Crookwell (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Crookwell". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 August 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Scrymgeour, R. A History of the Goulburn- Crookwell Line. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin. Vol 48, no 721. November 1997.
  4. ^ Crookwell station., accessed 21 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Crookwell". 8 February 2004. Archived from the original on 19 September 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ A Snapshot of Crookwell's History Archived 22 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Upper Lachlan Shire Council, accessed 20 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Crookwell Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01124. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. ^ YCRL – CROOKWELL (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 28 February 2019