Small and historically interesting town with a timeless rustic charm.
Candelo is a rural village south-west of Bega which has been designated an urban conservation area. It is a largely untouched and attractive town with timber buildings and a certain timelessness. Its shady verandas invite a leisurely stroll. It is a town with a languid atmosphere and turn-of-the-century charm.
Candelo is located 446 km south of Sydney via the Princes Highway, 495 km via Canberra and Queanbeyan, 24 km south-west of Bega and 587 km from Melbourne.^ TOP
Origin of Name
No one is sure how Candelo was named but it does share a name with Candelo in Piedmont, Italy. It may have been named after its European namesake.^ TOP
Things to See and Do
St Peter's Anglican Church
The most important building in Candelo is St Peter's Anglican Church (1906) which was designed by the Blacket brothers. Edmund Blacket was a prominent ecclesiastical architect who designed a number of churches in the Sydney region and was responsible for the Quadrangle and Great Hall at Sydney University.
Although the town is small the Candelo Markets have a reputation as the largest on the far South Coast with over 300 stalls. They are held on the first Sunday of the month from 8.30 am - 12.30 pm.
Other Attractions in the Area
Myrtle Mountain Walk
The Myrtle Mountain Walk is located on Myrtle Mountain which can be accessed via Myrtle Mountain Road which runs south from Candelo. There is an excellent lookout on the road which offers panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.
* Prior to European occupation the land around the Candelo Creek was occupied by people from the Yuin Aboriginal language group.
* In the 1830s Candelo became part of the vast South Coast holdings of the Imlay Brothers.
* By the 1840s the land had passed to the Walker Brothers.
* It was sold to the Twofold Bay Pastoral Association in 1852.
* Candelo village developed in the 1860s. It operated as a stopping point for people carting goods through the area from the Monaro and was an important service centre for local farmers.
* In recent times it has become a popular haunt for musicians seeking a quiet retreat from the "music scene" in Melbourne.^ TOP
Candelo does not have its own Visitor Information Centre. The closest is the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre, Beach Street, Merimbula, tel: (02) 6495 1129.^ TOP
There is a small local website. Check out http://thebegavalley.org.au/candelo.html.^ TOP