Who we are
The Majura Valley Regional website is a combined website that was developed in 2022 to promote the producers, tourism and businesses in the Majura Valley.
The site was initially funded through a Visit Canberra Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund grant and contributions from Sentient Impact Investment and the Majura Valley Landcare Group (MVLG). We are a volunteer non-profit that aims to support local businesses and grow the local economy.
The MVLG was formed in 2011 by passionate landholders in the Majura Valley who wanted to be custodians of the land and connect with the Canberra community. In 2017, the MVLG held the Majura Valley Bush Festival, an opportunity for the Canberra community to engage with the farming residents, indigenous culture and the rich history and heritage of the Majura Valley. We are proud of the Majura Valley, and we want to share the stories and understated experiences with the world. This is the leading digital marketing platform for the region.
The natural form of the Majura Valley is a broad flat developed between higher ridges, narrow in the north near Ginns Gap and broad in the south as Woolshed Creek approaches the Molonglo River.
Archaeological investigation shows that the valley supported the First People for thousands of years, as a gently-sloping connection between the Molonglo and northwards to Ginninderra, Goorooyarroo and Gundaroo/Lake George. A bountiful backdrop to campsites on the Molonglo at Pialligo, it offered reliable water and a wide variety of food, fibre and stone resources in wetlands, grasslands, woodlands and forested slopes.
Early European pastoralists were strongly attracted to this low-relief, lightly-timbered plain, with deep soils and perennial streams sustained by groundwater.
Most of the southern valley was taken up by merchant Robert Campbell from 1825, in a mix of land grants and purchases. The property was initially called ‘Pialligo’ (from the local Aboriginal name biyaligee), and later became well-known as ‘Duntroon’. The woolshed for which the creek is named still stands.
The Majura Valley is situated less than 10 kilometres from the capital city and the Parliamentary Triangle and home to the Canberra Airport and the route from Sydney to the Snowies. It provides an unparalleled paddock to plate, retail and outdoor experience for Canberrans and tourists.
Our vision is for the Majura Valley to become a high-quality experience for visitors, whether local, interstate or international, supporting the many local businesses in the Valley and enhancing Canberra’s profile more broadly. We want to promote the Majura Valley as a tourism destination and partner together to strengthen the local tourism economy.