(about 1 hours drive) is Australia’s oldest inland city with elegant public buildings. It offers several 19th Century historic houses, motor sports on the famous Mount Panorama racing circuit, a new world class fossil and mineral museum, a regional art gallery and a regional campus of the Charles Sturt University.
(10 minutes drive) is a time-warp to a different era. The third oldest town west of the Blue Mountains, Carcoar was established in about 1838 to provide protection to local settlers from bushrangers. It contains many buildings from about 1830 onwards including the impressive Court House (1841) and an Edmond Blacket Church (1849). Self guided walking tours are available.
The Carcoar Hospital Museum is in the grounds of Uralba the retirement village and was built 150 years ago, it has been able to preserve its original equipment and is open most weekends.
(about 40 minutes drive), an agricultural town with a population of about 9500, is perhaps best known as the site of a Japanese prisoner of war camp during WWII. The site is now commemorated by beautiful and authentic Japanese Gardens that draw many tourists from around the world to enjoy the peaceful surrounds and to visit the small war cemetery near by.
Cowra is the centre of a flourishing wine industry with some 36 vineyards covering more than 2000ha, producing more that 10 million bottles. Wine tasting and local products are available from a number of cellar doors.
( 40 minutes drive) is another historic town dating from before 1850. It has an interesting connection with bushrangers from that period but is now a service town for the surrounding rural industry with many picturesque buildings.
It is a centre for hot air ballooning and is home to the world-class “Age of Fishes” fossil museum with specimens derived from a local site.
( about 30 minutes drive) is also from a past era with the village registered on the National Estate. It has several excellent restaurants, cafes and craft shops.
The Golden Memories Museum houses the work of the Millthorpe and District Historical Society, which has spent forty five years collecting, conserving and displaying district records, artefacts, farm equipment, family history, photographs and domestic appliances.
(about 45 minutes drive) is a city with attractive streetscapes and parks offering brilliant seasonal colours. It is the centre of a newer cold-climate wine industry with a number of outlets offering tasting and regional produce as well as a food and wine festival.
There are several award wining restaurants amongst the many eating establishments in the town.
OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST
Mandurama, Lyndhurst, Blayney Golf courses.
Fishing Wyangala Dam.
Berry Picking near Orange.
Blayney Wind Farm.
Historic Train Rides. Lachlan Valley Railway at Cowra.
We are close to Abercrombie caves 45minutes, and it is an easy day trip to Hill End an old gold mining town.
Parks with its telescope 2 hours to the west, then onto Dubbo to see the Western Plains Zoo.