New South Wales Central West Holidays
The Central West area of New South Wales extends from the Blue Mountains north to Coonamble and Gunnedah, south to Cowra and west to Nyngan. This area has some of the earliest inland towns in Australia. It's an agricultural heartland with many historic sites.
Holidays in this region typically involve farm stays, horse riding, underground caves, hot air ballooning, pioneer museums, fresh water fishing, rock climbing, gold fossicking.... just some of the activities and attractions for holiday makers.
Places of Interest - Central West
Bathurst - an old gold rush town laid out on a grand scale and the birthplace of Cobb & Co. Visit the Bathurst Historical Museum and the victorian cottage of Miss Traill. For a change of pace, drive the Mt Panorama motor racing circuit.
Visit the out-of-town Abercrombie House, travel south to the 50 caves and Grand Arch of Abercrombie Caves, then north to the historic gold mining sites of Sofala and Hill End.
Orange - experience winter snow on Mt Canobolas and apple blossoms in the orchards. No...not oranges. The towns name comes from William of Orange. Orange is the birthplace of Banjo Patterson of Waltzing Matilda fame. Try your luck with some gold fossicking at nearby Ophir.
Cowra - probably best known as a prisoner-of-war camp for Japanese soldiers during the World War 2 and which now has a great Japanese Garden and cultural centre. Hot air ballooning from Canowindra on the road north is popular.
Forbes - the burial place of the bushranger Ben Hall which has some imposing buildings reflecting its status during the gold rush days.
Dubbo - a popular destination for visitors and holiday makers. All roads pass through this agricultural town serving the cattle and sheep farms of the region. The #1 attraction is the Western Plains Zoo with elephants and rhinos in an Australian landscape. The old Dubbo gaol and Dundullimal Homestead show some of the town's early history.
Mudgee - a good example of an Australian country town, with a selection of established vineyards and a wine festival in September and a growing reputation for gourmet food and fine wine. Visit nearby Gulgong, another gold town and boyhood home of poet and writer Henry Lawson. Visitors will find a large array of Australiana in the town.
Gilgandra - gateway to the sheep, wheat and cotton agriculture of the northern Nyngan and Coonamble regions of New South Wales. Swing north to Coonabarabran for the granite rock formations of the Warrumbungle National Park. Rock climbing is allowed with permit. Visit the Siding Spring observatory.