Bathurst offers a wealth of gold trails heritage including the iconic Hills End Historical Village where the roaring early days of the gold rush come to life, and the nearby Bald Hills Tourist Mine where you can step into an original 1870s [...]
The seemingly randomly arrayed village centre of Binalong is one of the most charming in Australia, with the old general store, bank and classic country hotel evoking a placid setting for a village once beyond the limits of civilisation of [...]
An aboriginal word meaning “big” or “deep water”. Many water holes along Binda Creek exist and were used by the Gandangara people whose tribal lands stretched from Binda towards Taralga, Mittagong and Oberon.
You never heard tell of the story? Well, now, I can hardly believe! Never heard of the honour and glory Of Pardon, the son of Reprieve? But maybe you’re only a Johnnie And don’t know a horse from a hoe?
With a rich and colourful history of settlers, bushrangers, gold and convicts – from enticing prospective miners by posting rewards for finding gold in the region, bushrangers to Ben Hall, Johnny Gilbert, John Dunn and John O’Meally holding up the Webb and Crego’s store in [...]
One of the earliest settlements, this village is home to a renewed and growing community. It lies at the foot of the 796 metre Bowning Hill which gives a good idea of how early explorers and settlers saw the area, [...]
Bungonia is also the gateway to the Bungonia State Conservation Area famous for its beautiful views, bushwalks, rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning.
Constructed over more than 20 years, the Burrinjuck Dam remains one of the world’s largest irrigation dams, an engineering feat that provides water to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area for crops, river flows and town supplies.
Caragabal is a small village to the west of Grenfell. The drive from Caragabal to Grenfell provides great views of the Weddin Mountains.
Cootamundra is the birthplace of cricket’s greatest batsman, Sir Donald Bradman. This important railway town surrounded by crops of canola is popular with nature lovers who come to see the extravagant blooming of countless Cootamundra wattle trees in July and [...]
Delicious food and wine, stunning natural attractions and a fascinating military history make Cowra a great place to visit. In 1944, 1,000 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a local internment camp. Cowra has since forged a remarkable [...]
From its elevated position atop the Great Dividing Range, the historic town of Crookwell governs green rolling hills and features pretty tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens and plenty of streams for trout fishing. Explore architectural remnants of early-settler life in buildings [...]
Eugowra is famous as the place where bushrangers held up the gold escort coach on 15th June, 1862, on its way to Bathurst. This turned out to be very worthwhile for the gang, who got away with fourteen thousand pounds [...]
Forbes is a remarkably elegant and substantial inland town. Famous for its connections with the bushranger, Ben Hall (he was killed and buried near the town), today it is an important rural service centre noted for its fine parks and [...]
Galong may be slightly off the main road network but it is a must-see for passers-by.
Situated two hours south of Sydney, Goulburn is a thriving city rich in colonial and gold heritage with a vast number of historic buildings.
Greenethorpe is home to the exceptionally significant Iandra Castle and Station. Greenethorpe village was purpose-built in 1908 to house the share-farmers who worked at Iandra.
An historically significant town in the heart of Weddin Shire, Grenfell is steeped in colonial history with much of its old world character and charm maintained. Known throughout Australia as the birthplace of Henry Lawson, Grenfell’s heritage is rich in [...]
Gold Mining and Agriculture made Gundagai both prosperous and a centre for bushranging, which is immortalised through poems and songs such as Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox, and Along the Road to Gundagai that has gave the town a [...]
A stunning example of living history with today’s lifestyles sensitively blended with a lovingly preserved past, the heritage listed 19th century village of Gundaroo is a unique modern community.
Harden and Murrumburrah have a delightful old-world feel. The Shire has a rich gold rush history including many encounters with Bushrangers including the shooting of Sargent Parry in the Shire village of Jugiong.
Discover the enduring legacy of colonial New South Wales and the roaring early days of the gold rush at the iconic Hill End Historic Site. With its museum displays and many preserved buildings, Hill End offers fascinating insight into the [...]
Founded in the glory days of the New South Wales Government Railways and now home to some of the state’s most fitting tributes to those grand old locos, Junee happily combines old world charm with its modern lifestyle and culture. [...]
The fame of the tiny settlement of Koorawatha lies in the remnants of old buildings and the cairn marking the site of a notable gun battle between bushrangers and the police at the Bang Bang Hotel.
The Carrington Gold and Silver Mine was located on the road to Marulan, north of Goulburn.
Follow the heritage walking tour of Molong in Country NSW to see the many fine 19th-century buildings. Wander through craft shops or art galleries and visit nearby historic villages.
Travel along the Scenic Road to the Monteagle village, enjoy spectacular views from Tout’s Look Out. Visit the pioneer cemetery and notice the church buildings. Drive on past the heritage listed Iandra Castle, open for group bookings and well publicised [...]
Murringo is a tiny historic village located 25 km east of Young and 137 km from Canberra (via Boorowa). It is one of those Australian villages where time has stood still. Driving through it today it is hard to imagine [...]
A former gold mining town, Murrumbateman is the focus of the Canberra district cool-climate wine region with over 30 wineries now achieving acclaim on Australian and international tables.
Murrumbateman is the ideal base to explore the entire area or a different [...]
Oberon offers something for everyone. Explore the world-renowned Jenolan Caves with their spectacular natural rock formations. Try trout fishing on beautiful Lake Oberon. You’ll see many different species of Australian native birds in their natural habitat and enjoy spectacular scenery, [...]
Orange and its fertile surrounds produce delicious local produce, including beef, lamb, fruits and wine with much of it available from regular farmers’ markets in the Orange area. The city is also rich in local history, has a flourishing cultural scene, [...]
When Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in 1969, it was the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope (aka the Dish) that broadcast the event around the world. The much-loved Parkes Elvis Festival is the largest and most vibrant celebration of [...]
The town with a heart of gold lives up to it’s name in the amazing open cut experience of a deserted gold mine. Located near the centre of town on Mingelo Street, Peak Hill’s historic tourist gold mine features five [...]
Quandialla is a small farming village near the foot of the Weddin Mountains. Quandialla is a great place for a meal with the Bland Hotel a popular watering hole.
Stockinbingal is a small village of approximately 250 Residence, situated on the Burley Griffin Way, 410 Kilometres South of Sydney.
The village was first surveyed in 1853 and when gold was discovered 30 years later, the population soared.
For many years Tarago was a staging post and railhead for the southern line. Today the village boasts a number of historical buildings, particularly the Loaded Dog Hotel.
With over 20,000 people thronging to the gold diggings at Temora the district was proclaimed a gold field on June 4, 1880. Some large discoveries were made, including the famous Mother Shipton nugget, a facsimile of which appears in the [...]
A major stockade for chain-bound convicts was located on the north side of the Highway at Towrang.
Nestled in a picturesque valley between Goulburn and Bathurst, Tuena is an ideal destination for those who prefer the simple pleasures. Visitors can enjoy camping, fishing, gold fossicking, bushwalking, swimming or just a strolling about the village seeking out the [...]
On Canberra’s doorstep, Wallaroo is an ideal country base for your visit to the capital and Yass Valley. Named after the very shy and rarely spotted woolly black wallabies, Wallaroo really gets you away from it all, yet you’re close [...]
Wallendbeen is a small village within the Cootamundra Shire.
Thought to be named after tiny green gemstones found by an early Scots resident which he called ‘Wee Jaspers’ this is a natural wonderland made 400 million years ago for exploring, camping, picnicking, bird-watching and outdoors enjoyment.
West Wyalong is an attractive country town which many hundreds of thousands of people pass through each year. It is rich in the history and romance of the past. In their heyday the gold fields of West Wyalong were the [...]
Yass was centre stage to the goldfield sagas as they unfolded throughout the 1850s and 60s. As a major outpost on the main southern road, keeping this artery intact and relatively safe for gold escorts was a major part of [...]
Echoes of gold heritage of the original Lambing Flat can be seen in the buildings and heritage sites of Young. Enjoy the serenity of the Chinese Tribute Garden, soak up a festival, pick your own cherries, peaches or plums and [...]