Luxury stay

Wilga Station has opened its first accommodation offering.

01 February 2021


The Farmers Hut at Wilga Station in Bathurst sits on the highest vantage point and offers a self-contained retreat for couples. It is 100 percent off-grid, features a unique grass roof, and a cleverly designed three-sided window set daybed where you can lounge back and watch the sunrise, sunset or gaze into the star-filled skies. There’s a wood fireplace, king-size bed, kitchenette, designer bathroom and a sheltered BBQ area. Price is $450 per night.

Located 12 minutes’ drive from Bathurst and 40 minutes from Orange, guests can recharge on the farm’s tranquil, winding walking tracks and willow-lined creek before settling in to toasted marshmallows and local wine at night.

The Shearers Hall will be opening in Autumn 2021. Formerly a working shearing shed, it’s being transformed into a luxurious, five-bedroom country retreat for up to ten guests.

Other luxury accommodation in Central NSW includes Girra Girra Living (Forbes), Rustic Farmstay (Cowra), Byng Street Boutique Hotel (Orange), Bishops Court Estate (Bathurst), Montrose House (Canowindra), Hockey’s Accommodation (Blayney), and Hotel Gracelands (Parkes).


The best cultural tours

The best way to get immersed in Central NSW’s unique culture and history is to join a guided tour. Here are four of the best, packed with fascinating incites, stories and local personalities.


Wiradjuri Ngurambang 4WD Cultural Tour (Oberon and Bathurst)

Leading 4WD tour operator Detour Adventures has created some educational and engaging tours with the Wiradjuri Traditional Owners Central West Aboriginal Corporation. Their full-day Wiradjuri Ngurambang 4WD Cultural Tour visits significant Aboriginal sites such as Windradyne’s grave, Wahluu (Mt Panorama), Borenore Caves and Maiyingu Marragu (hand-painting caves), plus lunch on country. Price from $212 per person.


Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours (Canowindra)

Your local guide Craig Lawler will take you on a two-hour journey through the Wild Central West of NSW to hear stories and learn about the tumultuous 1860s. Johnny Gilbert committed over 600 robberies in his career before he was shot through the heart at Binalong. Ben Hall became a folk hero while his nemesis, Sir Frederick Pottinger, lurched from half-triumph to full-tilt disaster. Frank Gardiner and his acolytes held the roads, harried the wealthy, and confounded the New Police for five years.


Captain Barnacles Tours (Cowra)

Get strapped in for a thrilling open-road adventure in a Harley Davidson sidecar Roadboat with Captain Barnacles Tours from Cowra. Guests are taken along scenic routes to attractions and historic villages. Choose from multiple tours including the four-hour Bushranger Ambush tour with the amazing story of Escort Rock, or the Cowra Breakout and Japanese Gardens tour. Tours from Cowra start at $185 for two people.


Indigenous Cultural Adventures (Orange)

Indigenous Cultural Adventures, based in Orange, takes people on a journey to learn about the First Nations Peoples , sharing culture and heritage through the food they have consumed and survived on for 50,000 years. All tours are hosted and guided by local Wiradjuri elders, and small groups of visitors will be taken off the beaten path.

Central NSW is a two-hour drive from Sydney and includes Oberon, Orange, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Bathurst, Forbes, Lachlan, Weddin and Parkes.



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