Get ready to explore the historic buildings of NSW, which have been reborn and revived with new tours and attractions ready to welcome travellers for a long, long weekend to Central NSW.
Central NSW includes Oberon, Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Orange, Parkes and Grenfell.
A new luxury farm stay has opened at The Shearers Hall near Bathurst, sip and cycle your way through Cowra and Parkes with Central West Tours, and enjoy new gourmet picnic packages at Cowra Japanese Garden.
The Bathurst Grange Distillery has launched new tours and tastings, get immersed in nature at new birdwatching hides at Gum Swamp in Forbes, and visit Blayney for its incredible art and gardens.
It all begins with just two-hour drive from Sydney.
The Shearers Hall new luxury farm stay – a new level of luxury farm stay has opened near Bathurst at The Shearers Hall, a former working shearer shed once the hub of activity on Wilga Station’s 260-acre sheep farm.
Enjoy a taste of iconic Australian history in a beautifully restored five-bedroom country retreat for up to 10 guests. Its past is celebrated with the sheep shoots (under glass) and the old wool table now holding pride of place in the entertaining area.
Expect to see grazing sheep outside your window. It’s convivial, relaxed and located at the very heart of the farm with wide-ranging views over Fitzgerald’s Valley and Wilga Dam.
Guests can recharge on the farm’s tranquil, winding, walking tracks and willow-lined creek, before settling into toasted marshmallows and local wine. Cost is $1,100 per night.
New Central West Tours cycle through Cowra and Parkes – cycle, sip and sleep your way through the beautiful Cowra region with a series of multi-day tours exploring the best local attractions with meals and accommodation included. The three-day ‘Lets Break Free’ tour starts in Cowra, visits historical Canowindra and includes an evening at Rosnay Organic winery, glamping in the olive grove. Cost $1300 for two people.
Or for the more adventurous history buffs a nine-day ‘Central West Cycling Tour’ covers 400km and takes in the Cowra Japanese Garden, Peace Bell, POW Camp and Age of Fishes Museum. The three-day ‘Parkes Cycle Tour visits the historic towns of Forbes, Eugowra and Parkes.
New tours at Bathurst Grange Distillery – Bathurst Grange Distillery has launched new 45-minute Tour & Tastings, a behind the scenes exploration of the historic estate which sits on the lush Macquarie Plains.
Learn how the Jones family create world-class gins on a working sheep farm with its beautiful gardens and rich 200-year history. The State Heritage-listed colonial home was once visited by Charles Darwin and artist Brett Whitely.
The tours must be pre-booked cost $15, so plenty left to shop afterwards at the new Cellar Door.
New Bird Hides at Forbes’ Gum Swamp – avid and amateur twitchers can observe over 160 bird species along the Lachlan River at beautiful Gum Swamp wetland sanctuary with two new two-storey bird hides on the water’s edge. Just 4 kilometres from Forbes, the experience features new pathways, and is ideal for walking, photography, and yoga – or to simply immerse in nature.
Gum Swamp is also one of the stops on the Sculpture Down The Lachlan public art trail with ‘Varanus’ the 20-metre long steel goanna by Star Steel Art, installed in 2020.
Blayney’s new Platform Arts Hub – Platform is a new art gallery and community hub located at the refurbished 1876 heritage-listed Blayney Railway Station. Showcasing regional and local artists there are various workshops and events.
The building has been beautifully restored and is an ideal canvas for watercolours, drawings, sculptures and photographs. While you’re in town stay at the Millhouse, an idyllic retreat that can sleep four, and explore the historic Athol Gardens.
Cowra Japanese Garden new picnic packages – a new way to experience the stunning Cowra Japanese Garden is with a Picnics in the Garden package, perfect for a romantic evening. It features a gorgeous fully sustainable picnic rug, beautiful chairs and table, cushions, a grazing box with beverages, and exclusive after-hours access.
Over five hectares the gardens are the largest in the southern hemisphere with manicured hedges, waterfalls, streams and two lakes.