29 October 2020
The Farmers Hut at Wilga Station 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. Cost is $450 a 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 into 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 10 guests.
Central NSW begins two-hours drive from Sydney and includes Oberon, Orange, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Bathurst, Forbes, Lachlan, Weddin and Parkes.
Girra Girra Living (Forbes)
Rustic Farmstay (Cowra)
Byng Street Boutique Hotel (Orange)
Bishops Court Estate (Bathurst)
Montrose House (Canowindra)
Hockey’s Accommodation (Blayney)
Hotel Gracelands (Parkes)
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.
A 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-painted caves) plus lunch on country.
Cost from $212 per person.
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.
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 from $185 for two people.
Indigenous Cultural Adventures, based in Orange, takes people on a journey to learn about the First Nations People and to share culture and heritage through the food they have consumed and survived on for 50,000 years.
All cultural tours are hosted and guided by local Wiradjuri Elders, and small groups of visitors will be taken off the beaten path.