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Fall for Central NSW this Autumn

Visit Central NSW

Central NSW includes the townships of Bathurst, Blayney, Orange, Mudgee, Cowra, Canowindra,Grenfell, Parkes, Forbes Condobolin, Oberon and Lithgow.

There is an amazing range of experiences to discover in Central NSW—from the region’s bountiful natural treasures to its strong sense of history and heritage with aboriginal culture, warm hospitality, quaint country village escapes, tantalising food and wine experiences, and ‘one of a kind’ events that will leave a lasting impression on all visitors.

To make it easier to mark down your ‘must-dos’, we have some highlights and festivals & events to help plan your autumn visit below.

Reasons to visit Central NSW this Autumn


Historical Charms

Discover the many charming villages dotted across Central NSW. Explore places like Carcoar, a National Heritage Site described as ‘the town that time forgot’—and visit the historic gold-mining towns of Hill End and Gulgong. Relax in the quaint villages of Millthorpe and Trundle. In Bathurst, tour the Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum and enjoy a grand experience of high tea and castles at Abercrombie House. Learn about the innovative technologies and how they helped shape the history of Australia. Discover more charming historical sites and stories with the Country Folk Itinerary.


Natural Wonders

Witness the incredible, wide-open starry night sky at The Parkes Observatory in Wiradjuri. Visit the world’s second-largest canyon in spectacular Capertee Valley or the ancient Borenore Caves. For bird watchers, Putta Bucca Wetlands is a water bird’s paradise. Or meander along the region’s many riverbanks, waterways and river systems, including the grassy flats along the Lachlan River and Wyangala Waters Inland ParkUncover how nature and science come together in Central NSW with the Science & Technology Itinerary.  


Food, Glorious Food

Sample the many delectable culinary events in Central NSW this autumn, and wash it all down with a local tipple. Check out the 100 Mile Dinner in Canowindra (4 March) and Molong (3 April). Get brewed and barbecued at Crafted Live, Orange (4 March). Follow the Mudgee Food + Drink Trail (25–26 March) to Orange F.O.O.D. Week (31 March–9 April). And sample the craft beer and English pub food at The Lord Anson Pub in Orange. Make use of the Food, Wine & Farm Gates Itinerary to discover the sensational fresh local produce.


Monumental Adventures

Help operate the authentic machines and try your luck panning for gold at the Bathurst Goldfields and the Gulgong Gold Experience. Jump on a Blind Freddy bushranger tour in Canowindra to hear the Central NSW’s wild and wooly history. Explore the many caves and marvel at the underground wonders of Abercrombie Caves, Jenolan Caves and Wellington Caves. Or pilot a performance car on the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit or take to the air in a hot air balloon, at the Canonwindra Balloon Challenge (18 -25 April). Explore the region with the Gold Fever Itinerary where the first payable gold was discovered.


Places to Stay

Many properties in Central NSW were built in the 1800s and are now restored to luxurious accommodations, including The Old Parkes Convent, Grenfell Hall B&B, Forbes Railway Station, and Perry Street Hotel in Mudgee, Paradise in Cowra and Bishop's Court Estate in Bathurst. For a special twist, spend the night in a cave at Hatter’s Hideout, sleep in a converted shearing shed at Black Sheep Inn, enjoy a bush retreat at Ruwenzori or cuddle up in a self-contained railway carriage at Neville Siding.


Ultimate Relaxation

Experience autumn’s glory at the impressive Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre. Visit the breath taking Mayfield Gardens in Oberon featuring an 80-metre cascade, aviary, nut terraces and sunken parterre. Indulge in a Japanese pamper experience at Blue Mountains Sparadise in Lithgow—a traditional Japanese Bath and Tea House with indoor and outdoor spas, Zen garden, reflexology path and Japanese Shiatsu massage.

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