From the gold rush towns of Sofala and Hill End to remote sheep
stations, Explorer Country in the Central West, provides the visitor with an unforgettable
bush experience -- where history comes alive before your very eyes.
Bus routes around Bathurst.
Bathurst provides an assortment of attractions, from fossicking for gold and wandering
through historic buildings, to museums and wineries, enjoying a walk through the park, to
a lap of the famous Mount Panorama.
The region is located on the Central Tablelands with the peaks of Mt Canobolas and Mt
Macquarie dominating the landscape.
Canowindra is popularly known as the Balloon Capital of Australia. One of the largest
festivals in Australia take place here every April.
Coolah is situated in the midst of some beautiful country, in the foothills of the Great
Dividing and Warrumbungle Ranges.
Coonabarabran is the closest town to the Warrumbungle National Park with its majestic
peaks and spires. Local attractions include Crystal Kingdom, a world acclaimed collection
of Warrumbungle minerals, Pilliga Pottery, the Wool 'n' Yarn Company and The Gallery, as
well as aerial and 4-wheel drive tours.
Coonamble is a smallish country town of some 3000 people on the Castlereagh River, 569 km
north-west of Sydney, 93 km north of Gilgandra and 180 m
The company operates a fleet of school buses and charter buses and also provides coach
tours through Thomas Coach Tours.
Cowra Japanese Graden:
The five hectare Japanese Gardens, designed by Ken Nakajima, in part commemorate the mass
breakout of Japanese from Cowra's POW camp in 1945.
Dubbo City is perfectly situated right in the centre of New South
Wales and within easy reach from most of the eastern interior and seaboard of
Australia. With an impressive range of attractions, restaurants, entertainment and
services, Dubbo City offers a dazzling array of exciting things to see and do.
The Dubbo City website offers a list of attractions, places to stay and an eating out
Complimenting Sydney's Taronga Zoo, the Western Plains Zoo (on the outskirts of Dubbo)
concentrates on open range animals -- with over 120 species and 1450 individual animals.
The zoo replaces walls and fences with concealed moats, which seperate the animals from
the visitors and creates the impression of actually being with the animals in the wild.
Listing of accommodation in Forbes -- with addresses and contact numbers.
Maintained by Peter Moore, the majority of the information contained on this site has been
obtained from The Forbes Information Booklet, produced by the Forbes Shire Council.
Located in the centre of Gilgandra, just off the Newell Highway, the Observatory
complements the professional ones at Siding Spring in the Warrumbungles and is open to the
public for viewing of both the day and night skies.
Hill End Ranch:
The Hill End Ranch Educational Tours have been professionally collated to present the
story of the NSW gold rush, gold mining, and the historic village of Hill End.
Mudgee is located on the Central Tablelands, 28km south of Gulgong. Mudgee has an
excellent museum and many fine examples of well-conserved colonial architecture.
Offers tailor made tours of Mudgee and the wine district.
Mudgee's wine industry, established in the 1850s by German vignerons, has earned the
region a reputation as one of Australia's leading viticultural districts.
Narromine Shire is situated near the centre of New South Wales. Narromine itself offers
excellent opportunities for fishing, waterskiing and other water sports; on the Macquarie
River, which flows past the town. It also has the best gliding area in the world.
Its people, its climate, its parks and gardens all contribute to its reputation as
Australias Colour City. Orange is home to an array of food and wine from
venison to apples, pickled walnuts to internationally acclaimed wine. A winery tour guide
is available from the Orange Visitor Information Centre to introduce you to Orange Region
cool climate wines.
Orange Regional Gallery, set in landscaped gardens in Civic Square, was opened in April
1986, and has since developed a reputation as one of the finest regional art museums in
The Visitor Information Centre distributes a range of walks and tourist drives for you to
undertake whilst visiting Parkes. Call in to the centre (located on the Newell Highway at
the northern entrance to Parkes, in the grounds of scenic Kelly Reserve) to get your free
map and information.
The tourist brochures describe it as the Wonder of the West, and with its striking natural
and man-made attractions, Wellington has a great deal to offer visitors. From the world
renowned Wellington Caves to Lake Burrendong, which has a capacity three and a half times
larger than Sydney Harbour, and its many heritage homes and historic buildings, there is
so much to discover.
West Wyalong Tourism:
Whilst retaining the memories of an older, simpler Australia, West Wyalong is an
enterprising, modern and friendly rural town astride the major arterial routes of the
Newell and Mid Western Highways.