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The best of the Central West

The best of the Central West

New South Wales is full of hidden gems, so we’ve gathered some information on five places that we think you should visit to get a full experience of the Central West.


Bathurst is a one-of-a-kind place that still manages to appeal to the masses. The heritage of the town is rich, but it’s complemented by the contemporary nature of its buildings, venues and other bits of scenery scattered throughout. Every single visitor gets a taste of the old and the new when they come to Bathurst.


If you want a day of vineyards, orchards, goldmining history and national parks, then treat yourself by visiting Cabonne. This town embodies real country Australia, with historical buildings and museums that will satisfy the appetite of history buffs as well! Nothing quite caps off a Cabonne experience like the local food and wine, which is simply superb!


A town that celebrates its history on a new level, Cowra was put on the map thanks to the gold rush of the late 1800s. Not only that, but today the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp Site is hands down one of the most significant heritage sites in the country. Visitors are welcome to visit the ruins and enjoy a presentation about the prisoner breakout.

Lachlan region

Pitching a tent and gazing up at the stars is all you need to do to feel like you got the most out of the Lachlan region. The area delivers a truly authentic outback experience, with old-fashioned bush hospitality from the locals that will make you feel right at home. During the day, visit Lake Cargelligo, which is home to a wide range of water activities like fishing, waterskiing and canoeing.


As bright as its name, Orange never fails to amaze – it’s colourful all year round! There’s a host of trails that will take you to old mining settlements, winery cellar doors, boutique breweries, cafes, pubs and Tonic – the best restaurant in the region.

Pictured is the Lachlan River. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

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