Settlement of the region in the 1800s saw a host of small villages emerge which now represent some of Australia’s most outstanding examples of colonial architecture and streetscapes. The villages are a hub for curio hunters and culture buffs - soaking up the atmosphere of a bygone era, exploring the historic buildings, art & antique galleries, shops and intimate cafés while enjoying the hospitality of those who are a part of these close-knit communities.
Visit the villages of Carcoar, Millthorpe, Molong and Canowindra. You should also put Spring Hill on your visit list with its village walking trail to explore and Lucknow where the boom and bust of the gold rush has left an indelible mark.
Eugowra was Bushranger country, Manildra is home to the largest flour mill in the Southern Hemisphere while Yeoval was home to Banjo Paterson in his childhood years and holds the
Mulga Bill Festival annually. Visit Cudal for the Cabonne Food, Wine & Cultural Centre open Friday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
Byng has a lovely 1872 Cornish built church and was home to many early Cornish miners working at the Carangara Gold and Copper mines which have recently been re-activated.
The even earlier nearby settlement of Guyong saw the likes of Charles Booth (the original settler at Millthorpe), Surveyor Thomas Mitchell and Edmund Hargraves (the gold entrepreneur) stay at the old inn there. Its ruins are still visible.
Cabonne Shire Council
101 Bank Street, Molong
P. 02 6392 3200
Cabonne Country, "Australia's Food Basket" is a rich rural shire in
central west NSW, covering the towns of Canowindra, Cargo, Cudal,
Cumnock, Eugowra, Manildra, Molong and Yeoval. The area is home to
the site of Australia's first gold rush and is famous for ballooning, food
and wine, agriculture and mining.