Unearth Grenfell NSW
Immerse yourself in the Weddin Mountains Region & discover the quintessential country destinations of Grenfell, Caragabal, Quandialla, Greenethorpe & Bimbi.
Situated in Central NSW. Less than half a day’s drive from Sydney and approximately two hours’ drive from Canberra, Dubbo, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga.
There is something for everyone at any time. Snuggle up next to the fire or unwind under the bright winter skies. Explore the region in Spring as the landscape erupts into a patchwork of green & gold. Sample the simple country fun of summer – swimming, paddling, roaming the region and enjoying a cold one in a local pub. Take in the cool crisp air and magnificent autumn colours whilst bushwalking, grinding gravel, or touring the trails, country roads and villages.
Set against a magnificent naturally abundant backdrop, the region has inspired many including the Wiradjuri people, those eking out an existence on the gold fields, famous bushrangers roaming the hills and even the birth of one of Australia’s most famous writers – Henry Lawson.
The Weddin Mountains Region has an annual calendar of tourism events including the Henry Lawson Festival, Caragabal Sheep Races, Guinea Pig Races, Loaded Dog Jockey Club Races, Picnic Races, Grenfell Show as well as a range of community events including open gardens, ‘open mic’ nights, dances, sporting competitions, market days, quiz nights and much more. Art & history lovers will have plenty to immerse themselves in, the Grenfell Art Gallery changing exhibitions every 6 weeks, Wallangreen Sculpture Garden, Patina Gallery, Caragabal Bird Art, Grenfell Commodities Silos, Grenfell Historical Museum, Iandra Castle and the Chrysler Car Museum.
Ask a Local
You get the best of Grenfell from poking around. You can’t miss all the great old buildings on show, but poke around in the laneways and you’ll find old blacksmith forges and workshops left over from pioneer crafts.
48 Hours in Grenfell
After visiting the various Henry’s around town and enjoying breakfast at one of the Main Street café’s, burn off the calories with a walking tour of Grenfell’s historic buildings.
Grab a brochure from the Grenfell Visitor Information Centre and take a self-guided walk of Grenfell’s historic streetscape. Notable buildings include the former Union Bank building, and the little free-standing Band Hall.
Grab some lunch and head up to O’Brien’s Mine for a picturesque outlook and an interesting insight into Grenfell’s gold mining history. Follow the signage and stroll around the former mining site.
Pack a picnic lunch and head off for the Weddin Mountains National Park, an crescent-shaped island of unspoiled bushland in a sea of agriculture, just 18 kms from town. Spot a spectacular peregrine falcon, a rare turquoise parrot, wallabies and echidnas. The Wiradjuri Aboriginal people had a ceremonial and spiritual link with the area. Bushranger Ben Hall had strong association with the area too, and you can picnic at Ben Hall’s cave camp ground.
A short drive from Grenfell is the village of Greenethorpe named after pioneering pastoralist George Greene. See his imposing Iandra Castle from the road or check it out up close on one their open days.
And make it back to town in time for a quiet drink and chat with a local at one of the pubs of clubs. All with a veritable history of their own.
The wonderfully preserved streetscapes and original crooked main street. Take a stroll down Main street and the adjacent George Street, and discover the evolution of retail in the town and the many significant architectural highlights. Take a self-guided walk with our streetscape’s brochure and permanent signage.
Grenfell’s premier event is the Henry Lawson Festival held on the long weekend in June every year. A festival of rural life, art and creativity, which brings together past and present residents and a multitude of visitors.
EATING OUT IN GRENFELL
Grenfell offers a range of places for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. Click here to be taken to an up to date list of places in Weddin Shire.