Unearth Grenfell NSW
Grenfell is situated in the Weddin Shire in central New South Wales. Less than half a days drive from Sydney and approximately two hours drive from Canberra, Dubbo, Bathurst and Wagga.
Grenfell is a quintessential Australian town offering the visitor an authentic, country experience. Grenfell is steeped in history with much of its old-world character maintained, particularly with its buildings and architecture. The town was built on gold when it was first discovered in 1866.
Subsequent to this gold rush one of Australia’s best-known writers and poet Henry Lawson was born on the Grenfell gold fields in 1867. An Obelisk stands tall at the site of where he was born, along with signage depicting his life. There’s a bust of Henry Lawson on Main Street where you can listen to audio readings of his poems; and take a seat on the bench at the corner of Main and Forbes Streets for a selfie with the life-size bronze statue of Henry.
The annual Henry Lawson Festival in June celebrates the creative arts and has spawned a vibrant new creative community within the town.
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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.
SEE & DO AROUND GRENFELL NSW
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.