Things to Do and See
In and Around Canowindra NSW
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Ideas for your stay in Canowindra
Canowindra and the surrounding area has plenty to fill your day after your flight. Make our home, your home for a few days and enjoy all we have to offer.
Book online or call 02 6344 1819 or
0428 441 819
to secure your flight.
GOOD NEWS the Canowindra Balloon Challenge is back on again April 24th to May 2nd 2021.
Tours, Museums and Art
Age of Fishes
This museum is one of only two fish fossil museums in the world and is a National Heritage site, with fossils from the Devonian period (360 million years ago). It offers two permanent exhibitions, an education program, gift shop and is fully accessible.
Phone: 02 6344 1008
Blind Freddy’s Bushranger Tours take you to the actual locations in the Central West where the likes of Ben Hall, Frank Gardiner and Johnny Gilbert roamed during the gold rush era of the 1860s. Revisit the 1860s – Today! Listen to the fascinating stories.
Phone: (02) 6344 3215
Canowindra Historical Museum
The Museum depicts the development of Canowindra from the 1840s frontier township to its growth as a rural centre. Horse drawn vehicles, vintage farm machinery, textiles, household memorabilia and a slab hut recall the pioneering days.
Phone: 0439 436 174
David Isbester Gallery
A small artist run gallery showcasing the work of Aussie artist David Isbester. The studio/ gallery/ home is located in the bustling main street. The building, once The Union Bank of Australia and was built around 1910.. Whilst the gallery is open only by appointment, paintings and prints are available online.
Phone: 0428 528 814
Melissa Barber Galleries
Melissa’s unique style of painting will intrigue you. She opened her first gallery in Canowindra in 1999 which established a strong independent approach. Come in and view her work. Whilst there have a coffee, a bite to eat and a chat with the artist. The gallery is open on weekends and public holidays.
Phone: (02) 6344 3116
Captain Barnacles Tours
Explore villages, wineries and historical locations. Discover the stories and be awed by the magnificent rural landscape and scenery as you cruise in thrilling style on-board the “Euangelion” aHarley Davidson Road King Classic and Sidecar or a minibus with Russell, a real character in Canowindra.
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Cafes and Dining in Canowindra
Excellent coffee with their own artisan roasted beans and great ambiance. The plougman’s lunch mixed platter is a great lunch choice at this cafe away from the centre of town, but so is anything on the changing blackboard menu. The home-style food is cooked using seasonal produce from the region.
Phone: 0428 634 410
Golf Club Chinese
Phone: 6344 1780
Old Vic Inn
The seasonal a la carte menu strives to highlight the best of the local area including beef, lamb, pork and an abundance of fresh produce. The licensed restaurant is open for lunch Thurs to Sunday and dinner Thurs to Saturday. The restaurant is open any day or night for group bookings of 10 or more..
Enjoy a relaxed dining experience in a classic pub environment. Choose from a broad menu of locally sourced produce, where possible. Weekly specials will delight all who come in. A choice of places to eat… the beer garden, dining room or the bar all provide great atmospheres.or call in and get take-way.
Canowindra Trading Post
Visit the café to start your day.The friendly staff provide light meals, coffee, tea, shakes, cakes, and cold drinks. You can’t beat the delicious selection, Relax indoors amongst the giftware or outside in the garden setting. The cafe and gift store is open 7 days.
Canowindra Services Club
Typical country club bistro food All meals are served with salad and chips or vegetables. Open for dinner Monday to Wednesday and lunch and dinner on Thursday to Sunday! Full bar facilities and TAB available. Enjoy the ambience of a small country club
Style, sophistication and old world charm combine for an unforgettable experience.Your host, Tommy, will spoil you Fine dining, tapas and high teas are all available. Select from a variety of menus and BYO drinks. Bookings only for groups of ten or more people.
Phone: 6344 1006 or 0450 122 266.
Garden of Roses
Step back in time to an old fashioned milk bar/cafe. Dine in the booths along the wall,or have the take away service 7 days a week. We have an extensive menu and large servings. Good country food, hamburgers and chips, as you would expect from the friendly staff.
Phone: 6344 2016
Bowlng Club Chinese
The restaurant serves Chinese and Thai meals cooked freshly to order. There is an extensive menu. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Eat in or take away.
Phone: (02) 6344 3262
The store and cafe serves local wines, regional roasted coffee and bountiful food, situated in the faithfully restored TJ Finn building; a landmark in the heritage ‘bendy’ main street.
Phone: 0428 441 841
The Rogue Carriage
Family Cafe/Restaurant and Takeaway Good food,friendly staff, great ambiance, Eat inside or relax in the courtyard. Local produce and coffee.
Phone: 0467 261 281
Wineries and Wine Tasting in the Canwoindra Region
Rosnay Organic Wines
An organic vineyard and orchard located in Canowindra. Rosnay was created by the Statham family in 1997, and produces certified organic wines, olives, and figs. The family’s wine growing heritage begins with Florence Statham’s french grandfather, Alberic Dulong de Rosnay.
Phone: (02) 6344 3262
Started in 1990 when Margaret & Anthony moved from Sydney to escape the city life. Over the years, their dream of creating boutique byodynamic and organicallty certified wine has come to fruition. At The unique straw bale cellar door you can taste winesthat are hand crafted from bud to bottle on site.
Phone: 0428 441 841
Antonio’s wines are simply created for maximum pleasure. The wines are authentic, varietal, well balanced and offer moreish mouth feel. my His wines are special in that they are textured and elegant. His early winemaking passion was borne working beside his father in the Roccastel vineyard.
Phone: 0417 893 278
Located in the idyllic Canowindra region, the vineyard was established in 1987 by the O’Dea family with an initial planting of 60 acres and now with an added 80 acres of organic grapes. Labels include Family Reserve, The Mill, Pig in the House (organic), Natura lWine Company &Eye Chart (No added preservative)
Phone: (02) 6344 3264
Canoqwindra Gifts and Souveniers
Canowindra Trading Post
This is a multi-award winning store located in the heart of Central NSW. Our store offers a unique array of gifts, homewares, jewellery, furniture and garden features. Canowindra Trading Post also incorporates a coffee shop, serving delicious cakes, meals and refreshments seven days a week.
The Blue Bowerbird
This store offers a large range of unique collectables and gift-wares ranging from rustic garden art to windmills, rustic garden ornaments, miniature porcelain animals, tin signs, collectible teapots, paperweights. tea sets, mini porcelain figurines, man-cave products and much more.
Phone: 0418 597 386
Canowindra Craft and Hobbies
Craft supplies including knitting yarn, needles and patterns. Haberdashery including lace, buttons, zips, much more. Fresh baking daily and offering cakes and biscuits. Handmade gifts, knitted goods, baby wear, jewellery. Local produce- jams, chutneys, free range, eggs, pickles and honey.
88 Gaskill St
Perennialle Plants in Canowindra is a unique nursery offering a rare collection of frost and drought tolerant shrubs and perennials, sourced from around the world and grown on site. Soon to open new emporium/ store in Gaskill Street. The store has unique giftware for the garden lover, home and kitchen.
Phone: 0427 077 798
Canowindra Creative Centre (CCC)
This shop is run by a not-for-profit group. The store is open Friday to Sunday in the main Gaskill street. They proudly sell quality unique local and regional products including art, craft, plants, wood work, handy daily living gadgets and much more
Phone: 0487 801 767
Virginia Cullane Books
Virginia Cullane books is run by Jenny, daughter of bibliofile, Virginia Cullane. They have rare, out of print and general secondhand books. Specialising in Military, Children’s, Australiana, Family and Local Histories. Book search service available. Open: Thurs, Fri, Sat 9am-5pm. Sun 10am-4pm
Phone: (02) 6344 1437
Gift Shop @ Age of Fishes
The Gift shop at the AOF Museum and Information Centre stock fossils, gems, minerals, local hampers and produce including Rosnay, Tall Poppy, La Barre and Meeraboo. A full range of souvenirs,educational toys,calligraphy,books, hats and clothing. Visitor information, maps and brochures
Phone: 6344 1008
The Plague and I
A unique and inspiring patchwork quilt store located in the main street. They carry an amazing variety of supplies, including fabric, backing, wadding materials, patterns, threads and tools. Check out the quilts and craft items that have been handmade by Debbie Guihot. Open Mon to Sat
Phone: (02) 6344 2736
Cowra Japanese Gardens
Opened in 1979, the beautiful and tranquil 5 hectare Cowra Japanese Garden is a ‘must see’ Its designer, Ken Nakajima, created the Kaiyushiki Garden to symbolise the Japanese landscape and is home to a myriad of birdlife. See the traditional Edo Cottage, an open air Tea House and a Bonsai House. Feed the Koi carp from the platforms overlooking the lake.
Phone: (02) 63412233
The town boasts over 20 murals including one depicting the famous Gardiner’s Gang who were responsible for the great gold robbery and one of the trains in times past fWander round the village and take in these amazing murals.Artists come every May and paint the town walls.Whilst in Eugowra a must see is the Historical Museum which is crammed full of memories of the past.
Hologram – Cowra Visitors Centre
The P.O.W. Theatre is a nine minute hologram that recounts the tragic story of the Cowra Breakout in 1944. The Theatre is a small tin hut that is a replica of the Nissen huts found at the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp during World War II. The hologram is a young woman who tells the story as a local while interacting with original artifacts from the Camp. This is a ‘must see’. Open daily.
Phone: (02) 6342 4333
As the largest independently Aussie owned farm-based brewery on Australia’s eastern seaboard to own, grow & harvest our malting barley, rye and wheat from a family farm, they loudly and proudly proclaim they are Pioneers in the way we do and brew our beers. Located between Cudal and Cargo. Open regularly on weekends for tasting and sales of their award winning beers.
Phone: 1300 811 030
Orange Regional Museum
Orange Regional Museum is an award-winning museum dedicated to sharing exhibitions and diverse public programs for all ages. Opened in 2016, the museum showcases long-term and temporary local-history exhibitions alongside the best travelling exhibitions from across Australia, including history, science, technology and culture.
Phone:(02) 6393 8444
Orange Parks and Gardens
Some of the prime Orange attractions are its spectacular gardens, parks and reserves. These include Cook Park, renowned for its Begonia House, ponds of wildlife with ducks to feed and huge old trees to sit and picnic under. Also Robertson Park in the heart of Orange, Elephant Park near Emu’s Rugby Club and the Orange Botanic Gardens and Adventure Park in North Orange.
Orange Wineries and Cellar Doors
Home to more than 80 high altitude vineyards and 30 plus cellar doors, discover a lacework of wine and drink trails leading to an impressive range of boutique and family-owned wineries, breweries and cider houses, each with their own unique charms. Gaze upon the picturesque Towac Valley from one of the highest altitude vineyards in Australia.
Cold Climate Wines
Take a drive to Mt. Canobolas
Mt. Canobolas State Conservation Area is a short drive from Orange and offers birdwatching, walking, scenic views and pretty picnic areas. The majestic Mount Canobolas is a dormant volcano formed millions of years ago. It has a number of walking tracks and for a weekend getaway, there’s also a campground that offers basic facilities in a pretty setting.
Picnic at Nangar National Park
The beautiful Nangar National Park is located 11kms east of Eugowra and offers scenic views, bushwalking, birdwatching, camping and picnicking. The park is located in the Nangar-Murga Range between Eugowra and Canowindra, featuring Nangar Mountain, which rises to 778 metres AHD. Trees consist of eucalyptus, blackpine, scribbly gum and ironbark. There are some great 4WD tracks and many walking trails.
See Spectacular Nangar
McFeeter’s Motor Museum Forbes
Get your motors running with a visit to McFeeters Motor Museum. There are over 60 exquisite vehicles, ranging from veteran to vintage through to classic and street rod machines. Like fine art, the vehicles are lovingly preserved and showcased. There are mannequins with period clothes that add to the atmosphere. Allow plenty of time to browse and enjoy the warm hospitality of the McFeeter’s family.
Phone: (02) 6852 3001
Elvis Museum, Parkes
The King’s Castle Elvis Exhibit, located at the Henry Parkes Centre on the northern end of Parkes, is a unique collection of original Elvis memorabilia owned by Greg Page. The exhibition displays genuine Elvis artefacts which were owned by Elvis or directly connected to his life and are on display telling the story of the on (and off) stage life of one of the world’s greatest entertainers. The museum is wheelchair accessible and is open daily.
Phone: 1800 624 365
The Dish, Parkes
The Parkes Observatory is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 km north of the town of Parkes. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The Visitor Centre is open daily. With a diameter of 64 metres, Parkes is one of the largest single-dish telescopes in the southern hemisphere dedicated to astronomy. It started operating in 1961 and has a theatre and interactive exhibits.
Phone: (02) 6861 1777
For further information about things to do in and around Canowindra, you can call into the Canowindra Visitors Centre located at the Age of Fishes Museum in Gaskill Street. Call on 02 6344 1008 or check out their web page at www.canowindra.com.au
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