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					Wellington, Cabonne and Blayney
                                Wind your way along food and wine trails, discovering historic villages of the
                                gold rush era, picturesque landscapes and caves brimming with fossils.


                                                    noted by explorers for its fine agricultural and      lake and preserve more than 2,500 species of
                                                    grazing potential, this area came to prominence       native plants. don’t miss the fern gully, a cool
                                                    with the gold rushes of the 1850s and ’60s.           oasis of rainforest plants. you can also buy rare
                                                                                                          plants not available in commercial nurseries.
                                                    Wellington                                            about 15 km south is Stuart town, a former
                                                    Just under 100 km north of orange on the
                                                                                                          gold town that lays claim to being the inspira-
                                                    mitchell Highway, Wellington is a classic
                                                                                                          tion for australian poet a. B. (Banjo) paterson’s
                                                    country service centre with a rich history.
                                                                                                          ‘man from ironbark’. Here visitors can pan for
                                                    Just north of town, the lion of Waterloo Hotel,       gold or fossick through mullock heaps.
                                                    built in 1842 as a Cobb & Co staging post, was
                                                    the venue of australia’s last known duel in           Cabonne Country
                                                    1854. a Heritage trail map outlining this and         the Cabonne countryside boasts farm-gate
                                                    other sites of interest is available at the visitor   sales of berries, figs, chestnuts, hazelnuts, olives,
                                                    information centre.                                   honey, apples and stone fruit, justifying the
Must see and do                                                                                           area’s reputation as the food basket of nSW.
                                                    Wellington Caves and phosphate mine
Float above picturesque Canowindra
                                                    Wellington’s limestone caves are remarkable for       Molong
in a hot-air balloon.
                                                    their coral and stalagmites and stalactites as well   molong, 35 km north of orange on the
See fossilised remains of ancient fish
                                                    as the largest deposit of plio pleistocene mammal     mitchell Highway, is a thriving rural town.
at the Age of Fishes Museum.
                                                    fossils in australia. fragments of marsupial bone     explore the historic main street or take a break
Tour Wellington Caves, where the
                                                    and teeth can be seen all over the cave.              in one of the town’s lush parks, which overlook
underground temperature is a
constant 16°C and the caves are
                                                                                                          molong Creek. molong has a number of B&Bs
                                                    the Cathedral Cave contains altar rock and
decorated with fossils and formations.                                                                    and is a great place to base yourself.
                                                    boasts australia’s largest stalagmite, measuring
Hire a canoe or a boat and explore                  15 m high and 32 m around the base. tours of          Canowindra
Lake Burrendong and visit the                       the nearby phosphate mine reveal how local            Some 60 km south of orange, Canowindra is
Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.                      investors were duped by mine owners into pour-        a pretty town built on the rich alluvial flats of
Have a drink or dinner at Wellington’s              ing their money into a mine that yielded little       the Belubula river. it has a heritage-listed main
Lion of Waterloo Hotel, the oldest                  commercial value. the mine has been restored          street and a burgeoning wine trade. it also has
hotel west of the Blue Mountains.
                                                    by volunteer labour and is wheelchair accessible.     a thriving hot-air balloon industry: the stable
                                                                                                          atmospheric conditions make this an ideal
                                                    Around Wellington
                                                                                                          place to take to the skies for a dawn flight.
                                                    Within 30 minutes’ drive of Wellington, lake
Photographs                                         Burrendong is a popular spot for picnicking,          visitors will enjoy the age of fishes museum,
above left to right: Windmills, Blayney
(Zenio lapka); Cathedral Caves; nature in
                                                    camping and water sports. the Burrendong              which displays evidence of an extensive
full bloom; Balloon capital, Canowindra             arboretum and Botanic Garden overlook the             360-million-year-old fossil bed containing the


2   Heart of CoUntry nSW
remains of more than 3,500 freshwater fish.                          Blayney                                                               chardonnay or one of orange’s cool-climate
don’t miss the many antique stores, boutiques                        Blayney, 35 km south of orange, is a historic                         cabernets, pinots or merlots.
and art galleries in Canowindra.                                     town with a contemporary cast on rural life –                         Carcoar
                                                                     a wind farm. from a platform at the interpretive                      established in 1839 and 52 km south-west of
Cabonne Country is home to a number of
                                                                     Centre at Carcoar dam, visitors can see the                           Bathurst, Carcoar is best explored on foot. Grab
historic towns, all within easy drive of orange.
                                                                     45-m tall windmills. Compared to electricity                          a map from the visitor information centre and
Borenore, a rich farming village where visitors
                                                                     from coal fire, these 15 turbines save 8,000                          discover the convict-built Stoke Stable museum
will find it hard to resist stopping at farm-gate
                                                                     tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.                         and the Carmanhurst military museum.
stalls; Cargo, Cumnock and Cudal – thriving
villages all within 25 minutes drive of orange;                      Millthorpe                                         For more information on these areas,
eugowra – a bushranger town; manildra                                in this national estate-registered town, 22 km     telephone visitor information centres in:
– home to australia’s longest running movie                          south of orange, sample local produce at one Wellington: 1800 621 614; Canowindra:
theatre; and yeoval – Banjo paterson Country.                        of the many restaurants. team it with a Cowra (02) 6344 1008; and Blayney: (02) 6368 3534.




   Wellington                        Attraction / Activities            Mandurama                               Accommodation                 Canowindra                        Attraction / Activities
   Wellington Caves Complex                                             Millamolong Station                                                   Age of Fishes Museum
                                                                                                                                              and Tourist Information Centre
   The acclaimed Wellington Caves Complex,                              Rich in history and tradition, Millamolong Station                    A discovery in Canowindra in 1956 led to one
   8 km south of Wellington, has a history spanning                     is a property that offers you a classic retreat, a                    of the world’s greatest fish fossil finds. Some of
   millions of years. The caves boast the southern                      peaceful stay among dramatic scenery, and the                         those fossils as well as re-creations of the
   hemisphere’s largest stalagmite and one of the                       opportunity to go horse riding, play tennis, relax                    Devonian Period and live displays provide a
   most significant fossil sites in the world.                          by the pool or fish in the Belubula River.                            glimpse of fish - 360 million years ago.

   Off the Mitchell Highway, Wellington                                 Millamolong, Mandurama                                                Gaskill Street, Canowindra
   Telephone 1800 621 614                                               Telephone (02) 6367 5241                                              Telephone (02) 6344 1008
   www.wellington.nsw.gov.au                                            www.millamolong.com                                                   www.ageoffishes.org.au
   Rates: Adult $13, Child $9*                                          Rates: From $110 per room per night*                                  Rates: From Adult $7.70, Child $3.30, Concession $5.50*
                                                                           * based on twin/double share (unless otherwise stated) and subject
* Rates valid at date of publication, October 2006. Accommodation prices Rates valid at date of publication, August 2006. Accommodation prices based on twin/double share (unless otherwise stated) and
                                                                           subject to a complete list of and conditions apply,
  to availability. Terms and conditions apply, please contact the service provider foravailability. Termsterms and conditions. please contact the property for a complete list of terms and conditions.
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