Old Courthouse in Bathurst

Leafy streets in Orange

The CSIRO 'Dish' near Parkes

de Havilland display in Forbes

Main Street West Wyalong

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EXPLORER COUNTRY - Mid West - Mountains to the Outback
To the west of Sydney, over the Great Dividing Range, Explorer Country is the area around Bathurst, Orange, Parkes and Dubbo opened up by the 1813 expedition of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in the pursuit of more fertile land for grazing and agriculture to provide for the growing settlement at Sydney Cove.
  • See Blaxland, Wentworth & Lawson over the Blue Mountains.

    Their efforts have resulted in a rich and productive area producing cereal crops, sunflowers, wine, vegetables and livestock ample to provide for the demands of not only Sydney, but national and international demands.
    A bonus for early settlers and adventurers was the discovery of Australia's first major gold seam at Ophir near Bathurst in 1851.
    See Hargraves.
    The resulting 'Rush' brought new settlers and miners from across the globe as the elusive mineral was mined and transported. It also attracted Bushrangers who preyed upon the coaches carrying the precious metal to the buyers in Sydney and many were stopped and robbed, sometimes with fatal consequences.
  • See Bushrangers of New South Wales.

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    MAJOR PLACES OF INTEREST IN THE MID WEST:
    • Age of Fishes Museum: Canowindra
    • Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum: Bathurst
    • A.B.'Banjo' Paterson Memorial Park: Orange
    • Bathurst Regional Art Gallery: Bathurst
    • Ben Chifley's House: Bathurst
    • Ben Hall's Grave: Forbes
    • Bradman's Birthplace: Cootamundra
    • CSIRO Telescope 'The Dish': Parkes
    • Douglas DC3 Dakota Plane: West Wyalong
    • Goobang National Park: Peak Hill
    • Henry Lawson Monument: Grenfell
    • Johnny Gilbert's Grave: Binalong
    • Lachlan Vintage Village: Forbes
    • Lambing Flat Folk Museum: Young
    • Old Dubbo Gaol: Dubbo
    • Orange Regional Gallery: Orange
    • Western Plains Zoo: Dubbo
    • Welington Caves: Wellington
    • Mt Panorama Race Circuit: Bathurst
    • National Motor Museum: Bathurst
    • Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre: Cowra
    • Weddin Mountains National Park: Grenfell


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    HOW TO GET THERE:
    By rail or coach from Sydney. Daily Services.
    BY ROAD:
    From the North:
    By car along the Newell, Castlereah or Mitchell Highways.
    From The East and South East:
    Take the Mid Western Highway from Sydney over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst or the Golden Way from the New England Highway to Mudgee or Dubbo.
    From the South:
    Along the Lachlan Valley way off the Hume Highway from near Yass. Along the Olympic Way through Wagga Wagga or from Narrandera through temora to West Wyalong.
    From the West:
    Along the Great Western Hwy from Yass to West Wyalong.

    Airlines:
    There are airports at Dubbo and Bathurst QANTAS and Regional Express operate domestic routes to Dubbo airport from Sydney.
    Regional Express operate flights to Bathurst from Sydney

    Coach Services:
    All major coach companies operate daily services to major towns in the region.


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    Bathurst
    Blayney
    Boorowa
    Canowindra
    Carcoar
    Condobolin
    Cootamundra
    Cowra
    Dubbo
    Dunedoo
    Eugowra
    Forbes
    Geurie
    Grenfell
    Gulgong
    Harden
    Lake Cargelligo
    Molong
    Mudgee
    Nundle
    Oberon
    Orange
    Parkes
    Peak Hill
    Perthville
    Portland
    Rydal
    Sofala
    Temora
    Trunkey Creek
    Wallerawang
    Warren
    Weddin Mountains
    Wellington
    West Wyalong
    Young


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