Outback Towns


Forbes Shire is located within the central western slopes of New South Wales with the town of Forbes as the major urban centre. Forbes provides a pleasant growing rural environment with an active commerical base. Sporting, recreation and education facilities are also well catered for.

About Forbes

Forbes – Heart of Country

Situated in the heart of the Lachlan Valley, the Forbes Shire is regarded as one of the richest primary producing areas in the state.

The district's history of white settlement goes back to the 1800s, when John Oxley ventured through the region. A colourful period began with the discovery of gold in 1861, bringing tens of thousands of people to the diggings.

Bushrangers Ben Hall, Frank Gardiner and their respective gangs became notorious for their daring robberies in the district, and stories of their exploits have become part of the folklore.

Forbes Attractions

The town's Heritage Trail allows visitors to explore many historic buildings and the remains of the tunnel system that was created in a bid to foil bushrangers. Visit the Bushrangers Hall of Fame, located under the Albion Hotel, to see a great display of bushranger memorabilia. Ben Hall's grave is in the cemetery.

Sample wines at the local wineries, go bird watching in the Gum Swamp Bird Hide, swim and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors at Jemalong Weir, and see the De Havilland Vampire Jet in Lake Forbes Park.

Forbes Museum - A folk museum displaying artifacts including agricultural machinery, household wares, Aboriginal artifacts, furniture and more.

Forbes Art Gallery offers quality art and encourages the best of the local artists.

Forbes Events

Forbes Camel Races brings together all the fun of a country race meeting, with camels, billy goats and more taking to the track; the Forbes Show features rural displays, exhibits and competitions, and the Festival of Roses includes several flower shows.


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