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BILLIMARI

The village of Billimari is situated 25 kilometres north-west of Cowra. Billimari village was developed in 1910 as a result of the Cowra-Canowindra rail link. In its heyday, the village was home to a wheat-receival depot, post office, school, public hall, blacksmith, storekeeper, bakery, butchery and local show.

Since then, expanding facilities in nearby Canowindra and Cowra have led to the closure of the town's facilities and now only the public hall remains, home to the famous "Billican Productions Inc." which produced high quality theatre productions to full houses up until mid-2010.

The word Billimari is reported to mean 'plenty of water' in the local Wiradjuri language.

Billimari is now better known for its olive groves, vineyards and vegetable farms. In fact Billimari is home to the Billimari Olive Processing Plant, one of the biggest facilities in NSW. For more information on olive producing in Billimari, please visit www.labarre.com.au


Image Credit: Steve Mul (stevemul.com.au)

Image Credit: Steve Mul (stevemul.com.au)

For visitors who enjoy a flight of fancy, Canowindra is recognised as the Ballooning Capital of Australia. For years, hot air balloon enthusiasts have found the climate and topography, not to mention the scenery, in Canowindra perfect for ballooning. Today, you can book your very own balloon flight and get a bird’s eye view of the area. It’s a beautiful way to start the day.

CANOWINDRA

A stroll through the historic township of Canowindra (pronounced Ca-noun-dra) is like stepping in to a period movie dotted with the wonders of modern living. Beautifully restored guesthouses, country pubs and quaint shops filled with old wares are nestled alongside art galleries, cafes with great coffee and designer clothes and homewares shops. It’s a destination worth driving to: Canowindra is just 33 kilometres north of Cowra (about a 20 minute drive). 

The word “Canowindra” is derived from the Wiradjuri word meaning 'home', and you’ll certainly feel right at home as you walk the heritage listed Main Street. 

At the end of the main street is the spectacular Age of Fishes Museum, housing an incredible 360 year old fossil collection and travelling exhibitions, as well as the Visitor Information Centre. From the Museum, travel up Ferguson Street to more shops featuring antiques and giftwares, art and local wine tasting straight from the vineyards of Canowindra.


For visitors who enjoy a flight of fancy, Canowindra is recognised as the Ballooning Capital of Australia. For years, hot air balloon enthusiasts have found the climate and topography, not to mention the scenery, in Canowindra perfect for ballooning. Today, you can book your very own balloon flight and get a bird’s eye view of the area. It’s a beautiful way to start the day.


Image Credit: Gareth Coggan

Image Credit: Gareth Coggan

DARBY'S FALLS

You won't find the water variety of falls here - local legend tells it that this is the site where a man named Darby fell off his horse! The village is best known for its amazing observatory situated away from the town lights, where you can experience uninterrupted views of stars, planets and comets far into the night sky.


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GOOLOOGONG

Located on the Lachlan Valley Way between Cowra and Forbes, Gooloogong is a popular stopover point. The town boasts a fine country pub known as the "Goolie", as well as a takeaway store and general store. You can also camp and truly get away from it all at one of the more popular local spots near the Lachlan River.

Gooloogong is also the location of a tranquil spot ideal for fully self-contained motorhomes or caravans. Powered sites are also available.

The Gooloogong Markets are held on the second Sunday of every second month at the Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall from 9am with a wide variety of stalls including plants, handmade arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and lots of local produce.

 


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MORONGLA

Morongla is located 15 kilometres south of Cowra on the Lachlan Valley Way. Morongla is home to a very active show society, who are responsible for the annual Morongla Show. This is an event not to be missed and is generally held on the Monday of the October long weekend. The show is steeped in tradition and still features many of the exhibits and displays that are customary of country agricultural shows.

Morongla is also the home of the action packed sheep dog trials in August - a four-day event.

The word Morongla reportedly translates to 'crayfish' in the local Wiradjuri language.

 


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NOONBINNA

Conveniently located just 7 kilometres south of Cowra between the Olympic Highway (Young Road) and Lachlan Valley Way (Boorowa Road), Noonbinna stands as a testament of new life emerging from the old.

Noonbinna was once a busy village, handling large deliveries of bulk wheat and other agricultural items that were then transported via rail. Due to its proximity to Wattamondara and Cowra, the village services eventually closed.

While the rail grain handling has been replaced by road transport, Noonbinna is today proving popular as house and land choices for people who have come to the area in search of a rural lifestyle. It provides all the space and tranquility of country life, yet is only a 10 minutes drive from Cowra's town centre.


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WATTAMONDARA

Scattered around a gently sloping hillside between the railway line and Olympic Highway located approximately 14 kilometres south of Cowra, the village of Wattamondara is well known amongst horse enthusiasts for its popular annual events held at the Wattamondara Showground.

In the 1840's Wattamondara (originally known as Wattamdara) was a 23,000 acre station which went on to become one of the busiest stations on the Cowra-Harden railway line with a butcher, baker, blacksmith and market garden supporting the village. With the closure of the railway line the village services ceased but now it attracts new residents with the lure of the rural lifestyle.

 


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MINING

The township of Woodstock sprang up when gold and copper deposits were found and mined in the area. Gold was found at Wood’s Flat as early as 1868, after which a community grew even though no large finds were ever recorded. Copper was also found in the area. Burley Jack copper mine began operating in 1877 and continued until 1911, large quantities of copper having been mined in that period. Another copper mine was operating in about 1880 on Milburn Creek. Here there was a small adjoining township comprised of several stores and three hotels. The town grew to 8,000 people with eight hotels, several stores and church halls. The three main mines that were operating at this time were the Queen, the Balmoral and the Isobel. 

Bushrangers, including Ben Hall and his gang, were active in the area. At Cliefden there are still bullets holes in the stable wall to evidence an early raid. Johnny Vane, a member of the gang who died in 1904, aged 62, is buried in Woodstock Cemetery.

 

WOODSTOCK

Once a prosperous gold and copper mining village, Woodstock is enjoying a resurgence. The country pub and railway station have recently been restored and visitors can stay in several B&B’s. There’s a general store for all your supplies and a raceway that is pumping with action. For quieter pursuits, head to the monthly markets where you can buy unique wares and help raise money for the charity Camp Quality. In November the village celebrates the 'Woodstock Relived' festival where locals and visitors alike dress up in hippy costumes in honour of the 1960's.

HISTORY

Originally Woodstock was settled by Surveyor Evans, who in 1815 travelled along Sheet of Bark Creek to the Lachlan River. In 1828 Simeon Lord was granted land in the same area that is now called Old Waugoola. Land grants were handed out to numerous land holders in the upcoming years. In 1831 further land grants were made to Arthur Rankin at Shiel, William Rothery at Cliefden, and Dr William Redfern at Burley.

 

THE RAILWAY

The coming of the railway was the factor causing the establishment of the town in its present position. Before the railway, Cobb & Co coaches passed through the district. The Sheet of Bark Hotel, situated just off the highway on the Canowindra Road, was a stopover for the coaches and owes its name to the old practice of depositing mail for collection under a sheet of bark. With the completion of the railway in 1888, businesses moved in from Wood’s Flat to be closer to transport. Before the railway the only building in Woodstock was a shepherd’s hut where the Royal Hotel now stands.