Local Villages and Towns


Cargo, situated 35km south west of Orange is a small country hamlet with a population of approximately 250. Cargo is the perfect place to take a break from driving. Enjoy a picnic in the well developed park with children’s play area and BBQ facilities. Sit back and listen to the different sounds of the birds and look out for wildlife that may be grazing close by or have a refreshing drink at the hotel and talk with some locals.
The town has a unique history as gold mining in the late 1860’s led to the establishment of the township and in 1869 Cargo was proclaimed a goldfield. During the period of 1869 – 1899 the town swelled to a population of around 7, 000 and boasted three hotels, a bank, several business houses, three churches, two schools, a flour mill, community hall, butter factory, gold crushing plant, a racecourse and sporting grounds for tennis, cricket and football.

Canowindra hotel


Canowindra is located at the Southern end of the Cabonne Shire, 36kms from Cowra and 60kms from Orange. Canowindra is well known for its warm climate wines with many cellar doors for the wine connoisseur to choose from.

Canowindra’s main street presents a streetscape of outstanding historical significance. The street is a very unusual shape, following the crooked route of the old bullock track and is unaffected by time complete with late nineteenth century architecture.

Forbes Hotel


Forbes is a town in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia, located on the Newell Highway between Parkes and West Wyalong. At the 2006 census, Forbes had a population of 6,954. Forbes is probably named after Sir Francis Forbes, first Chief Justice of NSW.

It is on the banks of the Lachlan River. It is 245 metres (804 ft) above sea-level and about 380 kilometres (240 mi) west of Sydney. The district is a cropping area where wheat and similar crops are grown. Nearby towns and villages include Calarie, Parkes, Bedgerebong, Bundabarrah, Corradgery, Daroobalgie, Eugowra, Ooma North and Paytens Bridge.

The many proactive community groups such as the Progress Association, Lions and Pony Club ensures the town is always looking its best managing many beautification projects around the village.