Farm buliding in Carcoar, Tourism New South Wales

Population 2748

Blayney is a farming town in the central tablelands. National Trust–classified buildings and avenues of deciduous trees add a touch of charm to the town, particularly in autumn.

Visitor Information

97 Adelaide St, Blayney; (02) 6368 3534

Nearby national parks

  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

Nearby towns

  • Orange

    Before European occupation this area was home to the Wiradjuri people, who thrived on the plentiful bush tucker resulting from the fertile...more

  • Bathurst

    Bathurst, on the western side of the Great Dividing Range, is Australia's oldest inland settlement. Prior to the arrival of European...more

  • Canowindra

    Canowindra, meaning 'home' in the Wiradjuri language, is in the Lachlan Valley with sandstone mountains to the west and the old volcano,...more

In Town

Heritage Park: small wetland area, barbecue facilities and tennis courts; Adelaide St.

Local craft shops: contact visitor centre for details.

Self-guided heritage walk: includes churches and the courthouse; brochure from visitor centre.


Carcoar The National Trust–classified town of Carcoar, surrounded by oak trees on the banks of the Belubula River, has a wealth of historic buildings. In early settlement days, convicts and bushrangers caused a lot of trouble in the town. Johnny Gilbert and John O'Meally committed Australia's first daylight bank robbery in 1863 at the Commercial Bank (still standing) on Belubula St. The hold-up was unsuccessful and the robbers fled when a teller fired a shot into the ceiling. 14 km SW.

Millthorpe: National Trust–classified village with quaint shopfronts, art and craft shops, historic churches and a museum with blacksmith's shop and old-style kitchen. Also visit the Golden Memories museum for displays of life in the 19th century; 11 km NW.

Wind farm: with 15 turbines and an interpretive centre, the largest farm of its kind in Australia; 11 km SW.

Carcoar Dam: watersports and camping with picnic and barbecue facilities; 12 km SW.

Newbridge: historic buildings and craft shops; 20 km E.

Abercrombie Caves: cave system in a 220 ha reserve that features the largest natural limestone arch in the Southern Hemisphere. Various tours are available; contact visitor centre for details. 50 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Lithgow to Mudgee 78 km

Early settlers following in the footsteps of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson took three weeks of hard trudging to cross the majestic Blue Mountains. These days the drive from the Penrith plains in western Sydney takes... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Wellfed Blayney

Laden with home-baked treats from recipes passed down through the family, Mams Coffee Shoppe is nestled in the heart of Blayney. It’s a rustic, friendly spot to catch up with the locals while enjoying homemade... Find out more

Campsites around town

Carcoar Dam camping area 12 km

Carcoar is a small and picturesque town, 12 km south-west of Blayney. On the National Heritage list for being the third oldest settled village west of the Blue Mountains, it certainly has a ye olde feel to it. The dam is... Find out more

Heritage Grove camping area 16 km

Heritage Grove is one of 4 main areas in Macquarie Woods that have been established by Forests NSW to demonstrate sustainable forestry. This camping area can be accessed via Cashens La, off the Mitchell Hwy, 29 km west... Find out more

Bakers Shaft Reserve 22 km

This camping area is around 20 km west of the historic town of Carcoar. Follow the Mid-western Hwy through Mandurama, then turn north for Burnt Yards; take Bakers Rd then Junction Park Rd. This is 2WD, dry-weather access... Find out more

Canobolas Caravan Park 29 km

This is a friendly and well-appointed caravan park on Bathurst Rd in Orange. There are shaded powered and unpowered tent sites as well as self-contained deluxe and standard cabins. Nearby attractions include wine-tasting... Find out more

Canobolas Forest Park 31 km

This is a peaceful picnicking and camping area surrounded by a 60-year-old pine forest. There are picnic tables, walking tracks and trout in the creek nearby. It’s 20 km south of Orange via Cadia Rd then Four Mile... Find out more

Federal Falls camping area 32 km

The road in to Federal Falls camping area isn’t suitable for caravans or camper trailers, although 2WD vehicles are permitted. To get here, follow Pinnacle Rd from Orange and turn onto Towac Rd. There are a number... Find out more

Trunkey Creek Showground 33 km

Trunkey Creek is a little town about 13 km from Abercrombie Caves. Once a thriving goldmining village, it has retained some mud huts, abandoned mineshafts and other traces of its heyday. The showground is off Arthur St... Find out more

The Junction camping area 40 km

This picnic and camping area is located in Ophir Recreation Area, which happens to be the site of Australia’s first significant gold discovery. You can still see traces of the mine workings; in fact, you can relive... Find out more

Campbells River camping area 40 km

This is a simple but spacious camping spot in a grassy clearing on Campbells River. Throw a line in, dip a toe in, or kick back and enjoy the river from the comfort of your camp chair. To get here, take Rockley Rd from... Find out more

Abercrombie Caves camping area 44 km

This is a fabulous set-up on the banks of beautiful Grove Creek, complete with a camp kitchen and dining room, 3 amenities blocks with hot showers, a laundry and kiosk. To get here, take the Trunkey Creek–Goulburn... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Colour City Caravan Park 31 km

This is a council park with good basic facilities in a quiet, off-highway position, about 2 km north of the city centre, adjoining the showgrounds. It is good value at a budget price. Bookings are recommended all year... Find out more

BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park 37 km

This is a quality park on the Great Western Highway, 5 km east of the centre of Bathurst, and offers a range of accommodation and great facilities including games and entertainment rooms. Bookings are required at peak... Find out more

Blackheath Glen Caravan Park 97 km

In the heart of the Blue Mountains, this park is situated in a pretty parkland setting opposite the Rhododendron Gardens, and within walking distance of the town centre and Govetts Leap lookout. There are good basic... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Blayney Goldfields Motor Inn

This is a comfortable three-star motel offering standard accommodation for singles, families and groups. Dinner is available from the on-site bistro or you can have it delivered to your room. Located in the centre of... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clonturkle Sanctuary 55 km

Join the experiment in sustainable living and tourism at Clonturkle Earth Hamlet and Forest Sanctuary. Located at Yetholme, there are four cabins set on 240 hectares of mostly eucalypt forest, with 15 kilometres of... Find out more

Jenolan Cabins 77 km

These basic but cosy self-contained cabins, 6 kilometres up the steep hill past Jenolan Caves, are earth-sheltered for climate control and have composting toilets and rainwater. There are great views over the mountains,... Find out more

Dargan Springs Mountain Lodge, Clarence 92 km

At the soft end of ecotourism, this pleasant lodge and wellness retreat has advanced eco-certification. It is surrounded by a mountain ash forest dotted with waratahs, the habitat of wombats and wallabies. With a maximum... Find out more

Woolshed Cabins, near Blackheath 95 km

Eleven kilometres from Blackheath and surrounded by a glorious natural amphitheatre of towering sandstone walls, the Woolshed Cabins sit on 100 hectares of cleared farmland (a working cattle farm) in the Kanimbla Valley,... Find out more

Kanimbla View, Blackheath 95 km

Solar-powered, the two- and three-bedroom cottages here are surprisingly large inside. They are partially constructed from recycled and salvaged timbers, have composting toilets and a great view of the Kanimbla Valley... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Blayney park area 1 km

At Blayney

Adjacent to the highway on the west side of town.

Fullers Lane rest area 11 km

57km NE of Cowra (R) or 48km SW of Bathurst (L)

Just off the highway under a few trees with good views of the surrounding countryside.

Carcoar Dam camping area 11 km

T/O 59km NE of Cowra (R) or 46km SW of Bathurst (L)

On the shores of the dam 2km south of the highway.

Macquarie Wood camping area 15 km

T/O 29km W of Bathurst (R) or 27km E of Orange (L)

Open grassed area among trees, 2km (unsealed) north of the highway via Cashens La.

The Rocks rest area 16 km

21km W of Bathurst (R) or 35km E of Orange (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Gamboola rest area 46 km

17km NW of Orange (L) or 17km SE of Molong (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Kingsley Fairborough park area 55 km

29km NW of Orange (R) or 5km SE of Molong (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Molong park area 59 km

At Molong

Just off the highway on the banks of Molong Creek.

Cowra rest area 60 km

At Cowra

Just off the highway on the east side of town at Ramage Park.

Sunny Corner camping area 62 km

T/O 34km E of Bathurst (L) or 28km W of Lithgow (R)

Secluded area surrounded by trees 7km north of the highway.

Cowra park area 63 km

At Cowra

Opposite the information centre.

Bell River rest area 76 km

42km S of Wellington (L)  

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Lake Wallace park area 77 km

T/O 51km E of Bathurst (L) or 11km W of Lithgow (R)

Located 2km north of the highway on the shores of the lake.

Tyagong Creek rest area 84 km

31km E of Grenfell (R) or 24km W of Cowra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Two Mile Creek rest area 84 km

32km N of Molong (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

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