Wedge-tailed eagle, Dave Watts / Auscape International

Population 1991

Nestled at the foot of the Weddin Mountains, Grenfell is best known as the birthplace of writer Henry Lawson. The wealth appropriated during the days of the gold rush is evident in the opulent original buildings on Main Street. Originally named Emu Creek, the town was renamed after Gold Commissioner John Granville Grenfell, who was gunned down by bushrangers.

Visitor Information

CWA Craft Shop and Visitors Centre, 68 Main St; (02) 6343 1612

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  • Wollemi National Park

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In Town

Henry Lawson Obelisk: memorial on the site of the house where the poet is believed to have been born; next to Lawson Park on the road to Young.

Grenfell Museum: local relics (and their stories) from world wars, the gold rush, Henry Lawson and bushrangers; open weekends 2–4pm; Camp St.

O'Brien's Reef Lookout: views of the town on a gold-discovery site with walkway and picnic facilities; access from O'Brien St.

Weddin Bird Trails: unique Grenfell birdlife; maps from visitors centre.

Historic buildings: walk and drive tours; brochures from visitor centre.


Weddin Mountains National Park The park is a rugged crescent of cliffs and gullies providing superb bushwalking, camping and picnicking spots. Two of the highlights of the bushwalks are Ben Hall's Cave, where the bushranger hid from the police, and Seaton's Farm, a historic homestead set on beautiful parkland. The bush is also rich with fauna including wedge-tailed eagles, honeyeaters and wallabies. 18 km SW.

Company Dam Nature Reserve: excellent bushwalking area; 1 km NW.

Site of Ben Hall's farmhouse and stockyards: memorial; Sandy Creek Rd, off Mid Western Hwy; 25 km W.

Campsites around town

Holy Camp camping area 15 km

This is a nice, shaded spot 15 km west of Grenfell via Holy Camp Rd. From the camp you can do the Euladrie Walk, which follows an old logging road to the base of the escarpment and then climbs steeply to Peregrine... Find out more

Ben Halls camping area 20 km

The grassy unpowered campsites here are set beside historic Seatons Farm, and are a 30 min walk from Ben Halls Cave. The farm is a well-preserved Depression-era structure, with interpretive signs that give a... Find out more

Wallaby camping area 28 km

Take a walk along the Wallaby Walking Track (4 km, 1 hr, medium difficulty) and you may catch a glimpse of a red-necked wallaby or swamp wallaby. Alternatively, sneak out after dark with a torch and see if you can catch... Find out more

Terarra Creek camping area 61 km

To get to this sole camping area in the park, follow the Escort Way from Eugowra and keep an eye out for a NPWS sign pointing to a dirt road. The campground is a little under 5 km from the park entrance. The road is 2WD,... Find out more

Wyangala Waters camping area 74 km

This is a sprawling space on the shores of Wyangala Dam, offering powered and unpowered tent and caravan sites, bungalows, cabins, cottages and houseboats. Activities include waterskiing, sailing and fishing – the... Find out more

Grabine Lakeside State Park camping area 80 km

Grabine Lakeside State Park is on the north-eastern banks of the Wyangala Dam, 75 km north-west of Crookwell along the Crookwell–Bathurst Rd, or 120 km from Goulburn along Bigga Rd. The park offers endless boating,... Find out more

Bakers Shaft Reserve 87 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 Forest Park 88 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

Caravan parks around town

Apex Riverside Tourist Park 56 km

The park is about 3 km from the town centre on a picturesque bend of the Lachlan River, which some sites overlook. It is managed on behalf of Apex and is of good quality.... Find out more

BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park 57 km

This is a very neat owner-operated park, about 2 km from the centre of town on Cowra Road. The park caters predominantly for tourists and has good amenities and most facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Forbes River Meadows Caravan Park 58 km

Located about 2 km south of Forbes along the highway, this owner-operated park is a convenient and ideal overnight stop. It has shady trees, large expanses of lawn and spotless amenities. We sometimes stay here when... Find out more

Spicer Caravan Park 85 km

This is a budget-priced, council-owned park with good basic facilities, about 2 km from the town centre. It is in a quiet spot, off the main highway, about 16 km from the Parkes satellite dish. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Ace Caravan Park 89 km

This is an owner-operated park with a good choice of accommodation. The park is just 500 metres from the town centre and easily accessible from the major highways.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Grenfell rest area 2 km

At Grenfell

Just off the highway on the south side of town.

Bogolong Rest Area 8 km

95 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 9 km W of Grenfell (R)

Large area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Ben Halls Cave camping area 20 km

T/O 81km E of West Wyalong (R) or 23km W of Grenfell (L)

Secluded bush setting in Weddin Mountains National Park 13km south-west of the highway via Lynchs Rd (unsealed) and Nowlands Rd (partly unsealed).

Weddin View rest area 21 km

82km E of West Wyalong (L) or 22km W of Grenfell (R)

Adjacent to the highway under a few trees.

Tyagong Creek rest area 28 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Cowra park area 48 km

At Cowra

Opposite the information centre.

Cowra rest area 51 km

At Cowra

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

Forbes rest area 58 km

At Forbes

On the riverbank 500m north-west of the highway via Junction St. For 48-hour stays only.

Marsden rest area 62 km

36km NE of West Wyalong (R) or 69km SW of Forbes (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees on the banks of Bland Creek.

Billabong Creek rest area 76 km

23km N of Forbes (R) or 10km S of Parkes (L)

Small area just off the highway.

Wyalong Park Area 86 km

West side of town

Small parking area just off the highway.

Poppett Head Mine Park Area 86 km

3 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 101 km W of Grenfell (R)

Small area just off the highway. Good facilities. Limited shade.

What's on around town

Guinea Pig Races: Easter and June.

Henry Lawson Festival of Arts: June.

Amateur Country Music Festival: Sept.

Open Day: Oct.

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