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.
CWA Craft Shop and Visitors Centre, 68 Main St; (02) 6343 1612
Nearby national parks
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.
Campsites around town
Holy Camp camping area 15 kmThis 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 kmThe 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 kmTake 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
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Bakers Shaft Reserve 87 kmThis 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 kmThis 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
BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park 57 kmThis 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
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Spicer Caravan Park 85 kmThis 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 kmThis 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
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.
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
Opposite the information centre.
Cowra rest area 51 km
Just off the highway on the east side of town at Ramage Park.
Forbes rest area 58 km
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.
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.
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.