John Oxley was the first European explorer to visit West Wyalong. He disliked the region, claiming 'these desolate areas would never again be visited by civilised man'. He was proved wrong when squatters moved in, and the discovery of gold in 1893 meant the town became inundated with settlers. West Wyalong is now in one of the state's most productive agricultural regions.
Bland Shire Library, 6 Shire St; (02) 6979 0272
Nearby national parks
West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council Arts and Crafts The craft shop features local Aboriginal work. Handcrafted items are on display and for sale and include boomerangs, didgeridoos, hand-woven baskets, clothing, and traditional beauty and skin-care products. The library features a collection of historic and contemporary titles relating to Aboriginal heritage, culture and modern issues. Open Mon–Fri; Main St; (02) 6972 3493.
Bland District Historical Museum:
Bland District Historical Museum:displays of goldmining including a scale model of a goldmine and records from mines such as the Black Snake, the Blue Jacket and the Shamrock and Thistle; Main St.
Lake Cowal When it is full, this is the largest natural lake in NSW and a bird and wildlife sanctuary. There are over 180 species of waterbird living in the area, with many rare or endangered. The lake is also excellent for fishing. No visitor facilities are provided. Via Clear Ridge; 48 km NE.
Barmedman: mineral-salt pool believed to help arthritis and rheumatism; 32 km SE.
Weethalle Whistlestop: Devonshire teas, art and craft; Hay Rd; 65 km W.
Campsites around town
Ben Halls camping area 69 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
Holy Camp camping area 74 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
Binya camping area 91 kmThis simple but pretty camping spot is accessible via the Binya Forest Dr. You’ll need to bring your own drinking water and firewood, although there’s a total fire ban throughout summer, during which time... Find out more
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Caravan parks around town
Ace Caravan Park 1 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
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BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park 95 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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Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
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Rest areas around town
3 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 101 km W of Grenfell (R)
Small area just off the highway. Good facilities. Limited shade.
Wyalong Park Area 3 km
West side of town
Small parking area just off the highway.
Marsden rest area 34 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.
Beckom rest area 49 km
78km N of Narrandera (L) or 58km SW of West Wyalong (R)
Just off the highway among a few trees.
Weethalle rest area 54 km
Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.
Ardlethan rest area 67 km
54km N of Narrandera (L) or 82km SW of West Wyalong (L)
Among trees adjacent to and on both sides of the highway.
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 70 km
82km E of West Wyalong (L) or 22km W of Grenfell (R)
Adjacent to the highway under a few trees.
Bogolong Rest Area 82 km
95 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 9 km W of Grenfell (R)
Large area just off the highway. Limited shade.
Grenfell rest area 87 km
Just off the highway on the south side of town.
John Oxley rest area 95 km
63km N of Gilandra (R) or 34km S of Coonamble (L)
Just off the highway among a few trees at the John Oxley memorial.
Forbes rest area 95 km
On the riverbank 500m north-west of the highway via Junction St. For 48-hour stays only.
What's on around town
West Wyalong Campdraft: Sept.