West Wyalong

St Marys Church, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 3189

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.

Visitor Information

Bland Shire Library, 6 Shire St; (02) 6979 0272


Nearby national parks

  • Willandra National Park

    Scrubby red sand plains stretch to the horizon in Willandra National Park, in the state’s remote west. In its heyday Willandra was one...more

  • Namadgi National Park

    Rolling grassy hills unfold towards the horizon, hardy snow gums create woodlands on the subalpine slopes and higher still are alpine...more

  • Burrowa Pine Mountain National Park

    Declared a national park in 1978, this remote but scenic area close to the New South Wales border is named for its two peaks, Pine Mountain...more

Nearby towns

  • Temora

    In 1879 gold was discovered in the area and in 1880 the town site was chosen. By 1881 the Temora district was producing half of the state's...more

  • Grenfell

    Nestled at the foot of the Weddin Mountains, Grenfell is best known as the birthplace of writer Henry Lawson. The wealth appropriated during...more

  • Forbes

    When John Oxley passed through in 1817, he was so unimpressed by the area's clay soil, poor timber and swamps that he claimed 'it is...more

In Town

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: 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 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

Holy Camp camping area 74 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

Binya camping area 91 km

This 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

Woolshed Flat camping area 92 km

Take Whitton Stock Route, a historic trail formerly used by the famous Cobb & Co. coaches, off Mt Bingar Rd and follow the signs to this camping area. There is a pleasant walk to Woolshed Falls, which only flows... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ace Caravan Park 1 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

Forbes River Meadows Caravan Park 94 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

BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park 95 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

Apex Riverside Tourist Park 95 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cameo Inn Motel

Cameo Inn Motel provides traditional motel accommodation just outside the centre of town. There are 18 comfortable guest rooms, including family rooms and a spa suite, as well as an indoor pool and spa that’s... Find out more

Club Inn Resort

Situated on a pristine 18-hole golf course, Club Inn Resort offers four-star accommodation framed by rolling countryside. There are 42 comfortable guest rooms providing a variety of accommodation styles to suit families,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Poppett Head Mine Park Area 3 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.

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

At Weethalle

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.

Ben Halls Cave camping area 69 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 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

At Grenfell

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

At Forbes

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.

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