Step back in time in beautifully preserved Blayney, a classic gold-rush town in the gorgeous Orange region of NSW. This country escape will rejuvenate you with its scenic vineyards, boutique stores and fascinating colonial heritage. It’s also a great base to explore the historic township of Carcoar.
In 1867, gold was discovered in the Blayney area, and the surrounding towns enjoyed a lucrative boom that put them on the map. Today, the National Trust classified many of the historic buildings that line the main streets in Blayney and beyond.
Carcoar is the third oldest town west of the Blue Mountains and home to many beautifully restored heritage buildings from between 1860 and 1890. Take a walking tour and visit Stoke Stable Museum, the town’s oldest existing building. Today, built by convicts in 1849, this building is home to a fascinating museum.
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Blayney is a great base to explore the Orange wine region, renowned for its excellent climate wines and fresh produce. Savour a wine with a taste of Italy at Antica Australis, an acclaimed one-hat restaurant in Carcoar that combines traditional recipes with local produce sourced directly from artisanal producers in the Orange region.
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The Cadia-Ridgeway Mine is a significant employer in the area.
The Blayney Wind Farm, launched in 2000, is the largest in Australia. It consists of 15 wind turbine generators on elevated ridges between Carcoar Dam and Mount Macquarie. Capacity is 10 megawatts, sufficient energy to supply 3,500 Australian homes.
Fishing and boating are two of the most popular things to do in the district. The Belubula River, which flows into Carcoar Dam, is famous for golden perch, trout and Murray cod. The waterway is also renowned for swimming, boating and picnicking, with barbecues on site. Enjoy beautiful views of the Belubula River and the iconic Carcoar bridge at Kurt Fearnley Park, named after the Paralympian and hometown hero.
Blayney is a farming town and administrative centre with 3,378 in 2016, in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Situated on the Mid-Western Highway about 240 km west of Sydney, 35 km west of Bathurst and 863 m above sea level, Blayney is the seat of Blayney Shire Council.
The arrival of the railway in 1874 boosted development, and Blayney replaced Carcoar as the primary service centre to local farmlands. Blayney then became a municipality in 1882, and by 1900, a butter factory and freezing works employed many within the town. An abattoir opened in 1957, and this industry was later supplemented with tanneries and a pet food plant. The abattoirs closed in 1999.
In the late 1970s or early ’80s, a meat canning factory was built on farmland land East of Blayney. This produced Spam and other canned meats. Later, this was turned into an export meat boning facility run by Ron Jones Exports and then a pet food factory. Before this, the dam on the land was famous for yabbies, with Sunday school excursions frequenting there.
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