EXPLORE AMAZING FORBES NSW

Plan your trip today to see all that Forbes has to offer with our amazing attractions and activities. There’s an experience waiting for you when you explore amazing Forbes NSW.

Uncover our breathtaking natural landscapes, inspiring heritage, dynamic retail sector and mesmerizing art and sculpture trails.  We invite you to come and experience our country hospitality, heritage, beautiful natural environment and distinctive local attractions. History will come alive as you explore our town and learn of its gold rush past.

Experience Lake Forbes and the Lachlan River or a spectacular sunrise or sunset at the acclaimed Gum Swamp Wildlife Refuge. You will love our boutique and specialty stores and our distinctive local dining. Discover our Wiradjuri history, walk in the footsteps of our pioneers, unearth unique and interesting works of art or enjoy a morning of foraging at a local market.

Find Yourself… in Amazing Forbes – you’ll never want to leave.

 

SEE + DO

History

Meticulously restored vintage vehicles, lovingly renovated buildings and an historic streetscape combine to offer a glimpse into a bygone era and rural Australia two centuries ago.

Public Art

Our range of contemporary murals and sculptures is truly amazing and tell stories of Wiradjuri Culture, our Agricultural way of life as well as abstract installations like the iconic amazing sign.

Nature

Picnic by the Lake, try your hand at catching a cod in the Lachlan River, discover unique birdlife at the Forbes Wetlands, or get out the canoes or skis for some fun on the water at the Lake Forbes Ski Dam.

Boutique Shopping

Scratch that retail itch. With a number of home-grown boutiques, Forbes won’t disappoint.

Local Produce

Forbes is one of the most productive agricultural areas in Australia growing high quality cereal and oil crops and premium meat.

HISTORY

Meticulously restored vintage vehicles, lovingly renovated buildings and an historic streetscape combine to offer a glimpse into a bygone era and rural Australia two centuries ago.

Our proud pioneering heritage has been preserved largely by the restorations of 19th Century buildings dotting our streetscape. Our handsome, elegant buildings help shape our town and share stories of our past.

Take a tour around the town, following the Forbes Heritage Trail – a self-guided walking tour viewing the magnificent architecture across the town, and discovering the people responsible for many of the historic buildings we still see here today. Pick up a brochure from the Forbes Visitor Information Centre today.

While you’re discovering all things history, be sure to call in and view some wonderful heritage pieces on display at the Forbes & District Historical Museum. Open daily from 2pm-4pm and includes a display on the infamous bushranger Ben Hall, as well as ever-changing exhibitions.

Get your motors running with a visit to McFeeter’s Motor Museum. Over 60 exquisite vehicles, ranging from veteran to vintage through to classic and street rod machines are on display. The museum attracts motor vehicle enthusiasts from all corners of the state and beyond. Like fine art, the vehicles are lovingly preserved and showcased. Be sure to allow plenty of time to meander and browse and enjoy the warm hospitality of the McFeeter’s family.

Forbes’ history notes our Wiradjuri heritage, the arrival of John Oxley in 1817, the heady-heights of the gold rush era and brushes with bushrangers.

PUBLIC ART

Our range of contemporary murals and sculptures is truly amazing and tell stories of Wiradjuri Culture, our Agricultural way of life as well as abstract installations like the iconic amazing sign.

Forbes has an impressive display of public art featuring local and renowned artists. 

Discover murals around town – there are several different and exciting murals depicting our rural way of life.

Sculpture Down the Lachlan Culture Trail is an exciting new addition to Forbes. Curated by the Forbes Arts Society the Trail encapsulates the imagination and passion of its creative, volunteer members. Based on a concept similar to Sculptures by the Sea (but permanent) the Trail stretches from Forbes to Condobolin along the Lachlan Valley Way, south of Forbes off the Newell Highway.

The Platypus Gallery is located right in the heart of Forbes, and showcases many wonderful works of art and often houses exhibitions by local artists as well as travelling exhibitions by renowned artists and sculptors. 

Call in to the Forbes Visitor Information Centre for more information on all the amazing public art you can find during your stay, or alternatively you can visit Sculpture down the Lachlan or Culture Maps Central NSW.

BIRD WATCHING, FISHING, SWIMMING

Picnic by the Lake, try your hand at catching a cod in the Lachlan River, discover unique birdlife at the Forbes Wetlands, or get out the canoes or skis for some fun on the water at the Lake Forbes Ski Dam.

Studded with majestic fountains, interesting sculptures and quaint pedestrian bridges, Lake Forbes is a magnet for visitors, a popular place for families to gather and for friends to meet.

Lake Forbes spans the heart of Forbes and is brimming with activity and energy.

The Lachlan River is picturesque and accessible, offering a choice of secluded locations to immerse yourself in Mother Nature and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Aussie bush.

Bird watching Located only 4kms south of Forbes off the Newell Highway, Forbes Wetlands provides a protected habitat for rich and diverse birdlife. The Wetlands have been known to attract a wide variety of birds including rare and endangered species.

Fishing Nestled between the Bedgerabong Road and Lachlan Valley Way is the scenic Lachlan River, abundant with native animals, plants, birds and fish. The river’s slow, winding waters provide the perfect conditions to snag a Murray Cod, catfish or Yellow Belly.

Swimming There is nothing like sinking your feet into the cool sand of a river bed. Paddle in the shallows of the Lachlan River and take in the sights and sounds of this picturesque riverine environment.

BOUTIQUE SHOPPING

Scratch that retail itch. With a number of home-grown boutiques, Forbes won’t disappoint.

Forbes offers a wide variety of clothing, accessories, homewares, and more. Discover all the delights to be found in our boutiques. Plus treat yourself to our range of beauty services and products at one of our hair or beauty salons.

LOCAL PRODUCE

Forbes is one of the most productive agricultural areas in Australia growing high quality cereal and oil crops and premium meat.

Don’t miss out on an array of beautiful local produce from right here in the Lachlan Valley, including olives and olive oils, fruit, honey and wool garments.

Many local produce items are available direct from the farm/producer, or visit our local Growers and Farmers Markets to pick up local meat, fruit and vegetables, preserves and more.

Photo Credit: Glen Harbidge Photography