Forbes Visitor Information
Considered the very heart of the Lachlan Valley, the township of Forbes is a country-style residential area in the state of New South Wales. Situated on the banks of the Lachlan River along the Newell Highway, the town is located about 375 kilometres west of Sydney, the state capital. While the site was first named Camp Hill (by John Oxley, explorer and surveyor of Australia), its present name is taken after Sir Francis Forbes, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Gold was once discovered in Forbes, which led to the gold rush of the mid 19th-century.
Part of the Local Government Area of Forbes Shire Council, the town of Forbes is within the State District of Dubbo and the Federal Division of Calare. Established in 1861 to service the needs of miners during the gold rush, the area developed quickly and was proclaimed a municipality in 1870. Its nearby towns and villages include Bedgerebong, Bundabarrah, Calarie, Corradgery, Daroobalgie, Eugowra, Ooma North, Parkes, and Paytens Bridge. It has an estimated population of 6,954 residents.
The township of Forbes has much for people who want to make the most of what it has to offer:
Those who wish to learn about the town's art, culture, and history will benefit from dropping by some of its select locations. Places worth the visit include Central West Livestock Exchange, Forbes Art Gallery, Forbes and District Historical Museum, Forbes General Cemetery, Forbes Library, and McFeeters Motor Museum.
Enthusiasts who enjoy a good round of golf, lawn bowls, or squash can make use of the facilities or avail of the services offered by the Forbes Services Golf Club and Forbes Sport and Recreation Club.
People who simply prefer to spend time communing with nature can enjoy a quiet stroll along the trails of Gum Swamp and Bird Hide, the Lachlan River, and Lake Forbes.
Because of its historic significance, the town of Forbes has also become a popular wedding destination.