Blayney Shire Council


Blayney Shire Profile

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The Blayney Shire is located on the Central Tablelands with green peaks of Mt. Canobolas and Mt Macquarie dominating the landscape. Throughout the region you will find rolling hills, bubbling streams, lush pastures, blue skies and all the colours you associate with the four distinct seasons.

With Blayney Shire's clean country air, a central location and four distinct seasons, a tour or holiday in one of Blayney's historic villages is a fantastic experience.

At the heart of Blayney Shire lies the major service and administration centre of Blayney - the industrial and employment centre of the region. Within a short distance are the historic and picturesque villages of Carcoar and Millthorpe, while history also abounds in other settlements including Lyndhurst, Mandurama, Neville and Newbridge.

The Belubula River is the dominant water course, starting in the high country between Bathurst and Orange and passing by the eastern side of Blayney before flowing into Carcoar Dam, an aquatic playground that is popular with sailors, windsurfers, water skiers and fishermen and just those who want to relax.

More information about accommodation, tourism attractions and other local visitor information is available on-line at the Tourism Website or from the Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre, 97 Adelaide Street, Blayney.

Getting here - Take a road trip to Blayney on an easy 3.5 hour drive from Sydney or the ACT. Catch the daily NSW Trainlink service from Central Station Sydney to Blayney, or the return service from Dubbo, with a stop on demand train service coming soon to Millthorpe. Regular daily flights to Bathurst and Orange airports - with both about 30 minutes drive to Blayney. Local NSW Trainlink Coach services are available to villages. Check timetables for details.

Getting around – Travel to attractions, events and villages is easy by foot or car with good sealed and unsealed roads. There is plenty of parking for cars and recreational vehicles with friendly tips from locals to make your stay enjoyable.

Did you know: How Blayney got its name?

One suggestion is after an Irish shepherd called ‘Blaney’ who looked after an outstation at the original site for the town planned at Kings Plains. Another suggestion is Blayney was named after Blayney Castle in County Monaghan, Ireland because the valley had similar proportions to its colonial counterpart. Further it was suggested that Lord Blayney’s death had just been announced when the village was being surveyed.  

Blayney Shire partners with Orange360 for tourism promotions, please visit for information on what the region has to offer


In this Section

Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre
Ask a local and look for the ‘i’. For over 20 years, the accredited Blayney Shire Visitor Information Centre has been operated by friendly volunteers from the Blayney Arts & Crafts Council.
Carcoar Dam
Carcoar Dam is located on the Belubula River, about 6km from Carcoar and is named after the historic settlement.
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Blayney Shire lies within the Central West of NSW and has a rich and fascinating heritage, stretching back more than 180 years. As soon as Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth forged their way across the Blue Mountains, they opened up the heart of Australia and the Central West was the first part of this Heartland.
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Maps of Blayney Shire
A range of maps covering Blayney Shire, Blayney Township and the surrounding villages are available for viewing and for downloading in PDF format.
Places of Interest
Blayney Shire is fortunate to have a number of historic and picturesque villages, rolling hills, dams for recreation and fantastic events to enjoy.
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The Villages of Blayney Shire offer ideal locations for a weekend getaway. Many of the villages boast award winning restaurants, arts and antiques, museums, boutique shops, hotels, wine tasting or accommodation, enhancing their charm.
The $18M Wind Farm was the largest of its type in Australia when it was first built in 2000. The project consists of 15 wind turbine generators located in three groups on elevated ridges between Lake Carcoar and Mount Macquarie.
Last modified: 26 Apr 2021

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799, Australia
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104

Council opening hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00am - 4.30pm

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