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Blayney is approximately 3.5 hours from Sydney and Canberra, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 20 minutes from Orange – an ideal location for a weekend getaway. Many of the villages within Blayney Shire boast award winning restaurants, arts and antiques, museums, boutique shops, hotels, wine tasting or accommodation enhancing their charm.  Central New South Wales is the heart of a dynamic food and cool climate wine region, a centre for truffle production and home to a vibrant community of local artists. 

Orange360 Towns and Villages Guide

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Barry village developed in the second half of the 1800's with stores, a school (established in 1862), church, blacksmith, hall, carrier and homes for agricultural workers.  The village was probably named after Caleb Barry, a former bank manager in Blayney and steward of the Church of England.  The streets of Barry are named after clergy or bishops (Barber, Marsden, Hale, Moorhouse, Pearson, Sawyer, Selwyn, Staunton and Turner).

Today, all of Barry's public buildings, except St. James Anglican Church and the Community Centre have closed.  The Post Office and both stores are now private homes, as is the school residence and the former St Therese, Catholic Church.  The village roads are still unsealed except for the main crossroads of Selwyn and Sawyer Streets adding to the villages charm.  There is now a piped water supply available to residents from a hilltop tank fed from a bore.  There are now approximately 40 houses in the village with some 80 residents.




The historic village of Carcoar is nestled in a small sheltered valley beside the meandering Belubula River.  Gazetted in 1839 and classified by the National Trust it is the third oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains and has a picture book quality reminiscent of old England.

The best way to appreciate its treasures is to take a walk through the village where residents have lovingly restored and preserved many of the fine old buildings from the towns heyday in the late nineteenth century.

Stroll around the tree lined streets and view magnificent public buildings, churches and historic homes. Visit the railway station for a bird's eye view of the village. Have a relaxing picnic on the banks of the Belubula River. An interesting range of museums as well as craft, pottery and antique shops, cafes, a nursery and hotel all combine to make the village a popular tourist attraction.

Carcoar is indeed one of Australia's historic gems.

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For further information about the village of Carcoar please visit: https://www.orange360.com.au/Places-to-go/Villages/Carcoar



Today, it is difficult to imagine that Lyndhurst was once on a short-list of sites for the national capital, however, owing to the changing nature of the mining industry, the town has undergone many changes in fortune both ups and downs.
As the closest centre to the rich Lyndhurst Goldfields, also now known as the Junction Reefs, the town prospered during the late 1800's and at one stage boasted three banks, three general stores, a cinema, a pub, professional photographer, farrier, baker, fruit shop, butcher, three garages, railway station, a memorial hall and showground.

The fourth Prime Minister of Australia, George Reid, described Lyndhurst as "a magnificent location for the capital". It already had a large dam on the nearby Belubula River that could easily service the capital.

But it wasn't to be, with Canberra chosen.  Although it is a shadow of its former self; Lyndhurst owes a lot to the existence of a large mining company at the Junction Reefs site.  The Royal Hotel is still thriving with another popular spot in the town being the Lyndhurst Post Office and Takeaway in the old bakery building. Lyndhurst  also boasts a golf club.

Nearby Junction Reefs is one of nature's gifts, not only to Lyndhurst and Mandurama but to the entire Central West, where the Belubula River has carved out a spectacular gorge complete with waterfalls and quiet water holes.  Previous mining operations have also left a rich mining heritage, including the impressive dam which has now silted up.

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For further information about the village of Lyndhurst please visit: https://www.orange360.com.au/Places-to-go/Villages/Lyndhurst



Mandurama began in the mid 1800's as a private settlement for the nearby and large Icely family property, with workers on the property establishing their homes.

The town has become a service centre for the surrounding and rich agricultural area which boasts some of the finest properties in the Central West.  This service role has been aided by its location on the busy Mid Western Highway and alongside the Blayney-Cowra railway line.

Evidence of the town's importance can be seen by the fine old buildings, including the magnificent Royal Hotel, Masonic Hall, churches and bank premises. There is a mix of architectural styles in the village, which also boasts an impressive park and a number of businesses servicing highway travelers.

In the immediate vicinity, are a number of impressive country homesteads which now host visitors from throughout Australia and around the world. Sunny Ridge and Millamolong properties both boast rich family traditions with the Fagan and Ashton families to the fore.

Both are now popular farmstay destinations which provide visitors with an excellent experience of rural life. Sunny Ridge also boasts a restaurant and golf course, complete with sand bunkers and greens.

Tourist information is available at both properties, as well as the Royal Hotel, Mandurama General Store and the BP Service Station.

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For further information about the village of Mandurama please visit: https://www.orange360.com.au/Places-to-go/Villages/Mandurama



Millthorpe Village boasts award winning restaurants, arts and antiques, a museum, boutique shops, hotels, wine tasting and accommodation enhancing its charm, sophistication and eclectic style.

Located in Central NSW, Millthorpe Village is 3.5 hours from Sydney and Canberra, 30 minutes from Bathurst and 20 minutes from Orange, in the heart of a dynamic food and cool climate wine region, a centre for truffle production, and home to a vibrant community of local artists with a diverse range of talented people living and working in the village.

Established in the pioneering era, Millthorpe has a rich agricultural history, a legacy of grand buildings, heritage architecture and a streetscape that has remained largely unchanged since the early 1900’s. The entire village is classified by the National Trust and the village centre has cobbled, bluestone bordered streets. Millthorpe is a living museum being home to a community of about 700 people and comes alive on weekends with locals, visitors and tourists alike.

Millthorpe is set in a rural landscape amongst gently rolling hills with Mount Canobolas in the distance a majestic backdrop. At 965m above sea level Millthorpe’s elevation ensures a distinct four seasons experience. Winter sees cold nights and open fires with frosty mornings and snowfalls, spring brings green blossoming countryside with crisp nights, summer is a time of outdoor entertaining under magical starry skies and autumn delivers a spectacular display of colour. With such a rich heritage and seasonal climate, fabulous food, wine and wonderful people it’s always a great time to visit Millthorpe.

Take a step back in time, spend some time at the museum, take a stroll around the streets of Millthorpe and experience a place where horse and cart were tethered to verandah posts, locals chat on street corners and children play in the streets. Relax, unwind and soak up the beauty and elegance of a bygone era.

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For further information about the village of Millthorpe please visit: https://www.orange360.com.au/Places-to-go/Villages/Millthorpe





Tucked away in a quiet corner of Blayney Shire, away from the highway traffic but retaining a proud sense of heritage and community spirit is Neville.

Neville today boasts a population of about 100, who all care a great deal about their town and its facilities. There is enthusiastic interest in a range of pursuits including sport, the rural bushfire brigade, church, the Public School and other projects like the Memorial Park and Community Hall.  The Village Enhancement Plan for Neville sets-out proposed community improvements for the Village.

The hotel is a popular meeting place and Neville Siding Accommodation Units provide a comfortable place to stay for visitors from far and wide. The Neville Siding Units feature the redundant Mandurama Railway Station and railway goods vans from 1950-1970.

Neville is the closest Blayney Shire village to the popular natural wonderland at Abercrombie Caves.

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For further information about the village of Neville please visit: https://www.orange360.com.au/Places-to-go/Villages/Neville




Although there were a number of fine properties established in the area, including Sunnybank, the town of Newbridge resulted from the arrival of the railway and construction of the station in 1876. The name may have come about due to the construction of a new pedestrian overhead bridge to the railway station, but could also be traced to Newbridge in Ireland, due to a strong Irish presence in the town at the time.

The importance of the railway has always been the emphases by the townsfolk, with Newbridge winning a number of awards for one of the best presented stations in the State. The Queen's Royal Train stopped overnight at Newbridge during the Royal Visit of 1970.  Unfortunately the station is seldom used today but residents still ensure the building and surrounds are kept in magnificent condition.

Apart from the old buildings, one of Newbridge's main attractions today is the Stringybark Craft Cottage where the art and crafts of Blayney Shire residents are displayed in a hall which is more than 90 years old. Another popular attraction of the Village is the Newbridge Cottage Garden Nursery.

Newbridge Village Brochure

For further information about the village of Newbridge please visit: https://www.orange360.com.au/Places-to-go/Villages/Newbridge



Hello.  Allow me to introduce myself - Cr Allan Ewin, and this is my second term on Blayney Shire Council.  The Ewin family have lived in the Blayney Shire for over six generations.  My wife, Helen and I have raised 5 children and believe that the Blayney Shire is a great place to live,, raise a family and retire.  A place to grow your dreams.  I have been a member of the Blayney Rotary Club for 28 years.  The Blayney/Carcoar Landcare group, the Blayney Health Council and Blayney A & P Association.  I gain great satisfaction in being an active member of the Blayney Shire community.
Should you be new to our Shire - welcome;  or if you are a resident lets work together to build a great future for our youth and generations to follow.

Cr Geoff Braddon OAM

Last modified: 14 Sep 2022