Things to See and Do

Near Forbes, New South Wales, Australia

While staying in Forbes, here is a short list of things that you can see and do while staying at our park • Forbes Historical trail- beautiful buildings from the past • Walk/ Cycle around Lake Forbes and feed the pelicans and ducks, throw a line in • Visit Ben Hall and Kate Kelly’s final resting place at Forbes Cemetery, explore the rich history of days gone by - Bogan gate road 6mins from post…

While staying in Forbes, here is a short list of things that you can see and do while staying at our park • Forbes Historical trail- beautiful buildings from the past • Walk/ Cycle around Lake Forbes and feed the pelicans and ducks, throw a line in • Visit Ben Hall and Kate Kelly’s final resting place at Forbes Cemetery, explore the rich history of days gone by - Bogan gate road 6mins from post office.Visit the place where Ben Hall was shot. Very interesting history plaques mark the spot where he died. Bogan gate road, turn left Yarrabandai road, follow the signs to Ben halls Place. About 15km. • There is a very large mural out at the Bunning’s / Spotlight centre on the front of Spotlight. Have a sit in your car in the car park & see if you can guess what it is made off. Then walk over close to it & see if you are right. You will be amazed. • McFeeters’ Motor Museum, cnr Newell Hwy and Oxford Street. 02 6852 3001 • The Dish- Parkes Dish Satellite – 40 mins drive 02 6861 1777 • Exclusive hot glass gallery West Wyalong 1 hour and ten minute drive closed Wednesdays 0269723403 • Eugowra Township- amazing murals and quaint shops, the largest gold robbery was conducted there. In today’s standards its worth around 5milllion dollars. Fabulous plaques telling of the local history • Forbes Historical Museum 11 Cross Street Forbes 2- 4 pm daily • The Japanese garden at Cowra, 1hour ten minutes drive ,Japanese War cemetery Cowra,POW camp Cowra • Nangar National Park

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Local Highlights

Forbes Township
Forbes is a substantial rural settlement of some 10,000 people on the Lachlan River, 245m above sea-level and located 387km west of Sydney on the Newell Highway between West Wyalong and Parkes. Forbes has some fine parks and gardens associated with a large lagoon known as Lake Forbes which bisects the town. The rural economy is based around major saleyards complex, feed lots and hay exports, wool, wheat, grain and seed crops, fruits and vegetables. Forbes is known for its bushranger history.

Ben Hall Bushranger
Ben Hall was born in Breeza, NSW in 1837. He was the son of ex-convicts, though there is no official record of his birth. At first Hall was a stockman, leasing land at Sandy Creek. In 1856 he married Bridget Walsh, but in 1860 she left him, taking with her his infant son. In 1862 he was arrested for armed robbery, but was acquitted. He was then detained for having a share of the Eugowra gold escort robbery. He was not committed for trial but upon his return to his farm he found that all his animals had been killed and his home burnt down. Hall then joined John Gilbert and became the leader of a gang of bushrangers. Hall's men were well led, well armed and their stolen race horses easily outraced the poorer police horses. In October 1863 they made a daring raid on Bathurst and in 1864 they concentrated on the Sydney-Melbourne road south of Goulburn. Following the shooting of two police constables by the gang, a reward of 1,000 pounds was offered on Hall's head. Betrayed by an informer, Hall was ambushed on 5 May 1865 and shot by police near Goobang Creek on the Lachlan Plain. His body, riddled with gunshot wounds, was buried in Forbes Cemetery. He was 27. His funeral was well attended for his reckless courage, courtesy to women, sense of humour and hatred of informers had won him much public sympathy.

Local Events

Forbes Open Gardens (Various Locations around Forbes)
from 01 October, 2008 to 02 October, 2008
Forbes Horticultural Society and Garden Club invite you to join them for a weekend of open gardens. 10am - 4pm daily. Lunch provided at one garden with proceeds to Can Assist. Map to be provided. $10.00 to visit all gardens, $2.00 per garden.

Parkes Elvis Festival
from 05 January, 2016 to 09 January, 2015
Parkes Elvis Festival is held each January in Parkes in Central New South Wales. The Festival is held on the second weekend in January to coincide with Elvis Presley’s birthday. Check out the promotional video for a taste of what to expect!

Rotary Ipomoea Markets
from 24 April, 2013 to 24 April, 2013
Foods and knick knacks for sale

Forbes Camel Races
from 26 March, 2013 to 26 March, 2013
Forbes Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Forbes. The Forbes Camel Faces promises a huge program of great family entertainment including eight Camel Races, sweep booth, games, rides, live music, food and drink and licensed bar facilities. Gates open at 10.30am with racing from 11:30am.

Heritage Week
from 02 May, 2013 to 08 May, 2013
Historic rememberance shows Ben Hall Festival

Forbes Country Music Talent Quest
from 07 May, 2013 to 08 May, 2013
2 days of competitions of all ages.

Rotary Ipomoea Markets
from 26 June, 2013 to 26 June, 2013
Food, trinkets, toys etc.

Bedgerebong Show
from 14 August, 2013 to 14 August, 2013
Animals, sideshows, fun rides etc. Fun family country show day

Rotary Ipomoea Markets
from 28 August, 2013 to 28 August, 2013
All sorts of stuff

Bedgerebong Country Music Campout Week
from 05 October, 2013 to 12 October, 2013
Music and bush poetry

National Barbecue Championships
from 16 October, 2013 to 16 October, 2013
It will feature amateur barbecue chefs competing for prizes and being judged by a panel of experts and celebrities.

Rotary Ipomoea Markets
from 27 November, 2013 to 27 November, 2013
Lots of different things to see and buy at the Rotary Ipomoea Markets

Mezzanine Christmas Markets
from 04 December, 2013 to 04 December, 2013
Christmas goodies

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