Find Yourself… in Amazing Forbes; where history meets contemporary.
The historic town of Forbes is nestled on the Lachlan River in Central West NSW, and a popular midway stop on the Newell Highway.
Forbes is known for its magnificent heritage buildings, rich history and gold rush past (including infamous bushranger, Ben Hall), stunning natural environment, dynamic retail sector, mesmerising art and sculpture trails and distinctive local attractions.
Experience country hospitality at its finest; with an extensive offering of places to explore, eat, stay and shop, you’ll wish you had planned to stay a little longer.
So, when will you Find Yourself… in Amazing Forbes?
Explore… Amazing Forbes
Forbes has an abundance of things to see and do, and something for every kind of explorer and traveller. You can do as much or as little as you like.
There’s art, culture, history and heritage, and charming nature attractions and activities for you to experience and more!
From the Motor Museum to the Biscuit Factory, and all kinds of exciting things in between!
Perhaps you just wish to unwind in nature: take a stroll around Lake Forbes, visit the nature reserve at Gum Swamp Bird Hide or meander along the banks of the Lachlan River.
Discover the incredible Sculpture Down the Lachlan public art trail, learn about Wiradjuri cultural heritage and view the incredible architecture of our historic buildings on the Forbes Heritage Trail.
Forbes also has a reputation as a unique shopping location, with locally owned boutiques and specialty stores. Why not treat yourself with a spot of retail therapy? You might just find a new favourite item (or maybe a few) …
Fun fact: On 8 June 1909, Dame Nellie Melba performed in the Forbes Town Hall as part of her Back Blocks Touraround the country. During this performance, as she sang one of her famous high notes, she managed to break one of the Hall windows.
Dine In… Amazing Forbes
From authentic international cuisines, to country pub meals, and family friendly options, there is plenty to choose from while you are visiting Forbes.
Enjoy a “bite” – or just a coffee – at our quaint cafes, or a relaxed meal at one of our friendly country pubs or restaurants. Or perhaps you’d prefer to pick up some takeaway or pre-made delights to enjoy leisurely at your location of choice by the idyllic Lake, or in one of our many picturesque parks.
Stay In… Amazing Forbes
Forbes has established itself as a wonderful destination for all types of travellers – from solo travellers, to large families, and groups of friends exploring the open road.
Whether you’re a caravanner or are looking for a little more permanent comfort, we have plenty of accommodation options to suit.
An RV-friendly town, Forbes offers a large vehicle parking area just behind the main CBD and a free overnight (48 hour) rest stop for the self-sufficient travellers. And being situated on the Newell Highway, it is a very popular halfway stop between Victoria and Queensland.
Though, one night may not be enough once you pull off that highway and discover all that Amazing Forbes has to offer…