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Top Things to See and Do in Grenfell

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Published September 20th 2022
A fascinating gold rush town
Within the Weddin Mountains region of New South Wales is a fascinating gold rush town with great historic buildings, a large artwork installation and one of the country's many big things. Grenfell can be reached in less than five hours drive from Sydney via either Bathurst or Goulburn. It continues to serve as a hub and an agricultural centre for the region today. Here are some of the things you'll get to see and do during your visit.

The Big Gold Pick & Pan

In 1866, gold was discovered and Grenfell soon became the state's richest goldfields for a couple of years. The Big Gold Pick & Pan stands next to the historic railway station on West Street as a symbol of this golden era.

The Big Gold Pick & Pan
The Big Gold Pick & Pan


You can learn more about the town's gold rush at the Camp Street museum which also exhibits other local history.

Historic Railway Station

Historic Railway Station grenfell
Historic railway station

Although its inside is not accessible, the historic railway station can be viewed from West Street all year round. It was opened in 1901 to enable the efficient transportation of grain for export via Darling Harbour. However, the rail infrastructure also catered for passenger transport. During World War I, a contingent of men was sadly farewelled at the station in a moving scene. Services eventually ceased and the station was closed in 1975. The site is now of state-heritage significance.

Silo Art

grenfell silo art
Silo art

At the corner of South and West Streets, you'll be amazed by the work of artist Heesco Khosnaran on the Grenfell Commodities silos. The imposing mural represents the region's farming industry and landscape which include sheep, cattle, native birds and a national park. Heesco used 180 litres of bulk paint and 800 spray cans to complete the artwork in five weeks. It is hoped that this initiative would create a legacy for Grenfell.

To immerse yourself further in the arts culture, simply check out the art gallery on Main Street.

Cowra

cowra pow campsite
For the 75th anniversary

If time permits, head east approximately 60 kilometres to Cowra where Japanese prisoners of war once staged a mass escape from their campsite. Hundreds of lives were lost during the breakout. You're welcome to walk through the camp ruins at the corner of Evans Street and Sakura Avenue.

cowra pow campsite
Camp ruins

Last but not least, Australia's world peace bell can be found on Darling Street in the heart of town. It is a true honour that Cowra's contribution to world peace has been formally recognised with this bell which was awarded in 1992.

World peace bell
World peace bell

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Your Comment
I'm loving you 'things to see" articles Audrey. Too many people drive through a place without really looking at it.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9742) 2 days ago
Great article Audrey. It is pleasing that small towns are showing initiative to highlight their town to entice road trippers to stop, learn about the areas rich history and support local businesses.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4352) 4 days ago
Nice, I really love the architecture of the railway station. must visit one day.
by mytsl (score: 1|62) 2 days ago
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