From bushranger Ben Hall’s hideout to gold fever to the birthplace of famous writer Henry Lawson, the historic goldmining town of Grenfell is captivating. Visit the fascinating museum, explore wonderful national parks and enjoy the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival.
A charming town with a rich heritage and classic pubs, Grenfell in the beautiful Lachlan Valley is a historic goldmining town and the birthplace of the great Australian writer and bush poet Henry Lawson, who was born in the goldfields. His best known collection is While the Billy Boils.
The town celebrates Lawson’s cultural legacy with the annual Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival, a wonderful event for the whole family held on the June long weekend. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, including holiday cottages, bed and breakfasts, hotels and caravan and camping sites.
Even before gold was discovered at O’Brien’s Hill in 1866, bushrangers such as Ben Hall and his gang roamed the Cowra region and beyond. You can follow Hall’s trail on the Ben Hall’s Cave walking track in the splendid Weddin Mountains National Park and in the Grenfell Historical Museum.
The museum also houses the history of the gold rush in Grenfell, which marks gold fever with one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Golden Pick and Pan. There are many more fascinating things to do and see, such as the Historic Railway Station and the Chrysler Museum’s vintage cars.
The Grenfell Art Gallery hosts exhibitions of talented local artists. Bird lovers will be delighted with the signposted Weddin Bird Trails. Food and wine are big drawcards to the region, too. You’ll find several classic pubs in and around Grenfell that serve hearty meals, such as the Albion Hotel and the Railway Hotel. The annual Grenfell Agricultural Show will delight the whole family.