Explore the world’s second-largest canyon near Kandos, an enchanting town with a vibrant arts community in the beautiful Mudgee wine region of NSW. Kandos is a great base for visiting cellar doors and close to the Capertee Valley canyon and the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park.
A charming town in the Mudgee wine region, Kandos is a gateway to the spectacular Capertee Valley and a great base for outdoor adventure. You’ll find many enjoyable things to do and see in and around Kandos, from exploring World Heritage wilderness to discovering intriguing town heritage.
Kandos is known as the ‘town that built Sydney’ because of the limestone quarried and conveyed on an aerial ropeway to the local cement works, which closed in 2011. You can explore this fascinating history and marvel at 20th century machinery and technology at Kandos Museum, in an old church.
On the scenic Bylong Valley Way, getting to Kandos is easy. The drive from Sydney, via the Blue Mountains, is about 3.5 hours. The Mudgee region’s wineries and cellar doors are within easy reach from Kandos. You can also enjoy an exciting range of water sports at nearby pretty Lake Windamere.
A short drive south is the Capertee Valley, the second-largest canyon in the world and a wonderful place for bushwalking. West of Kandos is beautiful Dunns Swamp, a popular spot for camping, bushwalking and kayaking on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Kandos, home to the gorgeous open gardens festival Kandos Gardens Fair in April and the exhilarating Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show in January. The vibrant arts community celebrates with the biennial Cementa, a dynamic contemporary arts festival.