The Red Earth of Canowindra

In the red countryside of Canowindra, you can travel back 360 million years to see rare fossils in the amazing Age of Fishes Museum, where you'll encounter thousands of fossilised freshwater fish.

  • Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra
  • Hot air ballooning, Canowindra

About Canowindra

Canowindra sits beside the Belubula river in some of the most beautiful red-earth countryside in Country NSW, 30 km north of Cowra. The town features a heritage-listed main street and a collection of art galleries showing works by local painters, potters and artisans.

Canowindra became world-famous in 1955, when a 360-million-year-old fossil was found. Today, you can see it among other fascinating exhibits at the amazing Age of Fishes Museum.

Each April during Orange's F.O.O.D. Week, Canowindra hosts the fantastic 100 Mile Dinner in its main street. Sample regional produce and wines among 19th-century buildings, many of which are listed on the National Trust.

The town features excellent local food and wine establishments, and outside town, several wineries offer cellar door tastings and sales. Accommodation in Canowindra is plentiful, and don't forget to check the events calendar before you arrive.

Canowindra is also a popular destination for hot-air balloon rides and claims the title of ‘hot-air-ballooning capital of Australia'. Experience the exhilaration of an early-morning flight followed by a champagne breakfast, or be a spectator at the yearly Canowindra Balloon Challenge.

It’s ON! in NSW - Orange

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit Orange. A thriving range of events and festivals promise to welcome and delight all ages, from sumptuous food festivals to hot air balloon spectacles to camel races. Held over 10 days in April, the Orange F.O.O.D Week is a testament to the region’s great reputation for food and wine. Indulge your senses as local chefs and restaurants showcase their skill with farm gate tours, cooking demonstrations and the famous 100-Mile Dinner. Enjoy the magic spectacle of the Canowindra Balloon Challenge as flotillas of hot air balloons colour the skies, performing above stunning NSW countryside in a festival that includes music, local wine and night markets. Or bike overland in the Newcrest Orange Challenge, an exhilarating excursion through secret rolling hills, beautiful vineyards and idyllic open plains. With all this and more, the region is yours to enjoy.

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