Enjoy canoeing in a tranquil wetland, discover world-changing innovation and visit one of Australia’s biggest agricultural fairs in Henty, a delightful rural town in south-west NSW. The annual Henty Machinery Field Days is a three-day fair of all things rural and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
From canoeing among majestic red gums to discovering world-changing innovation, Henty is a charming town halfway between Albury and Wagga Wagga. In picturesque countryside, explore fascinating museums and intriguing heritage and relish one of Australia’s biggest agricultural fairs.
Henty is where local farmer Headlie Taylor revolutionised the harvesting of grain crops around the world in 1914 with his Header Harvester, which collected grain from damaged crops. You can see a Header Harvester and other artefacts at the Headlie Taylor Header and Blacksmith Shop Museum.
For the latest in farm technology and great family fun, visit the Henty Machinery Field Days in September. With music, sheep shearing and entertainment for kids, this three-day fair attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. You’ll find accommodation options to suit a range of budgets.
In tranquil Doodle Cooma Swamp enjoy canoeing and kayaking among red gums that are hundreds of years old. This beautiful wetland habitat is a birdwatching paradise. Another popular spot for birdwatching is the Henty Government Dam Nature Reserve, home to more than 140 bird species.
There are many more wonderful things to do around the Henty district, where notorious colonial bushranger Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan roamed. The Sergeant Smyth Memorial just outside town is a commemorative stone to policeman Thomas Smyth, who was shot and killed by Morgan in 1864.
Pack a hamper and enjoy a picnic at the Henty Man sculpture, a tribute to itinerant workers during the Great Depression. The Henty Observer Printing Museum contains fascinating printing presses from bygone times and Ed’s Old Farm Machinery Museum will intrigue heritage enthusiasts.