The historic mining town of Oberon offers a charming slice of country life. It’s surrounded by lush hills and horse riding trails, great fishing and 4WD routes, and the majestic Jenolan Caves. Visit the vast Mayfield Garden to stroll past beautiful ponds, admire vibrant flowers, solve the hedge maze and play a game of giant chess.
Things to do
The open country of the Oberon district is ideal for horse riding, with breathtaking views and trails for riders of all abilities. High Country Trail Rides and Yarrabin Holiday Ranch are two long established riding operations with great reputations. High Country Trail Rides also take quad bike tours through the mountains.
Inspired by the grand country estates of England, Mayfield Garden is one of the world’s largest privately owned cool climate gardens, unfurling across more than 60 hectares. Stroll through the Water Garden with its bridges, boardwalks, fountain, ponds and colonnade of London plane trees. This venue often hosts festivals and glamping tents.
Explore the wilderness on one of the many great drives. Beginning in Oberon, the historic Oberon Colong Stock 4WD Route takes you through the southern part of Blue Mountains National Park and the historic mining ghost town of Yerranderie. Stop at the serene Oberon Dam on your way, a popular spot for trout fishing.
Events in Oberon
Tackle the world’s number one obstacle course at the Spartan Oberon challenge, held for the first time from 7-8 March, 2020. You’ll climb, crawl, jump and swing, accompanied by DJ tunes and a festival atmosphere. In April, the annual Field to Forest Festival celebrates local food and wine with foraging tours, long lunches, workshops and more.
On the first Saturday of each month the Oberon Community and Farmers Market comes to town, with freshly baked breads and pastries, locally grown fruits and vegetables, preserves, art and crafts, designer jewellery, plants, and alpaca products. Held at the Oberon Showground, this is also a great time to meet some of the locals.
Only half an hour away by car, Jenolan Caves is a world-class wonderland, a labyrinth of stalactite-lined limestone caves sculpted by underground rivers. Both Abercrombie Caves and Wombeyan Caves are nearby. Abercrombie Caves is famous for The Archway, the biggest natural limestone bridge in the southern hemisphere.