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.

Railway Hotel - Grenfell

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 Gold 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.

Seatons Farm, Weddin Mountains National Park - Grenfell

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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibit - Woodland Plains

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Sunday 15 April 2018 ,

    Nicole Berlach is a Natural History illustration Artist based on the Central Coast of NSW. Nicole's approach sees traditional techniques and medium applied in a fresh way that resonates with the art enthusiast and scientist alike. With t…

    22 Mar - 15 Apr
  2. Grenfell Picnic Races

    Saturday 07 April 2018 to Saturday 14 April 2018 , Grenfell

    The Grenfell Picnic Races are back! Enjoy the friendly, country atmosphere of picnic racing. There will be six races, TAB facilities and marquee space available (No Bring Your Own alcohol), two full bars, canteen and live entertainment unt…

    07 Apr - 14 Apr
  3. Henry Lawson Festival of Arts

    Thursday 07 June 2018 to Monday 11 June 2018 , Grenfell

    The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts is held on the June long weekend and celebrates Grenfell's famous son, Henry Lawson, who was born in 1867 on the Grenfell goldfield. 2018 will be the sixty first year the festival has been held. The fest…

    07 Jun - 11 Jun
  4. Iandra Castle June Long Weekend Open Day

    Sunday 10 June 2018 , Grenfell

    Iandra Castle is a large homestead near the village of Greenethorpe, about a 30 minute drive from Grenfell. Iandra Castle was built between 1908 and 1910 in the Federation Romanesque style by the pioneering engineer Edward Giles Stone. The …

    10 Jun
  5. Grenfell Agricultural Show

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Grenfell

    The Grenfell Show is held annually and features old favourites including shearing competitions, yard-dog trials, tractor pull, wood chop, horses, photography, fruit and floral displays and livestock. If you haven't been to Grenfell, the…

    01 Sep - 02 Sep