Discover fascinating gold rush heritage and great country pubs in this historic town tucked into the beautiful Lachlan Valley, a 4h 30min drive from Sydney. The great Australian writer and bush poet Henry Lawson was born in the Grenfell goldfields in 1867.

Grenfell celebrates Lawson’s cultural legacy at the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, a wonderful family event, held every June long weekend. His best known collection of short stories is While the Billy Boils and includes The Drover’s Wife and On the Edge of a Plain. The collection was first published in 1896.

The Railway Hotel is two-storey pub in Grenfell, NSW

Another great event full of family fun is the annual Grenfell Show, a traditional agricultural show. There’s also rodeo, picnic races, a kart race and open days at Iandra Castle, a heritage-listed homestead. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Grenfell, including caravan parks and B&Bs.

Even before gold was discovered at O’Brien’s Hill in 1866, bushrangers such as Ben Hall and his gang roamed the Cowra region. You can explore this history on the Ben Hall’s Cave walking track, in the splendid Weddin Mountains National Park, and at the Grenfell Historical Museum.

Interior of the historic Seaton's Farm, Weddin Mountains National Park

The museum also tells the story of the Grenfell gold rush, with one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – The Big Gold Pick and Pan – symbolising the gold fever that struck the region. Other things to do include visiting the Historic Grenfell Railway Station and the Chrysler Car Museum.

The Grenfell Art Gallery hosts exhibitions of talented local artists, while birdwatchers will be delighted with the signposted Weddin Bird Trails. The food and wine experiences are a big drawcard of the region. In Grenfell, tuck into a hearty meal at a country pub such as the Albion Hotel or Railway Hotel.


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  1. Grenfell Picnic Races

    Saturday 13 April 2019 , 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…

    13 Apr
  2. Grenfell Rodeo

    Saturday 11 May 2019 , Grenfell

    Bromar Engineering presents the 2019 Grenfell Rodeo. A family friendly event showcasing local and out of town talent, with the main performance from 5pm. Food and bar stalls (strictly no Bring Your Own) with camping available at the…

    11 May
  3. Henry Lawson Festival of Arts

    Thursday 06 June 2019 to Monday 10 June 2019 , 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. 2019 will be the sixty second year the festival has been held. The…

    06 Jun - 10 Jun