Kandos

A gateway to the spectacular Capertee Valley, Kandos is a great base for outdoor adventure, with UNESCO World Heritage wilderness on your doorstep. Intriguing heritage, a raft of enjoyable things to do and its location within the Mudgee wine region adds to this country town’s appeal.

Kandos is known as the ‘town that built Sydney’ because of the limestone quarried and conveyed on an aerial ropeway to the local cement works, which closed in 2011. Explore this history and learn about 20th century machinery at the Kandos Museum, found in an old church.

The Clock Tower on the main street in Kandos, NSW

Kandos is on the scenic Bylong Valley Way, which links the Golden Highway near Sandy Hollow in the Upper Hunter with the Castlereagh Highway at Ilford – just southwest of Kandos. The touring route is about 140km and at the northern end the sealed road winds through national park wilderness.

The drive from Sydney to Kandos is 3h 30min, via Lithgow in the Blue Mountains. The Mudgee region’s wineries and cellar doors are within easy reach from Kandos, as well as an exciting range of water sports at nearby Windamere Dam on the Cudgegong River. Fishing is popular on the waterway.

Canoeing on beautiful Dunns Swamp, next to Wollemi National Park

A short drive south is the Capertee Valley, the second-largest canyon in the world and a great spot for bushwalking. East of Kandos is beautiful Dunns Swamp, a popular spot for camping, bushwalking and kayaking, on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Kandos. Don’t miss the gorgeous Kandos Gardens Fair in April and the exhilarating Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show in January. The vibrant arts community is celebrated at the biennial Cementa, a dynamic contemporary arts festival.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Mudgee Region Food and Drink Trail

    Saturday 23 March 2019 to Sunday 24 March 2019 , Mudgee

    A culinary adventure through the Mudgee Region, sampling expertly crafted local food and drink matches. Traverse the Trail alone, in a couple or with a group of friends and discover a delectable drop with a small bite at each participating…

    23 Mar - 24 Mar
  2. Church Markets

    Saturday 06 April 2019 to Saturday 07 December 2019 , Mudgee

    On the first Saturday of each month, the Church Markets are held in the grounds of St John’s Anglican Church from 9am to 1pm. A country town just isn’t a country town without markets to explore. Why not time your visit to coincide with…

    06 Apr - 07 Dec
  3. Rylstone Artisan and Produce Markets

    Saturday 13 April 2019 to Saturday 08 June 2019 , Rylstone

    Held on the second Saturday of the month in the Rylstone and Kandos Area. A group of Rylstone residents started the Rylstone Markets in May 2011. This not for profit body operates a community monthly market in Rylstone, on the second…

    13 Apr - 08 Jun