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.
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.
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.