On the western edge of the Great Dividing Range, the tranquil town of Kandos is a gateway to the spectacular Capertee Valley and the perfect base for outdoor adventure. Explore the fascinating heritage and the nearby Mudgee wine region of NSW, all with World Heritage wilderness right on your doorstep.
Explore local history
Kandos has a surprising claim to fame as the ‘town that built Sydney’. After limestone was discovered here in 1913, a settlement and cement works were soon established, playing a major role in the development of Sydney infrastructure. This included the city underground railway and the base and pylons for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The cement works closed in 2011, but you can still explore this fascinating industrial history and learn about 20th-century machinery at the Kandos Museum. Housed inside a heritage-listed church, the museum has an impressive collection of stories, objects and photographs.
Surrounded by pristine wilderness, Kandos is gateway to the stunning Capertee Valley in the Capertee National Park, the second-largest canyon in the world and a fantastic spot for bushwalking. Head to Pearsons Lookout for incredible panoramic views out across the valley, including the majestic Patoneys Crown monolith.
Don’t miss the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show in January, when the whole town joins in the party. Over four days in May, the vibrant Kandos arts community is celebrated at the biennial Cementa, a dynamic contemporary arts festival.
Take a scenic drive along the Bylong Valley Way, which winds between the towns of Sandy Hollow and Ilford for 140km through stunning wilderness. Make your way past the Wollemi and Goulburn River National Parks as well as vineyards, forests and rolling farmland.
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