A charming town in the Mudgee wine region, Kandos is a gateway to the spectacular Capertee Valley and a great base for outdoor adventure. You’ll find many enjoyable things to do and see in and around Kandos, from exploring World Heritage wilderness to discovering intriguing town heritage.

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. You can explore this fascinating history and marvel at 20th century machinery and technology at Kandos Museum, in an old church.

The Clock Tower in Kandos

On the scenic Bylong Valley Way, getting to Kandos is easy. The drive from Sydney, via the Blue Mountains, is about 3.5 hours. The Mudgee region’s wineries and cellar doors are within easy reach from Kandos. You can also enjoy an exciting range of water sports at nearby pretty Lake Windamere.

A short drive south is the Capertee Valley, the second-largest canyon in the world and a wonderful place for bushwalking. West 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, home to the gorgeous open gardens festival Kandos Gardens Fair in April and the exhilarating Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show in January. The vibrant arts community celebrates with the biennial Cementa, a dynamic contemporary arts festival.


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  1. Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers' Markets

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Saturday 15 December 2018 , Mudgee

    The Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers' Markets are held in the picturesque grounds of St Marys Church, every third Saturday of the month. The markets are always on – come rain, hail or shine. Find them in the hall if it is wet. Grab a bacon and e…

    20 Oct - 15 Dec
  2. Mudgee Farm Walks

    Sunday 21 October 2018 to Sunday 18 November 2018 , Mudgee

    If you’ve ever wondered exactly what ‘free range’ means, wanted to get in touch with the seasons, or show your children exactly where their food comes from, Mudgee Fine Foods have come up with a great idea to get people back to grass roots …

    21 Oct - 18 Nov